Elope in France: A romantic adventure

Are you dreaming of an intimate and unforgettable wedding ceremony in a breathtaking location? Look no further than eloping in France. With its picturesque landscapes, charming architecture, and rich culture, France offers the perfect backdrop for a romantic and magical elopement. In this article, I will guide you through everything you need to know about eloping in France, from the legal requirements to the best locations and vendors. I'm Romain, i'm your French wedding photographer, there we go!

Legal Requirements for Eloping in France

Before planning your elopement in France, it is important to understand the legal requirements. Non-French citizens can legally marry in France, but the process can be complicated and time-consuming. The following documents are required for a civil wedding ceremony in France:

• A valid passport

• An original birth certificate with an apostille

• A certificate of celibacy or a certificate of marriageability

• A certificate of residency issued less than three months before the wedding date

• A prenuptial agreement if desired

It is recommended to start the paperwork at least four months before the wedding date to ensure everything is in order.

Planning Your Elopement in France

Here are some additional tips to make your elopement in France unforgettable:

  • Book your accommodation well in advance, especially if you plan to elope during the high season.
  • Choose your wedding outfits carefully and consider the weather.
  • Plan a romantic activity or a photoshoot after the ceremony.
  • Don't forget to celebrate with a bottle of French champagne!

Eloping in France is the perfect way to celebrate your love in a magical and romantic setting. Whether you choose the streets of Paris, the hills of Provence and it's lavander fields, or the beaches of the French Riviera, France offers endless possibilities for an unforgettable elopement. With the right planning and vendors, your elopement in France will be one of a kind.

Choosing the perfect location to elope

France offers a wide range of stunning locations for an elopement. From the charming streets of Paris to the rolling hills of Provence, there is something for every taste and style. Here are some of the best locations to consider:


The City of Love needs no introduction. With its iconic landmarks, romantic atmosphere, and world-class cuisine, Paris is the perfect place for a dreamy elopement. Imagine saying "I do" with the Eiffel Tower in the background or taking a romantic stroll along the Seine River. Picture you walking up the hills of Montmartre and kissing each other in front of the Sacré-Coeur or walking hands in hands on the Avenue des Champs-elysées.


If you are looking for a picturesque and romantic location, Provence is the place for you. With its lavender fields, vineyards, and charming villages, Provence is a paradise for nature lovers and romantics alike. You will find there a light like no others, stunning sunsets and the rustic charm of the rural life. If you are looking for a more elaborate venue, you can take a look at this article i wrote about the best wedding venues in Provence.

French Riviera

The French Riviera, also known as the Cote d'Azur, is a glamorous and luxurious destination that offers breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea. From the chic town of Cannes to the colorful village of Villefranche-sur-Mer, the French Riviera is a perfect choice for a stylish and romantic elopement. You can elope on the beach of Ramatuelle just a mile away from St-Tropez.


How do you photograph weddings?

I love being by your side to help you before your wedding day. I''ll send you a guide to help you organizing your day, the best moments for the couple photos, the different lights... and it''s really exciting for me to receive photos of your dress, shoes, invits...! On your wedding day, all I want to capture is the feelings, the mood, the emotions, the calm and crazy moments and all the details that make your wedding unique. That''s why I decided to photograph non-traditional and laid-back wedding.

Where are you based and do you travel?

I''m based in Nancy, France wich is about an hour and a half away from Paris city center and yes I love to travel! If you want me to photograph your story. I love to travel and discover new places.

When will we get our photos?

Your will receive an online gallery link with all your photos within maximum 5 weeks (sometimes less depending on the season I photograph your story). You can download all the photos from the gallery but also share them, choose your favorites, and also order prints!

How many pictures will we receive?

For the whole wedding coverage, you will receive between 400 to 800 fully edited images. I always choose quality rather than quantity and that''s why I will choose the best and more significant photos to tell your story.
For a couple session shooting, i usually deliver around a hundred pictures, often more.