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Paris Wedding: Jacquelyn and Livingston’s Elegant Georges V Wedding Celebration

 Paris Wedding Photographer Olivier Lalin of WeddingLight Paris

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An escape to Paris from the Big Apple for Jacquelyn & Livingston’s wedding was like a fairy tale. I still cannot believe how beautiful and romantic the entire celebration turned out… When they arrived in Paris it was freezing cold, which was expected really. Despite the weather though, it did not stop the wedding party and guests from making an appearance in front of the Eiffel Tower for a seemingly impromptu flash mob dance, (if 15 people dancing to music supplied by our DJ’s speaker can be called a mob). After making it through the initial stage fright, they had a blast and the memory of it all was captured forever by our wonderful photographer, Olivier of WeddingLight Photography who turned videographer for our enjoyment of the memory for many years to come.

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The next day was the wedding ceremony. Officiant, Minister Rudolph Nickens, is a long time friend of the family. He knew all the right words to make the ceremony meaningful, as they began their new lives together. Every detail from the flowers — especially the flowers were perfect. The wedding theme colors were coral, peach and ivory.

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Jeff Leatham created a design of mixed roses and hydrangeas displayed on mirror stands with candles, and using glass candelabras for a more elegant feel. Everything down to the candles – to the three, yes three — cakes were perfect. To explain the cakes: Jacquelyn and her mother are something of cake-a-holics and so they each had their own, and of course the groom could not be left out either.

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The bride’s cake was prepared by our pastry Chef Lucien Gautier and was a 4-tiered cake with different whimsical flavors, inspired by yellow cake, red velvet cake and carrot cake, topped by a chocolate cake and covered with white vanilla and buttercream icing. Livingston’s (the groom) cake was made of chocolate and peanut butter and the bride’s mother also wanted a cake for herself; this was a traditional French Croquembouche made of small chocolate and vanilla cream puffs.

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Oh, Jacquelyn had fallen in LOVE with Romona Keveza wedding dresses, so not only did she buy one but TWO. She could change to a more manageable wedding gown for the reception party. Following the diner we all went to the V.I.P Club and danced until the early hours of the morning. Two days after the wedding they donned their wedding attire once again and went on a tour of the city with our lively photographer, Olivier.

” The pictures will be the best I will ever have taken — thanks to our make up stylist of the Stars, Angélik Iffennecker and because of Olivier’s exceptional talent.”

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“All in all, our time in Paris was the best time of my life!  Thank you, mother and father for putting it all into place and making it to this point with me. Can’t wait for my vow renewal !!! I hope every single person is available in five years (or is 2 years too soon?)! Paris is the most romantic city in the world. I wanted to have an excuse to come every year for our anniversary. “

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Paris Wedding photographer - From Olivier Lalin of WeddingLight the Photographer: I first met Jacquelyn and Livingston on the Pont de Iena, where we filmed their “impromptu” flash mob dance. It was cold on that day, Marco, my videographer and I got so exited about the whole thing, we forgot we were freezing. It simply rocked and we had a great time capturing Jacquelyn and Livingston’s special mini flash mob event. From that moment on, I knew the wedding itself was going to be above and beyond a whole lot of fun. It was great seeing this young group of people so excited to be in the “City of Lights,” especially since for most of them it was their the first time! The flash mob dance was the first highlight of the week end, but more was on its way..

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Our second meeting on the roof of the Georges V Hotel, where we did a short portrait session. It is very rare that a hotel will let a photographer roam freely, but when you actually do get permission, I can certainly say it is bliss! The view was magnificent and Jacquelyn and Livingston looked just perfect. I loved the whole wedding and especially going to the V.I.P Club for the after party, which was the third highlight of the weekend. We mingled with the crowd and just had a great time celebrating. The French love their brides and Jacquelyn was getting the “VIP” treatment, which I am sure made the evening even more memorable.

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 Then, a couple of days later, we met again for a three-hour photo shoot through Paris. We hopped in our car and were off to have some fun shooting through some of the city’s most iconic spots like the Eiffel Tower, along the Seine and its gorgeous bridges and many more wonderful places. Then I took them to the Tuilerie garden, down rue de Rivoli, rue de la Paix, Place Vendome, the Opera area, and of course, the Louvre. From those three hours, I took over 400 photos of the gorgeous couple. It is such a wonderful feeling seeing love and a couple who is so happy and and ready to spend the rest of their lives together. All in all, I have to say that this was a gorgeous wedding and fun-filled weekend and I feel so lucky to have been able to be a part of it!

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Wedding Photographer Paris - Olivier Lalin from WeddingLight photographed the wedding of Jacquelyn and Livingstone at the Georges V Paris.

By the way, if you are looking for a cocktail dress to wear in Paris, make sure you visit our interview of Max Chaoul in Paris on WeddingLight Events blog.

WLE Meets: Professional Makeup Artist, Fred

Every bride wants to look their absolute best on their wedding day and rightly so! It’s one of the most memorable and special times in a bride’s life. (Not to mention the amount of photos that will be taken that day — no pressure!) So having a professional makeup artist create your favorite look and make sure it lasts throughout the day can make all the difference. We caught up with Fred, one of our favorite makeup artists, to hear what he says about bridal makeup and what it is like being a professional makeup artist.

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Fred, Professional Makeup Artist

Photography by Olivier Lalin of WeddingLight 
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Q:When did you know you wanted to be a makeup artist? How did it become your passion?

A: Actually, it began with my passion for perfume.  When I was around 18 or 20 and was doing some promotion for perfume companies.  There were makeup artists that came to do promotions as well and I loved watching them. Eventually, I began doing makeup there, too. After that, I had many internships to keep perfecting my craft.

Q: What is your favorite part about doing a brides’ makeup?

A: I like taking care of her (the bride) — really looking after her wellness and satisfaction. Brides are usually very stressed on the day they are getting married. So I like making them feel beautiful and when they feels happy with what I did, than that is pure fulfillment.

Q: How do you make a bride feel special on her wedding day?

A: Brides are very sensitive to the mood of the atmosphere. Most of the time they didn’t sleep well the night before because of  nerves. So when she is with me, I like to make her feel relaxed and allow her to de-stress.  Murielle (WLE Hair Stylist – blog post to come!) and I usually work together, so we know how each other operates and that makes things easier and is more helpful for the bride.

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Photography by Olivier Lalin of WeddingLight 

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Q: Are there any lasting or classic styles that will always be popular with brides?

A: Brides usually tell me that they want “something soft.”  This means they are wanting a classic look: nude lips with a sheer gloss, light eyes, and sometimes adding false lashes. They don’t want to change their daily makeup style to look different from how they normally do. Brides just want something simple, but with a little more sophistication than their everyday look.

Q: Do you have any memorable moments or great stories on the job?

A: Jewish weddings are probably the most memorable for me. We get to see them four times throughout the day: at the town hall, for the oriental service, at the synagogue and then for their evening party. You really get to know them when you see them so many times! Most of the time they invite me to stay for their party and I’ll have a cocktail with them.

Q: Do you have any helpful tips or advice for our fabulous brides?

A: Have a good night’s sleep. Make sure to moisturize, do a mask, a body scrub… everything. Nice makeup is made for nice skin. It is also very important to have nice eyebrows.  The shape and style are essential for the overall look of the bride’s makeup. So it’s best to leave it to a professional — they always do them better. And maybe get a facial a week or up to four days before the wedding.

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Photography by Olivier Lalin of WeddingLight 

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Q: Ok, last question! Do you have any favorite products?

A: I have many favorites.  But, I really like products that get rid of dark circles under the eyes. YSL’s Touche Eclat Radiant Touch is great for that. Carmex is also really great for soft lips.

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 Photography by Olivier Lalin of WeddingLight

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Getting to Know Fred Just a Little More: With over 15 years of experience, Fred has firmly established himself in the world of luxury makeup. Not only has he worked with some of the most fabulous makeup companies in the world (e.g. Chanel, Guerlain, Givenchy, Dior, etc.), but he has also had extensive training with some top of the line brands to make sure that his techniques are absolute perfection, his knowledge of products and tools sharp and thorough and to help him focus on his own creativity and personal touch. 

To contact Fred about booking your makeup services for your perfect Paris elopement, wedding or other special event, please email us at info@weddinglightevents.com.

Paris Elopement: Taylor and Graham from Arkansas, USA

Wedding Photographer Olivier Lalin of WeddingLight Paris

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While everyone was enjoying their Armistice and Veteran’s Day holiday, Taylor and Graham were making memories of their own here in Paris. Both of them had already had their “big wedding,” so this time around it was just going to be about them! No hustle and bustle and certainly no stress — just something simple and intimate for the two of them to enjoy.

Taylor and Graham had their ceremony in Square St. Jean XXIII, just behind the infamous Notre Dame Cathedral and next to the gorgeous Seine river. The weather could not have been better either — a bright blue sky and plenty of sunshine to beam on our lovely bride and groom’s faces! Philippe was there to preform their ceremony providing them with a certificate and a copy of his speech for their mementos. After their ceremony was finished, they walked the cobbled stoned streets of Paris for their photo tour with Olivier. The happy couple ended their evening with a private dinner for two in one of Paris’​ fabulous restaurants just off the Left Bank​. What a great way to begin the first day of their new life together!

We hope that Taylor and Graham enjoy the rest of their time here in the City of Lights and have a safe journey back to the states! It is always wonderful working with happy couples and we wish them nothing but the happiness they deserve!

Congratulations, Taylor and Graham!

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Photography by Olivier Lalin of WeddingLight

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Photography by Olivier Lalin of WeddingLight

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Photography by Olivier Lalin of WeddingLight

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Wedding Photographer Paris - Olivier Lalin from WeddingLight photographed the elopement of taylor and Graham.

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Photography by Olivier Lalin of WeddingLight

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Photography by Olivier Lalin of WeddingLight

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 Photography by Olivier Lalin of WeddingLight

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Photography by Olivier Lalin of WeddingLight

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Photography by Olivier Lalin of WeddingLight

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Photography by Olivier Lalin of WeddingLight

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Photography by Olivier Lalin of WeddingLight

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To see more photographs from Taylor and Graham’s elopement, please visit WeddingLights’ Blog. 

Top 5 Luxury Boutique Hotels

 

 If you are planning to elope or wed in the wonderfully charming city of Paris, then you will certainly need an equally special place to stay to match the occasion. We are giving you our Top 5 recommendations for luxury boutique hotels, all of which are located in the very heart of the city giving you ease to move about see and do all that the City of Lights has to offer.

1. Saint James Paris

43 Avenue Bugeaud, Porte Dauphine, 75116 Paris

Just around the corner from the Champs Elysées, Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triumph, stands the city’s last remaining chateau hotel. Set in its own private gardens in the very classy 16th arrondissement, this hotel blends a touch of extravagance with comfort and true elegance. The beautiful Saint James Paris offers more than just a gorgeous atmosphere, but a personal service that is held to the highest of standards and luxury accommodations that will amaze you. Imagine this: you and your partner have just had your perfect wedding day and the next morning  you wake up to breakfast in bed! (Oo-la-la!) However, you also can enjoy their delicious petit-dejeuner (breakfast) in the comfort of their stylish library and bar. They have 48 room and suites, several of which are theme designed, such as The Boudoir Room, The Deluxe Room, or The Love Pavilion. Prices begin at €385 a night for their Classic Rooms and go up to €980 for their larger Suites. You can also treat yourself at their Gemology Spa, dine in their restaurant with their brilliant young chef, Virginie Basselot, or even join their exclusive Members Club to enjoy amazing benefits.

Source: www.saint-james-paris.com

2. La Maison Favart

5 Rue de Marivaux, Opera, 75002 Paris

This boutique hotel is located just a stone throw away from the famous Opéra. The 4-star luxury establishment is named after Monsieur Favart, the director of the Opéra-Comique in 1743, and his wife, the young actress known as “Mademoiselle Chantilly.” Here you can choose from 37 uniquely decorated rooms and suites that will take you back into the fabulous Parisian atmosphere of 18th century. Room prices vary from  €200 a night for a Classic Room up to  €1,100 euros for one of their suites or duplexes. They also offer a bar called the Honesty Bar (open from 5pm to 11pm), a modern spa with all amenities and a beautiful Relaxation Bath, as well as a fitness room.

Source: www.lamaisonfavart.fr

3. Relais Christine

3, rue Christine – 75006 Paris

The Relais Christine was one of the first among boutique hotels in Paris. The 4-starred elegant country manor-styled hotel is actually housed within a mansion and was built on the remains of a 13th-century abbey. How’s that for some history?! Hidden out of sight from the hustle and bustle of the St. Germain-des-Pres district and the Seine river, this boutique hotel has managed to keep its tranquility and peacefulness left by the monastery all those centuries ago making ideal for a romantic getaway. Housing 49 bedrooms and suits, this luxurious home-away-from home will be sure to impress on all levels. With its  high ceilings, French windows, classic wood panelling, plus sofas and rich coloring, you will be sure to have a comfortable stay.  They also serve breakfast in a vaulted cellar, have a cozy little garden and spa. Standard rooms begin at €320 a night and go all the way up to €1,000 a night for one of their larger suites.

Source: www.relais-christine.com

4. Hotel Francois Premier

7 Rue Magellan, Champs Elysees, 75008, Paris

Designed by the renowned architect, Pierre Yves Rochon and tucked away in the luxurious “Golden Triangle” district, this 4-starred gem is more of a secret private residence than a hotel. Blending country estate charm with Parisian glamour and elegance, this luxury boutique hotel offers 38 rooms and 2 suites, all of which are lavishly decorated from top to bottom with modern amenities. It does not stop there either — they have an equally amazing staff that are both attentive and conscientious too. The hotel offers a bar with a winter garden, a restaurant with traditional cuisine and a delightful area to have an afternoon tea. As for things to do, they are just steps away from some of the most famous fashion houses in the industry, within walking distance of the fabulous Lido and Crazy Horse cabarets and there is always the Bastille Opera that always offers wonderful programs, as well. Prices vary beginning from €219 for one of their Classic Rooms to €599 for one of their Suites.

Source: www.the-paris-hotel.com

5. Hotel Caron De Beaumarchais

12, rue Vieille-du-Temple 75004 Paris

If you looking for something with a bit more history and charm, then this fabulous little 3-star hotel is just for you. The 19 room hotel has an ideal location in the Marais district, just next to the Notre-Dame CathedralPicasso Museum and a lovely little square called the Place des Vosges. Unlike other hotels, the Hotel Caron de Beaumarchais evokes the feeling of a private house more than an actual hotel. The 18th century establishment is decorated with wooden beams, refined fabrics, and selected antiques for a cozy, intimate, and romantic atmosphere. They offer three room choices: a ground floor room for €145 a night, a rear-view room for €165 a night or a front-view room for €195 a night.

Source: www.carondebeaumarchais.com

This list could go on and on, but these are just a few of our favorites. If you are still in need of some other ideas of where to stay or prefer Paris’ larger hotels, be sure to check our Top 5 Luxury Parisian Hotels, as well!

Paris Elopement: Michelle and Anthony from Toronto, Canada

Paris Wedding photographer - Olivier Lalin WeddingLight
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Last Friday, Michelle and Anthony celebrated their 4-year anniversary (from their very first date together!!) with a lovely and simple Paris elopement. The couple traveled from Toronto, Canada for this very special day and their ceremony was held in Square St. Jean XXIII, just behind the Notre Dame Cathedral. Our wonderful Susie was there to officiate their ceremony in front of the garden’s incredible gothic fountain and Olivier was there to capture every moment!

We wish the adorable couple all the best and happiness in the world! Congratulations, Michelle and Anthony!

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