Paris engagement session filled with laughter and love
Paris engagement session filled with laughter and love. This Paris engagement session was so incredibly fun. I had the honor of photographing Ian and Denee’s surprise proposal the night before, just as the lights of the Eiffel Tower were coming on. This was in January, after the new year, and it’s one of the best times of the year to visit Paris. Yes, it can be chilly, although yesterday and today the temperature was 55F. Yes, it can be rainy, today we had on and off showers. During the new year’s holiday Paris was loaded with more tourists than I’d ever seen. I understand, as Paris is a fantastic place to ring in a new year, and in this case, a new decade. But after the new year everyone had to go back to work and now in January when you’re visiting Paris, you have some of Paris to yourselves, at least earlier in the morning.
Ian planned his surprise proposal in Paris to have a romantic view of the Eiffel Tower.
For the engagement session the next day, Ian had suggested Denee might love the Louvre. As Denee is a very elegant lady, and Ian is a very handsome man who looks great in a suit, the architecture of the former royal palace is the perfect place for an engagement session in Paris. As a Paris engagement photographer, the Louvre and areas around the Louvre are one of my favorite places to photograph couples in love. We met at the Louvre, under very cloudy and gloomy skies, with drizzle that went on and off.
I absolutely love the courtyard at the Louvre, and the cobblestones, can you imagine living here back in the 1500s? Did you know the Louvre was originally built as a castle in the late 12th and 13th century? It was then converted into the royal palace and royalty lived there until 1682 when the royal family left to live in Versailles. The Louvre Museum has been a museum for a very long time. If you love history, have a look at the Louvre history here.
Ian and Denee are gorgeous people inside and out. They actually “met” while enroute to a party for a mutual friend, although they’d never met in person. Ian said he saw Denee from across the street and was entranced, Denee felt the same. A modern romance ensued, with Ian contacting Denee on social media after they’d spent time together chatting at the party. Ian told Denee that he could not stop thinking about her. They began dating and now they’re engaged! They live in the desert city of Las Vegas, Nevada, in the United States. This was their first time to Paris and I wanted it to be memorable and enjoyable for them, so after we finished photographing at the Louvre, we went a few streets over to the Palais Royal. This is a small garden, which was closed this day, but the adjoining neighborhood is super cute and quintessentially Parisian.
The only thing I love more than photographing couples in love in Paris, for engagements, honeymoons, weddings, elopements and vow renewals is chatting with guests from all over the planet and learning their stories, sharing our lives, and having some laughs. Ian and Denee have such a kind and easygoing fashion,. They really love each other and they laugh a lot together, which is beautiful to see. We walked around the neighborhood and stopped at the famous restaurant Le Grand Vefour, which is famous for its chicken. The interiors of this restaurant are out-of-this-world beautiful. Some of you may recognize it from the 2006 movie Something’s Gotta Give with Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton and Keanu Reeves, directed by the wonderful Nancy Meyers. The first time I saw this movie I knew I needed to go to this restaurant, and it did not disappoint! During my time with Ian and Denee, they still had magical lights on their windows for the holidays.
After all of this laughter and fun in Paris for a Paris engagement session, it was time to warm up with an espresso at a scenic café, where I ooh-ed and aah-d over the ring Ian gave Denee, a very unique and beautiful engagement ring.
I am beyond thrilled to have met Ian and Denee and to have played a role in their Paris surprise proposal and Paris engagement! Congratulations to you both, wishing you so much happiness!
If you’re coming to Paris or know someone who is who’d like their surprise proposal captured, you can read more about Paris surprise proposals here.
If you’re already engaged and would love your very own Picture Me Paris engagement session, you can view packages here.
See you soon in Paris!