Chateau des Bertrands, Le Cannet-des-Maures, Var, France Elopement Photo Story Award

Photography from a small wedding in the middle of the villa vineyard gardens

Outdoor wedding ceremony, with brides's older brother as the officiant

The ceremony, with Claire's older brother as the officiant, in the middle of the gardens at Chateau des Bertrands.

Claire and Malek are a charming young couple who first met in Morocco while attending the French High School in Marrakech. They lost touch when Claire's family moved back to France but reconnected when Malek came to France to pursue his engineering degree. They have been inseparable ever since, and after 10 years of being together, they have decided to tie the knot.

For their wedding, they chose an intimate and rustic setting in an authentic Provencal vineyard, surrounded by lavender fields, olive trees, and vines. The ceremony was a non-religious one held in the gardens with only close relatives and a few friends in attendance. Claire's older brother officiated the ceremony, despite being quite shy and not much of a speaker, he delivered a touching and emotional speech. There were also heartfelt speeches and gestures from others present, which even moved the photographer to tears.

Before his wedding at Chateau des Bertrands the groom gets ready with his brothers

Groom gets ready for his big day with reflections seen in the mirror with groomsmen

The groom is surrounded by his two older brothers, acting as bestmen, as he gets ready for his big day; their reflections can be seen in the mirror.

A le Cannet-des-Maures wedding photo of bride getting dressed for her garden wedding ceremony

le Cannet-des-Maures, French wedding image of bride getting dressed

The bride was helped into her dress by her brother, who had designed it, while her mother watched with admiration.

Outdoor ceremony pic from le Cannet-des-Maures, Var, as bride entered with her father

Arm-in-arm with her father, to the awe of the guests, the bride makes her entrance to the ceremony outside

The bride entered the gardens, arm-in-arm with her father, to the awe of the guests.

A Château des Bertrands Var garden wedding ceremony had some traditional ribbon tying

At the Château des Bertrands, a Var wine estate garden wedding ceremony ribbon tying

During the ceremony, they had a symbolic attachment with ribbons. Every one of their best friends and siblings came to them, said a few words and tied their hands together with a ribbon to symbolize the beginning of their life together.

Outdoor ceremony with a garden view at Chateau des Bertrands groom kisses hand of the bride

With garden views, a Chateau des Bertrands outdoor ceremony with a romantic kiss for the bride

After putting the ring on her finger, the groom took her hand and kissed it.

A garden wedding ceremony picture from the Plaine des Maures Nature Reserve

A wedding ceremony exit for the couple in the heart of the Plaine des Maures Nature Reserve

Claire and Malek leaving the ceremony under the viva and hourra from their guests.

An outdoor wedding reception party under the sun at a Villa Le Cannet des Maures in the Var

Wedding reception party outdoors at Chateau des Bertrands, Villa Le Cannet des Maures in the Var

Guests searched for their childhood photos stuck to a tree, then found the matching symbol on the table to locate their seat. It was a fun and creative way to seat everyone.

Bride and groom during sunset wedding picture session at Château des Bertrands Winery and Vineyard

At the Château des Bertrands Winery and Vineyard, the couple pose for romantic wedding pictures

Claire and Malek dancing and kissing in the vineyards at sunset.