Situated in the French Basque Country, Biarritz is a special place to get hitched. For Edward and Yulia, it was the perfect half way point for families spread across two continents.
Destination wedding photography usually requires some extra forethought. I flew in the day before and went down to the beach to get the tide times for the next day. Having befriended some very cool surfers and found a few good portrait spots that would be clear of the scheduled high tide, I checked out the church before dinner. My timing was perfect as Edward and Yulia were just finishing their rehearsals! I got to meet their friends and family who shared their favourite restaurant tips. Everyone was delightful and I was thoroughly looking forward to the big day.
When I first met to chat things through with Edward and Yulia in London, they enthusiastically showed me pictures of Sainte-Eugénie church and La Grande Plage. I knew I’d have my work cut out to do the fabulous scenery justice. Fortunately, Yulia was particularly happy to take the time out for a walkabout. Newlyweds often tell me the portraits are the one part of the day they get to slow down and take stock so it’s win-win provided there’s a glass of champagne at hand.
Next stop, Château de Brindos. The tranquil lakeside setting played host to the reception and bouquet throwing. With everyone installed in their rooms, the guests were relaxed and thoroughly ready to let their hair down. Speeches in French, English and Russian were accompanied with humorous translations and the food was exquisite, as were the floral decorations by Orchis.
Negotiations with the local airport had resulted in a short window for some surprise fireworks and no time was wasted to put on a spectacular show. The Chip Shop Boys had also flown out from the UK and played into the wee small hours with gusto.
I retired to my palatial room in the wee small hours and spent the last of my energy exploring the photos. Destination wedding photography is a real treat!