Our last february elopement at the Shangri-La …. Rain, Rain, Rain but nothing stopped our couple and their intimate group of buddies to have some fun and celebrate their wedding in style. The ceremony took place at night under the archades of the Louvres! We waited and waited for the rain to stop and it never did so we just went for it. Everyone was wonderful, and we all had the best of time.
The photographs of their wedding are showcased on Olivier’s blog from WeddingLight Paris. They are gorgeous!! He did a tremendous job regardless of the very poor weather conditions.
Paris is a city filled with food. With dozens of restaurants on every boulevard, it can be hard to pick out the good ones. Well worry not, we have a list of the tastiest and coolest restaurants to try while visiting the City of Light!
This chic neo-brasserie is a must visit—maybe more than once—while in Paris. Taking the place of the unforgettable Bains Douches restaurant, Les Bains – La Salle-à-manger goes above and beyond in both food and decor. Explore the flavors of the world with a cooking approach developed by the two Michelin starred chef, Philippe Labbe. To give the best quality to their customers, the menu is seasonal and all ingredients are bought from local and sustainable producers. Their honey even comes directly from the roof, where the bee hives are kept—that’s about as fresh as fresh can get! Be sure to take a seat at one of their gorgeous mahogany tables for an eating experience you won’t forget!
The ravishing Restaurant le Saint James is located inside the hotel that once sat as a 1892 Chateau. Elegant is an understatement for the decor and ambiance of this timeless restaurant. If the decor doesn’t get you running here as quickly as you can, their Michelin starred chef Virginie Basselot sure will! Virginie Basselot has worked under some of the most renowned chefs in the world, but her imagination is what earned this restaurant its third Michelin star. Working along side her is “wine whisperer” Micael Morais. With his motto, “Make the customers happy by introducing them to wines from off the beaten trail”, even the toughest of food critics will be far beyond satisfied. Between the freshness of the food (the vegetables even come from their own garden), to the brilliant wine pairings, this restaurant alone may have you wanting to stay in Paris forever.
Located inside the Quai Branley Museum, this restaurant will have you in awe just by the looks of it. With a jaw dropping view of the eiffel tower to match the mouth watering french cuisine, you can’t go wrong with this restaurant. Serving both lunch and dinner, this restaurant has an astounding menu that will leave you wanting more. If you find yourself visiting in the summer months be sure to enjoy a cocktail and watch the sun set on the beautiful patio. The only issue you will find with Les Ombres is deciding what you want!
If glamour is what you want, La Maison Blanche is the place for you! Sitting on the top of the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Bruno Frank’s restaurant offers you the finest Corsican menu around. Depending on the mood and desire of the customer, there is a choice between being seated at a large table or one of the charming silk booths. Giving the customer even more options, this restaurant comes with two different leveled rooms. The first room, “Baie Vitree”, is on the lower level, offering views of the cities lights through one massive bay window. Secondly, the Mezzanine, gives larger views of western Paris, with a little added sparkle once an hour from the Iron Lady herself. La Maison Blanche is both a place to see and be seen, so don’t pass this one up!
L’Oiseau Blanc takes dining to a whole new level—literally. Known as the best terrace in Paris with views of all key monuments, this restaurant and bar is one of a kind. You will find this gem located inside The Peninsula Paris hotel. If culture is what you have been looking for, your search is over because L’Oiseau Blanc will exceed your expectations with chef Sidney Redel’s traditional french cuisine with a hint of contemporary flair. The decor follows a very unique, yet elegant, aviation theme that matches the elevation of the restaurant perfectly. While here, look out for celebrities as this is a spot they often flock to. Call ahead and make a lunch or dinner reservation at this one of a Paris dining spot!
This Michelin-starred beauty lies inside the Hotel Le Fouquet Paris. Here you will find all of the classic french dishes, with the slightest modern touch. Bright and beautiful is the theme of Restaurant le Diane, with fresh flowers and intimate round tables. Head chef Jean-Yves leuranguer and his staff have mastered the art of both taste and food display. To make the meals served even better, Le Diane offers rare and original wines that are great for pairing. Make sure you save room for desert because pastry chef Claude Ducrozet is sure to give you a sweet surprise you with his original creations.
If you are all about atmosphere, Le Bon is the restaurant for you. Thanks to Philippe Starck’s design, this restaurant is the place to be—and trust me, you won’t want to leave. Le Bon is sleek and spacious, and plays music to match. With a menu filled with Southeastern Asian cuisine, Le Bon is a rare find in the midst of all of the Parisian bistros. Be sure to make a reservation, even at lunch time, to assure you don’t miss out. It is best advised to not pass up the lacquered eggplant with Miso sauce, it is heavenly.
Upon entering Lasserre, you will feel like you are in an old French movie. Lasserre was opened by Rene Lasserre himself, and has been sitting elegantly since 1942. This restaurant is truly a culinary icon of Paris for both its food, and decor. Their attentive staff will make you feel like a celebrity, serving you the best of the best food and never letting a glass or plate sit empty on your table. The wine selection is extremely impressive, with some vines over 100 years old. Call ahead to reserve a table, and while you are there don’t forget to look up! In 1950 there was a retractable roof installed that opens to reveal the sky above.
Chef Jean-Charles Cauquil opens up his dining area to loyal returning Parisian clients who come to taste his achieved excellence daily. 114 Faubourg is located inside Le Bristol Paris, a beautiful hotel sitting in a luxurious part of Paris. The menu this brasserie presents is nothing short of astounding, and they were awarded a Michelin star to prove it! 114 Faubourg has a very warm environment, with two levels, decorated in marble and iron. If you want to eat some of the best french dishes you may ever come across, while being surrounded by Parisian locals, 114 Faubourg is just what you have been looking for.
Last but certainly not least, we have the amazing Le Taillevent. This restaurant has multiple dining rooms, both public and private, and some of the most impressive wine cellars the world ever did see. The decor is classic, clean, and open with a slightly modern edge. Since being opened, this restaurant has be awarded not one, not two, but three Michelin stars confirming the excellence of the food. Although the deserts are almost too beautiful to eat, they should still not be passed as you might never find another that tastes as good.
If you want romance, we have found the place for you. With enough space to host the wedding reception of a lifetime, Restaurant Le Meurice is located inside Hotel Le Meurice in the heart of Paris on Rue de Rivoli. The decor was inspired by the Salon de la Paix at the Chateau de Versailles. The room is filled with antique mirrors, bronze tones, marbles, and much more. To top it off, there is a beautiful view of the Jardin des Tuileries through magnificent large windows. The food here can be described as simply delicious. Alain Ducasse serves his phenomenal creations by season, and has perfected the art of bringing the best out of simplicity. The timeless environment matches the timeless elegance of the decor to make an experience you won’t forget.
Giving this restaurant 3 Michelin stars doesn’t do justice. It is located inside Hotel George V, and is big enough to hold events with up to 300 people. Filled with french and english furniture, this restaurant really brings comfort to luxury. Christian Le Squer defines himself as a “creator of flavors and composer of tastes”, which we could not agree with more. To pair with Christian Le Squer is wine enthusiast, Eric Beaumard. In 1998 he was named vice champion in the Wine Stewardship Contest, and is always ready to give his tips and suggestions. Between this dynamic duo in the kitchen, and the beautiful decor of the restaurant, only good things can happen here.
We visited the Cristal room Baccarat restaurant this morning for one of our client who is planning her wedding in Paris in september for 30 of her friends and family members! How lucky …. “Anyone wants to take me there for Valentines day”, I could hear my assistant saying. The restaurant is overlooking the lovely “place des Etats Unis” and is a few minutes walk to the eiffel tower. It can be all privatized or simply accommodate different size parties with a pivate room adjoining the restaurant for an intimate elopement. The baccara ball room is available for big bash as well. We really love the experience, so classy and elegant with perfect Parisian fine dining for one’s palet!
The legendary luxury Ritz Hotel will finally reopen its doors this Spring, after a three year long renovation. While all high society hotel lovers were upset to hear the news, the time has passed quickly, and many will agree it was worth the wait. The Ritz Paris opened in 1898 by the Swiss business genius, Cesar Ritz. Located on Place Vendôme, this hotel is set in one of the most magnificent parts of Paris, with numerous land marks in close proximity. The Ritz has housed the most glamorous of people over the years, including Coco Chanel who lived at The Ritz for multiple years. Earnest Hemingway was also frequently seen in the hotels bar before World War II, and in later name it was renamed The Hemingway Bar in his honor. “When I dream of afterlife in heaven, the action always takes place at the Paris Ritz”. Although Earnest Hemingway was the first to say this, it is certain that anyone who has stayed at The Ritz Paris would quickly agree.! !
The renovations this 117 year old building took on consisted of creating fewer rooms and more suites, restoring artwork and antiques, adding a new restaurant, among other things. For those who are looking for even more relaxation can make an appointment at the new Chanel Spa—the most luxurious spa that exclusively uses Chanel products. One of the last major changes will bring tears of joy to every foodie, with a renovation of The Ecole Ritz Escoffier cooking school and restaurant. The cooking school offers hands on lessons for people with any level of cooking experience. The terrace now has a retractable roof, bringing use to the space year round.
Paris may be filled with 5 star hotels, but when it comes to class, luxury, and glamour, The Ritz takes the cake. The new renovations only make this hotel the most extravagant spot for love birds to tie the knot. No matter what size wedding you have, The Ritz is sure to be able to host it in one of the 9 reception areas that can fit anywhere between 10 and 500 people. To make the big day even more spectacular, the hotel offers flower arrangements by the best floral designer in Europe, Djordje Varda. Varda makes over 10,000 flower arrangements per week for the hotel, all of which are nothing short of spectacular. This self taught floral designer has one of the most impressive client lists in this department of work. He has made arrangements for places such as Paris’ Civic Opera House and the Versailles Palace. Between the fabulous Ritz hotel in Paris, and the WeddingLight Events team, brides with even the longest of check lists can rest easy knowing that their expectations will be exceeded.
. An interview we did with Varda a while back at the Ritz hotel in Paris.
Be sure to check out the photos below of model, Kate Moss at The Ritz Paris. The photos taken by British fashion photographer, Tim Walker show off the exquisite architecture and design of The Ritz, while high lighting beautiful Haute Couture fashion.The amazing Ritz in Paris is reopening its door in the spring. We were quite sad to find out that it was closing down for renovation. Three years have passer, time flies really! We stumbled in a photo shoot in Vogues magazine this morning with amazing Kate Moss wearing some lavish couture dresses. Varda is again the official Florist of the Ritz and produces simply stunning flower decorations. I strongly suggest that you look at his website for flower inspiration. He is a real artist and his style blend perfectly with such a grand decor.
Make sure you go to Varda’s website for some Parisian creative flower arrangement inspiration.
Ever since our first styled shoot that we did this past summer, we have been itching to organise another one. We felt it was important to show couples that it does not take a lot to create something beautiful and special. It does not matter if you have decided on the spot to elope or have taken the time to plan your day out months in advance. There is something so very magical about Paris that takes over just simply evokes romance wherever you turn. Match that with an outstanding team of English-speaking vendors and you have something quite stunning to say the least!