With Paris as the backdrop for your wedding, there’s not much else required for a beautiful and romantic day. Though she always thought she would want a big, traditional wedding, Morgan realized that an intimate celebration was a better fit for her and Thomas, so they spent a week with 14 of their closest family and friends in Paris, where they were wed at The American Church. Inspired to fly off for a small, destination wedding? In addition to sharing their photos and details, Morgan and Taylor have also kindly shared their wedding budget breakdown with us, which you can see right here.
“Aside from the location, we went simple with our wedding, and it was perfect,” shares Morgan. “We were able to have an intimate wedding and also make it a special vacation for everyone. We spent a week in Paris, and the day after the wedding we left for our honeymoon in Greece. With a destination wedding came planning challenges (we couldn’t just call up vendors to talk with them, not to mention the language barrier), but in the end we had a memorable experience that we will never forget – and it spanned over a week, not just a day! The day we received our pictures, it really sealed the deal, as they blew everyone away! It was a dream wedding come true.”
“Our wedding was far from traditional, but there were a few touches that made it feel like home to us. My grandma passed away just before my birthday in 2014, and a little while after that, my mom gave me a pearl necklace that used to be my grandmothers’s to wear for my wedding (something old). My dress didn’t quite fit with a necklace, so I wore it around my wrist as a bracelet. My mom and I both teared up as she put it on my wrist before the ceremony, and it was truly special to get to have that to remind me of my Grandma.”
Morgan’s bouquet was the only floral detail from the wedding, and it complemented her romantic blush gown perfectly. It included peonies, garden roses, dusty miller, and viburnum.
“We had a couple locations in mind for our ceremony, but ultimately we decided on The American Church in Paris because of the gorgeous and traditional chapel. There were stained-glass windows surrounding the entire church, and an organist to play music. It also really helped that they spoke English (which was important in planning a wedding in Paris), and they frequently host weddings, so they knew what to do.”
Your ceremony in three words. Traditional, simple, memorable.
How did you go about planning your ceremony? The church provided a basic template to go off of, and we kept with that, and chose music that the organist would play.
Processional Music for the Bride: Canon in “D” Pachelbel
Lighting of the Unity candle: “Ave Maria” Franz Schubert
Recessional Music: “The Wedding March” Mendelssohn (the traditional
Ceremony readings: 1 Corinthians 13:1-8, 13 / 1 John 4:7, 16b, 19
What were your vows like? We did not write our own vows, and instead went with traditional vows. Neither of us are very good at putting our feelings into words (nor reading them out loud), so this fit us well.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? Standing in front of our close family and friends who were able to make it, and just focusing on each other. We barely even noticed anyone else, as we were so concentrated on one another.
Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony? It was a cold and cloudy day in Paris for the wedding, but when the Pastor pronounced us as husband and wife, the sun came out and shined right through all of the stained glass windows. It was a beautiful sight.
“I love details, but I tend to fret over the small stuff,” says Morgan. “If I would have had to plan a full reception, I am not sure that it would have gone so peacefully! The day goes by so fast, that I didn’t even notice the small things. For us, it was about spending time in a gorgeous new city with some of our family, which is exactly what we did.”
“Our reception was very simple and non-traditional. Since we only had 14 people, we had a private dinner at a Paris restaurant after the ceremony. Our photographer recommended it (it was difficult finding restaurants with private rooms online, and I wasn’t able to call any of them), and it was small but simple with a great menu option. It was also in a great location that was easy to get to.”
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? I did a lot of searching on Pinterest for “Paris wedding” and got ideas of what a wedding in Paris looked like. Many pictures that came up were of Parisian-inspired weddings, which isn’t what I wanted; I wanted it simple, which is why a private dinner was perfect. We had a macaron “cake” from Ladurée, but no decorations were needed besides what the restaurant provided, and it was simple and perfect.
If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? I wish we had planned the ceremony better, and had our parents do the readings and be more involved. We visited the church a couple days before the wedding, but neither of our parents came with us, so they weren’t quite sure what to do. Also, I missed not having a first dance and father/daughter dance, but we can have that moment next time we are all together. Otherwise, we loved our wedding just as it was.
What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? Because our wedding was small, a private dinner was the perfect way to just sit and enjoy everyone’s company. At the traditional receptions I’ve been to, the couples are so busy trying to get around and talk to everyone, that they have no time to sit and enjoy the moment. We had the luxury of being able to sit at one table with all of our guests, and be able to talk with everyone and enjoy the setting.