Happy Valentine’s Day! I could think of nothing more appropriate for today’s feature than Holly and Scott’s romantic Paris elopement…
Sweet pink ribbon tied the couples’ rings together, and matched the bride’s blush pink gown.
The ceremony was held in a small park adjoining Les Invalides, across the street from the Rodin Museum.
Holly’s antique veil was handmade with duchess lace. “Originally from Paris,” says Holly, “it was acquired by my grandmother before I was born.” After the ceremony she changed into a chic bridal hat.
After the ceremony, Holly and Scott attached a padlock to the Pont des Arts. Says Holly: “It’s a bridge where lovers attach a padlock and then throw the key into the river. I bought the lock at a hardware store and decorated it with a handmade blush flower and silk ribbon streamers. Scott wrote our names and wedding date on it after I decorated it.”
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? We both love Paris but had never been there together. We knew we wanted to honeymoon there and once we started planning that trip we couldn’t think of anything more romantic than getting married there too.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? My favorite moment was our ceremony in the park. It was so sweet and so beautiful. There were several mothers and daughters playing in the park when we arrived. The little girls were so wide-eyed and excited to see a bride come walking in. Their little faces were so cute! A few sat quietly and watched our wedding which I thought was adorable.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? The best advice I received was to let go of others’ expectations about what my wedding should be. That allowed us to plan the wedding that we truly wanted.
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? Having a great photographer is so important in terms of capturing the essence of the day. Our planner, Ginny Au, suggested that we bring David over with us rather than hiring a photographer there. That way we could get to know him a bit before the wedding day. We flew over together and were able to explore the city the day before the wedding which was so much fun. We love the way his photographs tell our story.
Photography: David Shirk for Unplugged Photography / Hotel: The Ritz Paris / Coordination: Bits & Bobs / Bride’s dress: Vera Wang for David’s Bridal / Bride’s shoes: Seychelles / Bridal hat: BHLDN / Groom’s suit: Banana Republic / Cufflinks: Tiffany & Co. / Bouquet: Artisan Fleuriste / Cake: Sugarplum Cake Shop