As a wedding photographer, I have had the privilege of documenting countless love stories in the stunning landscapes of France. Each wedding holds a unique charm, and it is my mission to capture those cherished moments for eternity. Recently, I had the pleasure of experiencing something new and exciting—a couple’s decision to use an Airbnb as their preparation venue for their wedding in the beautiful city of Nice. In this blog, I will share my thoughts and insights on this unconventional choice and how it added an extra touch of magic to the overall wedding experience. First, let’s take a look at my top picks for Nice, France.

California villa – 3 room private floor

2 Bed/ 1.5 Bath

From the owner:

Contemporary villa in a quiet, bright, beautiful sea view, south facing exposure located on the Niçoise hills, near the Bellet vineyards, about twenty minutes by car from the city center, airport, train station, Promenade des Anglais and beaches of Nice.
We will be delighted to welcome you and guide you according to your research and need for a pleasant stay. Swimming pool access from May through September.

Celestial White Rooftop Pad in Old Town by Sea

1 Bed/ 1 Bath

From the owner:

Lay a table under the Mediterranean skies on this fabulous rooftop terrace – serene and private. With 300 sunshine days, you can enjoy all year round. A white theme continues throughout with stylish decor which includes original artwork by the owner – LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION – 2 minutes to the Cours Saleya fresh food market, Promenade des Anglais, beach and Sea. 5th Floor with no lift. A little gem in the heart of the old town with individual spaces and stairs leading to the TV area and out onto the sunny terrace with views over the rooftops of the old town and Colline du Chateau.

La Petite Cachette – Pool and 150m to the beach

1 Bed/ 2 Baths

From the owner:

The apartment is on a hillside down to the Mediterranean Sea, 150m from the beach in the small fishing and awesome scenic village of Villefranche Sur Mer approx. 5km east of Nice. The apartment is located in a Pierre et Vacance residence with a huge pool from which there is a fantastic panoramic view of the Mediterranean Sea.
Bedlinen, towels etc are included in the price. Closed parking place surrounded by a high fence and camera surveillance.

Nice – a haven of peace at Villa d ‘ORSAY – Swimming pool

2 Bed/ 1 Bath

From the owner:

Beautiful 2 room apartment in one of Nice’s most beautiful residences, at the top of Mont Boron, this small apartment of 38 m2 for 2 or 3 people, is dedicated to holidays with friends or a couple ! Rare : It has direct access to the pool and garden through THE TERRACE !! Villa Dorsay is a haven of peace in a very residential area. – Quiet – South – Terrace – TV – WIFI – Keeper – AIR CONDITIONING – on request cot and baby chair.

Explore Nice From an Elegant Gem

3 Bed/ 2.5 Bath

From the owner:

Member of the Nice French Riviera association, we scrupulously respect the cleaning and disinfection standards recommended by World Health Organization. Prep breakfast in a granite and rosewood-clad kitchen and dine at a mid-century table washed in daylight from adjacent glass doors. From its herringbone wood floors to its smart fittings and bold colors, this flat emits a refined, stylish aura. This 70 square meters apartment consists of 2 elegant bedrooms with large and confortable new beds. In each room, Japanese doors allow access to a dedicated luxury bathroom which includes an elegant washbasin and a large “Italian” walk-in shower but no toilets.
There is one toilet only, in a dedicated room.

The living room is in the center of the apartment. The furniture is brand new, of high quality and in the typical style of the 50s. The beautiful kitchen is equipped with high-end components. It includes microwave, oven, refrigerator, freezer, kettle, Nespresso, orange juice machine, dishwasher, extractor hood and washing machine. The kitchen is composed of noble materials: Black granite and very elegant rosewood furniture. The efficient Air conditioning system is appreciated during summer.

Amazing view, Terace, Water pool, Clim, Wifi

2 Bed/ 1 Bath

From the owner:

Come and enjoy an unforgettable holiday in this well arranged studio with incredible views of the harbor of Villefranche and Cap Ferrat.
In a very quiet and yet central residence, you will be 2 steps from shops, port and beaches.
A swimming pool is available for members of this 4-storey building.

The Perfect Setting

Choosing an Airbnb as the getting-ready venue for a wedding offers a myriad of advantages. Nice, with its picturesque landscapes, vibrant culture, and Mediterranean charm, is an ideal destination for such an intimate celebration. From luxurious villas to cozy apartments overlooking the azure waters of the French Riviera, the variety of options allows couples to find the perfect space to prepare for their big day.

A Unique Ambiance

Unlike traditional hotel rooms, an Airbnb often offers a more personalized and intimate ambiance, which can greatly contribute to the emotions and energy of the wedding day. It allows the couple, their families, and the bridal party to create a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, fostering a sense of togetherness and anticipation as everyone prepares for the celebration ahead. The unique decor and personal touches of an Airbnb can also add a touch of character and style to the pre-wedding photos, making them truly one-of-a-kind.

Unforgettable Memories

From a photographer’s perspective, an Airbnb provides ample opportunities to capture candid and emotional moments. The spacious living areas, beautifully designed interiors, and stunning outdoor spaces create a captivating backdrop for the pre-wedding photographs. As the couple and their loved ones go through the final preparations, the joy, excitement, and nerves are often heightened in these intimate surroundings, resulting in authentic and heartfelt images that beautifully narrate the story of their day.

Flexibility and Freedom

One of the significant advantages of choosing an Airbnb as a getting-ready venue is the freedom it offers in terms of scheduling and logistics. Unlike hotel rooms, which often have stricter check-in and check-out times, an Airbnb allows couples to tailor their day to suit their specific needs. This flexibility is invaluable, as it enables a relaxed atmosphere for everyone involved, allowing the photographer to capture natural and unforced moments without the pressure of a strict timeline.

Exploring the Surroundings

Another benefit of using an Airbnb as a getting-ready venue in a city like Nice is the opportunity for exploration. Nice, with its rich history, vibrant markets, and breathtaking coastal scenery, offers an array of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. A wedding day filled with authentic local experiences can enhance the overall story and provide a unique touch to the couple’s photographs. From leisurely strolls along the Promenade des Anglais to savoring local delicacies at the Cours Saleya market, the possibilities are endless.

As a French wedding photographer, I have witnessed the joy and happiness that emanates from every celebration. By choosing an Airbnb as a getting-ready venue for their wedding in Nice, couples can add an extra layer of intimacy and personalization to their special day. The unique ambiance, the freedom to create their own schedule, and the chance to explore the surroundings make this choice truly memorable. So, if you’re planning your dream wedding in the French Riviera, consider the allure of an Airbnb—let it be a canvas for your love story and a backdrop for unforgettable memories.

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