Destination Wedding South of France | Part 1 | Grand Hotel Cap Ferrat
Feast your eyes on this absolute dream of a wedding from Grand Hotel Cap Ferrat on the French coast. This is the first part of this France destination wedding, see next blog post for the reception and party!
Damian and I met just over six years ago, whilst I was visiting a good friend in Brighton. After two years long distance, I made the move and relocated from Newcastle Upon Tyne to Brighton on the South Coast. We truly have not looked back. Damian proposed on the May 3, 2015, on a beautiful private terrace overlooking Regent Street, at the Hotel Café Royal London over my favourite thing – afternoon tea! Our engagement was long because we really wanted to enjoy the moment and have lots of time to plan our most special day.
From the offset, we knew that we wanted a destination wedding in a location that was not too far for guests to travel. Whilst holidaying on the Cote D’Azur, we decided to visit a few potential locations. From the minute we stepped foot into the Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat, we knew that we had found the one. Although a hotel, it feels more like a palace. We immediately fell in love with its fresh and contemporary yet classic style. I had dreamed of a garden wedding yet Damian hoped for sea views, and this beauty ticked off all of our boxes whilst oozing a whole lot of old school French Rivera glamour. We knew our guests would love the glass funicular down to the Club Dauphin, too!
We agreed that our day should be intimate and meaningful, inviting just 35 of our immediate family and dearest friends. It was a priority for us that each and every guest felt incredibly important and special. Sundari, The Wedding Stylist, helped enormously with this. Each guest was welcomed to their hotel room with a beautiful welcome box full of French treats, curated to perfection by Sundari. She designed our crest and used this to make our day more personalised than I could have dreamed of, from stationery and gold foil napkins to water bottle labels and tissue pockets for our guests during the ceremony.
The luscious and pristinely manicured gardens provided the perfect ceremony backdrop. I had envisaged the ceremony under a beautiful tree decorated with florals. Big Day Design and Sundari certainly brought this vision to life – the florals truly took my breath away throughout the day. We had our friend, Becky, act as celebrant, since she was the reason we had met. We worked together to ensure that the ceremony was meaningful and special, and our guests were seated to almost encircle us, helping to create the intimate vibe.