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Parisian Montmartre Proposal

Every “Will you marry me?” moment is beautiful in its own right, but when it’s set in a Montmartre cafe and captured by the amazing Greg Finck…let’s just say we’re a wee bit jealous. Filled with tears and joy (and some seriously stylish moments to boot!) there’s no reason to miss the gallery of goodies all snapped to perfection. Get started here!

From Greg Finck… Tess comes from California and has been living in Paris for some years now. She met Sebastien, a pure Parisian, through the work. Tess and Sebastien just decided that they would quit their job and leave for a for 12-months trip around the world just before moving to the US.

Just before that, they contacted me to realize a couple session and capture some of the moments they lived, as a couple, in Paris. They really wanted to have that session in Montmartre, as this is the area where they had been living for the past year. I couldn’t really say otherwise as Montmartre is the place where I’ve been living in Paris for some years now, and I know the area pretty well. We met in a café around a glass of Chablis, and we took a date for that shoot.

However, some days before the shoot, Sebastien called me to announce me he had decided to propose to Tess during the shoot. He wanted to start by casual couple portraits in Montmartre, and would then take Tess to Café Francoeur, their favorite place in the area, and propose to her. He admitted he was kind of stressed by the idea to propose with a photographer around but I promised I would be very discreet. Tess didn’t have a clue about it.

We started the session a typical couple session, enjoying the nice view from Montmartre even though it was a cold winter day. We then went to Café Francoeur, where Sebastien had all planned. A waiter then brought Tess a gift. It was an antique book of Winnie the Pooh, Tess’ favorite. On the first pages of the book there were some private words, hand-written by Sebastien, which immediately led to Tess’ tears. I can only imagine the words of love that were written here. Then Sebastien put some earphones on Tess’ ears, playing a song special to them. I was sitting at a table nearby, and they were so much into emotion that they couldn’t even feel my presence. After the song, Tess’ eyes were full of tears, and that’s when Sebastien decided to propose. An intense proposal, where he took the ring he had hidden in his pocket. I think images speak for themselves.

This is honestly one of the most intense session I had the opportunity to shoot, and a very special moment to share with these two.

Photography: Greg Finck | Film Scans: Richard Photo Lab

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Fall Paris Engagement

SMPers, this sweet autumn engagement is yet another reason why Paris is ALWAYS a good idea. Especially when you’ve got Catherine O’Hara Photography by your side! She shot these two sweeties in the City of Lights and you can swoon through every moment in the gallery right here.

From the Bride… I am beyond excited to share with you the photos from my recent engagement shoot in Paris! My fiance and I are very newly engaged and had the amazing opportunity to take our engagement photos while on a European holiday. We had the 17-day trip planned approximately 9 months ago and got engaged about 2 weeks prior to leaving… The stars aligned and we were fortunate enough to secure the amazing Catherine O’Hara to shoot our pictures.

If you all enjoy viewing these photos only half as much as we enjoyed shooting them then I think that is a success! This was a truly magical shoot as the leaves and fall colors are just beginning to change in this most romantic city.

Photography: Catherine O'Hara Photography | Dress: Nanette Lepore | Dress: Naven | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bag: Chanel | Belt: Marni | Blazer: Etro | Suit: Armani | Trench Coat: Gryphon

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Romantic, Fashionable Paris Elopement

If I could roll everything I love into one perfect post, it would look exactly like this. It’s what happens when two madly in love sweethearts throw caution to the wind and elope in the City of Lights with Caroline Yoon by their side. And if a morning (virtual) escape to Paris sounds equally as enticing, you can join me right here.


From the Bride… When Christian and I began planning our wedding, we knew we wanted our day to be simple, intimate and meaningful. Even still, I found myself burdened by the social expectations and conventions that come along with throwing a traditional wedding. At one point, I turned to Christian and said, “I wish we could elope to Paris.” His immediate response was, “Why can’t we? Let’s do it.” I was so touched by his openness and sense of adventure that, for the first time, I began to think that the wedding day we dreamed of was possible.

From there, everything fell into place in a serendipitous way. Choosing a dress became surprisingly easy. I eschewed traditional ball gowns as impractical for winter in Paris and instead selected a silk column gown that truly spoke to me with its sculpted clean lines and sense of restrained elegance. When the American Church in Paris told us that it was only available for the exact date and time that we were hoping for, we knew it was fate.

Our wedding day was like the city of Paris itself: austere, lovely, and mysterious. After a simple Protestant ceremony at the American Church in Paris, Christian arranged for us to be picked up by a vintage Rolls Royce to tour the wintry streets of Paris. Our dinner reception was held at the incomparable Four Seasons. Being in a foreign country made it easier for us to entrust ourselves to the moment and allow our wedding day to unfold organically. Some of our loved ones also made their way to Paris to celebrate our moment — a gesture that I will always treasure. As Ernest Hemingway memorably wrote, Paris is a moveable feast and the city will stay with us forever.

Photography: Caroline Yoon Fine Art Photography | Floral Design: Fleurs De Prestige | Wedding Dress: J.Crew | Ceremony Venue: American Church In Paris | Reception Venue: Four Seasons George V | Bride's Shoes: J.Crew | Groom's Shoes: Hugo Boss | Bow Tie: Theory | Car Rental: Classic Rents | Makeup And Hair: Allison Depriestre | Suit: Hugo Boss | Veil: BHLDN

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