'Lavender & Rose' is a wedding planning business launched by Kerry Lacquement and her business partner, Jennifer Rocher. It helps plan and coordiante tailor-made wedding experiences on the French Riviera for an international clientele.
What first brought you to the French Riviera?
I [Kerry Lacquement, right in image] studied French and Business at the University of Manchester and spent a year in Cannes on a work placement as part of the Year Abroad scheme. I moved here permanently thanks to meeting my now-husband. Jennifer Rocher was born in Nice and grew up in Tourettes-sur-Loup. She has spent time in her adult life in the USA and UK to improve her English language skills and to immerse herself in Anglo-Saxon culture.
Where did the idea to launch Lavender & Rose come from?
I started a wedding blog in 2009 (My Riviera Wedding), which was a free guide for Anglophone couples planning a wedding in the south of France. Readership developed and requests started to come in for planning assistance. This was the outcome I had hoped for as this was the reason I started the blog. Operating as a sole trader for the first few years, in 2012, I decided it was time to expand the business and teamed up with Jennifer. We created SARL Lavender & Rose that same year.
The name represents the south of France (lavender from Provence) and the English ‘rose’. The first letters of both words also represent our last names: Lacquement and Rocher.
Are your clients resident in the south of France or do they come from further afield?
All of our clients come from abroad. Our main client base is London and the UK and the USA (LA and New York), but it’s constantly evolving. For the 2017 season, we are working with three couples based in Hong Kong for example.
Where are your favourite regions or locations to hold weddings in the south of France?
Both Provence and the French Riviera offer something really completely different and we love them both. The Riviera offers coastal settings, glamour, high-end services and facilities, easy access from the airport, great quality accommodation, beautiful sunsets… Provence offers golden light, excellent produce and gastronomy, wine, countryside and vineyard settings, tranquility and authenticity.
We love planning weddings in both areas as each location lends itself to a totally different aesthetic and type of wedding.
When you’re not busy planning weddings and events, where are your favourite places to escape to?
I have travelled extensively in Asia over the past few years and recently went to Brazil and fell in love with Rio. Jennifer loves spending time in Corsica and taking long weekend breaks to visit European capitals. She has several short trips planned for half marathons in various different destinations in 2017 and will also spent several weeks in Argentina in February for her winter vacation. We both enjoy spending time in London and Paris on a regular basis for work and fun!