As a luxury destination photographer I travel around the US and Europe frequently. One of my often visited and favorite places is Provence in France. Now that everything is on hold I would like to share a few of my favorite Provencal villages and locations with you to help you daydream of beautiful Provence. Dive into my luxury destination wedding photographer’s tour guide to Provence here. Most importantly if you are planning to get married in Provence please contact my dear friend, Stephanie from WEP in Provence here. She will guide you through her beloved Provence.
A luxury destination wedding photographer’s tour guide to the Provencal lavender fields and nearby medieval villages
Provence is best known for its blooming lavender fields. Lavender blooms between mid June to mid July and is a popular backdrop for destination engagement and wedding images. The dusky purple shades of the blooms and their delicate fragrances are typical of the region. The main lavender fields of Provence are centered on, and to the north, of the Luberon and Verdon plateau regions to the north of Aix-en-Provence and Marseille. I always love to come back during the lavender season for my luxury destination weddings and elopements to capture my couples and the essence of these gorgeous fields. See more of an intimate French elopement I documented here.
L’Abbaye de Senanque
L’Abbaye de Senanque is a must see in Provence during lavender season. It is a Cistercian abbey, which was founded in 1148 by Cistercian monks. It lies near the spectacular hilltop village of Gordes in Vaucluse-en-Provence. A visit to this abbey is absolutely rewarding due to its position in a lovely valley and its acres of gorgeous lavender.
Gordes – Luberon’s hilltop village
While in Provence you shouldn’t miss out on the typical Medieval Provencal villages, which form the real character of Provence. One can stroll around old ruins while wine and dining at small and cozy restaurants in the towns themselves. Gordes is one of the “in” villages of the Luberon. It lies on the edge of the plateau of Vaucluse in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. The village spirals around the rock with its houses of white and gray stone. At the very top is the church and the castle overlooking the Luberon. Gordes is arguably the scenic queen of the Luberon’s hilltop villages.
OPPÈDE-LE-VIEUX is another gorgeous mountaintop village in the Luberon region of Provence. It is a small, picturesque medieval town with a maze of narrow streets and secret caverns carved into the steep mountainside. This charming ancient French town lies mostly in ruins and worth a day visit. Enjoy Provencal food in the small restaurants this town has to offer after scrolling through those medieval ruins.
Venasque is a very pretty and picturesque village near the Plateau de Vaucluse. It’s medieval streets and buildings and church invite you to an adventurous day excursion with great views. The village is small and compact, so easy accessible. I hope you enjoyed my luxury destination wedding photographer’s tour guide to Provence. If you want to see more of an intimate elopements in the Luberon I photographed click here. I can’t wait to go back to my beloved Provence, because it is a one of a kind place on earth. Start dreaming now!