I’ve waited 10 years to write “Paris, France” as the location for a wedding blog post! To say that photographing Cat and Paul’s wedding in Paris was a dream come true sounds like a cliché, but it is true: Paris was at the top of my wedding locations bucket list for a very, very long time!
We have Zohreen to thank for this one; she essentially orchestrated a blind date between Cat, Paul, Daniel and myself when we were visiting her and Rishi in Los Angeles several months earlier. To be quite honest, we weren’t really sure if they were just humouring Zohreen or if they were actually interested in having us photograph their wedding, but regardless, we were grateful to Zo for arranging the meet and greet! Needless to say, when we heard from Cat and Paul and they said that they wanted us to be their photographers, we were over the moon.
Cat and Paul’s wedding still managed to exceed our very high expectations (expectations we always swear we don’t have… Oops!). For one, they picked the most charming little hotel, Hotel Particulier, in one of our favourite areas of Paris, Montmartre. Pink and red velvet, black and white tiles, antique lamps, animal wallpaper… I felt like I was on the set of a Wes Anderson movie all day. Cat and Paul took full advantage of the setting by getting ready in two of the uniquely designed rooms, having the ceremony in the garden, the cocktails in the front courtyard, the dinner in the dining room/lobby, and the dance party at the bar. Every inch of this place is so darn charming, we even took portraits of them in the bathroom!
In the spirit of full disclosure, I was super nervous for the day-after session. Having the opportunity to make portraits in one of my favourite cities was so overwhelming and Daniel and I spent a lot of time coming up with a plan that I was actually satisfied with. Cat and Paul are not fans of the Eiffel Tower, but they love the Jardins des Tuileries and Le Meurice hotel, so we decided to combine these two favourite spots of theirs with one of ours: the Seine at Ile St-Maurice. We were lucky enough to be granted permission to take photos inside the hotel’s ballroom and one of the suites before heading off to our other locations where the photo gods rewarded us with incredible light, and seemingly perfect timing. We wanted the images to reflect the romance of the city of lights, but making this happen was sometimes everything but romantic! Case and point: when Cat and Paul were dancing under the bridge they were practically suffocating from the stench as I instructed Daniel over the phone from the other side of the Seine where I was positioned with my camera. The things we all do for a good photo…
We could not have asked for a better couple, wedding, or experience for our first Paris wedding. Thank you Cat, Paul, and Zo for the opportunity. It was totally worth waiting a decade for this one!