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Classic Couture Paris Wedding

Oh, Paris. You never disappoint. Fearless fashion, pristine architecture and infinite romance… a city made for weddings. And this one, seen through the lens of Le Secret D’Audrey? It’s everything Paris love should be, starting with that striking Paolo Corona dress. The Bride, prettied up by Sanni Sorma, was meant for this dress that sets the tone for the entire day. With Luxe Paris Events at the planning helm and Celebrant In Paris uniting these two love birds, it’s more pretty than you can dream up.

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From the beautiful Bride…Jason asked me to marry him while we were enjoying a romantic weekend on the Mornington Peninsula near Melbourne, Australia. As the sun was setting over a glass of champagne he gave me a beautiful diamond and proposed.

Jason and I wanted our wedding day to be intimate, beautiful, sacred, and filled with love. We discovered Audrey’s photos (Le Secret d’Audrey) of Parisian elopements and not only did we love her photography but as soon as we saw a photo of the Chapelle Expiatoire, a beautiful private chapel in the 8th Arrondissement, we knew we wanted to be married there. We were looking for a special destination that signified our love and everything about Paris and the Chapelle was perfect.

Through Audrey’s website I found my Dress designer Paolo Corona. I saw a dress designed by Paolo that I loved…it was feminine, soft and sensual. I emailed Paolo in Paris and the process of creating my dress began. Every part of the creation process (via skype & email) and final fitting with Paolo (and Billy) in Paris was pure joy…I sparkled from the inside out when I put my Dress on. Seeing me in that dress didn’t only bring a tear to Jason’s eye when I walked down the aisle but to my beautiful father too.

Billy (Luxe Paris Events) found a lovely private room for our reception at the Saint James Paris and then all the final details for our day fell into place. We were fortunate to find wonderful people to contribute to every part of our day. It was very special to have our dear friend Isabella Baumeler, an Opera Singer from Switzerland, join us and sing a capella in the Chapelle…her voice is incredible and touched everyone’s heart.

Our day was a magical day filled with love and romance. From the start of our day to the end we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day with so many touching moments.

I began my day meditating in the early hours of the morning…meditating on love, commitment, and the peace I felt as I was about to marry my soul mate. I never realized how much I would enjoy this day…every minute of it. The time before with my parents as we all got ready while Sanni was doing my hair and makeup, driving through the streets of Paris in our mint green Citroen, and then seeing Jason waiting for me as I walked down the aisle with my parents towards him, feeling the love we share between us and our beautiful connection, committing to our personally written vows, Isabella’s heart touching voice, the love of our loved ones…it was all so special.

Paris…the city, the Chapelle, the people…touched our hearts and we will forever remember our day of love in this romantic city.

Everyone who contributed to our day not only provided outstanding service but they all had an openness and gentleness about them. We were truly surrounded by love and provided with timeless memories to cherish.

Photography: Le Secret D'Audrey | Planner: Luxe Paris Events | Florist: Luxe Paris Events | Make Up: Sanni Sorma | Officiant: Celebrant In Paris | Car: Paris Authentic | Reception And Hotel: Saint James | Suit: Armani Collezioni | Video: Zen Film

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A Trip Through France on Film

I wish I could express how much I love Melanie Gabrielle for sending this gorgeous walk through France with us, but I’m just so awe-struck by each breathtaking image words have escaped me. As someone who would pack up and move to France at a moments notice, this gallery has given me serious motivation to make that move tomorrow, or at the very least, frame each of these stunning works of art for myself.

I love to travel. It’s a longing deep in my soul. and Europe has a special place in my heart since my family is from there; in fact, my mom still has family living throughout France. Normandy is one of my favorite places in France. It’s quiet, there are chateaus everywhere, and the people are some of the sweetest you’ll ever meet! The south of France is where my heart is though. The lavender, the olive trees, the stone buildings with beautiful blue shutters, the cobblestone streets… it’s heaven on earth.

Last may, I attended the Sylvie Gil Workshop in Normandy and decided to take my soon-to-be husband with me and do a little traveling before and after the workshop as a sort of “pre-honeymoon” trip since our wedding was only 6 weeks away! (ps. taking the train is THE way to travel around europe! It’s not too expensive, easy to navigate, and takes you almost anywhere you need to go!)

We started in the South of France, and had the most amazing time walking the streets of Grignan. We then made our way to Normandy where we visited Mont St. Michel (one of my favorite places on earth) and spent some time at Chateau le Val and Bruce Chateau for the workshop.

After the workshop was over we headed to Paris to spend the last few days exploring the city of love. We stayed at the Hotel Splendid and highly recommend it! It has the PERFECT view of the Eiffel Tower and it’s romantic twinkling lights. 

A few days in to our stay in Paris, we took a day trip to Strasbourg in Alsace, a little town on the border of Germany with a lot of German influence, to visit some family.

Our last night in Paris, we made reservations at 58 Tour Eiffel, one of the restaurants on top of the Eiffel Tower, had the most amazing meal, and watched the sun set over Paris. It was the most romantic night in the city of love, and I can’t wait to go back!

Photography: Melanie Gabrielle | Bed And Breakfast In Grignan: Pour Les Vacances | Chateau: Chateau Le Val | Chateau: Bruce Chateau | Eiffel Tower Restaurant: 58 Tour Eiffel | Film Processing And Scanning: Richard Photo Lab | Hotel In Le Mont St Michel: Hotel Mercure | Hotel In Paris: Hotel Splendid | Workshop: Sylvie Gil Workshop

Romantic Paris Engagement Session

After going through this engagement shoot, I would argue that no city is more romantic than Paris. These photos by Kayla Barker have me not only dreaming of idyllic French getaways, but drooling over this bride-to-be’s style. From the glamorous pink creation to the chic red lace dress, she captured the Parisian flair perfectly, and these moments are where I shall remain until I must return to reality once again.

From The Bride… My fiancé Chris and I planned to go to Europe for a month as a pre-wedding trip and decided to get some engagement photos taken whilst we were over there. We contacted Kayla Barker because we fell in love with the beautiful photos sampled in her portfolio. She’s a very talented photographer and so we were very excited when Kayla said she was available to take the engagement photos for us in Paris. As Audrey Hepburn says, “Paris is always a good idea” and the most romantic city in the world. We were so happy and amazed when we saw the beautiful film scans from Kayla. Taking our engagement photos in Paris was one of the best decisions that we made and having Kayla capture the moment for us made it extra special. The engagement session was so fun and we had plenty of laughs along the way.

Photography: Kayla Barker Fine Art Photography | Jewelry: Forever New | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Hair Clip: Glamadonna | Make-up & Hair: Sanni Sorma | Pink Dress: Bariano | Pink Shoes: Antonio Melani | Red Dress: Review | Red Shoes: Fergalicious By Fergie Shoes | Rhinestone Belt: Cynthier | Suit: Institchu | Tie: Tarocash

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