If I could roll everything I love into one perfect post, it would look exactly like this. It’s what happens when two madly in love sweethearts throw caution to the wind and elope in the City of Lights with Caroline Yoon by their side. And if a morning (virtual) escape to Paris sounds equally as enticing, you can join me right here.
From the Bride… When Christian and I began planning our wedding, we knew we wanted our day to be simple, intimate and meaningful. Even still, I found myself burdened by the social expectations and conventions that come along with throwing a traditional wedding. At one point, I turned to Christian and said, “I wish we could elope to Paris.” His immediate response was, “Why can’t we? Let’s do it.” I was so touched by his openness and sense of adventure that, for the first time, I began to think that the wedding day we dreamed of was possible.
From there, everything fell into place in a serendipitous way. Choosing a dress became surprisingly easy. I eschewed traditional ball gowns as impractical for winter in Paris and instead selected a silk column gown that truly spoke to me with its sculpted clean lines and sense of restrained elegance. When the American Church in Paris told us that it was only available for the exact date and time that we were hoping for, we knew it was fate.
Our wedding day was like the city of Paris itself: austere, lovely, and mysterious. After a simple Protestant ceremony at the American Church in Paris, Christian arranged for us to be picked up by a vintage Rolls Royce to tour the wintry streets of Paris. Our dinner reception was held at the incomparable Four Seasons. Being in a foreign country made it easier for us to entrust ourselves to the moment and allow our wedding day to unfold organically. Some of our loved ones also made their way to Paris to celebrate our moment — a gesture that I will always treasure. As Ernest Hemingway memorably wrote, Paris is a moveable feast and the city will stay with us forever.
Photography: Clary Pfeiffer Photography | Photography: Polly Alexandre Photography | Photography: Caroline Yoon Fine Art Photography | Floral Design: Fleurs De Prestige | Wedding Dress: J.Crew | Ceremony Venue: The American Church in Paris | Reception Venue: Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis | Bride's Shoes: J.Crew | Makeup And Hair: Allison Depriestre | Bow Tie: Theory | Suit: Hugo Boss Red Label | Car Rental: Classic Rents | Groom's Shoes: Hugo Boss Red Label | Veil: BHLDN