HOLLY + XAVIER // PARIS WEDDING // DESTINATION WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

WEDDINGS

I absolutely love black and white photography, and so often I tell myself  “next time I will make more black and white images” or “oh how about I will blog the next wedding only in black and white!”. And then weddings like this one happen, and the day is full of such a beautiful light and tones and the most gorgeous colours. There’s no way I could publish it in monochrome. And not show this vintage gold wedding dress?? Actually when Holly mentioned this dress in her first email to me, I knew that I really really wanted to shoot this wedding. And then it just got better and better.

This was a truly international mix – Holly is Canadian, Xavier is from New Zealand, they live in London and decided to throw a wedding in Paris. They actually got married in the London registry office the day before and then together with family and friends took an Eurostar train to French capital (of looooooove!).

After a rather gray and rainy morning, a crazy bright sun came out while everyone gathered in the garden of a lovely house in Trocadero for the ceremony that was conducted by Holly’s brother.

When the ‘official’ part finished we headed out to take some portraits, which I have to say proved to be quite a challenge – imagine the amount of tourist around the Eiffel Tower on a summer Saturday afternoon! And of course we weren’t the only wedding party there.

According to original plan I was supposed to pack my bag and head off after the shoot, but these crazy kids convinced me to join them and their guests of the cruise on the Seine and then a bit of a party back in the house. Naturally I kept shooting. I don’t think I ever met such fun crowd, and seen a wedding that was  so lovely and relaxed. At the end of the night everyone grabbed their glasses and wine bottles and we headed to the Eiffel Tower to enjoy the night lights. What a perfect day. Seriously, and this is my job?!

 

Edit: You can read the full story behind this wedding on the Whimsical Wonderland Weddings blog – Holly told us all about inspiration and wedding planning!

CLICK HERE TO READ THE STORY OF HOLLY AND XAVIER’S VINTAGE INSPIRED PARISIAN GARDEN WEDDING!

 

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”Since we were in Paris, we wanted to tie in a few French traditions, so we did a bit of research and found a few things we wanted to include.  There is a tradition that is practiced in small villages in France today where the groom collects his bride-to-be on the morning of their wedding. As the wedding couple make their way to the chapel, village children stretch white ribbon across the road that the bride must cut as she passes and it symbolises them getting through life’s challenges together.  So we decided to do our own variation of this by having Xavier meet me first at the venue so we could walk together.  We had ribbons for all our guests and they held them for us to cut through as we walked down the aisle.  Not only did we feel it was a beautiful tradition, but also helped us come up with an alternative way for me to walk down the aisle, as my father passed away 8 years ago.  Plus we really liked the idea of us walking together as a couple.” – Holly

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“We also had a sabre and Xavier expertly cut off the top of a champagne bottle at the end of our ceremony.  Then we poured it into a sterling silver two-handled ‘coupe de mariage’  and toasted our devotion, love and friendship to each other and shared our first drink together as a married couple.  It also symbolised our two families joining and is kept in the family to be passed down to future generations and ensures a happy future for all who drink from it.” – Holly

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I absolutely love travelling and shot weddings in Santorini, different places in Ireland and Poland (well and now in France too). If you’re planning a destination wedding, give me a shout, I will be happy to go with you and document your wedding adventure!

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