Wildcard Wednesday: Love in the South of France

Check out this guest post by destination photographer, Neli Prahova of Neli Prahova Photography! Learn about this fabulous wedding venue in the South of France!


Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in St. Jean Cap Ferrat between Nice and Monaco is one of the ultimate luxury wedding venues in the French Riviera and is a venue full of possibilities for beautiful wedding photography for any wedding photographer in South of France.


Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, overlooking the bay of Villefranche, is set magically between sea and sky. It has nine heavenly gardens adorned with patios, fountains, ponds, flowered, and shaded paths.


At the beginning of the 19th century St. Jean Cap Ferrat was one of the most famous summer resorts in Europe. Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild is a French seaside palazzo which was constructed between 1905 and 1912 by Baroness Béatrice de Rothschild (1864-1934). It was designed by the Belgian architect Aaron Messiah. Béatrice de Rothschild who was a member of the prominent Rothschild banking family and the wife of the wealthy Russian banker Baron de Ephrussi, built her rose-coloured villa on a promontory on the isthmus of Cap Ferrat overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.


Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild is not only one of the most beautiful palaces in Europe but also has one of the most beautiful gardens on the French Riviera making it a perfect place for a destination wedding in South of France. There are nine different gardens in the form of a ship, each one taking inspiration from flora found in different countries around the world. 30 gardeners have been working for the vivid dream of Baroness Béatrice. Béatrice. Being an ardent lover of arts, the Baroness collected rare porcelain, Old Master paintings, sculptures and antique furniture with which she filled the gardens and the mansion. When she died in 1934, she left her entire collection of art to the French Academy of Fine Arts, division of the Institut de France.


The nearby town was a resort of the aristocracy, the wealthy and celebrities. Some famous people, such as Charlie Chaplin and Winston Churchill, spent holidays here. Villa Rothschild is now a museum and is open to public but is available for hire for private events and weddings. It is therefore very popular for destination weddings on the French Riviera. With the nine themed gardens this wedding venue presents the perfect location for creative wedding photography in St Jean Cap Ferrat.


The wedding of Suzzie and Paddy had a truly magical touch with the beautifully lit fountain show set to classical music which Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild offers. It’s indeed an indispensable part of a wedding celebration in this French Riviera venue in order to fully appreciate the charm of this superb wedding venue.


The Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild can be hired for weddings and private events all year round. The venue and its gardens provide a lot of outdoors and indoors space and can hold wedding ceremonies and receptions of up to 300 guests. However as the venue is open to the public during the day only evening wedding celebrations are possible. However the wedding celebration can last till as late as 3pm.


Villa Rothschild is certainly a magical place for a destination wedding and it’s probably one of my favourite wedding venues on the French Riviera due to the abundance of creative wedding photography opportunities it holds.


About the Author

Neli is a destination wedding photographer based in London. Having trained in New York as a wedding photographer Neli has a contemporary wedding photography style that combines unobtrusive photojournalistic approach and modern portraiture with a touch of fashion glamour. She aims to portray the wedding day as it is unfolds – romantic and fun in every way. Neli has photographed destination weddings in the US and Europe including Italy, South of France, Monaco, Portugal, Greece and Cyprus, bringing her professional approach to venues both grand and intimate. Besides English she is fluent in Russian and Spanish. You can view her portfolio at www.NeliPrahova.com


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