Getting married in Paris sounds like a dream doesn’t it? Saying I Do to the one you love in such a beautiful and romantic city would be a perfect way to start forever together. Plus, let’s not forget about the stunning photos you would have in front of the Eiffel Tower.
Marie and Alex celebrated their ten year wedding anniversary this year and due to an unplanned series of events, got to do so in Paris. To commemorate their wedding day, Marie and Alex renewed their vows in a beautiful intimate ceremony. Hear all about their special day in their own words below.
In their own words
Tell us about your vow renewal! What was the inspiration behind your day? We had planned a trip to Paris earlier in the year, but due to an illness in the family we had to cancel. The hotel offered to reschedule our dates and things lined up perfectly so that we could be in Paris for our 10 year wedding anniversary. While this wasn’t the original plan, we were thrilled to find ourselves in such a beautiful and romantic city for our special day. We spent 10 days total in France, and split our time between Champagne and Paris. It was our first real vacation alone together in a long time, and our entire time in France was amazing. For our anniversary day, we didn’t want to have a big celebration- just a quiet moment with just the two of us, to reflect on the past 10 years and to repeat the vows we said to each other on our wedding day.
Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day? No specific theme, we just wanted to capture our time in Paris and have some beautiful photos to look back on in the years to come. For the vow renewal ceremony, it was important for us to repeat the exact same words spoken on our wedding day. These were the traditional Church of England wedding vows used by Marie’s parents and grandparents. We also decided to acknowledge our years together by writing our own personal messages to each other. This was particularly touching as it allowed us to recall the highs and lows of our time together and to let each other know how much we still love one another.
How did you choose your space for the ceremony? We had heard about the love lock bridges in Paris and thought this was such a romantic thing to do. We did not plan to exchange rings during our vow renewal, so we thought that placing an engraved lock on the bridge would be a great alternative. We talked to Pierre about what we would like to do, and he advised that placing a love lock was still possible on Pont Neuf. This ended up being a perfect location for us, with a beautiful view of the River Seine throughout our service.
How did you both choose your wedding anniversary look? With this being a vow renewal and not a wedding, we wanted to avoid the typical bride/groom look. Marie chose a two piece outfit that could be easily paired with other items for events in the future. The long dark burgundy skirt and white lace top just felt very romantic and “Parisian”. Alex complemented her look with a light grey suit and matching burgundy tie (which he chose himself lol).
What was the most anticipated/ special/ favorite moment of the day? Definitely hearing each other’s personalised words to each other, and being able to repeat the words we spoke on our wedding day 10 years ago. It was also great fun tossing the love lock key into the River Seine!
Do you have any planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples? We are not sure we are qualified to offer advise to anyone else lol, but after this trip we would say that it is important to take the time to reconnect with each other every once in a while. Life is so very busy, especially if you choose to add kids into the mix. It is easy to get lost in the day to day chaos. This trip made us feel like teenagers again!
Venue: Private Residence
Photographer: Paris Photographer Pierre
Makeup Artist: Dessange
Makeup Artist: Charles Gillman Cosmetics – Paris
Ring Designer: Walker Christopher
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Ermenegildo Zegna
Wedding Dress Designer: Apilat Wedding Dress Designer
Officiant: The Paris Officiant