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Springtime in Paris Elopement

It almost goes without saying that when you combine one of the most beautiful places in the world with the lens of Le Secret D’Audrey, the video skills of Duncan Wolfe, and the coordination of Luxe Paris Events you will have one of the most beautiful weddings ever. Not to mention when it’s topped off with a couple so in love that every single image will leave you believing in fairytale endings. Happy swooning!

From Luxe Paris EventsOur first meeting it was obvious that Brian and Bridget were a very special couple. Their love shines brighter than the Tour Eiffel at night and working with them for this special moment was truly a breeze. Their appreciation of my work and their trust that I would bring it all together really made working with them a pleasure. I find the Musee Rodin to be one of the most magical monuments Paris has to offer. It offers ornate “classic french” details but remains simplistically beautiful. The chateau (once the home of the artist Rodin) paired with the expansive garden, home to Rodin’s many sculptures and fountains, it offers a fabulous backdrop in the center of Paris that feels like you are 100s of miles away in the countryside. The special and romantic nature of the venue, for me, reflected perfectly the amazing couple that Brian and Bridget are. After their ceremony they were whisked away in a mint colored vintage car with their photographer for a fabulous picture taking adventure before returning to a private apartment on rive gauche for dinner prepared by a private chef. It was romantic, simplistic but fabulous and the perfect little get a way for the elopement of the perfect couple.

Photography: Le Secret D'Audrey | Videography: Duncan Wolfe | Event Planning: Luxe Paris Events | Floral Design: Luxe Paris Events | Wedding Dress: "Aspen" By Amsale | Cake: Paris Luxury Cakes | Ceremony Venue: Musee Rodin | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Groom's Attire: David Watkins | Makeup & Hair: Sanni Sorma

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Intimate Elopement in Paris

In my humble opinion, it doesn’t get any more romantic than being in France with the one you love. Crossing the globe from Perth to Paris, this couple chose the City of Lights as their destination “I do”. Beautifully planned by DREAMS IN PARIS they were wed in an intimate ceremony, and Le Secret D’Audrey was there to capture every lovestruck moment. Take a look at the gorgeous gallery right here.

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From Le Secret D’AudreyAs a photographer in Paris, I know how couples flying to Paris to get married are looking for romance. And it is exactly what I love about Paris. As a local I am always happy to stroll through the city with the newlyweds for couples photos in some of the most amazing locations Paris has to offer. When I discovered Cherie was a talented stylist in Australia, I knew her intimate elopement in Paris would be stunning. It didn’t hurt she married an handsome man like Rhett. Looking at them being emotional while exchanging vows reminded me how privileged I was as a wedding photographer to witness such milestone moments in life.

From the beautiful Bride… Rhett proposed to me very intimately at the Viceroy Bali in Ubud.
He asked me to marry him over a romantic dinner in the privacy of our beautiful villa. It was a dream setting under the stars overlooking the Valley of the Kings. Our ceremony was at Chapelle Expiatoire which is located in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. The Chapel was dedicated to King Louis XVI and his wife, Queen Marie Antoinette. Our reception dinner was at Le Cinq, Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris. Rhett and I both share the same love for Paris. The history and the beauty of the city, so when we decided we wanted to elope (just the two of us) we knew it had to be Paris. We found Chapelle Expiatoire through a blog which also led us to our amazing photographer – Audrey from Le Secret d’Audrey. We didn’t really think too much of the date but we knew we wanted the season to be right which is why we chose later in June as the start of June can still be cold and rainy in Paris. A mid week wedding is less crowded and the Chapel can be booked for private weddings. We wanted the wedding to be elegant, simple and timeless. For our music we had a harp in the Chapel played by Caroline Lieby. We decided to elope because we really wanted the day to be about just the two of us with no distractions, as much as we love our family and friends we really wanted this moment for us, intimate and romantic, something between only Rhett and I. I had organized a gown a year prior to getting married but unfortunately the designer did not produce the garment that was promised. So 4 weeks out till my wedding day I was without a dress and having a little melt down! A colleague of mine had worn a Karen Willis Holmes dress for her wedding and oddly enough she also had a very similar story to mine. She had told me how wonderful Karen Willis Holmes had been to her when she went through the same drama. I immediately went online and after looking on the Karen Willis Holmes website I instantly fell in love with the ready to wear collection and in particular the Anya gown. By luck they had it in stock, unfortunately it wasn’t my size but after a few alterations it fitted like it was made for me! I can honestly say this was the dress I was meant to be married in and the service that I received by Prea and Karen was outstanding. I found it extremely hard to find shoes that were comfortable and simple as I didn’t want any jewels that could get caught on the inside of the dress while I was walking and I also needed them to be comfortable for Paris. I found my shoes through Windsor Smith, nothing fancy but this did not matter too much to me. I wore a veil which I purchased online through Karen Willis Holmes and my earrings were chosen by my husband and purchased from Swarovski in Paris.

From DREAMS IN PARISCherie & Rhett fell in love in Australia, in Perth, the city where they work and where they live together. When they decided to get married, they chose Paris, the city of love, as their wedding destination. They wanted an intimate elopement, something very special, a magical place to celebrate their love for each other and they wanted their elopement wedding in Paris to be remembered forever. Cherie got in touch with me last summer. Enough time to prepare this very important day the way she always imagined. A very elegant, simple, but sophisticated French-touch wedding, with a dreamy romantic atmosphere. And finally on her wedding day, everything was perfect: the sun, her amazing dress, the beautiful peonies in her hand, the white 1951 Bentley, her favorite song played on a harp, the light chapel… and of course Rhett next to her. Cherie and Rhett spent plenty of time in Paris by capturing the romantic flair of the French city, walked into its avenues and boulevards, discovered its historical monuments, making sightseeing and talking about their chance to have found each other – before leaving for their next adventures, starting with their honeymoon they currently spend in the South of France.

Photography: Le Secret D'Audrey | Event Planning: DREAMS IN PARIS | Gown: Karen Willis Holmes | Ceremony Venue: Chapelle Expiatoire | Hair And Makeup: James Harold | Officiant: Christian | Ceremony : Chapelle Expiatoire | Film Lab: Carmencita | Manicure: Pierre Arnaud | Music: Caroline Lieby | Shoes : Windsor Smith | Stylist: Cherie Tara | Tux Groom: Parker & Co - Armani Collezioni Suit

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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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