How to plan a destination wedding in Burgundy, France

France is a beautiful place to set your wedding. Burgundy especially, has some beautiful landscapes. If you are a wine lover, search no more, you found your region in France!

I am from Burgundy, born and raised. I have been a wedding photographer in Washington DC for the past 4 years now. About one year ago, I’ve started to book weddings in Burgundy for English-speaking couples who wanted a bilingual photographer.

This article aimed to help you to organize a destination wedding in France, and in particular Burgundy.


Burgundy is the best destination wedding location for wine lovers

Burgundy is a famous wine region located in the East of France. It is home to some of the greatest appellations like Romanée Conti, Beaune, Gevrey-Chambertin or Chablis to name a few. These renowned vineyards were also recently granted Unesco World Heritage status.

Burgundy is littered with beautiful Renaissance Chateaux, medieval abbeys, fortified villages and networks of canals (canal de Bourgogne) each giving you an insight into the wonderful history of this region.

A great example of this is the region capital of Dijon, this amazing city was created by the old dukes of Burgundy who spent fortunes making their capital a beautiful city to show off their wealth and power, which to this day still remains one of the region’s greatest draws.


Where to get married in Burgundy ?

Since I have been photographing weddings in the United States, I realized one thing: there is no castle. We get married in hotels, in wineries, or in a restaurant.

In Burgundy, we are lucky to have the most beautiful castles in the world. So why deprive yourself, especially during an event as fabulous as a wedding! In addition, the castles often have dozens of beds for your guests, a great advantage compared to a small venue in the US!

Here is a list of the most beautiful castles of Burgundy (which included the department of Côte d'Or, Nièvre, Saone-et-Loire, Yonne), from the most expensive to the most affordable. Once you have your venue, choosing your “traiteur” (catering company), band or DJ, florist, hair dresser, etc… will be a piece of cake! I also have a list of vendors that I would happily share with you.

The Château de Vallery in the Yonne

It must be said that this historical monument is located just 1 hour south of Paris. The building, from the Renaissance, is composed of four large rooms, a forest, a park, 28 rooms and suites, enough to accommodate 70 couples. The atmosphere is fabulous which makes this reception room by far my favorite for a wedding in Burgundy.

Pierreclos Castle in Saone et Loire

This time, my other favorite is in the South of Burgundy, in the heart of the vineyard. This emblematic Burgundy castle is a place that exists only in your dream: bright, several terraces, an idyllic setting. From the high terraces, you will admire the magnificent view overlooking the hills and the vineyards.

Barbirey Castle in Côte d'Or

The Côte-d'orien castle offers the bride and groom a superb backdrop with this park and its home from the nineteenth century. And when you rent, you have access to the entire domain.

The Château du Clos Vougeot in Côte d'Or

How not to dream of getting married in the middle of the Grands Crus de Bourgogne. Available for an intimate wedding of 50 seats in Renaissance salons as for an incredible dinner with 500 guests, the castle of Clos de Vougeot is an extraordinary setting, full of 900 years of history of Burgundy and its wines. The receptions are part of the great tradition of Burgundy conviviality.

The Château de Chassagne-Montrachet in Côte d'Or

The villages are better known for their great white wines than for this castle which is simply sublime. In the heart of the Grands Crus of Burgundy, this house has a rare authenticity, between vineyards and prestigious cellars. A photo shoot in front of the prestigious Montrachet hill? A thousand times yes, please! The reception room is a 14th century vault.

Santenay Castle in Côte d'Or

I spent a fabulous night in this castle built in the ninth, twelfth and sixteenth century. The castle team is great and the space is even greater. The exposed stone walls and the beams of the ceiling of the reception room create the charm of this sublime room.

The Château des Broyers in Saône et Loire

The Château des Broyers is ideally located 45 minutes from Lyon and 15 minutes from Mâcon. You receive your guests in the heart of the park, at the foot of the vineyards where there is a beautiful fountain dating back over 100 years.

The Château de Rully in Saône et Loire

This castle nestled in the heart of the vineyard is the ideal theater for a wedding without restraint. The large room is a unique place to accommodate 170 guests. I do not hide that this is one of my favorite places in the Saone-et-Loire, having grown up not very far from this house of the XIV and XV century.

A casual and romantic engagement session in Washington DC

Do you know what is the best part about an engagement session with a couple that lives in your neighborhood? Well, I already know all the best place!

Jillian and Michael love the same neighborhood bar as me, but we never met before this! Although we spent New Year Eve at the same place without knowing, we got along very well right away!

For their engagement session, they decided to trust me, as I know very well different places we could take pictures. We started at home, with their awesome puppy. (I truly love starting at my couple’s home as I explain it here) They just got one on a “puppy alert” two weeks before. What is better than a puppy engagement session in Washington DC? I love that we started at their appartement. We continued a bit on the rooftop before leaving the building without the most beautiful dog I’ve ever seen.

We started our walk in Petworth where there is a huge mural with beautiful colors of green. We continued our walk by Columbia road where a gorgeous community garden is being cultivated. We played with the trees for a while, before returning on their rooftop for the sunset.

Sunsets in Washington DC is a perfect ending for an engagement session. We waited few minutes, hoping that the sun will glare on the clouds. As the sky was getting dark, I tried to be creative and got few amazing shots of the couple.

After I sent their online gallery, Jillian gave me the most genuine compliment. Their goal was to get one good picture for their “save the date” card. She told me that now, they have too many to choose from! I was ecstatic and told her that this was my goal!

To see more engagement photos, take a look here or if you like what you see, contact me here.

Documentary family photography: why it is the best way to capture your family

I am specializing in documentary photography. There is several way to capture your family, and posing isn’t my thing. If it’s yours, good for you, but I won’t be any help!

What is documentary family photography?

Documenting a family is telling a story of your daughter, your son, your spouse. Storytelling is the main focus for a documentary family photographer.

What is storytelling? I really love the definition of : “Storytelling involves a two-way interaction between a storyteller and one or more listeners. The responses of the listeners influence the telling of the story. In fact, storytelling emerges from the interaction and cooperative, coordinated efforts of teller and audience.” This is not just me taking pictures. You need to trust me, to know me. And I’m just the same, I need to know you to be able to photograph who you are on an ordinary day.

Photographe documentaire de famille

Why should you choose documentary family photography?

Kids will be kids right? And that’s what I love about them. Once they are familiar with a camera around, they just are.

They stop being self aware of the camera and they stay themselves. Trying to pose a 2 year-old could be just torture for her or him, the parents and the photographer. So going with documentary photography will make strong and candid photographs of you and your family.

Family photographer in Washington DC

How documentary family photography differs from lifestyle ?

Lifestyle is one moment, a short and flying moment. We choose a background, your clothes, maybe even directing a little. Documenting has barely any directing. For a one-hour session, maybe I will provide some direction while still leaving your family play and be itself. For a Day in the life session, there is no posing, no direction. Just me and my camera, capturing candid moment that will still happen if I wasn’t here.

You can contact your documentary family photographer in Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland : You can look at my portfolio here.