Spring. What a lovely time to be in the city of love. When the days get longer and the sunrises a little earlier. The weather gets warmer, and the gloominess of Paris is warmed up by the sun’s radiance. Our couple, E&D, chose the perfect time to have an elopement at the Luxembourg Garden in Paris.
They also chose to have a film for their elopement to remember this moment forever. All credits for photos & video go to Through The Glass Paris.
The first look with the Palais du Luxembourg as a backdrop
Dave waited patiently for Elisa in front of the Palais du Luxembourg, what could be a more romantic setup than this for the first look? As Elisa approaches Dave in her beautiful wedding dress from Morilee with Mantilla veil, and with a colorful bouquet inspired by Monet’s Painting. Dave turns back and laughs in surprise to see how beautiful Elisa is in front of him.
We always love a good first look moment, when the groom sees the bride for the first time. It brings the raw emotions, the joy with a bit of surprise. And to be there to capture this heartwarming moment, is one of the reason that reminds us why we do this for our couples.
How Elisa met Dave?
E&D met at work where they were both newly hired, they quickly became friends and spent too much time laughing in the break rooms together. One time they met outside of work to binge watch a show on Netflix called ‘Love’ and well the rest is history. Hands held that night, hearts intertwined, a love story bloomed long before they realized it.
D had asked E one day what her dream date would look like and E knew exactly what it was. It was a picnic and wine date at a gorgeous spot in Austin called Mount Bonnell. Years pass by and D takes E on the most beautiful places and some of the best restaurants but not once to Mount Bonnell which was free and merely a 20 minute drive from their house. Little did E know that D was saving the best for Last. Fast forward to 3 years later in late 2020, D finally took E to her dream date and not only that but also got down on one knee and asked to spend the rest of their lives together.
Why Paris for their Intimate Ceremony?
So why Paris? Elisa & Dave both had come to Paris a long time ago and fell in love with the city’s food and culture, and Elisa’s son, naturally hearing stories about it, wanted to come to see it. So what better place to have a family trip together for the first time there and an elopement simultaneously?
They chose to have their elopement at the Luxembourg garden, which is a fantastic choice for springtime. This place is magnificent, especially when all the flowers bloom, it looks like it came straight out of a fairytale book.
The Luxembourg Garden
The construction of this garden began in 1612 after the assassination of King Henry IV. Marie de Medici, Queen of France, was unable to bear living in the Louvre alone. So she decided she wanted to build a place that reminded her of her childhood in Florence. Today, the Luxembourg palace has guards around because it houses the French senate but the rest is open to the public to admire.
“I’ve been living in heaven with you since the day you held my hand for the very first time. We were just friends at that point, partners in crime at work, and there was a moment when I thought perhaps we’d be nothing more. But that day on your couch when your hand grabbed mine it felt like I was catapulted into a kaleidoscope and I instantly knew I was falling in love with you. Every cell in my body combusted and I’ve been on fire for you every single day since. The most importantly day, what really captures my heart is seeing you with the first true love of my life, my Dre.”
You can find the rest of the vows on the video, so romantic!
You can also check out this elopement that also took place in the Luxembourg Garden but during autumn time and it was breathtaking!
The Medici Fountain
This fountain is monumental in history. It was built in 1630 at Marie’s palace and later on neglected. In 1866, it was rebuilt and moved to its current location in Luxembourg garden. Recently, under the direction of the Senate, it was renovated again from 2020 to 2021 to repair the water system and clean it properly. It has a romantic and Italian-inspired architecture, with the main statue sculpted in bronze and the rest carved in white marble. So much history lies in this fountain. Now imagine the rest of the park. Can you imagine a better place to have your dance?
A walk by the Louvre
The next spot was at the Louvre and there was nobody there but us. Our elopements start very early in the day for this reason. As you can see, the Louvre is empty at that moment, but if you show up an hour later, it would be flooded with tourists all over the place. The early birds get that reward of having the whole place to themselves!
Let’s celebrate with some Champagne & Cake
Now how about some cake and Champagne on the riverbanks of the Seine with a full display of the Eiffel Tower? Yes, please!
Vintage Car in Paris
As E told us, that her two boys (hubby & son) were too cool for anything too mushy and romantic. So, a vintage Cadillac car was just perfect for this couple. It’s classical, luxurious, and unique! You don’t see people driving around in vintage cars anymore. Having a Cadillac in which you can ride in adds a total badass and cool-ness concept to your wedding pictures while still keeping it charming and romantic for the bride.
You can’t say the vintage car did not transport these wedding pictures back in time. Now add some sunglasses and you look like you came straight out of an action movie.
Now for one last surprise…
Hidden Location on Private Terrace with Eiffel Tower View
A rooftop adventure for only the bravest of our couples. We climbed up all the way to the rooftop of this building to discover the amazing scenery and panoramic view of Paris. Nowhere in the city would even be close to compare. It’s a little risky, but I think we can all agree that the reward is worth it and most importantly that bride & groom were all for it!
And what a day it was, we are forever grateful to you E&D for giving us the opportunity to plan your day. It was fun, emotional, joyful, and we hope we were able to portray all these emotions we felt through the photos & video.
You can subscribe to our YouTube channel, Through the Glass Paris, to check out other videos of elopements that we did there & for future ones.
And that’s a wrap as E&D drive off to their happily ever after.