Elopement in France

bride and groom walking hand in hand

April 24, 2023

I’m Dana.
I take destination wedding photography seriously. If I’m going to book a flight and travel across the ocean for you, I should probably show you that I know what I’m talking about.

This beautiful Elopement in France was done at sunrise and we used some favorite spots outside The Louvre in Paris, France!

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Hey, there! My name is Dana and I am so glad you are here! I am the photographer over at Destinations with Dana. Aside from photography, I love to blog. It allows me to share beautiful and inspiring images from all over the world with you. From content at styled shoots to the weddings I photograph. Blogs are also a great way to share a story from the wedding day. So, those who did not attend can read all about it.

This blog here will share with you some of my favorite images from a Paris Elopement held at The Louvre at sunrise. Truly one of the most memorable couples and locations I have photographed. It was the perfect day.

Elopement in France

The secret is out, and everyone who wants crowd-free images knows it. If you want the best photography, you have to wake up early to get it. I am talking way before the sun wakes up over the city.

Paris has long been hailed as one of the most romantic cities in the world. From its iconic landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre Museum, to its charming neighborhoods, like Montmartre and Le Marais, Paris exudes a certain je ne sais quoi that captivates lovers from around the globe. The city’s romantic atmosphere is palpable, with its picturesque streets, cozy cafes, and stunning architecture. Whether you choose to exchange your vows in a grand cathedral or have an intimate ceremony in a hidden garden, Paris offers endless possibilities for a truly unforgettable elopement experience.

Our elopement in France was done in the City of Paris and started at sunrise.

The vendor team was awake since around 3:30 am. Our sweet bride got her hair and makeup done and brought the look of a charming young lady with an incredible wedding bun. Our groom rocked a white suit jacket and black pants. We started our shoot in the famous archway at The Louvre.

Elopement in France
Elopement in France
Elopement in France

The light is always changing and to me, it’s beautiful to see what 20 minutes can make of a photo when it comes to the light.

We then finished our elopement in France outside the pyramids in the courtyard of The Louvre.

Elopement in France
Elopement in France
Elopement in France
Elopement in France
Elopement in France

Tips for planning an elopement in France

Planning an elopement in a foreign country can be a daunting task, but with the right preparation and guidance, it can also be an exciting adventure. Here are a few tips to help you plan your dream elopement in France:

1. Start early: Planning a destination elopement requires time and careful consideration. Start researching and making arrangements well in advance to ensure that everything goes smoothly on your big day.

2. Hire a local wedding planner: A local wedding planner can be an invaluable resource when planning an elopement in France. They will have the knowledge and expertise to help you navigate the local customs, find the perfect venue, and connect you with trusted vendors.

3. Consider the seasons: France experiences distinct seasons, each with its own unique charm. Consider the weather and the seasonal attractions when choosing the date for your elopement.

4. Embrace the local culture: France is known for its rich history and culture. Incorporate elements of French culture into your elopement, whether it’s serving traditional French cuisine, hiring local musicians, or incorporating French poetry into your vows.

Elopement in France

This inspiring elopement in France could not have been done without the amazing collaboration of this vendor team!

Workshop Host: @amv_retreats

Planning, Styling + Design: @amv_weddings AMV Weddings

Photographer: @destinationswithdana

Florist: @lablondeetlebarbudesign

Lead Hair & Make-up Artist: @bymadelineeleanor

Hair & Make-up Assistants: @jhocruzat + @virginie_dsfn

Dress: @marchesa @marchesabridal

Bride & Groom: @hanniandmichi

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