Abbaye de Senanque Olive Grove Elopement

Gordes, France


Katherine & Farzan

This California couple has been exploring together through so many stages in life. First as friends, then neighbors, now as husband and wife. Although they had never been to Gordes, or France for that matter, they knew this would be the perfect location for their intimate elopement. 

Like most elopements, the family was sad to be missing the big moment, so we made sure to capture every second on video – you don’t want to miss that below!

This bride was very California. She is health conscious, spiritual, and rocked a beautiful boho wedding gown. Her hubby is very intelligent, thoughtful, and stylish with perfect riglet curls.

What we appreciated most about this couple is that they trusted us with all of the details. We knew the perfect locations for this elopement – a classic French bastide, a Provencal olive grove, the famous Abbaye de Senanque, and stunning lookout points.

The morning started slowly as they both prepared in a beautiful stone hotel. A vintage car arrived to pick up the bride as they rode top down to the ceremony location with her blonde curls flowing in the wind.

The groom was waiting in a beautiful olive grove holding a single red rose as string musicians played in the shining sun. He surprised the bride with a rose ceremony like in the show the bachelor and the bride loved every single second.  After a heartwarming ceremony, everyone made a toast to the happy couple.

Then the couple drove down to the famous Abbaye de Senanque to dance to the string quartet and marvel at the serenity of this famous monastery.

Next, the couple drove the vintage car into the sunset to a jaw-dropping viewpoint overlooking all of the Gordes village. The musicians played classics and new favorites like the song Skyfall which fit the dramatic view perfectly.

Then we continued and drove along the winding roads overlooking the countryside. The couple danced in the road and laughed at how quickly the day had come and gone. Their first big adventure complete.

Then as the night fell they wandered the narrow street to a classic French dinner and of course great wine to end the perfect day.

Monica went above and beyond our expectations. Without her knowledge and experience, we wouldn’t have been able to execute the dream elopement that she brought to life. She helped us curate an ensemble of high-quality vendors. The cinematic work of our photographer has taken our breath away. The videographers composed a beautiful film vignette that captured the magic of our special day. Our vintage Triumph TR4 gave us the opportunity to chase the final rays of sunlight in the hills of Provence. The string trio created the perfect soundtrack to match the romance of our day. These include just a few highlights from the many elements that Monica planned so meticulously. Monica managed the cadence of the day in a way that allowed us to be present in the moment. Monica was professional yet personal. Her energy is warm and welcoming. We’re grateful for the connection we’ve made and look forward to sharing life updates for years to come. Monica’s assistant, Kerry, was an absolute delight to work with as well. Her attentiveness and enthusiasm were greatly appreciated. The two of them make a strong and fun team to work with. Being a part of Haute Wedding has been such a positive experience! We highly recommend this company to anyone looking for a high-quality destination wedding planner.
Katherine & Farzan