Are you planning a short-notice, small wedding or elopement?

Many couples don’t want to wait. They are planning to get married in the very near future, eloping, or rushing a small ceremony with their photographer, some close friends, and family but dispensing with or postponing the reception party. 

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American Church, Paris Elopement Photo Story Award

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A Boat on The Seine Elopement Image | American couple wedded in Paris on a two-day whirlwind getaway

In the true spirit of elopement, this young American couple wedded in Paris on a two-day whirlwind getaway. I spent two days with them, following them around Paris and documenting the day as they took in the sights. They were married on the second day at the classic American Church in Paris, and concluded their wedding day with a cruise down the Seine, and celebrated by friendly Parisians.

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American Church, Paris Elopement Picture Story | The groom steeples his hands in a brief prayer before the ceremony begins

The groom steeples his hands in a brief prayer before the ceremony begins in the American Church in Paris. The structure was the first American church established outside of the United States. 

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American Church, Paris - France Elopement Photographer | The bride and groom lightly clasp hands

The bride and groom lightly clasp hands as their attendant conducts the wedding ceremony. The couple’s two guests stand close by, against the backdrop of the church’s beautiful Beckerath Organ.

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Paris, France Elopement Photography | The bride lifts her bouquet in the air

The bride lifts her bouquet in the air as the couple smiles together, newly married.

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Paris, France Elopement Ceremony Photos | The couple’s attendant breaks the mood with a story

The couple’s attendant breaks the mood with a story as the newlyweds and their friends sit down after the ceremony.

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Paris, France Elopement Wedding Photo | Bride, groom, and friend sample the dessert

Bride, groom, and friend sample the dessert following the wedding ceremony, the bride taking care not to soil her royal purple lace gloves.

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Paris, France Wedding Couple Portrait | a kiss in a verdant corner of Paris after signing their wedding registry

The young couple share a kiss in a verdant corner of Paris after signing their wedding registry.

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A Boat on The Seine - Wedding Photographer | The bride laughs as she shares a dance

The bride laughs as she shares a dance with a fellow traveler as the newly married couple celebrates on the River Seine.

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Paris France Wedding Elopement Image with The Eiffel Tower | the newly married couple stare into each other’s eyes as they sail down the Seine

The Eiffel Tower soaring in the background, the newly married couple stare into each other’s eyes as they sail down the Seine.