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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 Lee 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: Imprimerie Du Marais | 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

Toe That Line’s C.J.’s Romantic Paris Engagement Session

Ahhhh, Paris. The City of Light, City of Love… Whatever you call it, Paris is truly magical, and the most romantic city in the world to fall in love — and  have your engagement session! Blogger Bride-to-be, C.J. of Toe That Line, and her handsome fiancé (who met on an international class trip in law school!) did just that, and shared all the Rhianne Jones-captured dreamy, Parisian magic with us in the gallery here!

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From the beautiful Bride… Traveling is probably our greatest shared love (well, after food, but sometimes they are one in the same!). We have traveled to over 18 countries across five continents together over the past few years. In fact, we met on an international class trip in law school and we were engaged while traveling in Istanbul. When it came time to plan our wedding, a destination was a natural fit.

I truly wanted a French feel to our wedding, combining the rustic charm of Provence with the beachy fun of San Tropez. While we eventually settled on the “American Riviera,” satisfying each of those styles in the areas surrounding Santa Barbara, I started out hoping for the South of France.

Because he was the absolute best fiancé on earth and he knew about my dreams, he planned a surprise trip for my 30th birthday. We would visit both Paris and the French Riviera! When I got wind of the plan, I decided it was the perfect opportunity to have our engagement photos taken. Enter Rhianne Jones, an adorable Brit living and working in Paris. After much research, we chose Rhianne to be our photographer for that chilly February morning and we are beyond pleased with the result.

We were blessed with a brilliant sunrise in the City of Light and now we have memories – and stunning images – to last a lifetime. It also afforded me the opportunity to shoot for my style blog in the most amazing of locations. And, in the process, we got an unforgettable tour of fair Paris. From the steps of the Trocadero to the Pont Alexandre bridge (which became the image used on our Save the Date card) to croissants and coffee at a perfectly Parisian cafe! We even got the chance to add our own lock (which he thoughtfully designed and ordered in advance) to the collection on the Pont des Arts bridge. A dream come true!

While we didn’t end up selecting any of the French venues we visited to host our nuptials, I couldn’t be happier that we made the trip together and captured our time in Paris to celebrate our engagement.

Photography: Rhianne Jones

Romantic Parisian Elopement

I think it’s safe to say that there’s nothing quite as romantic as a Parisian elopement.  But when you take that crazy romance and add in a dream team of vendors (think Les Productions De La FabrikAude Abadie and Wedding Paris), it’s a day that is utterly speech-defying in its beauty.  Imagine lush blooms, a sweet duo and breathtaking landscapes.  Click here, and get swept away.

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From Les Productions De La FabrikKristy & Colin come from Austin, in Texas. They decided to get married in the City of Love, just the two of them, and their elopement took place in front of the Eiffel Tower, at the romantic Bir Hakeim Bridge. The sunny spring was there and tears and laughs too! We had such a lovely time for the couple shots in Paris, with a delicate sunset on the Alexander III Bridge.

Photography: Les Productions De La Fabrik | Event Planning: Wedding Paris | Floral Design: Au Jardin De Matisse | Hair And Makeup: James | Officiant: Aude Abadie | Hotel: Renaissance Wagram

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Romantic Anniversary Session in the City of Love

It’s hard for me to put into words how special Paris truly is. Even after spending a year living in the City of Lights, I’m still mesmerized by its magic, and no photographs seem to do it justice. But the photos of this couple’s romantic anniversary session from Gert Huygaerts Photography come close.  As the beautiful bride perfectly states below, “leaving Paris awakened something in us.” One look at the gallery, and I promise you’ll be awakened, too.

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From the beautiful Bride… After my trip to Paris, I truly understand why it is called the city of love. It is a magical place like no other. The city gives couples the chance to reminisce and forget about all the worries of everyday life. Time slows down there and you learn to appreciate all the smells, light, sounds, and beauty around you. It would be impossible to explain the giddiness I felt while wandering this old city with my husband. It is something that neither of us will ever forget… that day we walked through Paris hand-in-hand and so in love.

“We travel to open our hearts and eyes. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again – to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.” – Pico Iyer

I read this quote before our trip to Paris and it hit home. Marriage can be hard work and sometimes you just need to take a moment to escape together and remember why you fell in love in the first place. This trip definitely opened our eyes and brought us that much closer together. We are so thankful for that experience.

It was a slow Wednesday evening in January and my husband was stuck late at work. I texted him “Let’s go to Paris!”. He thought I was joking… A couple of weeks earlier we agreed to go on a trip instead of exchanging normal presents for Christmas. We have traveled up and down the east coast together, but never to Europe. I started looking at plane tickets and realized we could make this Europe trip a reality. A month later and we were there, in Paris! It was a dream come true and we both couldn’t have been happier.

As a wedding planner I knew we would have to take this once in a lifetime opportunity and get some anniversary photos taken. I found Gert Huygaerts Photography through the SMP Little Black Book. I instantly fell in love with his film photography and knew he would be the perfect fit!

The day before the photo shoot my husband and I roamed the city. We gathered local fruits, flowers, and desserts. We had so much fun foraging together. I love sharing my passion for design with my husband and it makes me smile when he enjoys being a part of the process. The shoot was a last minute idea, just like the trip itself, but we poured our hearts into it. It is a true reflection of us and our love for sweets, flowers, and everything Parisian.

We woke up the morning of the shoot and were so happy to have decent weather. It was a bit overcast, but the temperature was nice. Ciara Coiffure and Charles Gillman met me at our flat for hair and makeup and worked their magic. I slipped on my gorgeous Erin Fetherston gown and we were out the door! Gert guided us around all the most beautiful parts of the city. The photo shoot was a tour in itself! We traveled to the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Tuileries Garden, the Seine River, and ended it back at our flat across from Notre Dame. It was a whirlwind of a day, but we wouldn’t have had it any other way!

Leaving Paris was tough, but it awakened something in both of us. It made us want to live a little more and appreciate every day. Since our return home we are already trying to plan our trip back! Paris does that to you.

Photography: Gert Huygaerts Photography | Event Design: Emily Claire Events | Dress: Erin Fetherston | Jewelry: Givenchy | Jewelry: Kate Spade | Makeup: Charles Gillman | Hair: Ciara Coiffure | Calligraphy: The Oblique Pen | Film Processing: Carmencita Film Lab | Suit: Banana Republic

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