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What to know when booking your Paris Wedding Photographer

The Capital of love really sets the perfect decor for your wedding pictures. In this guide, you will understand how to organize your special day from abroad, and get ready to have fun!

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As a home for iconic artists and writers from all times, everything in Paris inspires romance: architecture, history, arts, fashion, gastronomy… you name it!

Being experienced Paris wedding photographer & videographer, we are here to tell you all the little secrets!

The Capital of love really sets the perfect decor for your wedding pictures: find inspiration in a Café to enjoy the exquisite art de vivre à la française or let us lead you through the cobblestone streets of Paris as if you were playing the main characters of Amélie or Midnight in Paris.

Top reasons why you should marry in France

1. The French art de vivre 

Not only fancy dinners and costume balls in Versailles followed by fireworks define the lifestyle à la française. Yet, the spirit of it all prevails in the simplest things: enjoy your morning on the terrace of a café, grab a croissant on your way to take a stroll in one of the many luxuriant gardens of Paris, breathe… et voilà!

2. Sumptuous food, fine wines and Champagne.

Good food always comes with good wine. Indeed, the Capital of gastronomy abounds with the most amazing food and delicacies Europe has to offer. Do you fancy the services of a Michelin Chef to make your taste buds shiver? Thus, don’t forget to have a bite of the delicate pastries such as macarons, or éclair au chocolat. You can always go classy with an elegant but delicious wedding cake.

3. Luxurious castles and domaines

If you’ve always dreamed of awakening in a luxurious palace or château à la Marie-Antoinette, book a suite in the Hôtel Ritz Paris or throw your wedding reception in a sumptuous castle with a stunning view on the French coastline or vineyards.

Outdoor wedding ceremony at Chateau de Villette

What are the requirements to get married in France?

Weddings taking place in the Mairie (Townhall) and performed by the Mayor of the town are internationally recognized and legally binding. It is possible for foreign couples to get married in France. However, there’s a residency requirement of a 40-day minimum on French territory, prior to the civil wedding. Read more about it on the French government website

If you cannot meet these legal conditions to have your Destination Wedding in France, we won’t give up on you! For instance, most of our foreign couples have their legal civil ceremony at home before (or after). Afterward, they have a symbolic Wedding in France or a Paris Elopement.

Elopement: A symbolic wedding

Pssst… here’s what a symbolic wedding is:

A symbolic wedding is a meaningful, non-legally binding ceremony. In fact, it offers you more flexibility to plan your perfect tailor-made wedding (and have even more beautiful wedding pictures!).

Good thing is : the only rules are yours !

To illustrate, our couple did a multicultural destination wedding in Paris. They combined a traditional Chinese tea ceremony with a bespoke ceremony celebrated by an officiant at The Ritz. Moreover, you could also choose to exchange your vows intimately with just the two of you. Most importantly, this focuses on the most important thing : you and your experience. In the end, aren’t we celebrating YOUR love story?

Linh & Duc as your Paris wedding photographer and videographer

The emotions of the first look or the intensity of the groom’s look when the bride walks down the aisle. The first kiss as husband and wife…

These are some of the most precious moments that give us chills, every time we photograph and film a wedding! As Paris wedding photographer and videographer, we spent the past few years traveling the world. Above all, we’ve had the privileges to meet so many amazing couples and captured their unique love stories. Also, our team understands the dedication and time it takes to make your dream wedding come true.

That’s why we want you to remember everything. And be able to say in the years to come “Damn, it really feels like yesterday!”.

We want to immortalize your stunning reception, the beautiful flowers and decoration. Even the first cut cake slice! Paying attention to the smallest details make all the difference. Investing in our services is the promise to have a team who helps you throughout your whole wedding experience. From the very early stage of your preparation, to the last grand picture of the day.

Paris wedding photographer and videographer for your destination wedding in France

Paris Wedding Photographer

Wedding pictures are a beautiful way to celebrate your unique love story. As Paris Wedding photographer, we focus on your real emotions, your genuine interactions and candid moments. We aim to catch the most precious moments of your big day, always with an elegant, warm and chic signature that makes your photos look timeless.

Paris Wedding Videographer

What’s better than a romantic movie about your story to remember one of the best days of your life ? We aspire to make each wedding movie an authentic piece of art, with the perfect balance of emotions, altogether with a vintage touch and cinematic shots that you will be able to cherish for the many years to come.

Intimate Wedding & Elopement Planner

An elopement is a small, intimate wedding that focuses on who you are as a couple. Besides photography & videography, we also offer planning service for Paris elopement. We’ll spend time to discuss and get to know each other. For us, it’s all about the experience and personalization. It’s your wedding, it shouldn’t look like everybody else, it should be unique and true to who you are.

Our Paris Destination Wedding photographer approach

Every love story is unique 

… and so must be your Paris Wedding pictures! We always take time to get to know the couples beforehand. Our photography is focused on your real emotions and your personality. Therefore, it’s important for us to understand who you are. We also want to accompany you throughout the whole day. From the timeline to the shooting locations and itineraries or even outfit decisions, we’re here to help!

Authentic pieces of art for your bespoke Paris Wedding

Editing your pictures is as important as taking the shots. With a high standard for details, because the smallest things always make the difference! Our wedding photography style is warm, elegant & with a touch of vintage. Your pictures shall be perfect and timeless to be looked at for the long happy years to come.

Don’t forget : it’s YOUR special day so be ready to have a lot of fun with us!

Our photography journey led us to meet many incredible people from all around the world. We love listening to your love stories and enjoying unforgettable experiences together. Each photo shoot is an occasion for us to share our love for photography. We are very proud to be the ones to immortalize your precious moments.

Best locations for your wedding

Check out our favorite public locations for your Paris wedding or elopement.

Or if you’re thinking more about luxury hotels and palaces in Paris?
We’ve got you!

Luxury hotels & palaces

The Ritz Paris

Home to the Coco Chanel’s suite. The definition of luxury and French Art de vivre. Your wedding at the Ritz Paris will timeless and elegant.

Hotel Plaza Athénée

Fan of Sex and the City? Hotel Plaza Athénée has an amazing balcony with the most unique view of the Eiffel Tower and the prestigious Avenue Montaigne.

The Peninsula Paris

Peninsula’s The Secret Table (La Table Secrète) is a beautiful private terrace for two people at the highest point of the building overlooking at the Eiffel Tower and Parsian rooftops.

Shangri-La Hotel

How about having your wedding ceremony in one of Shangri-La Hotel’s private suites with amazing views of the Iron Lady? Their interior is also to die for!

Four Seasons George V Paris

The Four Seasons George V Paris houses the most stunning and elegant suites with a private terrace and view over the Eiffel Tower. Not to mention their Michelin stars restaurants!

Hotel de Crillon

Situated on Place de la Concorde, Hôtel de Crillon offers a luxurious wedding experience.

Luxury Chateau

If an urban wedding inside Paris is not your thing, then definitely check out the possibilities for a castle wedding. There are tons of chateaus/castles that are near Paris and are perfect for your modern day fairy tales.

Chateau de Villette
Château de Ferrières
Chateau Bouffémont

Have you thought about the make-up, champagne and flowers

There are a lot of vendors that you should get in touch with to organize the perfect wedding. Here are a few tips to find the right vendors for your destination wedding:

Paris Wedding planner

Especially if you are organizing your wedding in France from abroad! We’d highly recommend you hire a Paris wedding planner. An experienced planner knows where to start, who to contact, and what to do. Pro tip: you can usually ask for a call to discuss your ideas and see if it’s a match ;). 

Officiant

Also known as the celebrant, the officiant is the person who celebrates your wedding ceremony. Always contact them beforehand to check what’s included in their ceremony packages. Check also the languages they speak (some Paris officiants do speak English, French and German !). Thus, ask if they are able to deliver a bespoke ceremony for a multicultural wedding.

Make-up and hair

You might need the help of a professional make-up artist (MUA) to create your dream wedding look. Are you more into glamorous & glowy? natural? full on glitters? Ask for a make up trial, or a mood board. This can give you an idea of what fits you & your wedding dress best. Some MUAs are also hairstylists and do light make-up and hair for grooms, check with them 😍. Otherwise, you can also require the separate services of a hairstylist and/or barber.

Wedding dress

There are so many different types of wedding dresses that can fit your body shape and style. Many of our soon-to-be brides ask if they should buy or rent their dress : it is very up to you ! Keep in mind that Paris is the city of fashion where you will have no troubles finding highly talented designers. Plus, you won’t have to carry a gown in the plane 😎. Plan at least 6 months to be safe if you’re thinking about a made-to-order dress. No worries, we can also advise you on last minute options if you’re thinking about an elopement.

Floral design and decoration

There are many options for wedding floral design such as boho, opulence, elegant, chic… Get in touch with the florist to discuss the style and size of your decoration. At the same time, see what they can do for your chosen wedding location. We do want to point out that flowers can cost a lot. You’ll have to attribute a consequent budget to it if you want a big and sumptuous decor. But hey, that’s your wedding so don’t you think you should make it fabulous?

Stationery

Your guests will probably love receiving a bespoke paper invitation, especially now that everything has become digitalized. Ask the designer for a mood board and a few mock-ups or samples. Remember to keep one or two for your Paris wedding photographer to do some details shots!

Catering, wine and wedding cake 

France is probably one of the best places in the world to have a delicious tasting of your wedding menu. Organize a tasting with an experienced French chef or caterer. Don’t forget to ask for the greatest wine and Champagne suggestions depending on your budget. You can also hire a French pâtissier (pastry chef) to bake your dream wedding cake.

Extras

If you feel like adding a little extra for your Paris wedding, you can also rent a vintage car. Usually the car is with 2-3 seats max for the couple and the driver. It could even be a luxury car such as a Mercedes or a Rolls Royce. This will be more convenient to commute between the locations if you’re doing photos in various spots around the city. Who wouldn’t love to travel in style? 

Our wedding packages

Your wedding day marks the beginning of an exciting and fulfilling life experience. It is supposed to be one of the most beautiful days of your life… and yet ! It can be very stressful to organize because let’s be honest, soon-to-be-married couples usually don’t really know where to start.

That’s why it’s very important to choose the right vendor, helping you make your destination wedding in France a breeze. Get in touch with our team to capture the most memorable images of your special day!

As experienced Paris wedding photographers and videographers, we will accompany you during your planning. We will also provide assistance with a personalized photo shoot itinerary and timeline.

Book a second photographer and/or a second videographer!

Having two artists instead of one for your wedding will provide a more complete story. We’re not breaking the news about that, are we?

If you have more than 120 guests at your wedding, we suggest having 2 photographers and/or videographers. Or if your timeline is very intense. This will offer you more flexibility and possibilities for a better wedding coverage.

Imagine having a dedicated photographer for the bride and another one for the groom during the preparation. Seeing images of your loved one that were taken just a few minutes before your ceremony can truly be magical. We don’t want you to miss a thing 😉

Great photography team with amazing taste and style. They are fantastic, extremely professional and talented photographers! I am extremely lucky to have met and worked with them ! Cannot wait for our next photo sessios

My husband and I have worked with Through The Glass not once, not just twice, but soon to be three times. They are just that good. An extremely friendly couple who are genuinely fun to work with and produce the most beautiful, amazing photos that will last the test of time. 100/10 would recommend 😉

We got our pictures taken while on our honeymoon to Paris. We were grateful Linh gave us options on where to shoot. She found the best places where there were no tourists. She’s very knowledgeable. I can’t wait for a chance to go back and shoot with them again. The photos are stunning!

Sharing our wedding day with Linh and Duc from Through The Glass was extraordinary. We loved everything from punctuality, to creativity, to dedication, to caring, to quality. It was our best photoshoot experience ever from start to finish, it was an amazing experience that will be remembered. They provided very good advices for any questions we had. They will forever be a key role in the joy of our wedding day. We are very thankful and we highly recommend them 👌

We loved our experience with Linh! The photos turned out amazing and she was so responsive, flexible, and helpful both in our communications, planning the shoot and outfits, and during the photoshoot. Highly recommend booking with Through The Glass Paris!

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