After a final day of office-based planning, Neptune’s in-house stylist, Meaghan, flew to Nice, along with stylists Sally and Jane, styling assistant Rebecca, and set builder Gareth. They navigated Nice airport to track down their rental car (if you’ve been there, you’ll understand why it took so long) and set off for the pretty village of Moissac Bellevue, deep in Provence. In need of fresh flowers as props, the team played spot-the-florist along the way – and as the team’s only French speaker, Jane saved the day and managed to order some small plants and ferns that would come in handy in various photos.
As the light was fading, the team reached the chateau and were met by owners, Marie-Christine and Louis, who spoke only French (thank you again, Jane). The chateau is their passion project – a rambling, historic building, and now home – that the couple have lovingly restored while retaining many of the original features. Taking a first tour around, the team knew they were in for a special week.
Finally, photographer Chris and his assistant Alex arrived, straight from another shoot in Morocco and, after a quick production meeting over dinner, it was time for bed. The team had assembled.