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Romantic Spring Destination Wedding in Paris

Escaping to Paris with the one you love? That’s about as good as it gets. But do it with makeup guru Sanni Sorma and photo genius Ian Holmes by your side, and you’ll get a destination “I do” with pin-worthy moments from start to finish. It’s just the ticket to wrap up this Wedding Wednesday, and the pretty goes on in the gallery right here.

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From The Bride… Nobody can deny that marrying your best friend is one of the most special moments in life…but having the opportunity to marry him in Paris in undeniably the most romantic thing in this world. At least it was for me…

Everyone asks, why Paris?

I should start by saying it was not a life long dream for me to wed in Paris. In fact, I had visited Paris as a teenager and wasn’t a huge fan. But, when I met Tim (hubs), I learned very quickly that traveling to Paris was on his bucket list. So, I knew we would go there together at some point and was curious to revisit the City of Lights as an adult! The thought never crossed my mind that we would one day marry there.

We looked into venues all over California and nothing clicked. We were waiting for that place we would walk into and just “know”, because everyone told us that would happen. After nearly a year of searching, I was beginning to feel like we were going to turn into that couple who was engaged for life. Then, one day while searching the Internet for new ideas, I came across a wedding photo of a couple in Paris and fell in love. At that point, I knew there were no other options. Voila, our search had ended.

Six short months later, we arrived in Paris with 48 of our closest family and friends. While we did hire a wedding planner, we did most of the work ourselves via the Internet & I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised at how well things turned out! Thank you Style Me Pretty for all your inspiring posts!!!

Our adventure began on Friday evening with a group picnic at Champs De Mars, where we enjoyed baguettes, cheese, fruit & wine. Then, we all hopped on a double decker bus for a private tour of the city. It was fantastic! Everyone sat up top and took in the scenery of Paris while catching up with old friends and making new ones. We had the bus drop us off at Hotel Balzac, where we continued the party over cocktails.

Saturday, we met our guests in the 12th Arrondissement where we set off on an evening cruise of the river Seine. We were blessed with great weather and a beautiful sunset. Truly, there is no better way to see the sights of Paris.

It seemed like Sunday arrived in a flash! Tim and I decided to do a first look so we would have more time to celebrate with our family and friends. We rented a classic Rolls Royce for the occasion—and I quickly learned how hard it was to get in and out of a car in a wedding dress! We visited the Louvre and a couple other locations for photos before stopping at a café for a quick pre wedding cocktail.

From the moment we stepped into our venue, it was magical. I found Maison Des Polytechniciens online while searching for a reception location & was blown away by the intricate details of the interior. Tim and I also really wanted a small intimate wedding & we were lucky enough to get the entire venue to ourselves. Therefore, we decided to host both the ceremony and reception there.

Paris was everything we had dreamed of and more. What we loved most was that we were able to spend quality time with each and everyone one of our guests over the weekend. We got to enjoy watching my Mom experience her first trip to Europe, hear stories of friends reconnecting with their husbands over their travels, and got to witness the magic of Paris through my 8 year old cousin’s eyes. And, just as we hoped, by the time we hit the reception, all 50 of us were family.

The night ended with us sneaking a quick trip to the Eiffel Tower for a photo, while our guests took a dance break from dinner. We came back, ate croquembouche, and then cabbed it to the nightclub Queen to dance…because what else would you do in Paris?!

Photography: Ian Holmes | Wedding Planner: Bride & Adair Currie | Floral Design: Dairing Events - Adair Currie | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: Dalloyau | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Groom's Attire: Anthony Franco | Groom's Shoes: Cole Haan | Ceremony Music: Ivana Strings | Boat Cruise: Canauxrama | Bus Rental: France Tourisme | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Maison Des Polytechniciens | Hair : Sonja Stein | Invitations & Paper Goods: Heather O'Brien | Makeup: Sanni Sorma | Transportation: Classic Rents

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Paris Luxury Wedding Inspiration

My husband and I honeymooned in the City of Lights, and you know all that stuff they say about it being ridiculously romantic? Well, it’s all pretty darn true. Lucky for us, the proof is at our fingertips with this Parisian inspiration shoot that’ll leave you speechless. La Fabrique à Rêves planned the luxurious details, Sandra Aberg snapped the gorgeous photos and Mg-image caught it all on film. More right here!

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Paris being known as one of the most romantic places all over the world, hence every wedding and event we organize there is a delight.

This time was about creating an Inspirational shooting around the luxury given by the Shangri-La Hotel Paris, located at the heart of Paris with the legendary Jardin des Tuileries just around the corner.

With the great participation of two talented artists; mg-image and Sandra Aberg, we knew we were able to create an inspirational ambiance beyond expectations.

The Shangri-La Hotel Paris opened its doors to us, delivering an inspiring universe where we wanted to highlight the Parisian elegance and refinement with green accents, light pink flown by the authentic gold touch.

We’ve had a great time planning everything and making this happen, not to mention the amazing vendors working with us, thinking of Samuel Rocher with his talented team and our beautiful models for couple.

Very special thanks and acknowledgment go to Sandra Aberg for her remarkable talent capturing moments and to Gabriel Menassier from mg-image for his incredible video.

Photography: Sandra Aberg | Cinematography: Mg-image | Wedding Planner: La Fabrique à Rêves | Wedding Gown: Jenny Packham | Stationery: A Creative Affair | Groom's Attire: Artling | Groom's Shoes: Faubourg Saint Sulpice | Bridal Boutique: Vintage Bride | Bride's Headpiece: Jannie Baltzer | Hair & Makeup Artist: Samuel Rocher | Hair & Makeup Artists: César Carvalho, Brenda And Anaïs | Hotel: Shangri-La Paris | Jewelery: Maison Chaumet | Model: Ludivine Grosjean

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Romantic Parisian Engagement Session

There’s a lot of love about Paris — the Eiffel Tower, Champs-Elysées, Versailles, croissants – and now we can add this absolutely breathtaking engagement shoot to the list. Each dress, rented from Ma Bonne Amie, fulfills every being-in-love-in-Paris fantasy a girl could conjure. All this, of course, is perfectly captured by Ian Holmes. So make sure to head on over to the full gallery for more Parisian inspired romance.


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From  Ian Holmes Photography… Kelly & Tan recently got engaged, Tan proposing whilst over in Vienna. Traveling again through Europe they decided to have an engagement shoot in Paris. Kelly packed two outfits specifically for the shoot but really wanted a third dress for the final shots. I put her in touch with Ma Bonne Amie in Paris who rent out some truly beautiful gowns. One of which you can see modeled perfectly by Kelly in the final images. A big thanks to Catherine O’Hara for assisting and Chloe from Ma Bonne Amie who was kind enough to come along on the shoot and take care of details.

Dress Hire: Ma Bonne Amie | Photography - Assistance: Catherine O'Hara

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