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Theresa and David were indeed very lucky !

It’s quite rare to have such a perfect sky during a whole morning in Paris ! But it actually happened for their engagement photoshoot in Paris !

We had a 4hrs photo session together, from Eiffel Tower at sunrise to Louvre courtyard (with the pyramid), with a wardrobe change, and then a stop at a café for some pictures, and 2 more stops by late morning : the gorgeous Alexandre III bridge with the golden statues and Concorde square, famous for its beautiful fountains. And during this whole time, the sky has just been perfect for this mid-spring photo shoot in the City of Love. I loved both outfits that Theresa picked for her session. The first was colorful and so nicely popping up. And the 2nd one was elegant, but not overly formal.

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When, where and how did you meet and fall in love with each other?

We met at university in Montreal, when David was a senior and I was a freshman. He moved to Seattle for work after graduating and I lost touch with him for many years until I randomly messaged him on Facebook about 6 years later, and we got back in touch. We continued to chat every day (for hours and hours and hours) until I decided to fly to Seattle to visit him. I don’t know the exact moment that we fell in love, but it was very very shortly after that!

When, where and how did he propose?

David proposed to me on September 12, 2016. I flew to Seattle to visit him for a weekend, and he secretly flew my friends to Seattle beforehand to surprise me when I arrived. They said that they were all there for my birthday (which was partly true because my birthday was coming up soon) and kept the proposal plans a secret. The next day, we all went on a treasure hunt throughout the city together, which involved solving riddles – David had also printed photos of us as clues. The treasure hunt ultimately lead to a nearby beach and lighthouse. We had a picnic dinner with our friends at the beach, and right as the sun was setting, he asked me if I wanted to come with him to see the lighthouse. I said no, not really because I wanted to eat my dinner. He was insistent and I gave in – we walked towards the lighthouse and that’s when he proposed! I nodded yes in excitement.

Why did you decide to come to Paris (and chose to have a photo session here)?

I always wanted to visit and he had surprised me with tickets to Paris for my birthday (the same birthday that he used as a cover up for the proposal!). We thought it was the perfect opportunity to have our engagement photoshoot in  Paris and we are SO glad we did!

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Which moment did you like most during your Paris trip/ photo session?

We really liked our shoot at the Trocadero in front of the Eiffel Tower. We had just landed in Paris the night before the photo session, so we didn’t really have a chance to see a lot of Paris that night. We got to see the buzzy atmosphere in Le Marais on a Saturday night, which was great. Then, Sunday morning for our session was the first time we truly saw the Eiffel Tower and to see it early in the morning when it wasn’t crowded and with the sun rising in the distance was magical.

We also really liked hearing the church bells in the morning and hearing random music out of windows on the streets 🙂

What was totally different than expected in Paris/ during the photo session?

We expected there to be many crowds but was really pleasantly surprised to see that it wasn’t overly crowded! I’m sure the early morning session helped with that.

I was also really surprised at how fun and comfortable the shoot was! I think we are fairly camera-shy and we just felt really natural and completely involved and immersed in the moment. Your directions and guidance for poses were super helpful too. Thanks for making us feel comfortable during the shoot!

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Do you already have plans or ideas for your wedding (eg. date, style, location)?

We are still trying to determine our wedding location, but we definitely want to bring in themes from our Paris trip!

What are your future plans together?

We plan to live together happily ever after! … and to visit Paris again!

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Danielle & Eric flew halfway around the world for their Paris wedding in the Shangri-La Hotel in Paris. Not surprising, as the personal motto of the couple from Boston is: “Let’s go far away and let’s see the world!” They both wanted a small intimate wedding somewhere far way. Danielle said: “We both love traveling so it was important to us that our wedding was a priceless memory for everyone attending. Half of the guests at our wedding don’t travel often. So our wedding was a once in a lifetime-experience for so many people. We were getting everyone to seeing the world!”

That was one of the reasons why the couple decided for a Paris wedding in the Shangri-La Hotel. Besides when Danielle travelled to France for the first time she instantly fell in love with the beauty of Paris. “If I could speak French, I would move to Paris tomorrow”, Danielle told me, her Paris Photographer. And she knew exactly how she imagined her wedding in Paris: romantic, breathtaking and classic Parisian.

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Wedding ceremony in a golden ballroom

When Danielle & Eric looked at venues the Shangri-La Hotel in Paris turned out to be an absolute dream: Rooftop terrace with a view on the Eiffel Tower, golden ballrooms and decoration all in gold and white. The Shangri-La Paris was just perfectly fitting to Danielle’s style vision of her Paris wedding: “Gold, white and black were my colors. And they showed in every aspect of my wedding.”

As their Paris photographer I met Danielle & Eric early on their wedding day to take pictures when they were getting ready. Then the couple headed for their wedding ceremony in a beautifully decorated room in the Shangri-La Hotel. Danielle already knew that it was going to be an emotional wedding ceremony. So she made sure to have a very special family heirloom on her: her great grandmother’s handmade handkerchief for her happy tears.

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Rooftop terrace with a view on the Eiffel Tower by sunset

After the ceremony I took couple pictures of Danielle & Eric as their Paris Photographer: We went to the Seine Riverside, to Notre Dame and Alexander III bridge. Then we headed back to the rooftop terrace of the Shangri-La Hotel. There we enjoyed sunset and a beautiful view on the Eiffel Tower for a few more couple pictures. After sunset Danielle & Eric’s joined their guests again and their Paris wedding continued: They had their wedding reception in a beautiful ballroom at the Shangri-La Hotel.

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Danielle & Eric’s families and friends were part of their Paris wedding in the Shangrila Hotel. And the couple was happy that all their loved ones came to celebrate their beautiful love story. Danielle & Eric first met 5 years ago at work. A co-worker introduced Eric to Danielle because he had just moved to Boston. Once they were introduced they continued to run into each other. Danielle said: “We hit it off right away!” So they started dating a couple of weeks after meeting.

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Honeymoon and Paris wedding in the Shangri-La Hotel

6 months later Eric surprised Danielle for her birthday with a flight to Europe to visit London, Amsterdam and Paris. Danielle said: “All cities were amazing! But Paris was so romantic and one of the most beautiful cities I had ever seen! Needless to say, Paris will forever hold a special place in our hearts.”
And another surprise followed: Eric had booked a boat to go around some islands in the Carribean. Danielle said: “Little did I know he planned to propose to me at the first island we went to. I was completely surprised! And I obviously said yes! It was a proposal I couldn’t have dreamed of!”
Travelling is obviously a great passion of both Danielle & Eric: So it comes as no surprise that they decided for a destination wedding – more precisely a Paris wedding in the Shangri-La Hotel. For their honeymoon the moved on: After a week in Paris they flew to the Maldives and to Dubai. And they always stayed at the Shangri-La Hotel as they already made such a great experience with this hotel for their Paris wedding.

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“I have always been a little untraditional”, Ashley told me when we were planning her elopement photo session. As her Paris photographer I only realized what she meant when I finally met Ashley and her fiancé Jason at the Eiffel Tower to take their elopement pictures. Her wedding dress with the large waterfall hemline was indeed exceptional – and so was her casually styled hairdo! No wonder she was catching the attention of plenty of passerby as we moved through Paris for their elopement photoshoot and their wedding ceremony.

Ashley and Jason are from New York City. They already met during freshman year of college. But for several years they were nothing but good friends. Eventually friendship turned to dating and dating turned to love. In 2013 they decided to embark on a lifetime of travel and adventure together. One year after they got engaged on Thanksgiving weekend in New York City at Washington Square Park with the local Arc de Triomphe in the background.

Ashley and Jason did not want a traditional big wedding – as Ashley already said about themselves: they prefer things a little more unusual. So they began planning a small destination wedding with just their immediate family in attendance. Ashley said: “We chose Paris because it is the most romantic city in the world. What better place to start our lives together!”

The couple wanted at first their ceremony to take place in front of the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel in Paris (near Louvre) as a reference to the place where they got engaged – the Arc de Triomphe inside New York’s Washington Square Park. But the foot traffic all around this famous Parisian sight just didn’t make this realistic. So as their Paris photographer I helped them searching for a place that is fitting better. In the end Ashley and Jason decided for the Tuileries Gardens nearby. A beautiful and quiet backdrop, which offers a great view on the Eiffel Tower! In this public park the couple found a little privacy to exchange their vows.

Originally Ashley and Jason planned to elope in Paris. But they just could not do without their families! Ashley said: “The only thing I felt I would regret not having at my wedding was a father daughter dance. When I mentioned that my Dad immediately booked flights for himself and my mother to join us in Paris.” (Ashley enjoyed her father daughter dance later on her wedding day to Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t she lovely”! 😉

Jason’s parents and his sister booked their flights shortly after. And Ashley’s sister was on board as well – actually she had quite an important task during the elopement in Paris: she was the wedding officiant. “My sister is my best friend, the person I share every important secret and who I go to for advice”, Ashley said. “It was natural to want her to join Jason and I as husband and wife.”

So after Ashley and Jason’s had their elopement session around the Eiffel Tower on Trocadero square, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe du Caroussel, the Seine riverside and a cute little Parisian café, their destination wedding definitely peaked with their ceremony in Tuileries Gardens where they exchanged their vows and wedding rings. Ashley’s choice in bridal gown, hairdo and ceremony was already untraditional. And so was her wedding ring: Ashley chose a bright green emerald as this gem is her birthstone – so it was one more time an exceptional idea for an exceptional day in Ashley and Jason’s lives!

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Ashley & Jason’s feedback on photography :

“My husband and I decided to have an elopement in Paris which was finally turning into a destination wedding. We contacted Pierre and he could not have been more helpful. From the beginning he always answered within one day. He gave us insider tips on where to get the best photos and helped us plan our itinerary with our favorite landmarks. Pierre even sent through recommendations for a car rental, hair and makeup artist and venues for dinner and brunch.
The day of our session with Pierre, he checked in with us and our vendors to make sure everyone was running on time. We met at a little coffee shop by the Eiffel Tower at sunrise to go over the days plan, and then headed out. His direction and placement were completely flawless. He was also not afraid to ask tourists very kindly not get in the way of our shots.
If you want a photographer that puts you completely at ease, choose Pierre! His photos are gorgeous and the shots are perfect in lighting and angles. We couldn’t have been happier with our experience. Book Pierre right now!”

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Marcy quickly grabbed two white roses from the vase in her hotel room – two of the three dozen her husband Brian had surprised her with on their first night in Paris. And out the door they went to spend the last day in the French capital with a morning photo session. I met them just shortly after at Louvre to take their honeymoon pictures in Paris. I really appreciated Marcy’s spontaneous idea to take two roses to the session – as their Paris photographer I felt it was nice that the couple was adding a personal touch.

Marcy and Brian are from downtown Chicago, Illinois. They met in 2010. It did not take long until they realized that they were madly in love with each other. Only two years later they decided to tie the knot. They got married in 2012 on a beach in Mexico. Their closest friends and family joined their wedding.

After they got married Marcy and Brian spent months and months researching and planning their perfect honeymoon. Finally the newly weds decided to embark on their dream vacation to Europe. Marcy had never been to Europe before. They were ecstatic to take on this experience together. They wanted to visit Greece and Italy. But of course the first stop had to be Paris. Marcy and Brian definitely wanted their post-wedding pictures to be taken here.

And they were not disappointed – quite the contrary. Marcy said: “Paris was everything I thought it would be and more. It sounds cliché but the city was so romantic. The architecture was breathtaking. The buildings and bridges exuded such classic beauty.” The honeymooners told me that they could wonder the streets for hours taking it all in. Marcy said: “We loved the culture, the cafes, the wine, the pastries and the shopping. There is so much to see I think we will have to come back more than a few times!”

Fortunately on the morning of their honeymoon photoshoot all components were given to make the post-wedding session a perfect one: The streets in Paris were still empty at this early hour. The light was fresh and soft. The way the morning sun fell on Marcy and Brian as they were kissing in front of Louvre, taking a walk on bustling Place de la Concorde and sharing some intimate moments on Bir-Hakeim bridge gazing at the Eiffel tower – the ambiance could not have been more magic.

Above all Marcy and Brian moved so naturally in front of the camera that they completely blended in with the beauty of Paris. And Marcy’s two white roses were just the cherry on the top to make the pictures even more classy and romantic. Marcy and Brian simply made this romantic city their own.

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Marcy & Brian:
“The final photos brought back such fond memories. Our photo shoot, our time in Paris, and the photos we now have to remind us of such an absolutely perfect experience. We felt very comfortable with you, Pierre. You were a pleasure to work with. From the first shot it was clear that you are capturing moments we knew we’d cherish forever. The sites you took us to each had their own beauty. It was also fun to see some different views of the city that we probably would not have found on our own. And the way you captured the architecture around us was simply beautiful. Your work is incredible!”

If you want to see more samples of honeymoon or casual pictures in Paris, you can check the portfolio on the website, or especially one of the galleries dedicated to couple & engagement pictures in Paris.

In short, this chapel located in the heart of Paris is probably one of the most beautiful locations to get married and have a ceremony in the french capital ! Paris photographers love it, and so do couples who had the chance to get married in Chapelle Expiatoire for their wedding or their elopement in Paris.

It has the beauty of an historic monument in Paris, the uniqueness of a fashionable wedding place, the intimacy and solemnity of a church or holy place, and it is surrounded by a flourished courtyard and typical Parisian architecture… yes indeed, Chapelle Expiatoire has it all !!! As a Paris Photographer, I had the chance to photograph some beautiful churches in Paris and all over France, but this one is definitely special !

Jessica & James were looking to elope in Paris and have their wedding in a Paris chapel, but the truth is that it gets quite complicated to do it in France while you will only be here in Paris for a few days… and even more if you want to do it in a religious way ! For example a few of the official requirements to have a wedding ceremony in a french church or chapel are to be civilly married before, to meet a priest beforehand, etc.

But Chapelle Expiatoire is not part of the French Clergy, it belongs to the City of Paris ! And this is what makes possible to rent this chapel in Paris for a wedding or elopement ! Chapelle Expiatoire in Paris is open to visitors and amateur photographers for a few hours during daytime, and it can be rented totally and exclusively for one hour (or more), meaning that no one else can get in !

Jessica & James hired a paris officiant to perform the ceremony in the chapel, and it was such a beautiful moment to photograph ! We took the time after the ceremony to do a few pictures outside, and then a few more around in Paris at Alexandre III bridge… and Eiffel Tower of course !

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