This past April we had the distinct pleasure and honour of producing renowned wedding photographer Sylvie Gil’s photography workshop, at the stunning Chateau de Varennes in Burgundy, France. Ten participants from seven countries around the world came together to learn and photograph amongst some of the wedding industry’s most talented vendors and creatives.
For the past four years, Sylvie has hosted a photography workshop at the Chateau with a new creative team and theme each year. This year the theme was Modern French Country, and with Sylvie’s “passion for fine art photography and everything french”, it was a spectacular four days to say the least! The Chateau itself has been family owned for the past 400 years and both the elegance and raw history of the venue made for the perfect backdrop for the French Country theme. The predominant creative force behind the long weekend’s design was Darci Greenwood of Greenwood Events.as she brought together a beautiful color palette os burlap tan, robin’s egg blue, dove’s egg blue, soft red and dusty rose. She created brilliant bouquets and embraced the opportunity to use traditional french red toile throughout the workshop’s design.
We started with a lovely welcome dinner set in front of the Chateau, pops of blue and red table dressing complimented the red toile dinner plates. The second day held classes in boudoir photography with a chic, modern bride detailing french lingerie by Odile de Changy to add to the traditional french feel. Next, the ceremony was a stunning ode to Chanel in black, white and pearls held in the woods on the grounds of the Chateau for an earthly, beautiful setting. The third day was the reception and details that once again weaved the red toile into the table runner, with accents of blue in candles and the tablecloth. The bride was again dressed by Monique Lhuillier, this time in red, and the couple added a formal yet fun flair to the traditional french theme of the weekend photography workshop. The four days went quickly, with a great deal learned and enjoyed!
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Workshop: Sylvie Gil Workshops
Wedding & Event Design/ Florals: Greenwood Events | Production Manager: NKT Events
Paper Goods: Aerialist Press | Bridal Fashion Stylist: Gabrielle Hurwitz
|Make-up & Hair: Ava Belle Luxury |Business Strategist: Ideaction Consulting
Online Speaker: Shira Savada | Film Lab: Richard photo lab |Floral assistant: Noobah Flowers
Gown: Monique Lhuillier | Shoes: Bella Belle |Jewelry: The Northway Studio
Tuxedo & Men’s Accessories: The Black Tux | Veil: Daphne Newman Design
Lingerie: Odile de Changy | Candles: Ester & Erik | Linens: Nuage Designs
Rentals: Joli Bazaar | Ring Boxes: The Mrs. Box
Cake & Macarons: Cakes in the City | Film: Kodak