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SMP Blogger Bride Engagement in Paris

When it comes to our Blogger Brides you better bet they’ve got style, grace, and of course good taste. So when Jean of Extra Petite sent over her recent e-sesh from Paris – with none other than Le Secret D’Audrey behind the lens – well let’s just say I just about DIED over every detail. It’s pretty, it’s pink, it’s Parisian (with a petite flair), and we’ve got it all waiting for you in the gallery!

From Le Secret D’Audrey… Jean is a “Boston gal standing just under 5 feet tall”. This blog started as a means for her to share her experiences while building a wardrobe of pieces that actually fit and flattered her figure. She is followed by many for her great taste and fun tips.

From The Bride To Be…Hello beautiful brides! For my third post on here, I wanted to share our engagement photos from Paris taken by the talented Le Secret D’Audrey. For brides who have more than one dress planned for wedding activities (ie. rehearsal dinner, reception, bridal shower), an engagement session could be a great opportunity to give one of the other dresses some extra attention and not have to buy something new. I wore this shorter white dress later for my shower, and this blush pink gown was handmade by one of my best friends for our Chinese wedding tea ceremony. Our wedding photographer shoots with a digital camera, so for engagement photos we wanted to experiment with a film photographer for the lighter, more airy feel of that medium. Romantic Paris turned out to be the perfect setting!

Photography: Le Secret D'Audrey | Gown: Khatu | Venue: Paris | Film Lab: Carmencita Film Lab | Jean : Extra Petite

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Glamorous + Romantic Paris Anniversary Session

I have a love affair with Paris, and this anniversary session from Sophie Epton PhotographyMadame Artisan Fleuriste and Lazzaro Makeup Artistry is precisely why. The stunning photos below capture the beauty and charm that make Paris my favorite city in the world. And this sweet couple? Well, they’re pretty gorgeous, too. Get your passport ready and experience the romance of the City of Lights here.


From Sophie Epton PhotographyParis is far and away one of the most visually stunning and magical places in the world, and I can’t think of any other city I would want to document love stories more, especially for this anniversary session. The inspiration behind this shoot was to document a globetrotting French couple, who after living apart in different countries for quite some time in their eight years together, have finally reunited in the city of Paris. While capturing weddings and engagements is so wonderful and essential, I think it’s vital that we continue to document other important stages of love and life. For a couple to stay together through the ups and downs of a relationship and still remain strong and committed is such a beautiful thing, and should be celebrated!

We had the best time photographing all over this magnificent city, following our couple to some of their favorite areas including Le Marais and the spectacular Palais Royal, and shooting small snippets of their life together to commemorate such an exciting time. Samantha with Wondrous Whimsy provided incredible calligraphy to represent love letter passages and quotes that had been written back and forth over the years by the duo; she also teamed up with Lacy from Paper Birch Designs to create an engraved olive wood board that was used during their picnic in Place Des Vosges, as well as the laser-cut “Tu Me Manques” wood sign (which translates to “you are missing from me” in French) that really represented the long-distance period of their relationship. We even procured a French Blue Mrs. Box to house a ring that had been bought years ago in Mexico as a symbol of their long-lasting love and promise to one another.

The entire shoot was elevated so much by the incredibly talented vendors in Paris that we spent months planning with across the world. Madame Artisan Fleuriste created whimsical florals in dreamy shades of peaches and pinks that added so much beauty and drama to every scene. Jacqueline with Babylone (a local jewelry shop in the heart of Le Marais) contributed the most exquisite handmade jewelry that paired perfectly with each outfit and metallic BHLDN gowns. Additionally, Toni with Lazzaro Makeup Artistry provided brilliant hair and makeup, even traveling with us all over the city for touchups. We ended the day at the quintessential Eiffel Tower, and as we were all packing up, the iron skyscraper lit up with an explosion of golden shimmer…the perfect end to such a magical day! We hope this story and shoot inspires more couples to document their life beyond their wedding day, and truly celebrate the living, breathing, authentic love that exists within any everlasting union.

Photography: Sophie Epton Photography | Event Styling: Sophie Epton Photography | Floral Design: Madame Artisan Fleuriste | Dress: BHLDN | Jewelry: Babylone Paris | Venue: Paris | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Hair + Makeup: Lazzaro Makeup Artistry | Laser Cut Wood Sign + Engraved Cutting Board: Paper Birch Designs | Linen Napkins: Burkelman | Love Letters + Calligraphy: Wondrous Whimsy | Market Bag: Apolis | Ring Box: The Mrs. Box | Silk Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic

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Romantic Family-Oriented Paris Elopement

Big weddings aren’t for everyone—thank goodness, because if they were, we wouldn’t have this beautiful couple’s romantic Parisian elopement. And despite this small size, this wedding has everything it needs: love, family (the couple’s daughter and flowergirl insisted on flowers in her favorite shade of pink) and stunning photos from Le Secret d’Audrey. See them all here.

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From The Bride…Late one night, somewhere between trying to minimize our ever growing guest list, seating arrangements and choosing the perfect colour scheme, I had a light bulb moment! Why don’t we elope? He loved the idea, I loved the idea and both of our families were extremely supportive and knew that this would be perfect for us. Together with our 2 beautiful children, we wanted to make this special occasion an intimate and heartfelt one, dedicating our lives to one another without any added pressures. Walking down the aisle with the 2 most important human beings in our lives, I cannot begin to explain how special this moment was.

I wouldn’t quite say that I am a perfectionist, but I certainly do dedicate a lot of energy into the finer details. I wanted our wedding to be timeless and elegant with a hint of personality on the side. I had a lot of fun collecting fresh flowers from a local flower shop and styling the mantle in our apartment with my wedding details. My daughter loves the colour pink and her only request was that we had pink flowers, so I couldn’t resist a few pink peonies!

Why Paris? Why not?! It is the City of Love after all. With its intricate beauty and romantic backdrop, I couldn’t think of a more perfect location to say “I do.” Planning an elopement in Paris is easy, especially if you have the gorgeous and vibrant Yanique from Elope in Paris on your team! She took care of every fine detail, from locations to makeup and everything in between, she was an absolute pleasure to work with!

For Chris and I, finding the perfect photographer to capture our special day was imperative. As our family and friends weren’t there with us on this joyous occasion we wanted to be able to relive the day with them through still lives. When I came across the most stunning images I had ever seen on an Instagram page (@audreyparisphoto) I knew that we had found the one!

With Audrey’s eye for detail and knowledge of Paris, she captured our day exactly how we had imagined! Now I have the most amazing photographs of my very own fairytale wedding.

Photography: Le Secret D'Audrey | Event Planning: Elope In Paris | Floral Design: Les Herbes De Paris | Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm | Cake: Super Mom In The Kitchen | Hair And Makeup : Modern Beauties | Children's Outfits: Tartine Et Chocolat | Earrings : Cerrone | Film Processing: CarmencitaLab

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Intimate + Elegant Wedding in Paris

There’s something about Paris that the second I see a photo of the City of Lights, I immediately start dreaming of ways to move back. And these photos from Le Secret d’Audrey have me tempted to grab my passport and pack my bags. From the Bride’s stunning Sherri Hill gown, to the intimate ceremony and reception planned to perfection by Rendez-Vous in Paris and the portrait session around the city, this soirée has me dreaming of la belle vie. See all the beauty here in the gallery.

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From the Bride… While living in Dallas, I befriended my neighbor Cameron, we would often run together in the park across the street from our building. After a run one Friday, we went to hang out by the pool (spoiler alert: I don’t end up dating Cameron!).

While at the pool, I went on a rant, complaining about the overall lack of decent men in Dallas. Cameron tells me he has the perfect guy for me, then gets Brad on the phone. Cameron and Brad had recently worked together. The conversation went something like this:

Cameron: “Hey man, remember that girl you saw on my Facebook and thought was hot?”

Brad: “I think so…”

Cameron: “Hold on, here she is.”

This lead to our immediate, first, and very awkward conversation on the phone! We both laughed it off and decided we would all have to get together some time. Cameron later brokered the exchange of our contact information but Brad never called!

So, I did what any self-respecting girl would do. I found him on Facebook, changed my profile picture to one of me in a bikini and sent him a “friend request.”

Some time went by without an acceptance from Brad. Then, he accepted me and called instantly. He later admitted to finally seeing the request, scrolling through all of my pictures and immediately calling me once he saw what I looked like! What a catch!

Shortly after, we went on our first date and we’ve pretty much been inseparable ever since!

The proposal occurred during the Christmas and Candle Light Tour at the Biltmore Estate in Ashville, NC. We got in the photo line to have our pictures taken in front of a massive and beautiful Christmas tree. After the first picture was taken, Brad asked the photographer if she would take one more. Then, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was prefect!!!

Our wedding was slightly unconventional to say the least. Our wedding reception was held at Tour Eiffel 58 (restaurant on the second level of the Eiffel Tour.) I mention the reception first because it was the night before the wedding. Guest dined on four courses of French cuisine while enjoying a breathtaking view of Paris at night. The wedding was the next day at the Chapel Expiatoire.

The ceremony opened with the mothers being seated, while a violinist and pianist played Make You Feel My Love. I walked down the aisle to Cannon in D and the musicians played So This is Love (from the Cinderella Waltz) during our first kiss as husband and wife. Before the first kiss, the Officiate asked the mothers to come up and stand next to us. Then he read, “before the couple has their first kiss as husband an wife, it is only fitting that their last kiss as singles, come from the women who gave them there very first kiss.” This moment was a surprise for the mothers and they both lost their composure. It was beautiful!

I would have to say the most unique moment in the wedding was the scripture reading. Brad told me he would take care of selecting a scripture for his sister to read during the ceremony. I was very concerned nonetheless I relinquished the task. During the ceremony his sister read a scripture followed by a reading of a card that I’d sent Brad a couple years back. She said, Brad told her that he saved the card because after reading it he knew I was the woman he wanted to marry. After the wedding we flew to Barcelona, Spain where we honeymooned for five days!!

Before the wedding my girlfriends asked what do I think Brad will do when he sees me walking down the aisle. Knowing that Brad is non-demonstrative and that I’ve only seen him cry twice I’d rely, “I’m not sure what he will do but I’m positive he won’t cry!” Well I was wrong; I got to the top of the stairs at the Chapel and saw my best friend and now husband, waiting for me with tears in his eyes. Hands down, the absolute BEST thing about my wedding day!!

Photography: Le Secret D'Audrey | Event Planning: Rendez-Vous In Paris | Wedding Dress : Sherri Hill | Cake: Dalloyau | Ceremony Venue: Chapelle Expiatoire | Reception Venue: Tour Eiffel 58 | Rings: Israel Diamonds

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Romantic Haute Couture Wedding Inspiration in Paris

This stunning Parisian inspiration photo shoot from Le Secret d’Audrey and Vanessa & Caroline all started with a Krikor Jabotian dress, and oh my goodness, is it a dress. I’m not usually a beaded gown type of girl, but the Lebanese designer’s dreamy blush masterpiece stole my heart, and now, there’s no going back. I’m OK with that though because I want to live in this Parisian fête, especially with the romantic florals and gilded French ballroom. Fall in love here.

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From Vanessa & Caroline – Créatrices de Mariages … We fell in love with Lebanese designer Krikor Jabotian and we wanted to shoot one of his amazing dress. We both agreed on this particular model ‘The Feyrouze’ as is it so unique and luminous. From there we built this styled shoot around gold and blush colors with an elegant yet simple and chic style.

Maison Champs-Elysées was a perfect fit with its golden decorations and elegant Paris feel, it matched our shoot ideally and is an amazing venue for a typical Paris reception in the heart of Paris, near the Champs-Elysées and the Eiffel Tower.

Paris is such a romantic city, it is really the city to fall in love all over again and it is one of the best place to get married. Everywhere in the city you can find spots to have a small ceremony and have great couple pictures. We love to plan intimate romantic weddings and hidden venues where couples can enjoy the authenticity of Paris.

The idea was to shoot a beautiful couple eloping in Paris, and show a dress different form the usual white one: a blush and golden gown that sparkles and reminds of Paris’s beauty and lights.

We decided to chose an organic and elegant style for the flowers and Lily Paloma created a centerpiece and bouquet that highlighted the table as well as the dress. The stationery from Imprimerie du Marais in letterpress and golden hues added perfectly to the mix. And the final touch with and elegant wedding cake from Synie’s Cupcakes.

Photography: Le Secret D'Audrey | Floral Design: Lily Paloma | Wedding Dress: Krikor Jabotian | Cake: Synie's | Stationery: La Belle Histoire | Ring: Eternamé | Hair And Makeup: Harold James | Groom's Attire: Artling | Venue: Maison Champs-Elysées | Event Styling & Planning: Vanessa & Caroline - Créatrices De Mariages | Film Processing: CarmencitaLab