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.
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