As one of the most magical settings of the French Riviera, it’s no wonder that the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild has become a favourite among international couples seeking a location beyond reproach. To find out more, Riviera Insider speaks to wedding planner Monica Delevaux of Haute Wedding.
How would you describe the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild?
It is a unique gem nestled atop a very prestigious peninsula on the French Riviera. Guests are mesmerised the moment they arrive! The architecture and gardens are breathtaking. Many wedding guests have never experienced such an exclusive venue in their home countries.
The views overlooking the Villefranche bay are postcard perfect with luxury yachts dotting the azure waters. Our guests often enjoy a cool welcome refreshment drink here with a string quartet playing before moving to the main gardens for the ceremony. The fountains and sheer length of the garden pools, with the pergola at the end, are an exquisite backdrop for the bride and groom when they say ‘I do’! Being able to have the cocktail hour and dinner outside is magical. With the warm Côte d’Azur weather and beauty of the villa lit up at night, we often have wedding guests say: “This is the best wedding I’ve ever been to!” Twinkling lights in the distance, the Mediterranean Sea blowing a warm breeze up through the gardens and music playing up to the heavens… This location a real fairytale setting!
Who are your main clients here?
Our clients are generally Americans or of multicultural nationalities: French marrying Chinese, but living in LA; English marrying German, but living in Dubai; Indian marrying Bulgarian, but living in NYC…
What trends are you noticing in 2017?
Definitely a lot more champagne/gold tones in the styling and décor, clean lines and modern simplicity. Understated elegance is highly sought after by our American couples!