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Surprise Strasbourg France Proposal

Thank you Annamarie Akins, because after seeing (and saving and sharing) these pics, Strasbourg has now earned a spot on my must-see-ASAP list. Add in the surprise proposal you captured and this is a post to be favorited and returned to anytime you need a happiness boost; I promise it’ll do the trick. Dive headfirst into our VAULT and thank me later.

From Annamarie Akins… It was definitely one of the most exciting secrets I’ve ever had to keep! The Saturday before I left for Europe, Brittany and I were shooting a wedding together in DC… she’s become one of my dear friends and lucky for me, she’s my second shooter most weekends! I was leaving for my trip the next day and she was leaving a few days after that… and little did she know that she was about to be engaged! Jeremy had contacted me a few weeks beforehand with the news that he wanted to propose while they were on their vacation in France with a ring from his grandmother… and as you can imagine, I was so excited!

Brittany and I had been talking about meeting up for a photo shoot while we were there for months… so after talking with Jeremy, it was easy to turn the photo shoot idea into the perfect secret proposal plan! They were staying in Paris and we were spending time with my family near Munich… but I have an old friend who was living in Strasbourg for the summer, which is a beautiful city on the water in the Alsace region of France, right on the border next to Germany! This place looks like Germany and France had a baby that kind of resembles Venice. It’s absolutely beautiful! And I couldn’t picture a better place for a photo shoot turned proposal… so we made plans to meet there a few days into our trip to do the shoot and visit my friend!

Jeremy and I decided on a code word so that when I found a good spot for him to propose [based on the lighting and where people wouldn’t be in the background of the photos], it would be easy to let him know to go for it. Finally after walking around and shooting for an hour, I decided we had found the spot! I was so nervous (this was the first time I’d captured a proposal!), but he seemed totally calm and the whole thing went perfectly! Brittany was so surprised and excited! And we were all on cloud nine and celebrated with champagne at the sweetest little cafe afterwards!

Jeremy and Brittany are such an incredible couple and I am so excited for them to get married! It was such an honor to get to be a part of this special moment… I hope you enjoy my favorites from their shoot and the surprise proposal!

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Photography: Annamarie Akins

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Surprise Wedding Anniversary at the Eiffel Tower in Paris

Take our advice and forward this gallery to your hubby, because this right here is what we like to call #anniversarygoals. With the help of Dream Weddings Europe this groom surprised his bride with the ultimate 5th anniversary treat, an unbelievably romantic day in Paris. Complete with Christian Louboutin shoes, a dream dress, and a luxury suite, he really made his wife feel like royalty, and Elena Belaya captured it all for us to partake in the pretty via THE VAULT!

From Dream Weddings EuropeAn unbelievable surprise that the husband offered to his beloved wife for their 5th Wedding Anniversary – which is a good way to put the spark back into a relationship.

To welcome his wife in a romantic way, the husband has chosen a luxury suite with the Eiffel Tower view at the Regina Hotel in Paris, the city of love and passion. In the morning, the stylist Ana Quasoar & the Vip Manager of Christian Louboutin, had graciously joined the couple in their suite with some of their amazing creations, to let our Princess of the day to choose her dreamed dress & Louboutin shoes for this perfect day. What a great surprise!

Once dressed, the couple left with their driver and vintage car for a photoshoot in the most romantic places in Paris. To end this beautiful day, the couple had a ceremony in an old Chapel for their vows renewal and a romantic dinner on a boat. 

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Photography: Elena Belaya | Event Planning: Dream Weddings Europe | Wedding Dress: Ana Qusoar | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Getting Ready Venue: Hotel Regina Paris

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Rustic + Romantic Provence Wedding At Home

Close your eyes and imagine marrying in the beyond beautiful South of France… and now open your eyes and see it all right here before you, because it’s all actually real. These two said “I do” at her parent’s summer home, overflowing with bright light, blooms and smiles, thanks to the talents of D’amour et de déco and some super pretty creations by Nice Plume. Sebastien Hubner captured it all – find this goodness and more in our VAULT right this way!

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From the Bride… We had been together for twelve years when we decided to get married. We were spending the weekend in Biarritz, in the South of France. At sunset, we sat on top of a cliff to enjoy the amazing view and that is the moment he picked to propose. I will forever remember this sunset as the most beautiful one I have ever seen.

We decided to get married in my parents’ summer house in the South of France, near Nice. We wanted a personal, romantic, and intimate wedding and that was the perfect location. However it was quite challenging to organize a wedding in a house that is not supposed to be a wedding venue. It was a lot of work but in the end we managed it perfectly, and we found extremely talented people to help us, such as Vanessa and Mathilde from D’amour et de Déco who really did an amazing work with all the flowers.

When starting to plan the wedding, researching a photographer was one of the first thing we did. It was extremely important to us to find the right photographer, the one that would capture all the memories of this very special day in an authentic and beautiful way. When we looked at Sebastien’s portfolio we immediately fell in love with the beauty and the softness of his pictures. Sebastien arrived at the venue a few hours before the wedding. And from that moment until the end of the wedding, Sebastien’s presence was like a gift. We will never forget his soft and soothing presence, his kindness, his smile, and his great professionalism. Thanks to his incredible discretion he really captured natural pictures of us, our family and friends. Asking Sebastien to work on our wedding was definitely one of the best decisions we made. We couldn’t be happier with the way our pictures turned out. Every picture captures the emotions of our wedding in the most beautiful way.

In terms of emotions, the highlight of the day was the ceremony in the garden. We wanted our ceremony to be personal and intimate. We spent weeks preparing it. Every detail had to be an authentic reflection of our personalities and love: from the songs we picked, to the flowers we chose, from the readings we selected to the vows we had written to each other. From the beginning of the ceremony until the end the emotion was incredibly high. I think that all our guests felt they were part of a very special moment in our lives. It is something we will remember forever.

Preparing a wedding is wonderful but it can also be extremely stressful. Keep in mind that the most important thing is that you will get to marry the love of your life, surrounded by the people that you love and that love you in return. If you are a control freak (like me) prepare as much as you want before the wedding, but on D-day just let it go and enjoy your day!

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