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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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Intimate Destination Wedding in Paris

We’ve seen our fair share of weddings set in the City of Lights, but this destination affair photographed by Clary Pfeiffer is going down as my absolute favorite. A mix of old world romance and modern luxury, it’s a day you’d probably never guess was primarily planned by the couple and their vendors via email – with a little help from Google translator along the way! Get your swoon on in the gallery right here.

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From The Bride… If one were to ask about the idea of a destination wedding in Paris – elopement or intimate wedding – my advice would be: DO IT! It was the best decision that I could have made. The beautiful, old world architecture was perfect for wedding photographs, the most Michelin star chefs per square capita in the world was perfect for a gourmet wedding meal, and the romance of the city makes Paris a wedding destination second to none. In addition to these reasons, we originally chose Paris as a honeymoon destination because my groom is in the food and beverage industry, and we planned to indulge in the finest culinary creations in the world. In researching Paris as a wedding destination, I thought: How daring, romantic, luxurious, and unforgettable!

Three things to note about Paris…(1) There are strict residency and legal requirements to get married in Paris, but nothing is stopping you from getting married in the U.S. beforehand and having a symbolic ceremony with a celebrant in Paris; (2) Many vendors and venues are closed for part of July and the entire month of August; (3) Google translate via email will become your best friend as many vendors prefer to communicate in French. The good news – you could plan your own wedding in Paris mainly via email as I did with patience and persistence.

In 1826, Chapelle Expiatoire was constructed in memory of King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette. The old world architectural features, acoustics, natural lighting, and circular structure are perfect for an intimate ceremony. Violinist Rodolfo Benitez played some of our favorite classical music to include Ludovico Einaudi.

We could not marry in Paris without obtaining wedding photographs in front of Lady Eiffel and Pont des Arts. Clary Pfeiffer, our wedding photographer, was amazing about placement and poses, incredibly professional and hardworking, and fun to be around. I was drawn to Clary Pfeiffer’s photography because she captures romantic photographs using soft light at flattering angles. The Eiffel Tower, riddled with tourists, added to the character of the photographs. We followed tradition at Pont des Arts, and enclosed a heart-shaped locket with our names and the wedding date on a chain link of the bridge, and made a wish upon the skeleton key as it was launched in to the Seine.

During our photography session, we sent our guests on a tour of Paris in a luxury vehicle with an English-speaking tour guide and champagne. The tour included all of the major sights in Paris.

The Four Seasons Paris George V offered us the most comprehensive and attractive wedding package of all luxury hotels in Paris. I have never experienced luxury, first class service, exquisite French design, and mind-blowing cuisine as during my entire wedding experience at the Four Seasons Paris. The reception took place in Salon Anglais modeled after the library at Versailles. Jeff Leatham created an amazing floral design. Our decadent wedding meal was the best I have ever had to include foie gras, sea bass, filet mignon, and chocolate mousse cheesecake. Violinist Rodolfo Benitez provided amazing music from Bob Marley to Lauryn Hill.

Photography: Clary Pfeiffer | Invitations: Smitten On Paper | Ceremony Venue: Chapelle Expiatoire | Reception Venue: Four Seasons Paris George V, Salon Anglais | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Makeup: Clotilde Sourisseau | Hair: James By JMS | Bride's Bodice : Monique Lhuillier | Bride's Custom Skirt: Green And Blue Studio Couture | Engagement And Wedding Rings: Eli Jewels | Florist For Ceremony: Amaryllis Fleurs | Groom's Tux: Saint Laurent Tuxedo | Porsche Rental : AAA Luxury Car Rentals | Violinist : Rodolfo Benitez

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Organic Elegant Paris Wedding Inspiration

For far too long Paris has lived on my ‘wanderlist’, and today I’ve gone off the deep end with this utterly romantic shoot from Le Secret D’Audrey and Wedding Paris. The organic arrangements from Lily Paloma complement the Inbal Dror dress, while the dreamy white setting, with it’s lengthy drapes, candlelight and herringbone floors encompass elegance galore. Join me in the gallery for more.

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From Wedding Paris… When I proposed Audrey about organizing a styled shoot, I did not have a precise idea of which side of the parisian wedding I wanted to show. But when she gave the idea of shooting in a typical Parisian apartment all white with mouldings, it became an evidence that we wanted the result to be “simple” but oh so elegant and romantic!

Because Paris IS elegance. Because Paris is Romance. Getting married in Paris does not need too many artifices because this city brings you straightforward to the point that it is enough for itself. That was exactly the point of the shoot.

Lovers having dinner in a Parisian architectural apartment with a delightful fireplace like we can only find in France, tones of silver and white and an amazing light captivated by Audrey.

For the flowers, we wanted something organic and fresh with light tones surrounded by the heat of candlelights. Lily Paloma used wonderful buttercups, anemones and roses. Not to mention the amazing Inbal Dror dress all embroidered of white and silver that fitted so nicely in the atmosphere. The silver bolded stationeries seemed to be the continuity of the crockery.

Photography: Le Secret D'Audrey | Event Styling: Wedding Paris | Event Planning: Wedding Paris | Floral Design: Lily Paloma | Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror | Cake: Paris Luxury Cakes | Stationery: Ever After Press | Hair And Makeup: Harold James | Venue: Private Residence | Bridal Boutique: Metal Flaque

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Surprise Paris Proposal

I’m still struggling to wrap my mind around how amazing this whole situation is. Not only did this lucky lady get one gorgeous sparkler placed on her ring finger, but she got a whirlwind trip to Paris on the side. And to ensure that not a moment would be forgotten, Catherine O’Hara trailed along and captured every fantastic French moment. Even on National Proposal Day, I’m not sure if anything beats this.

From the Bride… What was supposed to be a weekend trip just outside of San Diego, California turned into the most romantic trip of my lifetime.

Cole, my boyfriend of six years, told me to pack my bags for a short weekend trip. Next thing I knew, we were in the airport terminal and he already had my passport. I had no idea where we were jetting off to since I had a grad school event in two days, but when I put on my “Oui, Mon Cherie” (French for “Yes my dear”) sweatshirt and Cole laughed, I knew we were headed to my dream destination: Paris! I was overjoyed! I had never been to Europe before and I could finally put all those French courses to good use in the most romantic city in the world.

Cole isn’t always a planner, so I was shocked when he had this secret going. With the help of my two best friends, Cole planned the whirlwind trip. The next big surprise was when we headed off to one of Cole’s favorite spots, Sacré-Cœur. We had been sleeping off jet lag when he suddenly declared we had to get to Montmartre. We hopped in a cab and were on our way. As we weaved in and out of the summer crowds around the magnificent mountain top church, I could feel Cole rummaging through his pockets. The rest was a blur! I don’t love being the center of attention, so when he got down on one knee, I quickly and excitedly said, “YES! Now get up! GET UP!” He had planned so well, that there was a secret photographer to capture the moment. We then gallivanted throughout Paris as a happy freshly engaged couple, with photographer Catherine O’Hara poetically documenting our new bliss!

Truly a “Oui, Mon Cherie” moment!

Photography: Catherine O'Hara | Location: Paris, France

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Romantic Paris Summer Wedding

Paris weddings whisk me away to a whole other world, one that is overflowing with blush and gold, where the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe appear in the background of all photos. This lucky couple said their vows in this magically chic place with a celebration planned by Fete in France, captured by BKT Films. It’s time to pop some champagne, dive into K Hulett’s photos and prepare to fall in love.

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From Fête in France… Mary & Jason are a Brooklyn, NY based couple. Jason’s family is based in Paris and Mary’s family had spent time in Paris during her childhood. It was Paris where they first met, and though it was elsewhere and a while later before they got together, they couldn’t think of anywhere more perfect than Paris to get married.

Mary and Jason’s wedding was one of the most fabulous weddings we’ve had the pleasure of organizing. The event was filled with elegance and class, with elements of fun and amusement mixed in. The day was filled with surprises from bagpipers, to vintage Citroen cars, custom cocktails, and a light up dance floor for an amazing party atmosphere.

The couple had an elegant ceremony held at the American Church in Paris. At the end of the ceremony the bride and groom were led down the aisle by bagpipers – a surprise for everyone including the newlyweds and a nod to the groom’s Scottish heritage. Following the ceremony the couple was whisked away in a vintage Citroen Traction and the wedding party was picked up in colorful convoy of vintage Citroen 2CV cars – to top it off the drivers donned berets and striped “marinière” shirts. The parade of cars took the bridal party to the Eiffel Tower for group shots and then the bride and groom set off for their own personal shoot. Beautiful shots overlooking all of Paris were taken from the panoramic terrace of the Hotel Raphael and after pictures around the city the couple met their guests at the Salons France-Amériques for champagne and a menu of signature cocktails expertly crafted by mixologists from Paris’ hippest bar. Dinner was held in gorgeous salons overflowing with white and pink flowers. Each guest had a hand crafted paper Eiffel Tower filled with chocolates at their place setting. Following dinner everyone headed downstairs into the converted Turkish bath which was transformed into a nightclub for the event. The band led Mary and Jason in with Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” and the DJ quickly transitioned to start the party with Jay-z’s “Empire State of Mind.” The DJ had guests dancing well into the night on a colorful light up dance floor that brought the party atmosphere to the next level!

Photography: K Hulett Photography | Videography: BKT Films | Event Planning: Fete in France | Floral Design: Sol Y Flor | Wedding Dress: Anna Maier ~ Ulla-Maija | Cake: Synie's | Invitations: Bella Figura | Ceremony Venue: American Church In Paris | Reception Venue: Salons France-Amériques | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Hair & Makeup: JMS by James | Calligraphy: Kathy Saunders, Artful Celebrations | DJ: Discotecnik | Groom's Attire: Michael Andrews Bespoke | Transportation: Classic Rent | Jazz Band: Jazz Around Midnight

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