Our Parisian Inspiration Shoot, p.1 - The Complete Story

Feb 5, 2013

As you know from yesterday's post, I'm over the moon about our feature in Matchbook magazine. Today, I thought I'd share a few more photos and footnotes from our Parisian shoot. It was so much fun to style this shoot and flounce about Paris in my Mom's beautiful 1960s wedding dress with my love at my side. Even though this was just an inspiration shoot, it completely brought back beautiful memories of our wedding day ... Hope my story is able to spark some inspiration for an international engagement sesh or elopement!

If you followed the entire planning process on my blog, you already know just how much planning went into the styling. I went back and forth over accessory selection and whether I should do a top-knot and/or a red lip. Decisions, decisions. The one thing I never questioned was my Mom's incredibly mod wedding dress from 1969. Her gorgeously vintage Emma Domb dress seriously became the cornerstone of the shoot.

I feel like my crazy antiquing obsession really paid off for this shoot. Even though the vintage wares added a significant amount of weight to our luggage, they really made some of the photos pop. Big thanks to my love, Jbear, for carrying the heavy vintage suitcase {stuffed with weighty vintage books, cameras, bouquets, etc.} around with us all morning while shooting. You're the best and I love you to pieces. xoxoxoxoxo.

We started the shoot on an early Sunday morning in October. J&I rose around 5.30a {omg, I know!} and slipped into our wedding finery. After excessive + mandatory primping, we walked a few short blocks to the garden behind Notre Dame {Square Jean XXIII} to meet Juliane Berry, our photographer. She immediately put us both at ease and the rest of the day felt like we were hanging out with a new friend. She is seriously the sweetest and I can't recommend her enough. :) Juliane is an American living in Paris so it's easy to relate and it's fun hearing her stories about French life. {She's married to a Frenchman - oohlala!}

Juliane took us to the Ile Saint Louis for a few shots and then we headed to the famed Shakespeare and Company bookshop. Jeff could literally live in this adorable little shop. He makes it a must that I book us a hotel near this bookstore when we visit Paris so we can visit it every night we're in town. Unfortunately, the shop was closed in the early morning but we still got a few fun shots with my vintage books outside ...

Next, we visited Place Dauphine and had brunch at the charming café, La Rose de France.

After brunch, we headed over to the Pont des Arts {the well-known love lock bridge} ...

J&I had already done the lock thing during a previous visit to Paris so we played pretend with this awesome heart lock I found at an antique store years ago {which is now for sale here in my wedding boutique, CBV!).

A visit to Paris is never complete without a visit to Ladurée so we finished up the inspiration shoot with a run to the beautiful pâtisserie on rue Bonaparte ...

The pretty fabric bouquet was sent to me by the talented ladies at Quatre Coeur. You can see more of the beautiful bouquet here.

No better way to end the shoot than with some macarons!

Want more?
- Read my prep-posts for the shoot here.

And stay tuned to see PART TWO of our Paris shoot soon! 

Credits: Photographer: Juliane Berry / Stylist: Sarah Darcy / Models: Sarah Darcy + her husband, Jeff ;) / Dress: Vintage Emma Domb / Suit: Michael Kors / Boutonniere: Etsy shop - The French Mouse / Grecian headband: Etsy shop - Mod Wedding / Crystal flower hair clip: Pluma / Necklace and pearl bracelet: Etsy shop - Tissage / Fabric bouquet: Quatre Coeur / Vintage suitcase, camera, books and locks: my personal collection


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