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With the bride’s family spread out across the United States and the groom’s family living in Hong Kong, Olga and Kam felt that a destination elopement made more sense for them than a big local wedding. Being a second wedding for both parties, the couple wanted it to be the most romantic and intimate experience possible – and it doesn’t get much more romantic than a Paris elopement in front of the Eiffel Tower.
The talented (and bilingual) Tala Nicole Photography captured all the memories to share with friends and family back home.
Olga, 34 & Kam, 41
Wedding Date: September 12, 2014
Number of Guests: 2 – maid of honor and best man
Wedding Cost: $7,000 including dress and suit
Wedding Ceremony Location: In front of the Eiffel Tower
Wedding Reception Location: None
Why did you have an intimate wedding?
It was very difficult to get all of our family together since the bride’s family is scattered around the United States, and the groom’s family lives in Hong Kong.
What are some of the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?
We wanted to make sure that we had the best photographer because we didn’t have family there and this was a big trip for us. It was the most romantic trip we would ever take, and we wanted to make sure those memories were captured!
Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?
Some family members were upset that we did not get married locally. We explained to them that this was a second wedding for both of us, so we wanted a destination wedding – a romantic wedding – and we weren’t going to throw a big wedding locally when we could take that money and spend it on travel. We wanted intimacy and it was for the two of us this time, not for every one else.
What were the highlights of the ceremony?
The ceremony in front of Eiffel Tower was a dream! People would just stop and observe. The moment we recited our vows, and exchanged rings in PARIS was very emotional and beautiful!
What were the highlights of the reception?
We did not have a reception. Our travel companions had to head back so we took the rest of the day to explore Paris and to just “be” with each other.
What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?
The best thing was that there was no stress and no one we had to please. The day was truly about the celebration of our love and commitment to each other. It truly was a journey that began in the most romantic way possible!
What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?
Do it! It is the best way for a couple to focus on each other and eliminates the stress of trying to please those around them. We have no regrets with our choice!
Photography: Tala Nicole Photography – According to the bride”the best photographer in France. Reasonably priced, beautiful pictures.”
Officiant: Wedding Celebrant Paris – officiated our ceremony. Highly recommended!
For brides and bridesmaids alike, the off the shoulder dress is having a moment. Whether it’s being shown on the runway or in real weddings, the style is a sophisticated option that hits the right balance between a strapless and sleeved dress. There are many silhouettes that work with the off the shoulder detail; from drapery to lace. So if you’re looking for a classic or trend-worthy gown, there are many styles to choose from.
A gorgeous rhinestone belt complements this off the shoulder gown.
Very detailed dresses are given a bit of casual elegance with an off the shoulder design, it works really well with an elaborate lace. This trend looks just as amazing with separates. A crop top with a flared skirt is a great ensemble for a laid-back wedding.
The graphic cross-over detail adds some interest to a traditional silhouette.
If you’re going for all black and bohemian for your bridesmaids, a low off the shoulder dress will really work with that theme. A drop sleeve balances out a voluminous skirt and is a stylish alternative to a strapless dress.
This clever cross-over neckline is so flattering with its extra coverage that still bares the shoulders in a subtle way.
These elbow-grazing sleeves have an ethereal feel to them, and the bold color adds to the look. Combining the ever-popular strapless neckline with an off the shoulder sleeve, makes for a breathtaking gown.
Off the shoulder dresses have an effortless and sensual quality to them, and adding a sheer veil is a lovely finishing touch.
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Printable table numbers can help to alleviate a little bit of wedding planning stress, as well as cut costs. All you have to do is pick a free design, print and then customize to fit in with your decor style. We’ve found 12 fabulous and free printable table numbers for you to download!
Evermine is offering up these free Moroccan style table numbers in several different colors.
These heart table numbers from Hello Lucky are simple and sweet!
This DIY watercolor table number template from Polka Dot Bride lets you customize your colors.
You can work this sign by NoBiggie into any decor style. A vintage frame, or glitter backing can easily transform this sign into the look of your choosing.
This floral pattern by Make And Tell will look great for a spring wedding.
These watercolor table numbers by Confetti Day Dreams are the definition of pastel prettiness.
We love the subtle floral decoration on these hand-drawn printables from Ruffled.
Add these chalkboard table numbers by Lia Griffith to plant pot centerpieces for a botanical theme.
These color wash table numbers by Evermine will add some flair to your tables, especially if you print them out in the different colors.
Botanical PaperWorks have created these gorgeous chalkboard table numbers with a vintage style.
These lovely illustrated table numbers from IW will make a colorful addition to your table settings.
If your dream is to have a barn wedding, and you are an Ontario bride, you will be instantly smitten with Cambium Farms in Caledon Hills, Ontario.
Cambium Farms has a stunning barn that was built over a century ago. The rustic exposed beams are picture perfect and the gorgeous architecture will wow your guests. The space is perfect for dinner and dancing, and you’ll have more than enough room to get creative with table formations, decor and food stations. For cocktail hour or a smaller space, the Carriage House is another great option and a wonderful way to use both of the locations during the day. If you prefer an outdoor ceremony, why not get married on the picturesque grounds?
No matter where you choose to say your ‘I do’s’, event consultants will help you with all of the planning details to ensure that you get the most out of the venue. And just in case you need one more detail to convince you that this is your dream venue, you’ll be happy to know that only one couple has use of the venue at a time, so you can explore the gorgeous setting and use all of the unique locations on the site. Find more info about Cambium Farms here.
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