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I’m a Paris photographer. Believe me, I know the advantages of shooting in the city of love. Still, I seldom miss the opportunity to photograph stunning weddings in Provence. There’s a quality to the evening light in southern France that photographers distinguishable from that in Paris. Colors are softer, tones are warmer. As you can see from Rumi and Quentin’s wedding photos, the bride was a great match for this magical light of Provence.
They say the Royal wedding is bringing chic weddings back in vogue. We just shot this wedding of the British Ambassador’s step daughter in Paris. Safieh and Charles reside in Houston. The bride’s mother, the ambassador’s wife, has lived in Paris for years. The British Ambassador’s Residence has become the bride’s Parisian home during her visits to the city of love. I guess that technically makes this a backyard wedding for Safieh.
It’s usually difficult to impress a Paris wedding photographer with architecture or interiors. This high-profile “hotel particulier”, however, makes quite an impression. It’s located in the heart of the prestigious Triangle d’Or. This area is as chic as it gets in Paris. The garden in the cocktail photos was officially inaugurated by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in June of 1992.
The mother of the bride got her inspiration for the black and white balloons at the Stella McCartney show during fashion week in Paris. After the guests entered the grand hall to begin the ceremony, the butler staff sneaked the balloons into the adjoining hallway just outside.
Being a professional photographer in Paris, I occasionally spend time searching for great backdrops for family photos. I love navigating the maze of streets in the most beautiful city in the world.
During this family shoot, I got to take young Alice and her parents through my urban playground. Though she’ll never remember actually being here at that age, I’m sure she’ll grow up viewing these images in albums, frames, and slideshows. Photos we grow up with, sometimes link to deep sentimental emotions. I like to imagine Alice returning to Paris when she reaches her mother’s age here. Will she feel a connection with the city of love when she sees these sights again in real life? These thoughts motivate the family photo-shoots I capture in this great city.