A colossal production involving 26 people dressed in original period costumes, and the wonderful family owing the St. Joseph castle in L’ Occitanie. The photo-shoot resulted in a series of images inspired by impressionist painture depicting life during the 19th century Belle Epoque. The creative process was filmed by one of France’s largest TV stations and will soon air as a 3 week-long special TV show.
Soon on weddingchicks.com
& on french national TV
Let's turn the clock back by two centuries, to the era of impressionism, Art Nouveau, the Eiffel Tower, the rise of Haute Couture and fêtes en plein air. Welcome to the Beautiful Era: “La Belle Époque”!
The visual narrative was inspired by impressionism. I wanted to create a sensationalised visual narrative capable of holding the attention of a viewer with images that resemble paintings by Monet, Seurat, Degas and Renoir. The guests are seemingly caught off guard in various relaxed poses, a part of a larger reality captured as if by chance. Photographer Andreas K. Georgiou, worked hand-in-hand with designer and stylist Aurélie Olarte y Roman and Delphine Roubieu, owner of the chateau, to bring to life this painterly vision. We intentionally placed the fête under the canopy of the chateau's park, at just the perfect time so that the sun would travel through the foliage casting dappled light on the guests. This gave the images a distinct pointillistic quality akin to the quick brushstrokes of an impressionist painting. Photographing on medium format film further allowed for this painterly effect.
The bride’s wedding dress was a perfectly preserved original 1879 silk gown (coincidentally the very year the chateau was built) with a tightly corseted bodice, as was customary at that time. The groom's suit was tailor-made for our shoot by Maison Geraci, and consisted of a double breasted six-button seersucker jacket - perfect for a warm summer afternoon in South France!
The fashion in the shoot is very accurate, from dresses to the tiniest of accessory: jaw dropping dramatic gowns of every imaginable fabric & trim, embellished with original accessories from the Arts and Crafts movement: lace-up boots, wide-brimmed hats bedecked in feathers, brooches, lavalieres, elaborate choker-style necklaces, parasols, and even original chatelaines - an ingenious device that suspended from a lady's waist and had dangling chains holding any accessories a lady might need closest at hand.
You can imagine women traveling to St. Joseph with tens of trunks for a weekend, as they had to change their clothes innumerable times a day! Designers from the top fashion houses in Paris were defining a mood of grace, beauty and femininity, and the entire 19th century witnessed an ongoing metamorphosis of fashion that enveloped the female figure in ever-changing silhouettes.
Chateau St. Joseph was the heart and soul of the shoot - a historic residence built at the very peak of the Belle Époque in 1879. Originally created as a vacation country house away from bustling Paris, this has been the setting for festivities for almost two centuries now! The bucolic chateau, with its lush gardens and private forest has been the discreet witness of a thousand whispered secrets, delicious loves, and sumptuous parties for the aristocracy looking to escape the burgeoning cities.
ORGANIZATION & DESIGNER | J' AI 2 AMOURS EVENTS • VENUE | CHATEAU SAINT JOSEPH • PHOTOGRAPHER | ANDREAS K. GEORGIOU • FILM LAB | CARMENCITA FILM LAB • FLORAL DESIGNER & DECORATION | LAETITIA CLEMENT FLORAL DESIGNER • FILMAKER | LAURENT ROSTAING • MACAROONS | MAISON LADUREE • SHORTBREAD CAKES | SADIE MAY CAKES • TABLEWARE, FURNITURES | COCOTTE ET COQUETTE • HAIR & MAKE UP | KARINE BROSSARD MAKEUP HAIR • DRESSES | GISELE ET SIMONE & MARYNEA ATELIER • OUTFITS | MAISON GERACI • WOODEN BENCHES | WOOD STOCK RECEPTION •
I travel the globe photographing life’s important events, weddings, and editorial shoots. I care deeply for each couple's love story as a worthy and unique piece of art. My photography is intimate and fashion-forward, with a painterly old-world charm, and infused with meaning and a sense of purpose.
I serve discerning clients from over 20 countries, and also teach remarkable photographers all over the world, aiming to inspire a new generation of artists to build thriving brands and use their Art as a platform for positive change.
My work stems from an overwhelming desire to advocate for empathy, empowerment, and the spreading of kindness. I hope that by showing all the goodness that exists in the world, I might help make the world a bit better, ever so slightly, because I can imagine nothing more powerful than two humans in love!