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This Inspiration Shoot Proves Paris is Always a Good Idea — Even in the Winter

As far as I’m concerned, winter is the worst. But through the lens of Catherine O’Hara and with a little help from my soulmate city, Paris, this inspiration session is making winter seem not only bearable, but also completely beautiful. Thanks to two gorgeous wedding dresses, stunning florals and details designed by Avec Weddings and Events, The Vault is full of everything you need to make your day a little prettier!

From Avec Weddings and EventsThe Paris sky in winter has a romantic soft grey hue. Set against the dusty blue rooftops and ivory building façades, this hue adds to the natural beauty and sophistication that comes with having a winter wedding in Paris.

This was the inspiration. To bring out the beauty of an intimate Paris winter elopement through warm candlelight, elegant florals and sophisticated design. To get a glimpse of a couple enjoying a romantic stroll in a jardin or locked in a private embrace in a cozy Haussmannian apartment. We chose to incorporate shades of Paris in winter; soft grey, dusty blue, pale ivory and blush pink.

The delicate lace wedding invitation suite provided by Ever After Press perfectly embraced the theme of the shoot. “Je t’aime, je t’adore, j’aime que la vie est belle, ton coeur est a moi, mon coeur est a toi” meaning “I love you, I adore you, I love that life is beautiful, your heart is mine, my heart is yours”.

The gorgeous wedding cake by the one and only Bertie’s CupCakery captured essence of a winter wedding in Paris. The incorporation of the lace detailing on the cake to the invitation suite is in a word exquisite. It truly was the star of the show.

For the table décor, hard marble plates were mixed with warm rose gold flatware and pale pink silk ribbon to add dimension to the design; a combination of hard and soft materials, cool and warm tones. The etched design swirl in the wine and champagne glasses adds a bit of whimsy to remind us that we are grabbing inspiration from the cool winter wind.

Let’s talk about the breathtaking blush wedding gowns from Zahavit Tshuba. Billowing trains of tulle, soft beading detail, jaw dropping pearl detail on the back of one of the dresses… need I go on? They were the perfect combination of sensual romance meets classical sophistication. Romantic, refined hair styling and soft, natural make up by Honorine Makeup Studios highlighted the grace in the inspiration.

The elegant floral design by Floraison made this shoot come to life. Loose florals of ranunculus, poppy, eucalyptus and jasmine creeping softly down the side of the fireplace with soft candle light beside creates a lovely wedding ceremony backdrop and is enough to make you melt. The bouquets of ranunculus, poppy, eucalyptus, jasmine and Christmas roses wrapped in flowing silk ribbons were absolutely swoon worthy.

All of this was beautifully captured by Catherine O’Hara Photography, who’s soft romantic style lent itself perfectly to this Paris Winter Shoot.

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Photography: Catherine O'Hara | Event Design: Avec Weddings and Events | Floral Design: Floraison | Wedding Dress: Zahavit Tshuba | Cake: Berties CupCakery | Stationery: Ever After Press | Hair + Makeup: Honorine Make Up Studios | Venue: Paris France | Models: Celine And Ben

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You’ll Never Believe What This Bride-To-Be Wore for Her E-Sesh

When an engagement session contains not one, but TWO custom made couture gowns you know you’re in for a real treat. Add in the cinematic beauty that is Paris and you’ve got yourself a gallery that could easily pass as Hollywood’s latest feature. With the ever-so-talented Le Secret d’Audrey snapping every second and sweet kiss, we’ve this pretty lil’ pair waiting for you in The Vault!

From Le Secret d’Audrey… Evelyn and Windy fell in Love with France and decided to celebrate their engagement with a photo shoot in the streets of Paris. Evelyn pictured herself strolling through the city with the most amazing gowns made custom for her. She opted for iconic designs to fit the timeless feel of the city. The cape on her gown was so perfect for Paris. We went through the Louvre and she looked as statuesque as the art around us. We ended up the day in a local cafe for a well deserved break. There is no better way to cuddle with your husband to be that at a French cafe when the sky is gray and all you want is drink hot chocolate and enjoy the show of the street.

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Photography: Le Secret d'Audrey | Film Lab: CarmencitaLab

This Flower-Filled Paris Wedding is an Absolute Fairytale

If this isn’t a fairytale wedding, I don’t know what is. First of all, it takes place at the Four Seasons Paris. Secondly, the Bride wore not one, but two of the most stunning wedding dresses from Galia Lahav and Reem Acra. Then there’s the ceremony flowers from Cristian Collin Esprit Fleurs and the reception flowers from Jeff Leatham and are they ever OMG-worthy. As if that all weren’t incredible enough, Le Secret D’Audrey was on-hand to capture every magical detail. Head to The Vault to fall in love with it all!


From Le Secret D’Audrey… Jeff and Sherry met in Paris so it was meant to be to get married in Paris this last fall in front of their friends and family. To be their photographers in Paris was a dream: each detail was perfectly at their image.

Their floral designers turned their ceremony and reception into a magical day to remember. Thanks to their planner Quintessentially Weddings, the 3 day event was an amazing experience for their guests.

From The Bride… Jeff and I met in Paris 2011 at a business convention. I still remember the day when we walked along Champs Elysees, taking in the scenery, shopping, chatting over a coffee. This is when we got to know each other and when our relationship grew. After his marriage proposal when it came time to decide the venue for our wedding, there was never a moment of doubt that we would choose Paris.

Our greatest moment was when we finally saw each other when I was walking down the aisle during the ceremony. I was holding my father’s arm, walking in, and Jeff was waiting at the end of the aisle. Two people from different cultural backgrounds, Jeff being from the States and myself being from Hong Kong, the moment and the feelings were indescribable.

For future brides, my advice would be to stop stressing about the details on the day of your wedding! Live in the moment and enjoy every second of your wedding. By the time you realize, the wedding will be a memory that you will cherish for a lifetime.

Lastly I would like to give a special thanks to Quintessentially Weddings for arranging everything perfectly, Audrey and Anthony for taking beautiful photos for us and Jeff Leatham and Cristian Collin Esprit Fleurs for the beautiful floral arrangements throughout our venues.

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Photography: Le Secret D'Audrey | Photography: One And Only Paris Photography | Event Planning: Quintessentially Weddings | Wedding Dress: Galia Lahav | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Ceremony Venue: Le Pavillon de Musique de la Comtesse du Barry | Reception Venue: Four Seasons Paris | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Ceremony Floral Design: Cristian Collin Esprit Fleurs | Reception Floral Design: Jeff Leatham

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