Paris. Need we say more? With its stunning views from the Seine river to the iconic Eiffel tower, its a dream for any bride and groom to get married and a must for any destination wedding photographer to travel to this incredibly gorgeous city. Even though I have travelled to Paris many times before, I was captivated and fell in love with Paris all over again. The romance of a destination wedding is accentuated in Paris for everything is made from love there. The cobbled stone streets and the old buildings create a nest of love for a couple to fall in love over and over and over. Elopements are my favorite for this destination. With just a few close friends and family or just you and your love, whatever your plans are Paris will accommodate.
For this trip I decided to leave my digital camera at home and travel with only my film cameras.  Laif of course brought his drone along and got some amazing footage flying over the Eiffel tower and Notre Dame. I always prefer film over digital in any choice situations. So with my Contax 645 and the Contax 35mm as my cameras that I love I remained engaged and inspired the entire time. I have never felt as inspired and in a dream state to create as I did in Paris for this beautiful elopement workshop.

Our trip to Paris included a workshop with the amazing Greg Fink , named one of the top photographers in the world by Harper’s Bazaar, and celebrity event designer Joy Proctor.  Joy Proctor design aesthetic is effortlessly romantic and feminine, rooted in culture and history. We have been named one of the top designers in the world by Harpers Bazaar, Brides, Vogue and Martha Stewart Magazines.  So it was such a pleasure to meet her and work along side her many talents. Her style is very vintage chic and so it was right up my style alley to be able to ask her questions and know what her inspiration for this shoot was.

This workshop was a gift to myself for my 40th birthday, and boy was I blown away with all the inspiration and knowledge I obtained during this shoot.  Greg was a book of business knowledge and Joy was impeccable with her acute attention to design.  The wedding gowns made from Rime Arodaki were fresh and modern sustaining fierce elegance with an edgy twist. Rime’s wedding gowns are some of my favorite in the world. Her styles and designs are very unique and have a couture vibe unlike any other. Her dresses make brides look like they are straight out of an editorial magazine. Anytime I get to work side by side with a designer I am engaged in understanding all the best things about the dress. for example, this wedding dress had pockets…you would never know because they were very hiding. It also had incredible bell sleeves that could only be photographed with the brides arms raised to be able to really see the appealing fanned shape the sleeves could make.

The floral designs by Floraison were beautifully paired with soft blush and tangerine tones and gentle hints of green foliage. Foraison’s aesthetic designs are a great fit for those who are drawn to organic, refined, and effortless elegance. With a pallet so soft and elegant your florals cant be to punchy in color as they could distract to much from the dress and other important details. Paris is such a Mecca for style and creativity. With it old world European elegance it is hard to not be inspired there. Even the florist are incredible!

I am grateful for all that I got to experience in Paris, and so blessed to have my husband Laif that watched our little one year old while I spent three days immersed in the film photo workshop. Destination weddings remain my favorite and one of the reasons I because a photographer.  I believe that I owe it to my clients to invest in my craft to be able to offer them the best that I can possibly give them.  I am excited to bring my clients a fresh new perspective and more inspiration in the years to come….and of course with that editorial flare!

Styling and Design: https://www.joyproctor.com