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Elegant Wedding Inspiration at the Historic Ritz Paris – Previous Home of Coco Chanel!

The historic Ritz Paris is already the textbook definition of timeless… sprinkle in the incomparable talents of Joy Proctor Design and prepare for some serious destination wedding magic. Classic brides who love a little dose of modern style – this one’s for you. See the full gallery of this stunning workshop, hosted and captured by Greg Finck, for breathtaking architecture, two-piece gowns and the most elegant reception decor featuring arrangements from Floraison Paris.

From Greg Finck Photography… Greg Finck Workshop is a 3 days / 3 nights immersive experience of learning, sharing and getting inspired. The workshop is held once a year and limited to 20 attendees. 

On top of connecting you with industry leaders, the Workshop will give you specific technical and business insights to bring your photography business to the next level. These are the photos from the editorial that we photographed during Greg Finck’s 5th Workshop, which was held last year in Paris.

Joy Proctor was in charge of the design and styling as she has been for 2 years now. We wanted to display Parisian essence and aesthetic during that Editorial that we photographed at the Iconic Ritz, being located Place Vendôme in Paris. Parisian elegance is brought by the finesse of details, and the refinery of textures that we used. Our models wore Rime Arodaky designs, that perfectly embody the empowered and strong Parisian woman.

Photography: Greg Finck Photography | Design: Joy Proctor Design | Florals: Floraison | Cake: Synies | Groom's Suit: RIVES | Venue: Ritz Paris | Dresses: Rime Arodaky | Hair&Makeup: Harold James | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Workshop: Greg Finck Photography

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Out of All the Wedding Advice for Future Brides We’ve Heard – This Might Just Be Our Favorite!

After two years of planning, this gorgeous couple tied the knot in an elegant destination wedding weekend with their closest friends and family in the most romantic city in the world – Paris! Loli Events coordinated every thoughtful detail, from the intimate ceremony to the indoor reception that looks straight out of Disney’s Beauty and The Beast. Wild Blossom Flowers provided lush bouquets and heavenly arrangements, decorating their special day in white pillowy peonies and blush roses. Lucky for us, we get to live vicariously through the gorgeous full gallery captured perfectly by Oliver Fly Photography. To top it all off, keep on reading for the bride’s wise advice that every future bride-to-be needs to hear.

What did you envision your wedding being prior to planning ?

We had been engaged for two years prior to getting married which sounds like a long time, but in retrospect it gave us the time we needed to figure out exactly what we wanted to do—which was to host the trip of a lifetime for not only ourselves, but also our guests. We had heard that your wedding day flies by, and before you know it it’s over. Keeping that in mind we decided to do a destination wedding where we would have a few days to celebrate with family and friends leading up to and after our big day. Our must haves as foodies were food worth remembering and authentic cocktails. We also knew we wanted there to be lush greenery perhaps in a garden, as many flowers as possible, candlelight, music to keep everyone up on their feet, and a ceremony that truly spoke to us as a couple.

Why did you choose to do a Destination Wedding and why did you decide to choose Paris and La Maison des Polytechniciens as your final choice ?

My husband surprised me with a trip to Paris where we wound up having our engagement pictures taken! One very early morning we met our photographer, Oliver Fly, at the Trocadero and he not only gave us the most memorable experience, but filled us in on what a wedding in Paris could be like. We loved the idea and were quickly introduced to the woman who made it all possible, Coralie Prats, with LoliEvents. We must have toured over ten venues together and Coralie saved the best for last, La Maison des Polytechniciens. Upon arriving there was such a warm and friendly feel to the place as if we had been there before. It was comfortable yet so beautiful.

What was your color palette and your style vision ?

Our color palette was white and blush for a classic and timeless décor. Our venue had such beautiful, intricate gold walls that we wanted to keep our decor simple and play off the Parisian ambiance.

What unique elements or DIY details did you include?

Our custom napkins from On Three Designs were our only way of bringing our two Bengal cats to Paris with us! They were a special touch, but our favorite detail of the wedding weekend was replacing a welcome bag with a welcome boat cruise on the Seine.

What was your favorite moment ?

We asked one of our best friends, Dave Mathews, to officiate our wedding ceremony and he left us speechless. Dave customized the ceremony to speak to us as a couple taking everyone through what we loved about one another to moving in together, and eventually getting engaged. He spoke from the heart about the bond of marriage and facilitated a hand fasting made up of different color ribbons symbolizing purity, fidelity, growth and strength. The knot remains and we will cherish that forever.

What was your favorite detail ?

Our music! It’s always a hard choice deciding between a band or a DJ, but we were able to incorporate a little of both choosing a string quartet, JAM Trio, for the ceremony and cocktail hour and ultimately deciding on a DJ for the reception. Having been to countless weddings where you hear the same wedding music over and over again we were excited to break from the norm and play the music that mattered to us most. Having including different songs our guests weren’t expecting to hear it instantly set the tone for a unique and inspired wedding. From JAM Trio playing Feel It Still by Portugal The Man for our recessional music to us choosing Declan Donovan “Fallen So Young” as our first dance song we loved how customized our music felt. Everyone danced to Kanye West, Loud Luxury, and The Weeknd until the early morning.

Tell us about your flowers, your gown, your hair, your favors for your guests, your cake, etc…and others details that’s make your wedding so unique.

We love how French weddings are so genuine and center on the dinner reception. After cocktail hour we kept the wine flowing through a dinner full of speeches. The tables were filled with gold rimmed plates and glasses, white stem silverware, overflowing garden roses and an abundance of candles. The corner intricacies of the room were lit up and at the very center sat Steve in his Zegna tux and myself in my Pronovias Ribelia gown. After dinner came to an end we were surprised with a croquembouche lit up by sparklers and two glasses of champagne. We followed Johnny Balik’s “I Need It” down to the “party” cave where we danced the night away under a ceiling of balloons.

What is one piece of advice that you could give brides-to-be ?

Make sure to take time for just the two of you throughout the day whether it be to sneak away after the ceremony and digest your vows, or pull each other aside and take in the room full of people celebrating you. Another piece of advice we found helpful was making sure to stay together so we wouldn’t have different experiences.

If you decide to go the destination wedding route, or even still with a wedding in the US, find vendors you mesh with. We were so lucky to not only love the work of our vendors, but to consider them our friends. We respected their opinions and partnership and in return they delivered us the most perfect day. It was truly enjoyable and an honor for us to work with them all. It made our day that much more fun. Trine Juel made me feel like the most beautiful woman in the world not only transforming my skin, but the way I felt. She gave me the perfect brushed out retro waves that gave me much needed pep in my step. Oliver (Oliver Fly Photography) and Guillaume (Studio80Production) made us feel like celebrities all day long behind the camera and in seeing the results we are blown away. Being able to hold onto those pictures and watch our wedding video is so surreal.. you can’t put a price on it! JAM Trio, Le Bar, Wild Blossom, our rehearsal dinner at Astair, and the Maison team made our celebration so special.

The proposal story:

It was the Saturday before Easter 2017 and I set my alarm for earlier than I would have liked on a weekend. I knew it would mean a lot to Steve if I woke up early enough to grab a coffee in New York City and wander around like we lived there. Little did I know how much the day would actually mean to me. We headed into the city to grab brunch at one of our favorite French spots, Claudette, but upon realizing we were the first ones there we took a stroll down 5th avenue and took a pit stop in Artizia. There was a geranium silk bomber jacket in the window that actually caught Steve’s eye. While I piled my wrists with hangers Steve was checking out with the jacket and flashing the ring to the cashier as she tried to slow play the check out. He whisked me out of the store before I could make it to the dressing room and back to Claudette we went. It was a brisk day and Steve kept his hands tightly in his windbreaker.. something I didn’t realize until we replayed the day back. At brunch I ate my eggs benedict, Steve’s pancakes, a shared charcuterie plate, and a basket of pastries.. accompanied by a few mimosas. Steve claimed the espresso he had turned his stomach and he was glued to his phone because he was “dealing with last minute tax questions from his accountant”. Instead of exploring around the rest of the day as planned I fell into a relaxed, very full state as we drove home planning out our sleepy day of movies and Netflix. We sang along to all of our favorite songs and when we got close to home Steve asked me to try on my new jacket (apparently my leather jacket wasn’t ideal for engagement pictures haha). Pulling into our driveway I noticed the shade to the right of our front door was pulled down to the floor, which was unusual since we always left it up for our bengal cat, Theo, to watch out. Steve saw this and in panicking threw my purse and previous jacket onto the front yard, grabbed my hand, and said “I have a surprise for you!” “Is it another kitty?!” I replied in anticipation. We both laughed and as soon as I saw through the front door to all our friends and family I knew.. this was it..the moment I always dreamed of was here. In front of Steve’s family in from Michigan and Maryland, my family, and our closest friends Steve got down on one knee and asked me if I would marry him. I said “yes please” and we spent the rest of the afternoon celebrating at our house. He completely caught me off guard! Later that night we all went to a big Italian dinner and the surprises continued with more friends. It was the best day of our lives, until our wedding day two years later.

Photographer: Oliver Fly Photography | Videographer: Studio 80 | Wedding Planner: Loli Events | Floral Design: Wild Blossom Flowers | Dress : Pronovias | Catering: Maison Des Polytechniciens | Bride Shoes: Louboutin | Cocktails: Le Bar | Getting Ready place: Private Parisian Apartment | Groom Shoes: Louboutin | Groom Tuxedo: Ermeneglildo Zegna | Hair & Make Up: Trine Juel | Invitation & Day of Papers: Pale Press London | Maison: Maison Des Polytechniciens | Musicians: Jazz Around Midnight | Napkins: On Three | Rehearsal dinner: Astair Paris | Ring Box: Je Promis | Welcome event: Bateau Mon Paris

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The Perfect Parisian Elopement in Mauve and Neutral Tones

Sweet, sweet Paris. Doesn’t she just get lovelier as time goes on? That is precisely why Paris ranks as one of the top dream wedding locations for couples around the world and today, Sophie Kaye Photography and Jennifer Fox Weddings show us how it’s done! Pretty blush and mauve tones, one EPIC sheer Eisen Stein gown, and the most feminine, marvelous blooms by Floraison? Pretty much my elopement playground…

The delicate embellishments on the Eisen Stein gowns added the perfect amount of whimsy to this Parisian look. The deep-v trend is in high order for the 2019 bridal season and I was thrilled to see it styled so beautifully here…

Do I sound like a broken record? Because I’m going to say it again… my favorite color palette is this dusty rose/mauve color mixed with subtle blue tones. SO refreshing.

If you’re a bride-to-be and you think a smaller guest list means sacrificing style? Think again. Look at these straight up perfect details!

From Jennifer Fox WeddingsThe saying goes, “Paris is for lovers”. Couples from all over the world come to Paris to celebrate their love. However, the sentiment is not exclusive to only new couples. Vow renewals are becoming more and more popular as many couples wish to relive their wedding celebration in a city that signifies romance, art and above all things… Love.

Caroline and Olivier decided to mark the occasion of celebrating their 10 years of marriage with a romantic walk along the River Seine after they privately re exchanged their vows. An intimate dinner in a secret location surrounded by beautiful blooms followed and was topped off with cake and champagne! The inspiration behind the design of their celebration was where old world tradition meets romantic modernity. We wanted design elements that were not only beautiful but that told a story … Their story. We also chose materials with texture in order to represent the commitment, happy memories and love that their marriage has sustained.

Their dinner menu and other paperie was sketched on handmade paper to represent their first year of marriage, the traditional first anniversary gift. The silk ribbons that adorned the bouquet and the linen napkins and tablecloth that dressed the table were chosen to represent their 4th anniversary as husband as wife. Hand crafted ceramic dishes were chosen to represent their 9th year of marriage and were paired with vintage stemware and flatware. Even the cake had an ornate textural design. For her original wedding bouquet, the bride had bright pink blooms. Different hues of pink including more mature shades were chosen for this design in order to represent the couple’s modern romance while serving as a touching throwback to the couple’s wedding day.

Photography: Sophie Kaye Photography | Event Planning: Jennifer Fox Weddings | Floral Design: Floraison | Wedding Dress: Eisen Stein Bridal | Cake: Synies | Shoes: Bella Belle | Calligraphy: Silent Word Studio | Groom: Olivier Raynal | Accessories: Art & Facts | Bride: Caroline Raynal | Ceramic Dishes: Carron Paris | Linens + Vintage Tableware: Madame de la Maison | Private Apartment: Coco Kliks | Silk Ribbons: Rachael Ellen Events | Vow Book: elmo Paperstories ltd.

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Paris Engagement Experience From the Other Side

From the Bride-to-Be …. I’m a wedding photographer based in Paris. It is difficult for me to tell you what it’s like to go to the other side of the camera for my own engagement shoot! I met our photographer, Tamara Gruner, during her workshop in Provence. I must thank her and the wonderful Stephanie de Wep for their  advice for our engagement session. As the founder of Studio Ohlala, a collective of 40 artists from the world of fashion, hair, makeup and nail stylists, I know that fine art brings a timeless experience to all editorial photo shoots…



Tamara suggested that we start our shoot in the most iconic places in Paris. With her encouragement, we were able to feel natural and comfortable during the shoot. The day became a series of moments of intimacy, with my love, during a morning walk in Paris!

Tamara told us, “It’s a once in a lifetime experience. Enjoy it!”


Photographer: Tamara Gruner Photography | Floral Designer: Studio Ohlala | Bracelet: Cartier | Suit: Sandro Paris | Accessories: Orchidee De Soie | City: Paris | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Green dress: Mango | Hair & Make-up Artist: Studio Ohlala | Nails pedicure & manicure: Studio Ohlala | Roses box: La Fleur Parisienne | Shoes Her: Christian Louboutin | Shoes Him: Pantanetti | Stylist / Planner: Weddings of Excellence in Provence | Vegan Hair product: Number 4 Hair | Vegan Nails product: Kure Bazaar | White dress: Lavish Alice

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Paris Enchantment For This Stylish Bride and Groom

Mia and Sean’s destination wedding took place in an elegant and airy loft space located facing the famous Arc de Triomphe in Paris! It was a dream come true fo Mia and Sean who loved weekending in Paris. The day of the wedding included visiting the original Ladurée, Mia’s favorite sweets bakery, as well as Coco Chanel’s original atelier. A stroll through les jardins and plaza du Palais Royal led to more emotional hugs and tears, before arriving at their venue. Le Pavilion Etoile. An intimate group of family and friends welcomed Mia and Sean with cheers and clinking cocktails! ~Karen Wise Photography

 

More from Karen Wise Photography… Having both grown up in the Midwest, living and working in the same areas of Chicago and New York City, their paths had crossed many times over the years. But it wasn’t until a mutual friend introduced them that they finally happened to meet—at Sean’s Lower East Side apartment. That day, Mia brought him a get-well-soon care package to get him over that season’s flu. The two became close friends.

Their friendship blossomed into love when Mia flew across the Atlantic and visited Sean in London, while he was there for work. Months later, Sean would fly the opposite direction from New York City to visit Mia at her new home in Laguna Beach, CA. He extended his few-day stay into a week of laughter and sunshine, where true love began its years-long journey to the big day.

They dated only a short time, being engaged to be married in the late summer of 2016, visiting the Court House in New York City in January 2017 to finalize their official paperwork in preparation for an October 2017 ceremony and celebration in the City of Lights. When asked why the couple chose France for the celebration, they continue to joyfully quote Hemingway. For “Paris is a moveable feast.”

Adventure, travel, and their shared love of learning and literature became the theme of their Paris fête. Their vision was written in stone from the moment planning began, with Dreams in Paris helping to coordinate the day-of details. (Note: Dreams in Paris, Day of Wedding Coordinator)

Mia also knew, from the beginning, that Karen Wise was the perfect photographer for the journey. Having worked together in New York City, Mia’s appreciation for Karen’s attentive and artistic shooting style was unmatched.

A most charming experience awaited guests throughout the evening. Opting for a journey, rather than a traditional meal, a twenty-eight course tasting menu was passed; the loft’s french doors remained opened for guests to admire the setting sun over the Arc de Triomphe; champagne poured and poured.

Today, the couple’s journey keeps them traveling across multiple time zones with their mini Aussie, Booker Dean. While it’s hard to predict where they’ll put the next pin on the map, the one certainty is that their love will carry them across a lifetime of adventures.

*See more of Mia & Sean’s stroll through the streets of Paris in the full gallery!


Photography: Karen Wise Photography | Floral Design: Pierre Kavaciuk | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Reception Venue: Le Pavillon Étoile | Catering: Kaspia | Hair and Make up: Harold James | band: Jazz Around Midnight | Groom's Attire: Evan Delaney | Hotel: Le Grand Hotel du Palais Royal | Day of Wedding Coordinator: DREAMS IN PARIS | Photo Assistance: Hello Super Studios | Sweets: Ladurée

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Saturday Morning Movie: Elegant + Intimate Wedding in Paris

This love story is so good, we have to start a bit before this film even begins to get the full picture. Our Groom bought his future Bride the ring of her dreams at Tiffany & Co., right then and there, and got down on one knee in Central Park immediately after said ring purchase. Crazy romantic, right!? Flash forward to this film by Zen Film Works, capturing their intimate wedding in Paris, surrounded by love and light and even more romance. When you start your happily ever after with an epic proposal, your wedding has a lot to live up to… and this one sure delivers!

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From Zen Film Works… Shaun and Angie’s dream Paris wedding took place during Paris’s busy fashion week. First look was on the gorgeous roof top terrace of their very own private suite. The view from the roof top was sensational, with the famous Arc De Triomphe and all Paris’s magnificence just a stone throw away.

We escaped the crowded city by way of their beautiful outdoor ceremony that took place at the Pavillon de Musique de la Comtesse du Barry, surrounded by an intimate group of family and friends. This venue is only a 30 minute drive out of the city and it feels like you are at a Chateau in another village somewhere in France. It’s such a perfect venue for a wedding ceremony in Paris.

For the portraits in Paris we were limited to the locations because of fashion week taking over areas at all the famous monuments. We didn’t let that stop us finding some remarkable locations to get some dazzling shots.

After some gorgeous portraits around Paris we headed to the reception which was beautifully styled by Billy at Luxe Paris Events at the luxurious La Maison de Centraliens, the hotel had been redecorated by famous fashion designer Martin Margiela, which was a perfect nod to fashion week.

From the Groom… Paris, it’s historic, beautiful, and comes with that ‘city of love’ moniker that fits with a wedding more than another other location in the world seems to. There’s a prestige to it that makes the idea of a marriage there an alluring idea even before you add any details to it.

The idea fits well with the proposal. On a wintertime trip to New York we entered the 5th Avenue Tiffany & Co under the guise of window shopping, whereas I knew we’d be walking out with a ring in hand. It was always important to me to surprise her with the proposal. We’d been together for years and knew our lives would stay that way but I still wanted to be able to pop the question in an unexpected way. Sure enough, when we found the ring she wanted it surprised her to hear me tell the salesperson we’d take it.

Things became a very memorable blur of excitement after that. Central Park across the street was the perfect place to have the proposal and we went there with hands tightly together, my other one on the box in my pocket. We found a spot by the pond there and I went to one knee, the world fading away except for Angie in front of me as I received the answer to the most important question I ever asked.

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Photography: Claire Morris | Cinematography: Zen Film Works | Event Planning: Luxe Paris Events | Styling: Luxe Paris Events | Celebrant: Luxe Paris Events | Photography - Assistance: Selina Gray

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From the Eiffel Tower to the Chicest, Coziest of Homes, This Parisian Anniversary Shoot Makes Us Melt

I’m all for going out and doing something special for Valentine’s Day but you know what the best part is usually? Coming back home. Even if you happen to be in the paradise (aka Paris) and have the opportunity to have an absolutely beautiful photo op by the Eiffel Tower like this couple here, it’s still just as magical, if not more, to come home and toast to each other in the comfort of your Parisian apartment. And it couldn’t look at chicer amid the comforts of home than in these pics by Greg Finck. Complete w champagne and macarons, this gallery is giving us all sorts of new Valentine-style dreams for next year.

From Greg Finck… Cici and Matt both live in Singapore and had come all the way to France to celebrate their wedding anniversary. For the shoot, we organized a session in the pure Parisian quintessence. We started the session with Cici and Matt cozying up on the sofa of their Parisian apartment, and sipping some of the finest Champagne while eating macarons. Then, we went for a stroll in the streets of the 7th district, sat on a terrace in a cafe, and ended below the Eiffel Tower with the beautiful Parisian backlight.

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Photography: Greg Finck Photography | Shoes: Jimmy Choo

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Tropical Chic Meets Parisian Elegance… And We’re Obsessed!

Tropical greenery and Paris might not seem like the most likely of duos but as Fete in France explains, these two are no style strangers. And they work well together… really, really well. Need some visual proof? Look no further than this styled shoot created by Fete in France, with amazing florals by MADAME Artisan Fleuriste; Parisian elegance meets tropical chic and to say I’m obsessed would be an understatement. Sandra Aberg’s pics have it all and are my new go-to source to feel inspired – see for yourself right this way!

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From Fete in France… When you think of Paris, tropical greenery doesn’t immediately spring to mind. But Paris has a fascination with all things exotic, and if you know where to look, you’ll see that the tropical theme that’s having a moment right now was also all the rage in Paris – about 100 years ago. We picked two iconic places, the Luxembourg Garden and the Hôtel d’Evreux on the famed Place Vendôme, which offered the perfect backdrop of classic Parisian elegance mixed with the Parisian take on tropical decor.

​Feathery palms, romantic lilypads, bright kumquats, combined with lace and touches of gold are a great way to incorporate the tropical theme into a more elegant setting.

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Photography: Sandra Aberg Photography | Videography: BKTFILMS | Event Design + Planning: Fete in France | Floral Design: MADAME Artisan Fleuriste | Wedding Dress: Rime Arodaky | Cake: Synies | Ring: Heirloom | Hair + Make Up: Trine Juel | Venue: Potel et Chabot | Earrings: Vintage 1950's Custom Jewelry | Model: Tout Talent | Paper Goods: Studio French Blue calligraphy + design | Rentals: Vaisselle Vintage | Rentals: Options

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Stroll Through Paris’s Iconic Sites With This Classic E-Session

I had the pleasure of visiting Paris for the first time last month and immediately fell in love with the city – and this engagement session captured by the talented Amanda Wei Photo is taking me right back to the romance of those cobblestone streets. The gorgeous Bride-to-be absolutely glowed, with thanks to Harold James, as she walked hand-in-hand with her love around some of Paris’s most beautiful and iconic sites. From the Eiffel Tower to a majestic chateau, there’s so many pretty moments to see in this gallery!

From Amanda Wei PhotoThe world is far from lying when they say that Paris is one of the most romantic places in the world. Even with the gritty street art, gloomy weather, and cigarette smoke every where you turn, the cobble stone streets, petite cafe store fronts, and never-ending, jaw-dropping architecture of Paris will sweep you off your feet.

Our clients, Jessie and Shuning who are getting married at Auberge du Soleil next April, decided to have a destination engagement session in Paris, and we couldn’t be more thrilled about it! We split their session into two days to get the most out of France that we possibly could. On day one, we wandered through Paris, starting at the world famous Eiffel Tower. We began just before sunrise to beat the crowds and to capture the beautiful soft pink light, and man, was it worth it! We carried on and went to the Pont Alexandre III, which is a stunning bridge crossing over the Seine that is elegantly decorated with gold statues and old black street lamps. Continuing on our stroll through Paris, we stopped by the Louvre Museum, wandered through Les Deux Plateaux with its fun black and white pillars, passed by Notre Dame, and found ourselves wandering through tiny side streets loaded with shops, cafes, and gift stores.

Just in the nick of time before the rain overtook Paris, we ended our first session at one of our favorite locations on the side of the Seine. People were scattered along the river that runs through Paris like the vain of romance every day, just enjoying each others company, some with a bottle of wine, a baguette, or a bit of cheese. It was amazing to see how this simple place surrounded by such beauty could be the source of encouragement for so much love, chivalry, and romance.

After a stunning countryside drive about an hour south of Paris, we arrived at this magnificent chateau for day two of our session! The view of the front entrance was so incredibly breathtaking, we were all so thrilled about the day that was ahead of us, and it was only just the beginning. We spent a good couple of hours strolling through the chateau with our jaws dropped, pit-stopping every now and then along the way to shoot. Each room had its own unique style and elegance, which created the perfect setting for a unique engagement session! After covering all of the locations possible inside, it was time to head out to the garden. (It was also time to get a golf cart!) The Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte was so incredibly massive, majestic, romantic, and well-manicured! We kept day-dreaming about attending parties that were hosted there way back when… Could you imagine?! It was such a beautiful day casually strolling through the chateau that we pretended was our very own private palace, photographing such an incredibly sweet, fun and loving couple, Jessie and Shuning.

Thank you again for taking us on such an amazing adventure! We absolutely love destination shoots and can’t wait for the next one! Paris, you stole our hearts.

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Photography: Amanda Wei Photography | Hair + Makeup: Harold James

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Step Into A Shoot That’ll Have You Dreaming of Paris For Days…

The morning light is magical in Paris on its own but add in a seriously stunning bride-to-be and a gown by Claire Pettibone and this, my dears, is what dreams are made of. Jacqui Cole captured the stylish scenes that are stealing our hearts, and these pics are bound to be filling up our Pinterest boards in 3, 2, 1…

From Jacqui Cole… In the morning, as the sun is rising and before the masses have woken, the streets of Paris are untouched and so serene. The aim of this editorial is to visualize what is would be like for a couple eloping in this magical city. The inspiration for this elegant Parisian shoot is centered around the whimsical Claire Pettibone gown. The sheer fabric looked breathtaking in the morning light of Paris. The soft, lush florals added a true feminine touch. A delicate hint of purple added depth to the neutral hues while also giving a subtle nod to the French locale. Hair and makeup for the bride centered on her natural beauty – a glowy, natural palette was used for the makeup and her hair was left relaxed and down to effortlessly blow in the morning breeze. Joy Proctor’s stunning Bella Belle shoes were the perfect finishing touch!

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Photography: Jacqui Cole Photography | Event Planning: Jennifer Fox Weddings | Floral Design: Floraison | Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone | Shoes: Bella Belle | Hair + Makeup Artist: Onorina Jomir Beauty | Invitation Suite: Oh Honey Paper Co | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Silk Ribbon: Orchidee De Soie

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Summer in Paris is Where Engagement Shoots Shine

Summer in Paris… are there any words as sweet? We think not and these pics by French Grey Photography sure do bring it all to life. These two cuties first met briefly years ago, reconnected and well, the rest is romantic history. But before their happily ever after continued, they captured their love in Paris… aka the perfect idea if you ask us! Enjoy!

From French Grey PhotographyI just love this couple’s natural love and energy during their Paris engagement shoot! Plus the fact that their outfits go so well together made this session a pleasure to capture!

Here’s their cute story in their own words: In 2014, Nick and I met in LA, six weeks before I moved to New York from LA. We were at a mutual friends BBQ in the summer. We were inseparable after that day, and when it came time for me to move neither of us had any idea if we would work out… but three weeks later he was on a plane to NYC

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Intimate Parisian Wedding With 11 Guests

If you’ve ever wondered what a small, sweet yet insanely stylish wedding in Paris looks like, consider this your lucky day. Thanks to the beautiful images by Michelle Boyd Photography, we’re getting a glimpse into Hannah and Jordan’s intimate celebration with 11 of their dearest friends and family. It’s a wedding that proves less is truly more and you can watch it all unfold right this way.

Hannah & Jordan were married this February in Paris, surrounded by their 11 closest family and friends. When Hannah asked if I would be up for traveling with them to my favorite city in the world… well there wasn’t really any decision to make, was there?! Hannah and Jordan are two of the most relaxed, kind people I’ve had the pleasure of working with.

From Hannah… Because Saturday was looking rainy, we decided to move our portraits to Friday while the rest of the crew was on a Fat Tire Bike Tour wandering around the city. Before taking pictures, Jordan and I went to pick out flowers from one of the street shops and grab a quick coffee at a cafe with our sweet photographer, Michelle, and her husband, Bryan.

Fortunately Michelle is a renaissance woman and was able to help build my bouquet, put my dress on and do my hair! Seriously, the best. Jordan came to my room to get me and we had a few private moments together before heading into the city for our pictures. First, a random alleyway I spotted out the side of our Uber and then on to the Palais Royal and Notre Dame.

Saturday morning finally arrived and I think I got four hours of sleep. Jordan and I went on a walk together that morning before the girls and guys split up. The guys had some of the best barbecue of their lives (in Paris, I know?!) at Melt – a bbq joint owned by some Dallas boys while the girls enjoyed coffees, cheese trays and more macarons than you could ever want while Victoria did our hair and makeup.

My dress was made by Coutures by Laura, the shoes are my favorite ever from Sevilla Smith, and the invitations were written by Kristy Sugg, Illustrated by Hayley Johnson. Oh, and of course, boutonnieres by our ever talented photographer, Michelle.

We had our ceremony and reception dinner at The Peninsula Paris where the staff truly went above and beyond. I am still so amazed and so thankful for how they treated us!

To say I cried the entire time would be an understatement. Something about having so few people there just made the whole weekend incredibly special. Standing out in the hallway with my sweet dad was so surreal, cue the tears. When I turned the corner and saw, not only Jordan, but all of our family I just started bawling.

All in all, we truly loved having our wedding this way and have not once regretted it or wished we could change one thing. We were able to focus on the things that mattered most to us – our marriage, our families, and that we enjoyed our time together. It is certainly not for everyone, but it is definitely worth considering!

 

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Photography: Michelle Boyd Photography | Wedding Dress: Coutures By Laura | Hair + Makeup: Victoria Farr | Calligraphy: Kristy Sugg | Venue: Peninsula Hotel | Bouquet + Boutonniere: Michelle Boyd Photography | Getting Ready: Westin Vendome | Invitation Art: Hayley Johnson | Wedding Rings: Stephen Baron

When the Bride-to-Be Plans Dream Weddings in France for a Living…

It’s always an extra special treat when the wedding planner becomes the Bride-to-be, and this engagement session photographed by Jacqui Cole is no different! Jennifer of Jennifer Fox Weddings spends her days making Brides’ dreams of French fetês come true, so when it came time to capture her own love story, she knew she wanted to highlight Paris’s iconic locations yet still choose spots meaningful to her and her love. Every single image is overflowing with romance in this can’t-miss gallery!

From the Bride, Jennifer of Jennifer Fox Weddings… I am a wedding planner in Paris and the owner of Avec Weddings & Events, a wedding and design agency specializing in luxury celebrations in France. Usually, I’m helping couples plan their dream wedding in France. This time, however, I am on the other side of the planning process as the Bride-to-be! My fiancé, Sébastien, and I celebrated our recent engagement with a gorgeous engagement session with Jacqui Cole Photography. Since we live in Paris, we wanted to choose locations that are iconic but also meaningful to us. Strolling hand in hand around the romantic Jardin des Tuileries, dancing around the luxury shops in the Place Vendôme, and laughing in the company of the Musée du Louvre, Jacqui captured our love for the city and our carefree, gentle love for one another.

Our love story began in the summer of 2013 at a quaint Paris café. After a 4-hour dinner (with delicious French wine and a ton of laughs) we quickly learned that despite having grown up in different countries with different cultures, we share the same values, sense of humor, taste in wine, love of good food, and value of our family and friends. From that day, we have shared laughs, tears, jokes, and travels and have made countless memories together. This past April, as we were getting ready to leave to visit his family, Sébastien got down on one knee in our home and asked me to be his wife. We will be married next June in Burgundy, France.

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Photography: Jacqui Cole Photography | Event Planning: Jennifer Fox Weddings | Photo Processing: Richard Photo Lab

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This Couple Ditched Tradition for the Elopement of Their Dreams

If you have any inclination that an elopement might be right for you, listen carefully to the words of this couple who exchanged vows in Paris. “You are going to spend the rest of your life with the person you love! Do not worry about anyone else. Try to live in the moment and do something for the two of you that you’ll remember for years to come.” With the help of French Grey Weddings they did exactly that and our friends at Brancoparta told the story beautifully through their lens.

From the bride… We wanted our wedding day in Paris to be as natural and stress-free as possible. However, I still wanted the occasion to feel elegant and romantic. We decided that an elopement was the best fit for us. I am a first-grade teacher and Glenn is an IT consultant from New York City. We consider ourselves to be easygoing and planning a large wedding at home was becoming a bit overwhelming and impersonal. Neither of us had ever been to Paris and we thought an elopement would be a unique opportunity to explore the romantic city and enjoy our special day together. I also knew we would have gorgeous pictures. My advice to couples thinking about eloping is this:

You are going to spend the rest of your life with the person you love! Do not worry about anyone else. Try to live in the moment and do something for the two of you that you’ll remember for years to come.

We hired Kasia of French Grey Events as our planner/celebrant for our elopement. I felt that a combination of pink and purple hues was the perfect accent to a Parisian backdrop. I sent Kasia a few pictures of how I envisioned my wedding day and she took care of absolutely everything, from the hair and makeup to the bouquet. The bouquet was made of seasonal flowers in my preferred colors. Fragrant purple lilacs, white ranunculus, and pink roses made up the base of my bouquet, accented with tulips and poppies. Soft silk ribbons in pale pink colors gathered in this spring bouquet to perfection.

Glenn and I were staying at the beautiful Pavilion de la Reine Hotel. It was the quintessential location for a romantic First Look session. We entrusted Kasia (our celebrant and planner) with the task of finding the perfect Parisian intimate venue for us. She did an excellent job of choosing a gorgeous and intimate balcony in the historic Arènes de Lutèce. It was perfect. I wore a Madeline Gardner dress from RK bridal in New York City. It was the very first dress I tried on! I fell in love with the scalloped lace and the delicate crystal beading. I assumed I loved it because it was the first time I was seeing myself in a wedding dress. After trying on many other dresses, I couldn’t stop thinking about that first dress-it was “the one”. I knew I made the right choice when I saw Glenn’s reaction upon seeing me for the first time.

I wanted my shoes to be timeless and romantic like Paris. The Badgley Mischka ‘Roxy’ shoes were absolutely gorgeous. The nude satin complemented the champagne hue of my dress.
Glenn wore a custom suit from Robbie & Co Men’s Shop. He was looking forward to seeing my reaction at our First Look. It was well worth the wait–I fell in love all over again.
The wonderful Harold James (my MUAH stylist) styled a low bun that was elegant but subtle enough to put the focus on the neckline of my beautiful dress. My makeup was soft and accentuated my features.

We were fortunate enough to have Andre Teixeira of Branco Prata as our photographer. Being that we eloped and did not have our families with us, it was very important that we had quality photography. Andre photographed us at the breathtaking Jardin des Plantes and captured the essence of our relationship and much that day meant to us. We were driven around Paris in a vintage Rolls Royce. People cheered and waved wherever we went. It was an experience we will never forget. My favorite part of the ceremony was when we recited our vows to one another. We had not rehearsed or written anything in advance! Although short, we knew our words were genuine and heartfelt.

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Photography: Brancoprata | Event Planning: French Grey Events | Floral Design : French Grey Events | Wedding Dress: Madeline Gardner | Hair + Makeup: James Harold | Hotel : Pavillon de la Reine | Groom’s Attire: Robbie's Suits NYC

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Shouting all the Je t’aime’s for this Parisian Wedding Inspiration.

If Parisian blue, chateaus and all things elegance are your jam, then this one is for you my amours. That Paris wedding you’ve been dreaming of could look like this. With impeccable design and florals by Sarah Park Events and Floraison, it’s a story of love that starts with graceful getting ready moments and closes with a quaint dinner scene, snapped to perfection by Esther Sun. Once you’re done soaking in each and every detail, make sure to view it in motion with Josh Gooden‘s film below!

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From Esther Sun PhotographyLocated in a small town, Chateau du Grand-Lucé, is the perfect venue for a celebration outside of Paris. Inspired by the beautiful architecture and landscape of Chateau du Grand-Lucé, we wanted to set an intimate wedding for the couple who appreciates old world charm. Every room in the Chateau told a story and the gardens took you back in time showing off its rich history. We chose a color palette of blue, gray, and white to balance the natural surroundings. We set the dinner under the trees that lined a path leading to the lower gardens. This set up was perfect as the guests could enjoy the view of the Chateau as well as the surrounding gardens.

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Photography: Esther Sun Photography | Videography: Josh Gooden Cinematography | Floral Design: Floraison | Stationery: Julie Ha | Ceremony Venue: Hotel Château du Grand-Lucé | Shoes: Bella Belle | venue: Hotel Château du Grand-Lucé | Candles: Yummi Candles | Creative Direction & Design: Sarah Park Events | Hair & MUA: Trine Juel | Linen: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Model: Laure Blicharz | Veil: Veiled Beauty | Wardrobe: Gossamer

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Your Visual Playbook to a Luxe Parisian Wedding

Paris is a city where some serious wedding magic happens. Especially when MC2 Mon Amour, Tuan Nguyen Films, and Greg Finck are involved. Consider this inspiration shoot an ode to their beloved city, ready to inspire the most glamorous of days.

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From the planner, MC2 Mon AmourParis is a symbol of romanticism and elegance so we took the time to contemplate the beauty of our city. At the heart of the most famous monuments of the world, the Shangri-La Hotel, Paris allowed us to create a luxury atmosphere and a perfect wedding day.

The bride is getting ready in the Suite Shangri-La to become “Madame” while admiring the “Grande Dame”. The groom has just some few minutes to wait in the secret garden of the Shangri-La Hotel, Paris to discover his bride, more gorgeous than ever. They climb together the “Escalier d’Honneur” stairs, enjoying every moment spent in the palace at the heart of the most beautiful city in the world.

They discover with admiration the amazing work done by the artisans for their big day!

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Photography: Greg Finck Photography | Cinematography: Ping Pang Films | Event Planning: MC2 Mon Amour | Floral Design: Vella & Bret | Wedding Dress: Printemps | Stationery: Atelier Preszburger | Bride's Shoes: Printemps | Hair + Makeup: Harold James | Suit: Printemps | Venue: Shangri La | Bride's Bouquet + Buttonhole: Floraison | Print: Atelier Stern | Wedding Ring : Bucherer

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Your Favorite Disney Star, Adrienne Bailon Tied the Knot in Paris!

Leave it former Cheetah Girl, Adrienne Bailon to say “I do” with the most glamorous Parisian wedding you ever did see. She married her love, Israel Houghton, and their ballroom affair captured by Mon Conte de Fées was one for the books. From the Eiffel Tower backdrop to her curve-hugging Walter Mendez dress, this is one destination wedding you won’t soon forget.

From the photographer… For the couple portraits, warm colors of the fall worked beautifully for a vintage and romantic look. I wanted to show that magical side of Paris by playing with the gentle light of the sun and the cloudy sky, but I also wanted some black and white pictures that I consider timeless regardless the trends in fashion or wedding photography.

Rose and violet tones were chosen for an intimate ceremony and as for the evening party, candles gave the beautiful gold aura. I really loved that night atmosphere full of love and tenderness. I have several pictures I like a lot but the one I captured while standing upstairs and nobody saw I was taking pictures, is one of my favorites. I truly love to photograph candid moments.

Adrienne and Israel were amazing and it was a real pleasure to capture their happiness.

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Photography: Mon Conte De Fées | Event Planning: Karleen Roy, The Vanity Group | Floral Design: Luc Deschamps | Wedding Dress: Walter Collection | Cake: Sweetness & Cook | Rings: Cartier | Makeup: Rokael Lizama | Hair: Ray D | Entertainment: The American Cathedral in Paris Boys Choir along with the Lady's Orchestra String Quartet of Paris | Favors: The Giving Keys | Suit: Tom Ford | Officiant: Bishop Michael Pitts with special words by Pastor Paula White | Venue: Hotel Plaza Athenée | Bar: Moët Champagne | Chef: Alain Ducasse | Day-Of Event Stationery: The Pink Orange | Welcome Gift: Laduree

An Elopement in the City of Romance + Light

Who doesn’t dream of saying “I do” in Paris? It’s the city where all romantic fantasies come true and to start your happily ever after there is what wedding wishes are made of. But for these two, it wasn’t just a dream; it was real life. Zen Film Works captured it all as it unfolded, from the balcony of their Parisian hotel to the special moments all over the city of light, photographed by Claire Morris (see those all in our gallery right here). It may only be Monday but with a film like this, champagne is needed. So pop a bottle and enjoy!

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From the Bride… Marc and I both grew up in South Jersey but it wasn’t until we both relocated to Bucks County that we actually crossed paths. We met at his restaurant, La Stalla located in Newtown, PA in November 2012. We got engaged one year later. Marc proposed on the anniversary of our first date in the same location of our first kiss, Rittenhouse Square Park in Philadelphia, PA.

Marc is the owner of a family style Italian restaurant that hosts special events and weddings almost every weekend of the year. I am an event planner at the restaurant and a amateur photographer. We wanted to do something different and outside of the box. Not the typical cookie cutter wedding that we so often plan/attend. We wanted our wedding day to be about us. We knew that if we had a wedding at home, we would have a huge guest list and it wouldn’t be what we wanted. We wanted it to be intimate, romantic and picturesque.
I fell in love with Paris when I visited twice before in years prior. Marc had never been to Europe but I knew Marc would fall in love with the City of Love as soon as he arrived.

I searched on social media sites to find the perfect vendors for our special day. Instagram, mainly, led me down the right path. I used hashtags to find the perfect place, photographer, videographer…..HASHTAGS….lol only in 2016!

I emailed Billy from Luxe Paris and he replied immediately suggesting that we do a FaceTime consultation. I knew within minutes that he was the right fit for us. English speaking and originally from New York, he understood exactly what we had envisioned. I had already picked out the photographer, Claire Morris and film maker Chris from Zen Film Works and I knew that Billy worked closely with them. That made me feel more comfortable. It gave me assurance that I was in good hands and that they all worked together well.

Billy was going to be out of town the day of our wedding so he sent Annouck to oversee the day. She was an angel. She was our officiant for the ceremony and my best friend for the day. We had a FaceTime meeting with her a week before the wedding to get to know one another. Sami was my hair and makeup artist. We also had a FaceTime meeting to go over the details and visions I had.

The day went so smoothly thanks to this amazing team. You would think that being so many miles away from home and not having any family and friends with you on the most important day of your life would feel lonely and uncomfortable. Not with this crew. They were so warm and friendly, we truly had a great day. Billy had arranged for everyone and everything be delivered to my hotel room. I had a handful of pictures that I knew I wanted to mimic from Pinterest. So Billy had arranged for all of the ‘props’ be delivered. The best champagne France had to offer, a tray of macaroons, ribbons and a mini Eiffel Tower. I also pre ordered a “we eloped” sign from Etsy.

The ceremony was held on the balcony of our suite overlooking the Eiffel Tower, just as the sun set, the lights of the Eiffel Tower went on. The ceremony was followed by a champagne toast and some delicious cake!

Then off the an amazing dinner at a 3 Michelin star restaurant in the Four Seasons Hotel, George V.

And we rented a Rolls Royce to chauffeur us around Paris to take pictures at various locations!

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Photography: Claire Morris | Cinematography: Zen Film Works | Event Planning: Luxe Paris Events | Celebrant: Anouck Mugnier | Venue: Shangri La

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The Sweetest + Prettiest Parisian Anniversary Shoot Ever

First came love, then came marriage, then came the prettiest most romantic anniversary shoot ever in Paris. Oliver Fly captured fellow wedding photographer Catherine Guidry and her love as they toasted to one year of marital bliss with the beauty of Paris as their backdrop. See every sweet moment – and every stunning view – in our Vault right this way!

From Catherine Guidry (Bride)… After planning our dream wedding in New Orleans, we decided to postpone the honeymoon of our dreams and turn it into a 3-week adventure in Europe for our one year anniversary. The start of that trip was our visit to Paris where we had our photos taken with the talented Oliver Fly. Our clothes were shipped in advance but sadly were stuck in customs. So, we spent the night before buying new outfits in Paris. Everything thankfully worked out; I chose two outfits: a simple, low-cut v-neck, hi-low black dress and a fitted grey, backless dress! Brad went dressy casual with black boots, black slacks and a nice grey blazer.

We woke up before sunrise and met Oliver at the Trocadero viewing platform. There, we watched the most beautiful sunrise behind the Eiffel Tower. I will never forget this moment. The temperature was so cold but Oliver made the photo shoot so much fun. I almost forgot that I was freezing. We started on the platform and moved to several locations around the Eiffel Tower. We finally finished the photo shoot at my favorite location in the city in Montmartre with Le Sacré Coeur. We will forever cherish these images and the memories we made in the gorgeous city of Paris !

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Photography: Oliver Fly Photography | Processing Lab: Richard Photo Lab

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This Inspiration Shoot Will Make You Want to Elope in France

Said best by the vendor team… a modern elopement is the ultimate expression of authentic, romantic love—the perfect beginning to a life of adventure with the one you love and the perfect manifestation of our inspirational quote: “Let’s be adventurers, Darling…marry me in Paris!” Really, is there any place more romantic than Paris to elope? Make sure to peruse The Vault for the full batch of beauty from French Grey Events and Maru Photography. Plus, more details below on their upcoming workshop!

From French Grey Events and Maru PhotographyThis styled editorial session is an international collaboration between wedding industry creatives from Canada, Belgium, the Netherlands, Ukraine, UK and France. We were inspired by the idea that no matter in which country and in which culture it takes place, a modern elopement is the ultimate expression of authentic, romantic love—the perfect beginning to a life of adventure with the one you love and the perfect manifestation of our inspirational quote: “Let’s be adventurers, Darling…marry me in Paris!”

The elegance and adventure of eloping to a private chateau in France can today be effortlessly achieved with the guidance of the right wedding vendors who will help couples realise their dreams of having an authentic and stylish intimate wedding.

In this editorial, we focused on the creation of an intimate wedding day in a private, family-run, French Chateau, nestled into the countryside just outside of the Paris, with an emphasis on the celebration of the simpler things in life as the French do it best—French champagne, delicious pastries, delicate floral, and of course, beautifully hand-written love notes between lovers pledging their lives to one another—what could possibly be more romantic? We wanted this destination elopement to be infused with the romance of the culture, the charm of the venue and its beautiful surroundings, creating a meaningful, unique and effortless wedding day that is truly inspired by both adventure and romance.

Our couple’s day of love begins in bed with croissants and hugs, followed by the ritual of the bride and groom preparing for their intimate ceremony. This precious time spent alone before the wedding event, to reflect and to reread their prepared wedding vows, the promises that will last a lifetime, something that a couple will cherish for the rest of their lives. A hand-written declaration of the couples’ elopement in Paris along with their wedding vows and announcement to friends and family, was beautifully designed by Vancouver calligrapher, Quill & Co.

The day unfolds with the bride dancing carefree through the streets of Paris in her stunning ice blue bridal gown by Kathryn Bass Bridal while she enjoys the last few hours before the ceremony begins. Following this, we see an intimate ceremony in the ancient Orangerie of the Chateau Barthelemy, a family run chateau, now a historical wedding venue and a place full of beginnings, artistry, romance and hope. The Chateau contains a love note box in which the owner’s aunt kept her love letters from suitors in the 1800’s—the perfect place to store your elopement vows!

After the intimate ceremony, the couple takes a quiet walk through the private grounds of the Chateau as newlyweds, returning to a romantic dinner for two in front of a blazing fire in the enormous ancient fireplace in the Grande Salon of the Chateau. What could be more romantic and intimate? The perfect way to elope in the countryside of Paris, beautifully curated by Kasia of French Grey Events, an intimate destination wedding planner and stylist based in Paris, France, and photographed by Kim-Maru of Maru Photography, a boutique destination wedding photographer, based in Vancouver, Canada with travel worldwide.

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Want to Learn from the Vendor Team?

Join Kim-Maru and Kasia in October 2017 at the L’Artisan Workshop for wedding creatives, held at the beautiful Chateau featured in this editorial, for four inspiring days together learning how to plan, execute and photograph intimate destination weddings and elopements artfully, intentionally, and authentically. For workshop details, visit L’Artisan Workshop for more details and to join the beauty making!

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Photography: Maru Photography | Event Design: French Grey Events | Wedding Dress: Kathryn Bass Bridal | Engagement Ring: Perouse Paris | Hair and Makeup: Trine Juel | Hair and Makeup: Rika Bitton | Calligraphy: Quill and Co. | Groom's Attire: L'apieceur | Bridal Headband - Maison Michel: Art & Facts | Brides Coat: Zara | Chateau Venue: Chateau Barthelemy | Event and Floral Styling: French Grey Events | Feather Comb Maison Michel: Art & Facts | Lingerie: Fine Art Wedding Boutique | Manchettes: Art & Facts | Nude Bridal Shoes: Sergio Rossi | Parisian Apartment Rental: Cobblestone Paris Rentals | Pearls: Bekah Anne | Ring Boxes: Secret Keeper Box | Silk Ribbons and Table Runner: Fine Art Wedding Boutique | Veil and Hair Vine: SIBO Designs | Wedding Band: Cartier | Wedding Cake & Pastries: Cokoa | White Bridal Shoes- Rupert Sanderson: Art & Facts | paper products: Spurle Gul Studios

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