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Ashlan Gorse Philippe Cousteau in Gown and Tux  Bride holding Wedding Bouquet  Flower Girl in Gorse-Coustau Wedding France

Ashlan Gorse in Wedding Gown  Chateau D

Cover of Brides Magazine Spring 2014  Gorse-Cousteau wedding article in Brides Magazine Spring 2014  Cousteau-Gorse Real Wedding article in Brides Magazine Spring 2014

It was nice seeing our photos of the Gorse-Cousteau wedding published in the print version of Brides Magazine this spring and posted to Brides.com yesterday. We knew of Ashlan Gorse and Philippe Cousteau before they contacted us to shoot their chateau wedding near Paris. We had seen Ashlan often or E! News. We remembered Philippe from CNN International and Animal Planet. Like his famous grandfather, Jacques Cousteau, Philippe is an oceanographer. On the show Oceans Blue, I remembered Philippe fearlessly swimming with sharks. After the wedding, he was part of a fun coincidence. I was telling a friend about photographing Philippe’s wedding. During our conversation, we walked up on a larger than life poster of Philippe modeling for the Gap store. Surprised, I pointed at the poster and said, “that guy.”

Bride and groom hold hands at chateau in France Engagement ring on wedding invitation Bride and groom embrace in front of French chateau

Bridesmaids with bouquets in French Chateau Bride and groom at chateau d

Bride unhangs wedding dress from chandelier Makeup face sheet for French wedding Bride having hair styled

Bridesmaids help bride with wedding veil Bridesmaids by windows of French chateau

Bridesmaids hold french wedding dress Bride with bridesmaids by beautiful french chateau windows  Wedding dress hanging from chateau chandelier

Bride retouches lipstick in mirror Groom arranges tux in french chateau bedroom

Louboutin wedding shoes on chateau fireplace mantel Bride looks in chateau mirror  Brides with bridesmaids French chandelier

Wedding ceremony location at chateau in France Bride and bridesmaids with wedding bouquets

Bride bridesmaid and french wedding bouquet  Bridesmaids look out window of French chateau Wedding chair

Wedding ceremony at chateau in France Veiled bride descends chateau staircase France

Wedding ceremony in chateau  Veiled bride enters chateau wedding ceremony

Bouquet at wedding in France Bride and groom kiss at wedding ceremony

Brides descends beatuiful chateau staircase with bridesmaids groom-bride-france-countryside

Wedding table assignments  Pink french wedding cake with flowers Back of bridesmaid in bowed dress

Bride at wedding reception table  Wedding reception menu and place setting Wedding reception chair and flowers

French wedding cake decorated with pink flowers First dance at wedding in France

Bride and groom watch fireworks at wedding in France Bride in front of chateau in France Groom in Tux in salon of French Chateau

The photos above explain why brides are willing to cross an ocean for a destination wedding in France. Alison and Philip chose the Chateau d’Artigny for their wedding in the dreamy French countryside. They hired us as their photographers, and the Paris based American event planners of Fete in France to plan their dream wedding.

The bride’s Swarovski crystal Louboutin Stilettos drew oohs and aahs from every girl who cast eyes on them. Those sounds were bested by the reaction the veiled bride received when she entered the ceremony. What pairs better than a veil lit by enormous chateau windows? How about the trio of veil, grand windows, and the majestic marble staircase of this gorgeous French chateau? Now that’s an entrance. The virtual fireworks that scene caused were followed by real fireworks on the chateau grounds later that evening. The beautiful photo opportunities the day provided illuminates why photographers in France dream of destination weddings at charming countryside chateaus just as much as brides do.

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We just had a full spread in Elle Magazine Taiwan. The magazine searched blogs from around the world looking for photos of some of the year’s best weddings for one of their features.  They found Melissa and Austin’s Louisiana wedding on Style Me Pretty and knew it fit the bill.  They were surprised that photographers based in Paris, France had shot the wedding. I explained that Melissa had found us looking for a Paris photographer for hire when she wanted engagement photos during her visit to the city of love. Later, she had to have us when she decided to import a little of Paris to her Rayville, Louisiana wedding.

Vera Wang wedding dress What Paris wedding photographer wouldn’t gush about being posted on Vera Wang’s Unveiled wedding blog? They contacted me after seeing Angeli’s wedding photos in Paris. I’m not sure Vera normally condones dragging her beautiful creations through the slushy city streets of December. Paris, however, is no typical city. I knew the dress would look quite at home surrounded by the timeless views of the City of Love. Obviously Vera agreed.

Bride Leaving Plaza Athenee Paris

Bride Putting on Shoe

Bride Entering Bentley at the Plaza Athenee in Paris

Wedding Ceremony in Paris Church

Bride and Groom Hold Candles at Wedding in Paris Church

Groom and Bride in Back of Bently, Leaving Paris Chruch

Bride and Groom in Front of Bentley at Plaza Athenee Paris

Bride and Groom Walk Along Paris River Bank

Any photographer in Paris enjoys shooting at the Plaza, but wedding photographers appreciate it more than most. Brides who elope to Paris tend to be lured by elegance, and few hotels can draw them like the Athenee. Photographers have an easy job of revealing the refinement of Paris when they’re immersed in the frills of one of the world’s most stylish hotels. Besides, Carrie Bradshaw slept there.