Welcome to another wonderful week my friends, and what a week I have planned for you! Starting with an epic wedding at George V Paris by Olivier Lalin of WeddingLight. Jacquelyn and Livingston from New York, decided to celebrate their wedding over a weekend in Paris with main focus taking part in the iconic George V Hotel in Pairs. Their wedding included floral displays by the renowned Jeff Leatham, two Romona Keveza wedding dresses, a flash mob and dancing in the VIP Club.
Paris Wedding photographer Olivier Lalin of WeddingLight takes us through the wedding: “I first met Jacquelyn and Livingston on the Pont de Iena, where we filmed their “impromptu” flash mob dance. It was cold on that day, Marco, my videographer and I got so exited about the whole thing, we forgot we were freezing.
French Wedding Style – Photography © WeddingLight
It simply rocked and we had a great time capturing Jacquelyn and Livingston’s special mini flash mob event. From that moment on, I knew the wedding itself was going to be above and beyond a whole lot of fun. It was great seeing this young group of people so excited to be in the “City of Lights,” especially since for most of them it was their the first time! The flash mob dance was the first highlight of the week end, but more was on its way.
Our second meeting on the roof of the Georges V Hotel, where we did a short portrait session. It is very rare that a hotel will let a photographer roam freely, but when you actually do get permission, I can certainly say it is bliss! The view was magnificent and Jacquelyn and Livingston looked just perfect.
Jeff Leatham created a design of mixed roses and hydrangeas displayed on mirror stands with candles, and using glass candelabras for a more elegant feel. Everything down to the candles – to the three, yes three — cakes were perfect. To explain the cakes: Jacquelyn and her mother are something of cake-a-holics and so they each had their own, and of course the groom could not be left out either.
The bride’s cake was prepared by our pastry Chef Lucien Gautier and was a 4-tiered cake with different whimsical flavors, inspired by yellow cake, red velvet cake and carrot cake, topped by a chocolate cake and covered with white vanilla and buttercream icing. Livingston’s (the groom) cake was made of chocolate and peanut butter and the bride’s mother also wanted a cake for herself; this was a traditional French Croquembouche made of small chocolate and vanilla cream puffs.
Oh, Jacquelyn had fallen in LOVE with Romona Keveza wedding dresses, so not only did she buy one but TWO. She could change to a more manageable wedding gown for the reception party.
I loved the whole wedding and especially going to the V.I.P Club for the after party, which was the third highlight of the weekend. We mingled with the crowd and just had a great time celebrating. The French love their brides and Jacquelyn was getting the “VIP” treatment, which I am sure made the evening even more memorable.
Then, a couple of days later, we met again for a three-hour photo shoot through Paris. We hopped in our car and were off to have some fun shooting through some of the city’s most iconic spots like the Eiffel Tower, along the Seine and its gorgeous bridges and many more wonderful places.
Then I took them to the Tuilerie garden, down rue de Rivoli, rue de la Paix, Place Vendome, the Opera area, and of course, the Louvre. From those three hours, I took over 400 photos of the gorgeous couple. It is such a wonderful feeling seeing love and a couple who is so happy and and ready to spend the rest of their lives together. All in all, I have to say that this was a gorgeous wedding and fun-filled weekend and I feel so lucky to have been able to be a part of it!”
What an epic wedding weekend!
Photography: Olivier Lalin from WeddingLight
Videography: Marco from WeddingLight
Venue: George V Paris
Wedding Dresses: Romona Keveza
Planning: George V Paris
Flowers: Jeff Leatham at George V Paris
Cakes: Chef Lucien Gautier at George V Paris
Reception Club: VIP club, Rue de Rivoli, Paris