Dreaming of traveling the world shooting luxury destination weddings?
If so, Rachael Ellen Events and Molly Carr cordially invite you to join us for three days of beauty, learning, and supreme French luxury at the five-star Château du Grand-Lucé from April 22-25, 2024.
Are you a photographer or videographer who yearns to travel the world doing what you love? Looking to hone your creativity, cultivate relationships with top wedding creatives, build a brand that converts, and take the leap into luxury destination weddings?
This all-inclusive editorial workshop is specifically designed to give photographers & videographers the opportunity to capture publication-worthy content in a world-class venue while providing actionable business, photography, and styling education that can immediately be implemented to book luxury destination wedding clients.
Don't miss out on this truly once-in-a-lifetime experience—April 22-25, 2024!
For the first time in its history, the world renowned Château du Grand-Lucé is opening its doors for an exclusive three-day gathering where we will stay, learn, and shoot amongst the Neoclassical grandeur and exquisitely restored interiors.
Hosted by luxury wedding planner Rachael Ellen and destination wedding photographer Molly Carr, you will be treated to the finest of French service & cuisine while creating your dream portfolio designed to book high-end weddings in France.
Named a Top Wedding Photographer by the WED and featured in Over the Moon, BRIDES, and Harper's BAZAAR, Molly Carr is a destination wedding photographer and educator who specializes in luxury weddings in France. With degree in business and nearly a decade of luxury marketing and branding experience, Molly hosts the Wedding Destination Podcast and is one of the top photography educators in the industry.
Rachael Ellen Events is an international wedding planning, design, and floristry firm known for their romantic, timeless style. Featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, Harpers BAZAAR, & Vogue, Rachael and her team have designed hundreds of weddings from the coastal US to the costs of Italy and many destinations between, with France being their speciality. Rachael has designed and led workshops across the United States & Europe.
"Rachael creates cutting edge editorials that are seamlessly executed & enhance your portfolio. She designs imagery that is elevated & authentic, aiding in leveling up your business & clientele." - MARY CLAIRE
"Rachael is one of the most talented designers in the destination wedding industry. She creates beautiful luxury experiences with impeccable taste that stand out from the rest." - GRACIE BYRD JONES
"Working with Molly is transformative. In the past 9 months after working with her I have been able to raise my prices by 53% & book clients every step of the way." - KATIE TRAUFFER
"I am more refreshed and confident than ever to step out into my industry and book my dream clients. If you want to raise your business to your best potential—work with Molly." - JEN LAGERS
"Molly is a wealth of knowledge on destination weddings, branding & social. She has given me so many actionable steps to take my art and business to the next level" - ARIEL CHIU
Are you ready to learn, grow, create, and meet your tribe, all while being pampered in five-star French luxury?
"Rachael has instilled confidence in me and my creative talents. I cannot thank her enough for what she has done for my career!" - LAUREN WHITE
"I have invested a lot of money on mentors who didn't give me valuable information. Molly, on the other hand, is very giving with her knowledge and guidance and truly wants you to succeed!" - ALEXIA NILSEN
"The marriage of Molly's knowledge in marketing and years of experience in destination weddings makes her an invaluable resource for wedding professionals. Working with her is worth every penny!" - RAELA GORE
Built in 1760 and located south of Paris in the Loire Valley, Château du Grand-Lucé is a neoclassical French icon has been exquisitely restored. With a vigilant attention to detail, its unapologetically opulent interiors are a stunning tribute to its noble provenance and are a gallant steward of its rich history.
Named one of the 'Best Hotels in the World' by Condé Nast Traveler, Tatler, Travel + Leisure, & more, attendees will each stay in one of Château du Grand-Lucé's private rooms that pay homage to the extravagance of King Louis XV’s reign complete with luxury ensuite bathrooms, fine French linens, and Buly 1803 products. The grandeur of the eighteenth-century neoclassical design layered with centuries of modern splendor sets the bar in five-star hotel design.
With eighty acres of private parkland that include a formal French garden, lake, meadows, and historic white oak forest—Château du Grand-Lucé is one of the most exclusive and high-end wedding destinations in Europe.
In addition to being a world-renowned destination wedding photographer whose work has been featured by every major publication, Molly Carr is an experienced educator who is an expert at repositioning brands for the luxury wedding market. She will be teaching marketing strategy, profitable pricing, breaking into destination weddings, and more.
With over a decade of experience planning and designing weddings across the globe, Rachael has worked with the world's top wedding creatives as well as designed over 10 workshops. Rachael has collaborated with Molly on weddings from the Amalfi Coast to the Hudson Valley and will be teaching about personal branding, the planner / photographer relationship, and more.
Mikyla is the owner and designer behind Ink & Press Co and was named one of the Top 20 Wedding Stationers in the World by BRIDES. Mikyla is a leading educator in the wedding industry and together with Shasta Bell, will be teaching the art of styling with their signature Cultivé method.
Shasta owns a full-service wedding invitation studio that creates fine art wedding paper goods inspired by European architecture and the organic beauty of calligraphy. Shasta is a leading educator in the wedding industry and together with Ink & Press Co, will be teaching the art of styling with their signature Cultivé method.
APRIL 22, 2024
3:00pm Arrive to Château du Grand-Lucé and check-in to private room
6:00pm Meet & greet cocktail in the Grand Salon
7:30pm Group dinner
APRIL 23, 2024
8:00 - 9:00am Breakfast
9:00 - 12:00pm Destination wedding intensive (networking, portfolio building, branding, pricing, & more)
12:00 - 1:00pm Lunch
1:00 - 3:00pm Styled engagement session shoot
3:30 - 5:30pm Bridal portraits inside château
6:00 - 8:30pm Welcome party editorial
8:30pm Group dinner
APRIL 24, 2024
8:00 - 9:00am Breakfast
9:00 - 11:00am Free morning to enjoy the château and the 80-acre estate
11:00am - 1:00pm Headshots with Molly Carr, flat lay styling with Shasta Bell
1:00 - 2:30pm Group picnic at Grand-Lucé
3:00 - 8:30pm Luxury wedding editorial shoot
8:30pm Group dinner
APRIL 25, 2024
8:00 - 11:00am Breakfast at leisure
11:00am Au revoir!
We're hard at work creating a magical itinerary for you! While it is still subject to change, below you will find a sample tentative schedule for our three fantastic days shooting, learning, and living la belle vie in the Loire Valley.
From the engagement session to the welcome party to the wedding day, you will depart the workshop with a fully designed three-day luxury destination wedding for your portfolio. You can expect to capture...
Romantic engagement session inspired by Impressionism (and a dash of Pride & Prejudice) with charming spring fashion and elegant details.
Chic welcome party inspired by Regency design (think Bridgerton) with Vogue-worthy attire, a beautifully curated table, custom paper goods, and more.
Full-scale wedding editorial inspired by Rococo art, especially curated and designed for publications.
Bride and groom in a luxe designer wardrobe with multiple outfit changes.
Bespoke wedding invitation suite designed exclusively for Château du Grand-Lucé.
Flatlays and vignettes exquisitely styled by Rachael Ellen.
Floral-forward ceremony design in the formal French gardens (weather permitting).
Luxury wedding reception design with multiple styled vignettes.
High fashion after party with champagne pour & cake cutting.
The doors to the workshop are closed, but we have ONE shared room seat remaining. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com to claim the last seat!
Payments are non-refundable and non-transferrable, but attendee has the option of selling the seat to another photographer or videographer if they are unable to attend. If attendee is unable to attend, they are fully responsible for finding someone to sell their seat to by the date March 1, 2024, with confirmation of the sale sent to Molly Carr & Rachael Ellen by said due date, otherwise payments will be forfeited. If an attendee sells their seat to another photographer, all terms and conditions will apply to the new purchaser.
The purchase of a seat is for one attendee. If interested in bringing a non-attending guest, contact Molly Carr & Rachael Ellen for discounted rate. No assistants or guests should accompany any attendees unless approved by Molly Carr & Rachael Ellen.
Due to the nature of workshops, there is always a small chance the workshop will need to be cancelled or rescheduled. If this happens, all attendees will have the option to either transfer their ticket to the rescheduled date OR will be fully refunded to their original payment method.
We recommend travel insurance in the case of unforseen eventss.