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A Royal Fairy Tale Wedding in Paris… with a Groom in a Cape!

Public service announcement: This is the new base level for the kind of extra you need to be on your wedding day.

Riccardo and James married in Paris in the most over-the-top yet totally intimate and personal way. Their ceremony was held outside Le Petit Palais, an art museum, where they had a hand fasting ceremony officiated by Michelle Wahila of Ruffled by Grace.

Both men wore suits made by Sebastian Cruz, styled in their own unique way – and for James that meant faux flower epaulettes and the most dramatic groomal (is that a word?!) cape I’ve ever seen. It was designed and made by Alexandria Daniels (including the flowers) and the guys added the appliques and crystals. I’m going to start campaigning to see more men in capes please!

The couple met in LA, after James moved there from Huston and began hanging out at the bar where Riccardo worked. They were married in September and were inspired by their love of Paris for the day – so much so that, in the end, they just decided to fly there and do it properly! “It was actually so much easier, cheaper, and less stressful to have a destination wedding”, they said. “Also everything was cheaper than getting married at home. The cost of weddings in the US are so over-inflated. We only spent about 1/3 of what we would have spent in America.”

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Rock n Roll Vow Renewal at Sacré-Cœur

Is there anywhere more romantic than Paris in the winter? Alice and Simone, who met and were engaged within four months, always regretted not having a professional photographer for their wedding three years ago. So, when they decided to renew their vows on the streets of Montmartre, hiring someone amazing to capture the day was top on their list of priorities.

“We sorely regretted not hiring a professional photographer to capture our wedding”, said Alice “We then tried to incorporate pieces from our original wedding and also found some incredible vendors that truly represented our Rock n Roll style!”

“It was not your fairytale type of ceremony. We wanted to be ourselves on that day and wore what we felt comfortable in and what would reflect US — leather jacket, jeans, boots, fishnet stockings, green andblack heels, edgy looking large ring, etc. All the pieces that you wouldn’t expect to see at a classical ceremony, but felt right for us.”

“We knew we didn’t want our ceremony to feel official and, well, strict. So, we found the most amazing officiant who’s not only a woman, has tattoos and is rocking the most stylish pastor outfit we’ve seen (which is already quite cool, right?) but also very chilled person and is a lot of fun to be around — we knew we found the right one! We laughed a lot during the ceremony, as you can see.”

“One of the reasons we picked the Montmartre and Sacré Cœur in particular as our vow renewal ceremony location (apart from its famous beauty) is the fact that three years ago we got married just a few streets away, at the Mairie du 18ème arrondissement. Our ceremony was very small and intimate — just us, the officiant and the two photographers, but it felt like we were just two of us there. I walked up the side stairs of the Sacré Cœur where Simone was already waiting for me, it was a bit like walking down the aisle, but in our own way. Then Michelle started the ceremony and it was very emotional yet very relaxed, we laughed all the way through it.”

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A Wedding Film in Paris

It’s unusual that I’d just share a video, without the wedding pictures or story alongside it. Yet when film maker Philip White showed me his latest offering – a cinematic take on the wedding film – I couldn’t help but want to post it immediately.

Grab yourself something to drink, sit back, relax, and enjoy.

This is completely captivating.

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A Different View & Finding the Right Wedding Photographer

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What are you looking for in your wedding photographer? Someone who shoots images you love, who you quite like as person and that fits within your budget I’d assume. But today let’s look a little deeper. I want to talk to you about photographic style, and hopefully to highlight the importance of the art of your wedding photography. Bear with me, this is all starting to sound a little airy fairy and arty farty but I do have a valid point I promise…

I believe that all photography – illustrated in no better a place than weddings – is art. No question. In my mind no other creative has to work as quickly or to such precision as a wedding photographer. They are required to capture fleeting moments and blink and you’ll miss them memories on the most important day of someone’s life. No pressure right?

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I may have always known this, I mean I’ve been banging on about how much I love and respect wedding photographers for years, but it wasn’t until recently, just last month in Paris in fact, that the validity of the art itself became so clear to me. Yeah, yeah, yeah – I’m going off on an airy fairy tangent again. OK let me clarify…

For our Parisian jaunt, we had both Lisa Devlin and Shell de Mar shooting us. Having such a busy few weeks beforehand we hadn’t really planned the shoot extensively – we were just going to rock up to our apartment, find the Eiffel Tower and hopefully make some magic. The day went great, the locations were perfect and we had outfits that worked really well (sounds stupid, but makes such a difference when you’re doing shots of the three of us together!) All in all we were pretty chuffed with what we’d pulled out of le sac magique.

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Travel Journal: Dance Like No Ones Watching {Deuxième Partie}

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For the second part of our Parisian adventure it was time to leave our paradisiac apartment and venture outside. With such a limited time to shoot we knew exactly where we wanted to go – La Tour Eiffel!

Yes it’s a cliché, but don’t you groan. You can’t really go to Paris without paying this landmark a visit. It’s inevitable. Of course there are hordes of tourists trying to take ‘selfies’ with the tower in the background, and the place is littered with annoying hawkers selling Eiffel Tower paraphernalia – but even with all that, it’s still a pretty awesome sight to be seen.

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Travel Journal: Paris {La Première Partie}

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After a long week doing two London workshops as well as heading out to the great British countryside for a talk at the Photography Farm (I’ll be writing about the farm and sharing some photos we had taken soon), it was time for GalaShauna & me to head out to Paris for a whirlwind trip. It was supposed to be a nice and relaxing mini-vacation to end our time together, but as usual with us it was anything but! We were only in the city for two days but we still managed to pack in two photo shoots, a shopping trip (obviously), plenty of dancingpractising our French (oh how the locals must have loved us – not) and to drink as much wine as possible.

Three three of us have only visited Paris once before (which is particularly embarrassing for me as it’s only a two hour train ride away!) – Gala & Shauna on their last trip to Europe, and me when I did my Marie Antoinette shoot in 2010.

Being bloggers and photo whores (we’re not ashamed!) we knew we’d want some photographs to document our time in the city and so called upon our go-to photographer Lisa Devlin, to come along for the ride. The ever cute and enthusiastic Shell De Mar also tagged along, although I actually I think she invited herself! (I’ll be sharing her photos soon…) as did the beautiful Elbie Van Eeden – the only girl I trust implicitly to perfectly fulfil all my hair and make up demands…

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Our apartment was provided by Go with Oh, who we partnered with on this trip. They specialise in European getaways and have apartments for rent in Barcelona, Berlin, Dublin, Florence, London, Madrid, Paris, Prague, Rome, Seville, Vienna and Venice (phew!) I always prefer to stay in an apartment rather than a hotel when I travel. You usually get more for your money and you can get a real sense of a place when you’re not hauled up in a hotel. I mean where else would you find a teeny tiny lift of doom?!

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