A gorgeous Paris wedding at the church of La Madeleine

When I first spoke to Brian and Debora, I knew they were very special people. They contacted me to inquire about their magical Paris wedding, and from the very beginning I was thrilled to be considered for their special day.

Brian is a military man, serving in the United States Navy, and he and Debora got married in Florida about six months' ago. Debora is an ER nurse (a very, very important position). Debora loves Paris, and it was her dream to have a Paris wedding ceremony as their religious ceremony. They planned their special day and invited their closest family members to join them in Paris.

For their wedding ceremony, they selected the majestic La Madeleine Church in Paris, very close to the Place de la Concorde. The Madeleine is an impressive structure which resembles a Greek temple. Father Brien McCarthy, an American priest, who has lived in Paris for over 30 years and speaks fluent French and English was to be their officiant. 

The wedding day finally arrived, and we began the day at the hotel, capturing all of the exciting makeup and hair preparation of the bride and her mother and mother-in-law. Let me tell you, these ladies were stunning. I also captured Debora's princess wedding dress with the Eiffel Tower in the backdrop, and in between makeup, I went next door to capture Brian in his uniform, and also photos with his lovely mother. 

Brian looked so handsome. His uniform was perfectly pressed and he looked incredibly regal. 

The couple opted not to have a first look, and just wait to see each other for the first time at the altar. I rode to the church with Debora and her mother--joyfully rolling through the streets of Paris on an amazing, sunny June day. Debora could not have looked more beautiful. 

Then, it was time for the processional, and Debora walked down the massive aisle at La Madeleine with her father, arm in arm, to the majestic music of the organ. Brian looked so happy to see his radiant bride, as they took their seats for the ceremony to come.

The ceremony was really special. It included special vocal selections, scripture readings, and a very poignant sermon from Father McCarthy, that made my tears well. How can you not become emotional at such a beautiful wedding, with two people that love each other, in this incredible church?

After the exchange of vows and rings, there was a Holy Communion, and finally, the pronouncement. In France, this is also followed by a signing of the official register, by the bride and groom as well as the witnesses.

As Debora and Brian exited the church, the light streamed from outside, bathing them in beautiful sunlight.

Once outside, we captured the majesty of the building in images, and then made our way to a most delicious luncheon at the Peninsula Hotel, with an amazing view of the Eiffel Tower. Everyone truly enjoyed this special meal, and some very heartwarming toasts were made.

Debora and Brian cut into their elegant cake, enjoyed their champagne and exchanged kisses.

The wonderful day would not have been complete without a Paris photo session for the newlyweds! Brian and Debora selected the Bridge of Pont Alexandre III for their wedding photos, as well as the Trocadero Eiffel Tower. The bridge is one of my absolute favorite places for wedding photography in Paris, and in fact is one of my favorite bridges in the world. It's ornate and elegant, just like Brian and Debora.

The afternoon at the Eiffel Tower was super busy, but we managed to get some iconic shots that will forever be a symbol and iconic of this most amazing wedding day in Paris.

I cannot thank Debora and Brian enough, and their families as well, for their kind hospitality and generosity. I felt a part of their family on their special day, not just a Paris wedding photographer. 

They took me in, made me feel like family, and only a special family can do that. I wish Debora and Brian so much happiness in their married lives together, and hope they look back on their wedding day in Paris forever with fondness and joy!

Karina LeighComment