Bonjour! Oh how absolutely awe-inspiring this Paris Elopement is!
Thank you to Pierre from Paris Photographer Pierre for sharing this beautiful union!
There is nothing better than hearing it straight from the bride and groom themselves on why they wanted to elope in Paris! Every couple has a story and opinion on what a wedding should look like. The norm for most is planning a big wedding, but not for Lauren and Bryan.
They decided on a small intimate elopement surrounding themselves in the heart of Paris!
Here is Lauren & Bryan’s Story:
How we first met: We met at work. Lauren was part time and Bryan was full time. We worked with the same department and had mutual friends. First we didn’t talk much or anything. One night after work, everyone was going to celebrate at a bar. After a few drinks we just started making out in the bar!
Our Proposal: In November 2015 we went Christmas tree shopping to cut down our own tree. When we were looking around, Bryan suggested we split up. After a few minutes of walking around, he called me around the corner to look at a tree. When I walked around the tree, he was down on one knee with an ornament on the tree that said, “Will you marry Me?” It was so sweet! And he had a photographer capture the moment.
How we envisioned our elopement: We wanted our elopement to be about us. With our families far away, it just made sense to do something that would make us both happy. We wanted to go to Paris for a long time, so this was the perfect reason to make it happen! Also, we wanted to be overlooking the Eiffel Tower, preferably on a bridge. Although the fog didn’t allow of the ceremony to be on the Pont Alexandre III, we pivoted to the Bir Hakeim which worked out just as well. It was right by the house boat we were staying at!
Lauren’s dress: Before I went dress shopping I knew I wanted something dramatic, after all I was getting married in the most romantic city in the world! After doing some online research, I decided I liked Allure dresses the most. They have a great variety and we had a few local shops that stocked them. I picked out a few dresses at Dolce Bleu and the dress I picked was the last one I tried on. I knew it was perfect as soon as it was on. The lace detailing at the top, the big ball gown, the train, and button detailing on the back made this the dress what I was looking for. I didn't need many alterations at the time, so I knew it was the dress for me!
Our favorite moments: Lauren's favorite moment was just after the ceremony. We said our vows on the Pont de Bir Hakeim, then we went to the Pont Alexandre III for photos. I couldn’t believe at that moment we were husband and wife! It was an incredible, fairy tale feeling. I was in my wedding dress, on a Parisian bridge, next to a French Citroen with my HUSBAND. Such a surreal moment.
Bryan's favorite moment was going from each iconic location to the next for photos, it was truly special. What made it even better was the classic car that we hopped in each time, chauffeuring us from the Pont Alexandre III to the Louvre, Luxembourg Garden and concluding at the Trocad? There was just something magical about not only visiting each location on our wedding day, but taking photos together there and then riding in such an amazing classic car along the way.
Advice for other couples: Don't sweat the small stuff! Seriously, an elopement is about you and the few guests you invite. You really get to enjoy the romance with your spouse during this special time. And: Wear comfortable shoes. Unless you are wearing a shorter dress or plan on showing them off for a few photos, it’s not worth the pain to walk around the cobblestone streets of Paris!
Photographer: Paris Photographer Pierre
Venue: Private Residence
Grooms Attire: H&M
Officiant: The Paris Officiant
Musicians: Liv Monaghan
Ring Designer: Shane Co.
Floral Designer: Antique Garden
Dress Store: dolce bleu
Shoes: Nina Shoes
Happy Wedding Planning!