UPDATE 3/18: I know many of us are concerned about how these recent developments will be affecting weddings, events and shoot outs, so I wanted to let you know we are keeping an eye on this as it pertains to our Styled Socials in Italy and France this fall. This is not something we are taking lightly and there are currently a lot of unknowns, but we’re staying in touch with our European vendor + venue friends about what to do in light of the COVID-19. We’re still having our editorials in mid-August + late September and will keep our attendees posted if anything changes.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Styled social is a day of intentional photoshoots, reserved for a small group of photographers to capture. You can direct models, style flatlays and shoot whatever your heart desires. There is no workshop component to it – we’re just collaborating with a powerhouse team of local + destination vendors to create distinctive design concepts with high fashion and lush blooms so that you can have killer content for your portfolio and submit it wherever you’d like for publication (no crazy restrictions here).
We will have at least one full scale styled shoot, as well as additional concepts with a bridal editorial or engagement session type feel to them so you have lots of ready-made content to shoot!
Chateau de Tourreau is located in the heart of Provence, between Orange and Avignon. Most attendees will fly into either Paris (CDG), Lyon or Marseilles. From their, they will either rent a car and drive to Provence or take a regional train.
At the very least once you’re in Provence, we’d recommend reserving a rental car as transportation is not provided for Styled Social and Chateau de Tourreau is not in the city center. It is easily accessible by car though, and about a 15-30 min drive from Orange, Avignon or other surrounding Provencal villages.
PRO TIP: Use Google Flights to compare dates + rates for the best deal, and if you’re flexible with dates, check out the Explore feature which lets you view prices from your departure city to multiple destinations so you can compare. Sometimes, you might end up with a better deal flying internationally to say Dublin or Barcelona, and then taking a European carrier, like British Airways or Easy Jet to your final destination. It can save several hundred dollars in some cases!
Airbnbs are a surprisingly easy solution for travel throughout Provence. There are hundreds of listings scattered across the region in different villages, and we’ve even found some that rent for $23/night! Of course, it all depends on each individual listing, but generally speaking the rates are low and the check-in is easy.
Here are a few Airbnbs around the area that caught our eye:
Aside from that, there are plenty of hotel options dotted across the various towns.
PLANNING A TRIP AROUND THE SHOOT? HERE ARE OUR FAVORITE SURROUNDING VILLAGES
Aix en Provence – Recognized for its opulent 17th century mansions, hundreds of ancient fountains and Roman architecture roots, Aix is not to be missed on a trip through Provence! We’ve heard it called “the Paris of the South” and for good reason… the city is buzzing with a youthful energy and electric spirit. From the overflowing bars and cafes to the squares where street performers find their haven, Aix-en-Provence is an unforgettable experience. We’d recommend starting your walking tour on the Cours Mirabeau – a grand avenue running straight through the heart of the city! Pick any cafe you pass + sit outside, order a glass of white wine and people watch for hours while an accordion serenades you from afar.
Avignon – Culturally rich and colorfully indulgent, this town is an art lover’s paradise. Bordered by the Rhone River, this UNESCO world heritage site is a spot that’ll encourage you to sit + stay a while. History abounds amidst the 3 miles of city enclosed within the walls, boasting a hillside park, picturesque squares, upscale shopping and beyond. The famous Pont d’Avignon lives are having been built in the 12th century spanning the Rhone. You’ll also find the city overflowing with markets where you can find fresh blooms, local cuisine and bric-a-brac of all sorts.
Saint Remy de Provence – One of the oldest villages in France (founded by the Celts over 2500 years ago!), this charming town seems like it came straight from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Surrounded by limestone hills and towering plane trees, this cobblestoned town is bursting with photogenic corners. Local artists are proud to show off their craft, and you’ll find many a foreigner wandering here for ceramics, textiles, luxury foods and more. Many people associate Saint Remy with Van Gogh, as over 150 of his works were inspired by this village. The entire town is easily walkable, so once you find a parking spot (and leave plenty of time for that!), you can peruse each fountain, terrace and boutique at your own breezy pace. Wednesdays in Saint Remy are famous for the market, where you can bargain away with locals for an even more diverse array of unique goods. Be sure to arrive early, early, early though! The streets flood with people fairly quickly + you might find yourself in a parking predicament if you wait until early afternoon to arrive.
Moustiers-Saint-Marie – One of the most picturesque villages you’ll find in the South of France (and probably the world), water and stone are at the key elements here. Pastel exteriors and limestone mountains finish off the aesthetic of this petite and oft forgotten town that sits at the base of rocky cliffs. The main reason visitors flock here is for the ceramics – a craft the locals boast (having spent hundreds of years perfecting the exact methods Ancient China employed). From this village, you can journey on to the famous Gorges du Verdon: a vibrant turquoise lake with 4-5 towns perched atop its shoreline. The energy here is unlike anywhere else!
NOTE: Tickets are not refundable. Price does not include lodging, transportation and meals.