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Welcome to My Riviera Wedding, a wedding blog and “how-to” guide for Anglophone couples who dream of organising their special day on the French Riviera. My Riviera Wedding is written by Cannes-based wedding planner Kerry Bracken.

In My Riviera Wedding you can find practical advice on getting married in France, handy tips to get you started on the right foot, a hand-picked selection of the most wonderfulwedding venues on the French Riviera and Provence, the very best local wedding suppliers and much much more.

If planning your own wedding on the French Riviera seems like a daunting task and you would like an extra helping hand, don’t hesitate to contact me. I would be delighted to talk to you about the different wedding planning services that I offer throughout the South of France. To find out about my professional activities, please visit my new website www.lavenderandroseweddings.fr.

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Let the wedding planning begin!

Kerry

About these ads

Lavender and Rose LogoIt’s been a good few months since I have posted anything on My Riviera Wedding but am delighted to be back with some super exciting news! Since October 2009, I have been working in the wedding industry in the South of France. Beginning as writer of www.myrivierawedding.com, wedding planning quickly grew into a full-time career. My first wedding season as a self-employed wedding planner in summer 2010 was small but perfectly formed with a wedding in Provence and two château weddings on the French Riviera. 2011 grew to be a very busy summer with 13 beautiful weddings throughout the South of France. In 2011, I was also able to launch a professional company website http://www.kerrybrackenweddings.com.

Following a fantastic 2012 season, the success of which I owe in part to my valuable colleagues Jennifer and Sarah and our extended network of superb vendors, I made the decision to create a limited company. Today, Kerry Bracken has become SARL Lavender and Rose and www.kerrybrackenweddings.com has become www.lavenderandroseweddings.fr.

Lavender, the symbol of Provence and for many the South of France, encapsulates the authentic nature of the weddings we create for and with our clients. Rose symbolises the eternally romantic destination of the French Riviera. Our new logo shows the beautiful Centifolia rose or Rose de Mai, cultivated in the perfume city of Grasse and used in fragrances the world over.

My aim is for Lavender and Rose to become known both nationally and internationally for chic and stylish weddings on the French Riviera and Provence, embracing everything French but adding a twist of Anglo-Saxon flair. I aspire to create weddings that are truly unique, with enormous attention to detail and will continue to strive to offer a high level of both personal and professional service.  The future is full of promise and the Lavender and Rose team are excited about what should be an amazing 2013 season with almost 20 confirmed weddings so far!

Kerry Bracken
Director & Wedding Planner
Lavender & Rose
www.lavenderandroseweddings.fr

Lavender and Rose postcard

 

One of my favorite beach club venues for a pre-wedding cocktail party or post-wedding brunch is in French Glamour magazine this month. Paloma Beach encapsulates rugged beauty and old-school Riviera Glamour and is totally private, located in stunning surroundings which is what makes it the perfect private beach event venue! With my team, we have already worked on one pre-wedding beach party there and will be doing a brunch there this September, the venue largely earns a place in our recommended venue list!

It is with absolute pleasure that I am able to blog about the Bastide St Mathieu once again. It was one of the first venues I ever featured on My Riviera Wedding back in 2009 which unfortunately I had to remove due to a short period of time where the property was on the market for sale. It is now once again up and running as a wedding venue much to my delight and I am sure to the delight of many of my blog readers, as the Bastide St Mathieu is really a one of a kind wedding venue on the French Riviera.

The Bastide St Mathieu is a stunning Provencal style Bastide (country house in French), located in the outskirts of Grasse down a peaceful country lane at 30 to 40 minutes from Nice airport. Out of the many venues I propose to couples looking for a venue in a country setting, it really ticks all of the boxes…

- Proximity to Nice airport
– Proximity to the coast (Cannes it the closest coastal town and is a great place for guests to stay if they prefer something more glamorous than Grasse)
– Proximity to several charming villages: Mougins & Valbonne are the best
–  Authentic Provence setting
– Compatible with vintage, rustic, bohemian or shabby chic weddings (of course all very fashionable right now)
– Lavender (attention, the lavender is at its best between May and the end of July – June is really the best month for lavender)
– A large field with wild flowers, olive trees and fruit trees for outdoor ceremonies
– Relaxed atmosphere and feel
– Boules court with lovely seating area surrounded by fruit trees, great for post ceremony Champagne & Canapé receptions
– A beautiful, large terrace in front of the property perfect for seated dinners with a fountain in the centre and an outdoor summer kitchen with BBQ
– Lovely dining room and adjacent chillout room for dance parties, located just off the main terrace where dinner takes place which means guests don’t have to move a long way between the dining and dancing area
– Excellent quality, huge bedrooms & suites all with marble ensuite bathrooms and high-end, eclectic interior design
– Luxurious large swimming pool great for post wedding pool parties
– When renting the property you are given full exclusive use so that you really feel like you are renting your own “chez-vous”
– Great for small groups of 20 to 50 people and also perfect for larger groups of 150 plus people.

The property’s owners are British and are super friendly and accommodating. Their daily help is available on hand to prepare and serve breakfast and provide chambermaid services for the rooms each morning meaning you don’t even have to make your own bed! Other private chef services can be arranged to provide lunch and dinner at the Bastide for couples who really want to make the most out of the venue with their family and friends over the weekend or even week that they rent the property.

Oh and by the way, I happen to be getting married there myself this September! If a wedding planners choice is not a high enough recommendation, then I don’t know what is!

If you would like to enquire about weddings at the Bastide St Mathieu, you can contact the owner of the venue Bill Colegrave directly by email on info@bastidestmathieu.com. You can alternatively call +33 4 97 01 10 00. You may also like to check out their website: www.bastidestmathieu.com. I have organized several weddings at the Bastide so if you are looking for a wedding planner to help you, don’t hesitate to check out my website www.kerrybrackenweddings.com for more information about the services myself and my team provide. You can reach me by email on kerry@kerrybrackenweddings.com.

Here is a video taken of the property by a happy house guest:

Here are a small selection of photos of a few of the weddings which have taken place at the Bastide St Mathieu:

Believe it or not, I am not actually posting this film because of the handsome staring man. Strangely enough it’s actually the backdrop and the amazing hotel featured towards the end of the film that excites me more than the lead male… sorry Jude! The majority of the new Dior Homme Sport advert is filmed on the stunning French Riviera with Jude driving along the stunning coastal roads, ending with a sequence at my fetish venue, the Hotel du Cap Eden Roc with its majestic cream facade and beautiful shoreline. If this advert doesn’t make you want to get married on the French Riviera or at least visit, I don’t know what will! P.s. aren’t the car and boat amazing!

After receiving several requests for wedding planning services and venue finding from couples who were inspired after watching the film ‘A Good Year’ to hold their wedding in Provence, I thought I would share a selection of the most well-known films that have helped put the French Riviera and Provence on the world radar as one of the most beautiful and romantic places to visit and get married. Watch, enjoy and be inspired!

Filmed on the French Riviera, Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘To Catch a Thief’ (1955) is a classic golden oldie starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. The film showcases a timelessly romantic and utterly glamorous French Riviera with spectacular landscapes, cliff top views, coastal roads, palatial hotels, sun, sea and sand. The film was made only months before Grace Kelly became the Princess of Monaco.

‘Jean de Florette’ (1986), ‘Manon des Sources’ (1986) and ‘La Gloire de Mon Père’ (1990) are all screen adaptations of novels written by celebrated French writer Marcel Pagnol. The films show Provence at the turn of the century; some of the rural areas are today still as charming and rustic as they were in the early 1900s.

‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ is an American 80s comedy starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin. The screenplay focuses on two con artists whose playground is the French Riviera. Many of the Riviera’s finest establishments such as the Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat and the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild feature in the film.

For a romantic comedy / chic flick, the 1995 box office hit ‘French Kiss’ with Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline was filmed both in Paris and in various parts of the South of France, predominantly in the village of Valbonne and in Cannes.

‘Priceless’ (French: Hors de Prix) is a 2006 French film starring French comedian Gad Elmaleh (Jean), a barman who works at a luxury hotel, pretends to be a millionaire and sparks the interest of Irène (Audrey Tautou), a gold-digger who has a serious penchant for rich men, jewellery and designer clothes. Much of the film’s hotel action was filmed in Monaco’s famous Hotel de Paris.

Starting Russell Crowe alongside Oscar wining French actress Marion Cotillard, Ridley Scott’s ‘A Good Year’ (2006) tells the story of a British investment broker who inherits his uncle’s château and vineyard in Provence. The film sublimes the superb landscapes of Provence’s Luberon valley featuring the Vaucluse villages Bonnieux, Gordes and Ménerbes. I have been able to scout out several venus in Provence which resemble the Chateau featured in the film.

2010 French flick ‘Heartbreaker’ (French: l’Arnacoeur) stars the stunningly beautiful Vanessa Paradis along French beau Roman Duris. The film features a local wedding venue with the finest cliff top view on the French Riviera; the Domaine du Mont Leuze, during the wedding sequence towards the end of the film.

Unbeknown to my clients and many colleagues in the wedding industry in the South of France, I have a second life. Not anything sinister, illegal or sordid, far from it, it’s something much more fun than that! As well as being a wedding planner, I have another hobby / extracurricular activity / job on the side… I sing, and dance, and play the flute and drum. Along with my dear friend and wedding planning colleague Lizzy (AKA Elizabeth Loveheart) and American buddy Arikka (AKA Arikka Baby), my alter ego Siobhan Fox is a proud member of retro, female vocal group, The Sundown Sisters. Lizzy’s brainchild, the group was formed coming up to 12 months ago and ever since, we have gone from strength to strength. It seemed apt to blog about it as we come up to your year anniversary, after a first season filled with hard work, lots of laughs, lashings of red lipstick and impossibly tight skirts. Starting off with backing tracks, Sundown Brother bass player Nzo was recruited after our first gig where we played along side his band. Several corporate gigs, a few private parties, a couple of public gigs, a charity do, and a wedding later, The Sundown Sisters have just this week been joined by a superb rhythm guitarist which adds a whole new dimension to the group’s sound. I will be blogging about any upcoming public gigs, in the meantime, for more information and bookings, contact The Sundown Sisters by email on hello@thesundownsisters.com or call Lizzy on +33 (0)6 77 90 97 97.

Here is a little picture of us taking a break between sets at an event we performed at this summer (I’m the blonde on the right). We will be working on promotional videos very soon!

There is nothing I like doing more on a Sunday evening (while the future other half is watching the football highlights on Canal+) than either reading wedding blogs (which has taken a whole new dimension since I got engaged myself), pinning images on Pintrest (recommended for all image happy future brides), or writing my own blog posts. Check out the photos and videos of a small selection of my 2011 weddings which I have posed on www.kerrybrackenweddings.com/blog. There will be many more to come where that came from over the next few weeks.

Kerry Bracken, reporting live on an autumnal Sunday evening from her couch in Cannes. Over and out.

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