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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 an 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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When Taylor contacted me by email in his search for a photographer in Paris to cover this special moment and tell me about the surprise proposal he planned in Paris with Brittney, it was obvious he knew exactly what he was looking for ! He had in mind doing it at Eiffel Tower, with the perfect setting, no crowd around, and a great lighting ! He also wanted to include some Engagement Photography in Paris afterwards during another session, so that Brittney could feel totally ready and prepared for it !

I offered him several possible locations close to the Eiffel Tower, at different possible times, but doing it in the early just seemed to be the perfect match regarding his expectations ! Photographers in Paris as much as in other locations know that this is a great time, and light is just as good as the one you have with sunset… Just getting up early could sometimes be an issue if you are not a morning person and afraid of puffy eyes !:-)This could feel like crazy in summer when sunrise in Paris comes around 6am !

So after planning carefully with Taylor all the details about the exact time and location close to the Eiffel Tower, and providing him with advices about the surprise proposal, etc., I was ready there on this very morning to shoot a beautiful moment ! …and the magic happened !!! A surprise marriage proposal in Paris is always a mix of stress & excitement for the photographer, but also the best way to wake up all my photojournalist reflexes ! And with Brittney’s reaction and spontaneity, the result is just stunning !

Then we met the next day in central Paris for a far more relaxed engagement photo session, going from bridges (Alexandre III and Lovers Bridge) to Louvre, passing by Concorde square with again some great weather conditions to feature our couple and the beautiful fountains there !

And after enjoying sunset close to the Seine riverside, we ended the photoshoot with night shots at Eiffel Tower… just where everything began !

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Nick is from UK and Renee from New Zealand. They met during a trip that Renee took to UK 6 years ago. They felt that a Chateau in France would be a great venue to symbolize their union with elegance & character, and would make it perfect to welcome both families coming from abroad in a charming french location.

They chose Chateau Saint Julien because it is a large imposing & beautifully furnished Chateau in the center of France & south of Paris, easy to connect with. It was perfect for the wedding as it could accomodate all the guests in the Chateau’s Deluxe bedrooms, and allows to spend the entire weekend there with the large estate around the Chateau & enjoy the local way of life with the nearby cute little village of Saint Julien l’Ars. I have been shooting weddings a few times there and I must confess that it is a great location for wedding photography near Paris.

But unfortunately, Renee already knew the day before that rain was going to fall all day long on her wedding day, and that we could not enjoy as planned the ceremony under the oak’s alley outside, the cocktail on the terrace and pictures outside with the Chateau’s background. But as soon as I saw her in the morning of the wedding day with the same fresh and contagious smile she had the whole day long, I knew it was not going to be an issue !

The theme was sober and simple with yellow, pink & purple pastel notes spread in bouquets and maid’s dresses. It was a perfect fit with the Chateau’s interiors decoration (framed mirror, large glosses, wooden furnitures,…) that was already classy with a dominant of yellow and beige tones. The perfect balance between lightness and elegance, and just awesome for great indoor photography !

While Renee was getting ready with her friends with laughs and a glass of white wine, Nick helped coordinating the ceremony that took place in the dining room of the Chateau Saint Julien. A cute detail : Renee decided for flat shoes not to look taller than Nick on pictures !

After the ceremony, the cocktail was set up around 3 connecting large rooms at the first floor of the Chateau, each one with a different atmosphere. And we picked a large & long yellow corridor for our group and couple pictures before heading to the reception and diner in Chateau Saint Julien ‘s Orangery.

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When Trisha contacted me in her search of a photographer in Paris, she was looking for some pictures of her coming elopement in Paris with Nahuel. This beautiful couple now lives in Costa Rica where they met, even if Nahuel is coming from Argentina, and Trisha from the U.S.

Even if having pictures of them in their wedding outfits at Eiffel Tower was a must, Trisha told me about her love of this beautiful picturesque Paris made of typical cafes, cobbled streets, bridges and parisian buildings. The words she had in mind about their special day in Paris with a photographer around, were : “simple & romantic”. So I set up an itinerary that would tell a story about their special day in Paris, with a start at Eiffel Tower for this cloudy day of early Fall in Paris.

Trisha & Nahuel also had the great idea to rent an old CITROEN 2CV car, fitting perfectly with our parisian background of the day, and a perfect prop for some vintage and black and white photography in Paris ! The old car took us after Eiffel Tower closer to Notre-Dame Cathedral, where T&N had a coffee at the terrace of a splendid café, just before a walk to the gardens of Notre-Dame Cathedral, where our couple decided to get married (without celebrant or officiant) by exchanging their vows there ! The setting was just perfect for this magic moment, and is really one of my favorites, as for many photographers in Paris !;-)

Merci Trisha & Nahuel ! A bientôt à Paris !

ps : The company renting those old cars in Paris is ParisAuthentic. Their drivers offer a charming tour of Paris for an unusual discovery of the capital ! Check there website : here.

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Our photshoot in Paris with Krista, Greg and their daughter Theia started by mid-morning with the Eiffel Tower. When I saw Theia from afar, I knew at once that it was going to be a fun session ! Smiling, jumping , running and trying to catch pigeons around…:)

Taking pictures of children is one of the nicest and at the same time most challenging types of lifestyle photography : every session is different and you have to keep creative and imaginative to catch their attention ! Every time, it takes all my experience of former photojournalist photographer to be able to do it !  Getting a child’s attention is no easy task ! You often are the one running after them or trying to play tricks to have them looking at the camera (sometimes cheap ones, and you feel bad that they saw you through). But one thing is fore sure : when they have decided they don”t want to be taken into pictures anymore, well…  you’re in for a hard time !

But the opposite is true as well : when you get those moments with a perfect balance between posing and candid, when you get to create a stage for a child in which he or she can express oneself, then you get the perfect conditions to create beautiful child or family portraits. And if Paris is in the background, it can’t get any better !!!

After some family pictures at the Eiffel Tower with their Paris Photographer, we all went to Louvre. But on the way we did a quick stop in a little street because Krista & Greg wanted a few couple pictures on their own. A rose was waiting for us there on the edge of a window, so we thanked the Tower spirits for the nice prop, and went on with our photoshoot. We were still early enough to beat the crowd in Louvre and make some great photography around without much people. The little break in between was perfect to have Theia relaxing a bit, and she was still in a great mood to be playful and send me a few charming smiles and laughs. Just a perfect family portrait session in Paris !

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