BEST FRIENDS GET MARRIED UNDER THE SKY OF PARIS
Wedding date: September 2022
Ceremony location: Shangri-La Paris hotel
Total time planning: 12 months
What couple booked: Carousel package + private location Shangri-La Paris hotel terrace +
additional photo hours
Published by — Helene and Tim, Paris elopement planners and photographers
SHERIDAN AND SETH,
BEST FRIENDS AND SOULMATES
Sheridan and Seth were both born and raised in Denver, Colorado.
Sheridan is a Lawyer and Seth works in IT.
Sheridan and Seth have known each other since they were 7 years old. They grew up next door to each other and were friends all throughout the school. One day, Seth took Sheridan out on a date. And they have been inseparable ever since. Seth proposed on Sheridan's birthday. It was a restaurant they had their first-anniversary dinner at.
Sheridan messaged us: "Seth is my best friend and my soul mate. It is so rare to find someone you can have a whole conversation with by just looking at each other. But our families are difficult to put it nicely. I wanted something that was all about us. Something romantic and memorable that would hold up to our long love story. Elegant, romantic, modern, stunning".
And we started planning.
Sheridan contacted us on October 2021. A full year to plan this elopement.
Sheridan had a clear vision of her wedding day. She already came to us with a plan. We didn’t have to recommend anything, she already knew what she wanted to have.
Her vision was:
Shangri La hotel for the main part
Staircase first look was her dream
Overall style should be elegant, classy
Elegant Paris photoshoot locations
The couple booked Shangri La Paris through their website. And contacted them about ceremony and photoshoot. It is very important to receive a permission from the hotel.
Shangri La hotel offers suites for events in the heart of Paris. Our couples book Shangri La to have a ceremony with an Eiffel Tower view. A private terrace is perfect for a romantic day, it offers both iconic views and privacy under the sky of Paris. You can comfortably plan your ceremony on this terrace, to focus on each other without any stress.
FIRST LOOK. Sheridan and Seth wanted to do a first look at the famous Shangri La stairs. To turn this vision into life, the hotel was contacted for photoshoot permission. At any hotel, you can take unlimited photos in the privacy of the room that you booked. But if you’d like to take photos at other places (stairs, lobby etc) permission is necessary.
We scheduled 20 minutes for a first look and couple’s portraits. Tim helped the couple with posing and explained how it should be done. He found the best spot where to stand and where to kiss. Tim helped the couple with acting so that the first look is emotional and memorable, and Sheridan and Seth do not feel awkward in front of the camera.
CEREMONY. Our team did everything so the ceremony is memorable and magical. We wrote a romantic script, and the couple added their personal vows. We picked the best time of the day to have great light for ceremony photos. It was very important to choose a specific time gap because we expected a sunny day. And we planned the ceremony at a specific time without direct sunlight shining on the couple’s faces. Because if you randomly plan the ceremony during a sunny day and don’t check the weather, there is a chance to squint in photos. And of course, we avoided that.
BOUQUET AND MAKEUP. Sheridan sent us her inspirational photos and we did exactly what she asked for. We really loved all her ideas, and especially we loved making her bouquet.
We know how to get the best white roses on the market. And the bouquet was the right size, to work in harmony with the bride’s dress.
For makeup, our artist Yana recreated Sheridan’s inspirational images but slightly adapted the look for Sheridan’s hair. Yana made the hairstyle a little stronger, not too loose. Because a windy day was expected.
PARIS PHOTOSHOOT. We planned the photoshoot including the bride’s favorite locations: River Seine, Louvre, Gallery. And one additional location, Petit Palais.
We always try to make a post-ceremony photoshoot a pleasant and chill experience. We take care of transportation and parkings. We make sure we arrive on time at every location and choose specific streets to avoid traffic.
When it comes to posing, Sheridan and Seth asked for help and full directions. Which is normal, everyone is asking about guidance.
Sheridan said: “In general, we like natural lighting, relaxed poses, and a combination of wider and close-up photos. Both formal and informal photos and natural expressions”.
We did closeup portraits, and panoramic photos to showcase elegant Paris locations the couple picked. How do you think we did? We really like the end result, and the photoshoot came out exactly like envisioned.
We say a huge thank you to Sheridan and Seth for this opportunity to work with you and plan this beautiful elopement. Our team thoroughly enjoyed doing the work.
Dear readers, thank you for your attention as well. We’re committed to providing the best experience to our customers, and we hope you loved this case study. May you have a wonderful time planning your future elopement after reading this article, because you truly really deserve the wedding of your dreams!
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