From the Eiffel Tower in the City of Light to the Côte d’azure and it’s sun bathed beaches, France has some incredible sights to behold. Today we have France wedding photographer John Armstrong-Millar to share with us some of his experiences as a photographer in this beautiful country.
Q1: What’s the most memorable wedding in your career? Where was it be held?
Difficult question as I have shot so many. But if I had to chose it would be and American Irish wedding that took place in Cassis on la Côte d’azure.
Q2: How’s the weather in France year round? What are the best months of the year to have a wedding in France?
It can be cold and wet in the winter months, but from April until the end of October it can be wonderful.
There are a lot of different regions in France with different food and wine to match.
Q3: How long will it take to prepare a wedding in France? What should I consider?
Typically the really good venues are booked 18 months in advance. September 2018, for example, I’m fully booked.
Q4: What’s the most popular wedding receptions in France?
In a true French wedding there are often 2 receptions. The First one is “Le Vin D’Honneur” which is straight after the ceremony and often includes friends, work colleagues and people from the village. This consists of wine (often Champagne) and canapés. Afterwards there is a proper sit down meal, which is for close family and friends…can go on well into the night…
Q5: What are the best places/city to go in France for a pre-wedding shoot?
Ah Paris and let me think … Paris. This city has to be seen to be believed. There are so many hidden corners and wonderful things to discover.
Q6: How much is the average cost to have a wedding in France?
The weddings I shoot are quite expensive and there is the Chateau to hire. I would say in the region of 80,000€
Q7: I cannot speak French? How would I communicate with the vendors in France?
There is really no problem. There are a lot of English speaking vendors like myself, so language is never an obstacle.
Do you have any pets?
Yes, we have a dog and three cats.
What’s your favorite hobby?
Can I say Photography? :)
Where did you grow up?
What is your favorite place in the world?
France of course! … or maybe Cuba in November…
What’s one place you’d like to travel?
South America! I have been to Colombia and Venezuela and I need to go back and see more! … maybe Argentina or Chile.
What is your favorite food?
What is your favorite book or movie?
Book Catch 22 Film Solaris the Andrei Tarkovsky version.
One thing on your bucket list?
Charter a yacht in the Caribbean.
If you could give yourself a piece of advice when you were younger what would it be?
Live for the moment and enjoy life… Is over too quickly
A big thank you to John Armstrong-Millar for sharing his knowledge on planning a wedding and booking a photographer in France. His photographs so beautifully capture moments that could have shortly been forgotten. To see more of his work check out his website.