Brie & Sean flew all the way from New York City to the city of love for their Paris intimate wedding at the iconic Shangri-la Hotel.
As their photographer, we worked together with the couple to understand their preferences and come up with the best timeline for their Paris wedding. We started the day with the preparation photos of the couple and a private first look in the golden ballroom of the Shangri-la hotel. For their ceremony, they chose to have it on a private balcony overlooking the Eiffel tower surrounded by their closest family members. We then went off around the city to the Louvre museum, a hidden street with the Iron Lady in the back, and Pont Neuf for some more couple portraits. We celebrated their intimate wedding with a dinner reception at the infamous Laperouse restaurant.
Wedding Preparation at the Shangri-la Paris hotel
What a beautiful day to be getting married in one of the most historically luxurious hotels in Paris.
Brie & Sean begin their wedding preparations early in the day in the hotel room. The bridesmaids surround the beautiful bride, helping her prepare for one of the happiest days of her life. The groom buttons up his jacket waiting for the first look at his bride and soon-to-be wife.
Laughter audible, the bride pops the champagne in celebration of a wonderful union. What a perfect day to be marrying the love of your life!
The first look in the historic salon of Shangri-la Paris hotel
The banquet has three connecting rooms, the Grand Salon, the Salle a Manger, and the Salon de Famille, which couples can rent separately. The Grand Salon, inspired by King Louis XIV’s style, features a grand white marble fireplace, a trumeaux mirror, bronze wall appliques, two crystal chandeliers, and two golden wooden and marble tables.
You can’t ask for more than the Eiffel Tower & its glittering illuminations visible from most of Shangri-La’s rooms. The Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris & Palais de Tokyo are less than five minutes walk away.
This building was built in 1896 for Prince Roland Bonaparte, overtaken by the Shangri-La group in 2006, and inscribed as a French Historical Monument in 2009. Shangri-La put in a lot of effort to preserve the French Heritage of the building. The hotel’s foyer still shows the original zodiac symbols painted on the ceilings.
Today most of the original rooms are in the hotel, such as Bonaparte’s private living quarters, the waiting room, the billiard room, an immaculately restored grand staircase, etc.
During the reconstruction, the construction workers made discoveries such as hand-carved mahogany doors that Bonaparte himself commissioned. It took time and effort to refurbish them which proved worth it, guests may now appreciate them in the hotel.
So you can already paint a clear picture that Shangri-La Paris Hotel is ideal for hosting a prestigious wedding.
Just look at Sean & Brie, aren’t they making you swoon over the luxury of their wedding pictures?
Private Wedding Ceremony at the Shangri-la Paris hotel
The chosen location for the ceremony was the “Duplex Terrace Eiffel View Suite“. It is the perfect private spot for intimate gatherings. The Eiffel Tower in the back guarantees to mesmerize all the guests with the beauty of the view and the ceremony.
This tender moment was shared with Brie & Sean’s closest family members.
The ceremony’s officiant joined together two souls meant to be as one. The couple exchanged vows which will remain private to only those present that day. But if we must say one thing, those vows made us shed some crocodile tears of joy.
Congratulations, Brie & Sean! We wish you all the happiness and joy in your new life together!
Couple portraits around Paris
With the couple’s favorite part of the day over now, it’s our time to show you our favorite part. Ah yes, the photos we captured of them in Paris.
The couple wanted their pictures taken at iconic locations such as the Louvre, a hidden Eiffel tower street, & Pont Neuf Bridge. All very solid locations for wedding pictures. We’ve bundled up the Best locations to take your wedding pictures in Paris, make sure you favorite that post so you can refer to it in the future!
Don’t they look like they came straight out of a magazine? Brie also agrees with us as she said,
“Our pictures came out AMAZING. The style is definitely a specific look and she nailed it. We have received so many compliments on our pictures and they are exactly what we wanted! Linh was so comfortable to shoot with and was great with directing my husband and I. She is probably one of my favorite photographers to ever collaborate with, as she has us feeling confident and at ease and not at all uncomfortable.”
Do you want your wedding pictures taken with the dreamy views of Paris’s most iconic monuments? Are you looking for dark, moody, romantic, and editorial-style images? Then we advise you to book ahead of time, around six months prior. As Brie perfectly stated, “I only wish we had been able to book video through them, but the service was unavailable due to their popularity and being booked up! Guess we will have to head back for another shoot for our anniversary!”
We can’t wait to see you again Brie & Sean!
Wedding Dinner reception at Lapérouse
In 1993, La Perouse was the first restaurant to be awarded three Michelin stars. Many crowds flocked to its intimate private salons for candlelit dinner since 1776; which being Émile Zola, Maupassant, Baudelaire, the great Victor Hugo, Churchill, and Hemingway. Today, stars of fashion and cinema flock to this restaurant for an unforgettable moment. Situated on the banks of the Seine, this house of pleasure is also the destination of Sean & Brie’s wedding dinner. Their menu is appetizing which includes their famous dish, the beef wellington.
The restaurant features private booths to create a “boudoir” vibe. Couples and families dine on red-velvet divans with some stalls having views of the street or the river. There are claims that this was the preferred place to indulge in illicit affairs back in the early 20th century. How romantic & scandalous all at once, don’t you agree?
The ambiance is undoubtedly unique, and there’s an old-world allure to La Perouse that warrants an evening here.