Bonjour! Welcome to the picturesque city of Nantes, France – a treasure trove of history, culture, and romance. As a passionate wedding photographer, I have had the privilege of capturing countless moments of love and joy in this enchanting city. Today, I want to share with you an exciting concept that’s been gaining popularity among couples and wedding professionals alike – using an Airbnb as a getting-ready space for weddings in Nantes. Don’t worry, we will be going over my top picks first thing!
A Whimsical City of Romance, Nantes France
Nantes, with its cobbled streets, magnificent châteaux, and meandering river, offers a quintessential French ambiance that’s truly mesmerizing. It’s no wonder that couples from around the world choose this charming city as their wedding destination. As a photographer, I have always been in awe of how Nantes serves as a perfect backdrop for romantic love stories, and how each wedding I capture is imbued with the city’s enchanting spirit.
From the owner:
“20 minutes from Nantes, on the banks of the largest river in France, the Loire, stands an exceptional family property, Château Beausoleil. Completely renovated with a chic and contemporary decoration, respecting its history, Beausoleil can accommodate up to 12 people. The setting is idyllic to reunite a family or group of friends, in a quiet and private atmosphere.
Dating back to 1895 but with all the comforts of today, escape to Château Beausoleil in a green space near Nantes. 270m2 of interior space and a splendid park in green area await you.
Beausoleil is coming out of a renovation of more than a year to welcome you in a friendly and warm space. The living rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms are then very spacious with heights under dizzying ceilings.
Château Beausoleil welcomes you in a green setting in the heart of the Thouaréenne countryside. This charming family home is composed of two living rooms, a large dining room, as well as very spacious bedrooms and bathrooms, all in a warm and cozy atmosphere.
Beausoleil is more than just a castle, it’s a rich history and a vast estate. Although being the heart of the property, the castle is surrounded by 4 hectares where horses gallop and flourish on a daily basis.”
From the owner:
“Come to live, a unique experience at the Cocon des Cinq Sens, the Hygge attitude within our true Finnish kota built in northern red Scots pine.
The Kota is equipped with a kitchenette (possibility of breakfast and meal), a small bathroom with hydro-massage shower and washbasin.
As an option and supplement, you can also enjoy the wellness area in the garden of the Five Senses : Sauna, spa, massages, reflexology, duo sensory workshops.
An entrance and a shared parking lot at the owner’s house will allow you to park your vehicle.
As an option and supplement, you can also take advantage of the wellness area in the Jardin des Cinq Sens (sauna and outdoor spa: booking privatized by the hour €55), to receive wellness treatments (relaxing massages, beauty face and body, foot reflexology). Sandrine also offers introductory or baby massage sessions. It’s best to book at the time of your booking.
I suggest the time of your stay to reconnect with your FIVE SENSES by sharing extraordinary experiences around “duo” workshops: sensory tastings, intuitive kitchens, creative nature.”
From the owner:
“Welcome to the “Refuge Nantais”, a nice duplex near the Cathedral. Calm and bright, it combines the charm of an ancient building (stone wall, beams, porch) and modern comfort (freshly renovated, it is very well equipped).
Colorful and contemporary, it has been furnished and decorated in the brocante spirit. Located less than 15 minutes walk from the train station, it is the ideal apartment to discover the city for a weekend or a longer stay.
Located in a quiet street of the historical center of Nantes, the apartment, built in duplex and recently renovated, is very easily accessible from the ground floor. The total surface area is 43 m2, including an entrance, a double bedroom, a bathroom with shower, toilets and a large bright living room with a high ceiling.”
From the owner:
“Tastefully renovated apartment located in the heart of Nantes. Historic building built in 1848 with high ceilings and open kitchen. Room separated by a canopy.”
From the owner:
“Located in the heart of the historic center of Nantes, L’Appart Enchanté is a charming cocoon nestled under the roof. Its colorful decoration is a nod to the musicals of Jacques Demy, who was born nearby. You will appreciate the calm, and the proximity of the shops of the city center. Completely renovated in 2023, it is located on the second floor: it is accessed by a relatively narrow stone staircase (unsuitable for people with mobility difficulties). SHEETS AND TOWELS PROVIDED.
L’Appart Enchanté opens onto a bright living room-kitchen. The living room, with vintage notes, is equipped with a television and a DVD player providing all of Jacques Demy’s films, as well as books devoted to him.
The kitchen is organized around a central island that allows you to cook or sit down on bar stools.
This living room leads to a double bedroom (140 cm bed) and a bedroom with two twin beds (which can be pushed together to form a 160 cm double bed). Each room is equipped with a chest of drawers, coat hooks and bedside tables.
Finally, a bathroom with a spacious shower, sink, WC and a washing machine hidden in a closet complete the package.
For fans of Jacques Demy, a tour of Nantes around the director (his story and his goals) is offered to visitors through a dedicated brochure, as well as a special Deezer Demy-Legrand playlist. And you will also find free access in the rooms to the costumes of the Demoiselles de Rochefort in which you can take pictures!”
Why a Nantes Airbnb
Airbnb: A Unique and Personal Wedding Setting
One trend that has caught on recently is using an Airbnb property as a cozy and personalized getting-ready space for the bridal party. This alternative to hotels and traditional venues offers a plethora of advantages that can greatly enhance the overall wedding experience.
Intimacy and Comfort
Airbnbs in Nantes come in a wide array of styles, from chic apartments to rustic countryside houses. Couples can choose a property that resonates with their unique taste and style, providing them with a familiar and comfortable space to prepare for their big day. With an Airbnb, the atmosphere becomes intimate and relaxed, fostering genuine moments and emotions that translate beautifully into photographs.
Picture-Perfect Photo Opportunities
As a wedding photographer, my heart leaps with joy at the sight of picturesque surroundings. Many Airbnb properties in Nantes boast stunning architectural features, lush gardens, or dreamy terraces – all offering incredible opportunities for capturing those magical pre-wedding moments. From candid shots of laughter in cozy living rooms to ethereal bridal portraits amidst blossoming gardens, an Airbnb can truly elevate the visual storytelling of the wedding day.
Personal Touches and Customization
Unlike a hotel room, an Airbnb can be personalized to reflect the couple’s tastes and wedding theme. Brides often find comfort in a setting that mirrors their personality and style, which invariably results in more authentic and emotive photographs. Whether it’s hanging fairy lights, vintage decor, or simply the couple’s favorite flowers, the small touches make a world of difference in creating an atmosphere of romance and elegance.
Bonding Time with Loved Ones
One aspect I adore about photographing weddings is witnessing the bonds between family and friends. Using an Airbnb as a getting-ready space allows the couple and their closest circle to share quality time together in a private setting. These intimate moments create a strong sense of camaraderie and love, which I, as a photographer, find invaluable in capturing heartfelt emotions.
Local Flavors and Cuisine
Nantes is renowned for its delectable gastronomy, and many Airbnb hosts are more than willing to share local culinary delights with their guests. As a photographer, I’ve noticed how these culinary experiences add an extra layer of enjoyment to the wedding day, making it even more memorable for the couple and their guests.
In conclusion, using an Airbnb as a getting-ready space for weddings in Nantes, France, is a concept that encapsulates the essence of intimacy, comfort, and personalization. As a wedding photographer, I have had the honor of witnessing the magic that unfolds in these charming spaces, capturing timeless memories that will be cherished for generations to come. Whether it’s the warm embrace of family, the laughter of friends, or the loving gazes of the couple, every moment becomes even more captivating in the romantic embrace of Nantes.
So, if you’re considering a destination wedding in Nantes or simply want to experience the city’s allure firsthand, don’t miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in the charm of a carefully chosen Airbnb. After all, love, romance, and unforgettable moments await you in this whimsical city! À bientôt!