A Romantic Parisian Elopement in Spring
Saima and Steve are from New Orleans. They dreamed of an intimate elopement in Paris with a photography session in the most romantic locations – the Eiffel Tower, Place Vendome, Luxembourg Garden and the Pont de l’Archevêché. When Saima contacted me she said, “Just stumbled across your work and it is safe to say I am in love! Don’t know how it’s taken me this long since I’ve been looking up various vendors (celebrants, photography, makeup, etc.) for nearly 2 years. Better late than never right?! Haha.”
It was such a pleasure participating in their plans for the perfect destination wedding. We discussed the best timing for their choice locations. I just love giving advice on the best places to achieve absolutely stunning results. After all, it is my passion and greatest love to photograph couples on one of the most special days of their lives. Saima looked absolutely lovely in her Pronovias wedding dress along side her handsome husband to be.
We started the morning shooting at Place Trocadero and Place Bir Hakeim to get the best of the Eiffel Tower in the morning light. It was an early start at 6:30 am but it’s all worth it when one gets the feeling of having Paris all to oneself. We were whisked around town in a chauffeured vintage Rolls Royce, which was the height of elegance against the backdrop of Place Vendome. It was so much fun being a part of their intimate wedding day and I wish them so much happiness in their future!
A word from the Bride:
“Steve and I decided to elope because we wanted our day to be about the two of us, focused on our love, with no distractions. We chose Paris, the famed city of love, as our wedding destination. I’ve had a slight obsession with all things Parisian since I was about 7 years old when I began learning French in elementary school. Paris became this magical and charming far away place that I vowed to visit someday. I happened to get pretty lucky in love considering my future husband decided to make my life-long dream come true! The rest is history.
Steve and I were a bit hesitant in telling our families about our plans to elope half way around the world. We love our family and friends very much and didn’t want them to feel left out but at the same time wanted to explain what WE really wanted. After discussing everything together, they accepted our untraditional idea and happily supported our plans. Our friends were excited to see our plans unfold since no one in New Orleans really runs off to Paris to get hitched! We began planning our elopement two years before it took place. Never-ending research, countless emails and several Skype calls followed as we planned our wedding 5,000 miles away.
Arriving in Paris was a dream come true. Marvelous architecture surrounded us. Everywhere we turned, there was yet another picturesque view. We arrived a few days before our ceremony just to really take it all in. And of course we wanted no sign of jet lag in our wedding photos!
The weather forecast predicted some rain on the morning of our ceremony. The day before our scheduled nuptials, our wedding officiant contacted us suggesting that we move the time to later on in the day. I was beyond tense at the thought of being caught in a thunderstorm on our special day. However, I advised him that unfortunately it was too late to reschedule with our vendors who were expecting us at the designated time. All we could do was pray for the best weather possible with the given forecast.
Thankfully, the rain held off! Our early morning photoshoot went on smoothly and we arrived to our wedding location perfectly dry! The ceremony was more than I could have ever asked for. I had seen photos of the Medici Fountain inside the Jardin du Luxembourg before, but in person it is breathtaking. Our surroundings were calm and peaceful, exactly what we had envisioned for our day. I stood there filled with emotion, as I married my best friend.
Throughout our wedding photoshoot around Paris, Yolanda wasn’t the only person taking photos of us. Complete strangers stopped to snap our picture and congratulate us on our marriage. It was a crazy experience! In a city where you do not even speak the language, people universally understand that marriage is a life-changing moment.
Overall, our experience was magical. The planning was not stressful and we couldn’t be happier with doing it this way. Our vendors were perfect and we truly enjoyed spending our wedding day with them. We had an incredible time and are happy to finally be Mr. & Mrs. Allen!”
Wedding Dress- Pronovias
Shoes- Christian Louboutin
Groom’s Attire- Rubensteins New Orleans
Groom’s Shoes- Louis Vuitton
Photographer- Yolanda Villagran Photography
Videographer- Zen Film Works
Hired Car- Locarolls Vintage Rolls Royce
Ceremony Venue- Jardin du Luxembourg
Ceremony Officiant- Pierre-Henri Therond
Hotel- Pullman Hotel Tour Eiffel