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.
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