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Destination wedding fashion-shoot at Chateau de Challain & 4 Seasons Hotel Paris

Sometimes being a wedding professional is about creating a fantasy world to help inspire people planning a destination wedding, like this Chateau de Challain wedding shoot organised by the famous wedding planner Seyi Olusanya from Once Upon a Destination. Working first at the magnificent Chateau before moving on to shoot at the renowned Four Seasons Hotel Georges V in Paris was a dream job, and one I enjoyed immensely!

Standing proudly in the Loire Valley, the Chateau de Challain justice is a triumph of proportions and beauty. It was a joy to work my way around the gardens, finding the perfect angle for capturing its symmetry and showcasing the models and their dresses to their best advantage. Two of my favourite shots are both directly facing the facade: one in the daytime, where blue skies and sun make the turrets look like they belong to a fairy-tale castle; and the other taken from the same angle at night, where angry swirling clouds give a moody, almost sinister feel.

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The chateau’s interior was as magnificent as the outside. Everywhere I looked there was something I wanted to photograph, whether it was the way the natural light flooded rooms through enormous windows, the wonderful parquet floors, or the sumptuous flowers so skilfully arranged by Leanne and Andy to create a setting fit for royalty.

Marie Antoinette Louis XVI of France story photo at Chateau de Challain's gardens

Another find which I had fun with was a stash of period costumes we put to good use in an image inspired by Louis XVI’s proposal to Marie Antoinette. On their actual wedding day, Marie Antoinette, was a mere 14 years old, wore a dress embellished with pearls and diamonds, while her groom was 15-year old!

A bride and a bear at Chateau de Challain

In recognition of its original use as a hunting castle, the chateau has numerous well preserved hunting trophies, including the standing bear I used to dramatic effect.

Four photos with three different wedding dresses in front of the Chateau de Challain
Contributors group at Chateau de Challain
Behind the scenes photosChateau de Challain's front side at night

Saying farewell to the Chateau de Challain we made our way to the impeccable Four Seasons Hotel Georges V in Paris. The atmosphere of the chateau wedding was dreamy and romantic, with soft hair and whimsical dresses. The lush opulence of the interiors at the Georges V called for something chic and refined. There were notable similarities in the decor of the two buildings, however, with the bedrooms in the hotel being exquisitely decorated in a Louis XVI style.

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The name “Four Seasons” is synonymous with superior quality and that was certainly what I found at the Parisian hotel. Every public space was pristine, with decorative patterns, rich furnishings, and luxurious chandeliers. The fantastic weather gave me a great opportunity for a shot on the roof inspired by 1950s Vogue models, or perhaps Audrey Hepburn in “Funny Face”, with the Eiffel Tower in the background.

Seyi Olusanya pulled together an incredible team of wedding experts, and I was delighted to have been included in the group. It was a amazing experience working with these professionals to create not one, but two visually stunning collections to show how magnificent a wedding in France can be.

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The Team

Models: Naomi Sharpe, Nicky Joseph, Vanessa Gamblin, Imoleayo Olusanya, Kais

Destination wedding planner: Seyi Olusanya – Once Upon a Destination

Photography: Nek Vardikos Photographia

Videography: Johanna Lawrence & Apos Goris – Urban Cinematography

Wedding dresses and evening dresses: Yemi Oshunkoya – Kosibah, Ian Stuart – Blewcoat

Menswear: Keye Oduneye London

Make up: Bolanle Okusanya Feyita

Hair: Dionne Smith

Cakes, cupcakes and sweets: Elizabeth Solaru – Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium

Florist @ Chateau De Challain: Leanne Roberts – Hewitt & Andy Devonport – Wild About Flowers

Florist @ Four Seasons George V Paris: Jeff Leatham

Custom-made hats, jewellery and accessories: Just Art Paris

Stationery: Kay Patel – Intricate Creations

Special thanks to: Donna Crain, Olivier Laudus, Little Bevan, Freya Rose, Two Birds

 

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  1. Marie Garnier |

    Au top” Château de Challain”… Superbes décorations d’ intérieurs et magnifiques compositions florales… J’adore !! Pourriez-vous m’indiquer vos tarifs pour la location extérieur et quelques salons intérieurs svp pour la réalisation d’un clip-vidéo pour une chanson ? Pour 1/2 journée ou 1 journée entière voir pour 2 jours. Je vous remercie par avance, parfaite considération. Marie Garnier

  2. Yemi Osunkoya |

    Stunning images all!!!! You are a Master of your craft Nek. Super proud to have been part of this shoot.

  3. Keye London |

    #Pictureperfect Nek, thank you so much for delivering on the images, They look grand. Great work buddy. I am kicking my self I missed physically being there. Love it!!!

  4. Seyi Olusanya |

    Nek, I can stare at these images all day. Thank you for always bringing your A game to the table. It is always a pleasure working with you.

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