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Romantic Parisian Destination Wedding

To say this wedding is something out of a fairy tale is to put it lightly. From pre-ceremony photos all over Paris, to a reception aboard a private boat by the Eiffel Tower, dreams don’t get much better than this. One & Only Photography and Le Secret D’Audrey captured every breathtaking moment that Fete in France created, and as we wrap up this Monday, I can think of no place I’d rather be than right here.

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From Fête In France… Jasmina & Maurice came to Fete in France from Switzerland to plan their intimate Parisian wedding. The couple selected the gorgeous and glamorous Shangri-La in Paris to host both their ceremony and dinner reception.

The hotel benefits from a location near the Eiffel Tower and many of the suites have a lovely view on this iconic monument. Jasmina had a suite with a view for her hair and makeup preparation.

The couple decided to do their photos before the ceremony around the city with the very talented One & Only Paris Photography. After a sweet first look they were whisked away in a vintage white Rolls Royce for photos around the city. After the shoot the couple met back up with their bridal party at the Shangri La for the ceremony. The ceremony was held in one of the historic private salons of the hotel which features high ceilings, fireplace, beautiful hardwood floors and lots of gilding. The couple, being multilingual, chose to incorporate French, German and English into their ceremony. The bride carried a bouquet of pink peonies and white garden roses. When the ceremony was finished guests showered the couple in rose petals as they headed to their cocktail hour.

The champagne cocktail hour was held on the terrace with spectacular views of the Eiffel Tower. After cocktail hour everyone headed into the Grand Salon for dinner at one long table which was filled with pink, peach and white flowers, which accented the soft gold in the room perfectly. For dinner they had a traditional French meal and the couple was toasted by close friends and family. Each guest was treated to a box of Laduree macarons at their seat. After dinner the couple cut the three-tiered cake and headed out for dancing and cocktails on their private boat. As they left the Shangri La guests held confetti guns which showered the couple in gold colored confetti as they headed to the boat. They then embarked on a moonlit cruise of the Seine where the couple shared their first dance and enjoyed cocktails with guests. They enjoyed a two hour cruise while dancing to a DJ as the monuments of Paris sailed by.

Photography: One & Only Paris Photography And Le Secret D'Audrey | Flowers: Sol Y Flor | Wedding Dress: White by Vera Wang | Cake: Synie's Cupcakes | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Jewelry: Kurz Schmuck und Uhren | Bridesmaids' Dresses: JJ's House | Favors: Laduree | Mens Attire: Carlo Pignatelli | Ceremony Music: Caroline Pearsall | Boat: Sextant | Hair & Make-up: Laure Baruch | Luxury Hotel: Shangri La | Rolls Royce: Classic Rent | Wedding Planning & Design: Fete In France

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Classic Couture Paris Wedding

Oh, Paris. You never disappoint. Fearless fashion, pristine architecture and infinite romance… a city made for weddings. And this one, seen through the lens of Le Secret D’Audrey? It’s everything Paris love should be, starting with that striking Paolo Corona dress. The Bride, prettied up by Sanni Sorma, was meant for this dress that sets the tone for the entire day. With Luxe Paris Events at the planning helm and Celebrant In Paris uniting these two love birds, it’s more pretty than you can dream up.

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From the beautiful Bride…Jason asked me to marry him while we were enjoying a romantic weekend on the Mornington Peninsula near Melbourne, Australia. As the sun was setting over a glass of champagne he gave me a beautiful diamond and proposed.

Jason and I wanted our wedding day to be intimate, beautiful, sacred, and filled with love. We discovered Audrey’s photos (Le Secret d’Audrey) of Parisian elopements and not only did we love her photography but as soon as we saw a photo of the Chapelle Expiatoire, a beautiful private chapel in the 8th Arrondissement, we knew we wanted to be married there. We were looking for a special destination that signified our love and everything about Paris and the Chapelle was perfect.

Through Audrey’s website I found my Dress designer Paolo Corona. I saw a dress designed by Paolo that I loved…it was feminine, soft and sensual. I emailed Paolo in Paris and the process of creating my dress began. Every part of the creation process (via skype & email) and final fitting with Paolo (and Billy) in Paris was pure joy…I sparkled from the inside out when I put my Dress on. Seeing me in that dress didn’t only bring a tear to Jason’s eye when I walked down the aisle but to my beautiful father too.

Billy (Luxe Paris Events) found a lovely private room for our reception at the Saint James Paris and then all the final details for our day fell into place. We were fortunate to find wonderful people to contribute to every part of our day. It was very special to have our dear friend Isabella Baumeler, an Opera Singer from Switzerland, join us and sing a capella in the Chapelle…her voice is incredible and touched everyone’s heart.

Our day was a magical day filled with love and romance. From the start of our day to the end we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day with so many touching moments.

I began my day meditating in the early hours of the morning…meditating on love, commitment, and the peace I felt as I was about to marry my soul mate. I never realized how much I would enjoy this day…every minute of it. The time before with my parents as we all got ready while Sanni was doing my hair and makeup, driving through the streets of Paris in our mint green Citroen, and then seeing Jason waiting for me as I walked down the aisle with my parents towards him, feeling the love we share between us and our beautiful connection, committing to our personally written vows, Isabella’s heart touching voice, the love of our loved ones…it was all so special.

Paris…the city, the Chapelle, the people…touched our hearts and we will forever remember our day of love in this romantic city.

Everyone who contributed to our day not only provided outstanding service but they all had an openness and gentleness about them. We were truly surrounded by love and provided with timeless memories to cherish.

Photography: Le Secret D'Audrey | Planner: Luxe Paris Events | Florist: Luxe Paris Events | Make Up: Sanni Sorma | Officiant: Celebrant In Paris | Car: Paris Authentic | Reception And Hotel: Saint James | Suit: Armani Collezioni | Video: Zen Film

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A Trip Through France on Film

I wish I could express how much I love Melanie Gabrielle for sending this gorgeous walk through France with us, but I’m just so awe-struck by each breathtaking image words have escaped me. As someone who would pack up and move to France at a moments notice, this gallery has given me serious motivation to make that move tomorrow, or at the very least, frame each of these stunning works of art for myself.

I love to travel. It’s a longing deep in my soul. and Europe has a special place in my heart since my family is from there; in fact, my mom still has family living throughout France. Normandy is one of my favorite places in France. It’s quiet, there are chateaus everywhere, and the people are some of the sweetest you’ll ever meet! The south of France is where my heart is though. The lavender, the olive trees, the stone buildings with beautiful blue shutters, the cobblestone streets… it’s heaven on earth.

Last may, I attended the Sylvie Gil Workshop in Normandy and decided to take my soon-to-be husband with me and do a little traveling before and after the workshop as a sort of “pre-honeymoon” trip since our wedding was only 6 weeks away! (ps. taking the train is THE way to travel around europe! It’s not too expensive, easy to navigate, and takes you almost anywhere you need to go!)

We started in the South of France, and had the most amazing time walking the streets of Grignan. We then made our way to Normandy where we visited Mont St. Michel (one of my favorite places on earth) and spent some time at Chateau le Val and Bruce Chateau for the workshop.

After the workshop was over we headed to Paris to spend the last few days exploring the city of love. We stayed at the Hotel Splendid and highly recommend it! It has the PERFECT view of the Eiffel Tower and it’s romantic twinkling lights. 

A few days in to our stay in Paris, we took a day trip to Strasbourg in Alsace, a little town on the border of Germany with a lot of German influence, to visit some family.

Our last night in Paris, we made reservations at 58 Tour Eiffel, one of the restaurants on top of the Eiffel Tower, had the most amazing meal, and watched the sun set over Paris. It was the most romantic night in the city of love, and I can’t wait to go back!

Photography: Melanie Gabrielle | Bed And Breakfast In Grignan: Pour Les Vacances | Chateau: Chateau Le Val | Chateau: Bruce Chateau | Eiffel Tower Restaurant: 58 Tour Eiffel | Film Processing And Scanning: Richard Photo Lab | Hotel In Le Mont St Michel: Hotel Mercure | Hotel In Paris: Hotel Splendid | Workshop: Sylvie Gil Workshop

Romantic Paris Engagement Session

After going through this engagement shoot, I would argue that no city is more romantic than Paris. These photos by Kayla Barker have me not only dreaming of idyllic French getaways, but drooling over this bride-to-be’s style. From the glamorous pink creation to the chic red lace dress, she captured the Parisian flair perfectly, and these moments are where I shall remain until I must return to reality once again.

From The Bride… My fiancé Chris and I planned to go to Europe for a month as a pre-wedding trip and decided to get some engagement photos taken whilst we were over there. We contacted Kayla Barker because we fell in love with the beautiful photos sampled in her portfolio. She’s a very talented photographer and so we were very excited when Kayla said she was available to take the engagement photos for us in Paris. As Audrey Hepburn says, “Paris is always a good idea” and the most romantic city in the world. We were so happy and amazed when we saw the beautiful film scans from Kayla. Taking our engagement photos in Paris was one of the best decisions that we made and having Kayla capture the moment for us made it extra special. The engagement session was so fun and we had plenty of laughs along the way.

Photography: Kayla Barker Fine Art Photography | Jewelry: Forever New | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Hair Clip: Glamadonna | Make-up & Hair: Sanni Sorma | Pink Dress: Bariano | Pink Shoes: Antonio Melani | Red Dress: Review | Red Shoes: Fergalicious By Fergie Shoes | Rhinestone Belt: Cynthier | Suit: Institchu | Tie: Tarocash

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Glamorous Destination Wedding in Paris

New Year’s Eve calls for a little dose of glitz and glamour, and this bride’s Amanda Wakeley gown most certainly hits the mark. It’s the ultimate frock for a Parisian “I do,” and thanks to the talented Mon Plus Beau Jour, the whole day (rain and all!) was a dream brought to life. Mademoiselle Fiona captured the magic, and it’s all sitting right over here.

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From Mademoiselle Fiona Wedding Photography… Gillian+Josh are from Canada and gathered their loved ones in Paris for a lovely, stylish, intimate wedding. They had planned an outdoor ceremony in a little garden tucked away in Le Marais, but it poured pretty much the entire day. Thankfully they had the right attitude and the right planner, and no bad weather could put a damper on the festivities. The ceremony was moved to a beautiful apartment, and although we weren’t able to go to all our originally planned locations, sometimes the impromptu ones are the most fun.

From The Bride… Growing up I never had a vision for my dream wedding. It was not until Josh proposed to me in our apartment after a Saturday night couples session of hot yoga that the wheels began to turn. We knew we wanted a small intimate wedding and realized a destination wedding would accomplish just that.

We went through a list of potential destinations and when Paris came up it just made perfect sense. Paris is always a good idea. We wanted to create an atmosphere for our day that was simple, understated, elegant, and unstuffy, and Verjus provided just that. Although we had never been to Verjus, we instantly fell in love with its photos online as it reminded us of our favorite restaurant in Toronto. Being from Canada we knew we would need some help with the planning.

After speaking with Marie-Emilie from Mon Plus Beau Jour it immediately became clear she was the person for the task. She made the process simple, seamless, and fun. Her most outstanding recommendation to use Mademoiselle Fiona for our photos was incredibly on point. The ceremony in our Paris rental apartment could not have been any more perfect. With a live acoustic rendition of Skinny Love to walk down a rose petal aisle, with all of the people we love and each other- it was everything. For the reception I chose peonies in simple vases for their connection to my grandmother. She grew countless peonies at her nursery when I was a kid. Fiona captured the overwhelming love shared with our family and friends and the absolute joy had by all.

We will never forget that rainy day in Paris. It has left an indelible mark in our hearts and tremendous fond memories will stay with us forever.

Photography: Mademoiselle Fiona Wedding Photography | Wedding Dress: Amanda Wakeley | Cake: Pierre Herme | Ceremony Venue: Airbnb Apartment Rental | Reception Venue: Verjus | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Hair Stylist: Sebastien Poirier | Celebrant Services: FrenchGrey Events | Favors (Scented Candles): Dyptique Paris | Groom's Tuxedo: Hugo Boss | Make-Up Artist: Renata De Thomasis | Planning & Design: Mon Plus Beau Jour | Stationery Design: Ruth Chan

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Romantic Wedding Inspiration Shoot in Paris

I am an absolute francophile. And Paris? Well, it’s my favorite place in the whole wide world. Loren Routhier’s images are proof that with a glittering Adrianna Papell  gown and sparkling Jimmy Choo shoes even a dreary day in Paris is utterly romantic. I can honestly say that after peeking through the gallery, I will actively be planning my return to the City of Lights.

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From Loren RouthierA styled shoot in the City of Lights full of sparkles, metallics and gold! Our gorgeous model, Liz, was styled elegantly in an Adrianna Papell gown that was a throwback to 1920′s art deco Parisian chic. We accessorized her with an ivory fur stole by Adrienne Landau, Givenchy earrings and a gorgeous pair of sparkly Jimmy Choos. Our handsome groom, Jared, wore a classic black suit from H&M. The table settings and glassware were all vintage from Paris. In true Parisian form, we staved off the rain long enough to get dramatic shots of the Eiffel Tower and even managed to catch a brief ray of sunshine before the first drops fell from the sky. We shot all around Paris and took in the iconic sites such as the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame.

Photography: Loren Routhier | Gown: Adrianna Papell | Invitations: Mac & Murphy | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Calligrapher: Hope Riley | Groom's Suit: H&M | Venue: Notre Dame | Venue: Eiffel Tower | Bride's Fur: Adrienne Landau | Earrings: Givenchy | Stylist: Loren Routhier

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