Can you seriously think of anything more romantic than eloping to Paris with the love of your life and your closest friends and family? I’m literally drooling on my keyboard over these gorgeous fairytale like images by One and Only Paris Photography. This beyond beautiful couple nixed the idea of a large wedding and trying to please hundreds of guests and instead opted for a luxurious and intimate fete in the most romantic city in the world. Rendez-vous in Paris planned the entire beautiful day, down to that pretty, purple cake appropriately inscribed with the word l’amour. Be still my romance loving heart! Click here for more.

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From One and Only Paris PhotographyAs wedding photographers based in Paris, we love elopements. They’re intimate, and stress free. As a bride you have more control to infuse your style with each detail. When you’re unburdened with having to please hundreds of guests, your focus shifts more toward the meaning of the day. The pace is calmer, providing brides the time to soak in the significance of the important moments.

When we first met with Natalina she asked if we could try to avoid capturing expressions of stress and worry on the faces of the couple and their families. Like all of us, she had witnessed distraught brides and families during hectic weddings.  What she hadn’t yet realized was she had already sidestepped this possibility by running off with only her closest friends and family to get married in the City of Love. Escaping to Paris was the perfect solution to being truly relaxed and having fun, while still having a stylish wedding.

Natalina and Warwick down scaled in size, and up scaled in lavishness. They were able to seize the best Paris has to offer; an exquisite hotel for getting ready, a vintage car for their route along the Champs Elysees, a candle-lit orthodox ceremony, and an elegant reception in the famous Plaza Athenee.

Tradition dictated that Natalina not reveal her gown until she met her groom on the steps of the Russian Orthodox Church.  There, the couple awaited an invitation to enter from a greeting priest dressed in full regalia. After the candle-lit ceremony, we took the couple around the historic center for photos of them draped in our favorite city sights. Paris is a gorgeous backdrop for a romantic wedding, and brides are well received here.  Natalina and Warwick were greeted by waving pedestrians and drivers’ cheerful honking.  The genuine smiles this induced from the couple helped us capture the images we love that show the fantasy of Paris.  From these images, it’s easy to see that this destination wedding in the City of Love had quite an impact on the lucky couple. It truly was a special day for Natalina and Warwick. Paris tends to have this effect on lovers.

Wedding Photography: One and Only Paris Photography + Le Secret d’Audrey / Wedding Planners: Rendez-vous in Paris / Make-up + Hair: Natural Makeup Artist / Reception Location: Hotel Plaza Athenee Paris / Flowers: Hotel Plaza Athenee Paris / Wedding Cake: Sugar Plum Cake Shop / Favors: Laduree / Rings: Cartier / Wedding Gown: Pronovias via Marry Me Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Gary Castles Sydney

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