Palais Royale Paris Elopement: Davina and Kyle

We think any excuse to go to Paris is a good one! And for Davina and Kyle, eloping was as good an excuse as any. Not only did they get to say their ‘I do’s’ in one of the most romantic cities in the world, they did it in style.

Both the bride and the groom looked absolutely stunning as they exchanged their vows in a truly intimate ceremony in front of the beautiful Palais Royale.

While their Paris elopement may have included just the two of them, that didn’t stop them from sharing their joy and celebrating and with family and friends once they returned home.

Special thanks to photographer Jean-Laurent Gaudy for sharing their photos with us!

paris wedding

Davina, 33 & Kyle, 32

Paris, France

Wedding Date: June 19, 2013

Number of Guests: 0

Wedding Cost: $6,500

Wedding Ceremony Location: Palais Royale in Paris, France

Wedding Reception Location: Casa Las Ventanas in Austin, Texas

Paris Elopement


view of Paris wedding rings on wedding card dated padlock groom standing on striped concrete bride holding her bouquet on her lap bride by the seine groom looking at his bride

Why did you have an intimate wedding?

It was easy, the focus was just on each other, and it allowed us to travel without burdening others.

groom getting dressed bride helping groom with his tie groom putting on his shoes black and white groom portrait

What are some of the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?

We received some pushback from our parents because they wanted to witness the ceremony.

bride getting ready bride getting her make-up done bride getting her hair done bride getting her hair done

Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

Travelling to Paris gave us an out, so we didn’t even have to make a guest list!

BHLDN wedding dress on bed bride putting on her shoes bride putting on her earrings bride getting ready close-up of bride's eyelashes bride looking out Paris window black and white bride

Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?

No one felt left out because no one was invited.

First look in Paris first look session in Paris elopement ceremony at Palais Royale in Paris

What were the highlights of the ceremony?

Highlights include switching venues at the last minute due to heavy rain, forgetting the rings at our hotel, getting chauffeured around the busy streets of Paris by our wonderful photographer, and getting married!

bride and groom holding hands while exchanging vows bride and groom exchanging rings bride placing ring on groom's finger bride and groom first kiss

What were the highlights of the reception?

Sharing the photos and stories of our wedding with friends and family.

bride and groom at Palais Royale bride and groom portrait in Paris

What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

It was easy, the focus was on each other, and it allowed us to travel.

Paris wedding portrait black and wedding portrait at sunset

What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?

Just do it. Create a blog as a way to share the experience with your loved ones. Use ours as an example:

bride and groom by the seine


Photography: Jean-Laurent Gaudy Photography

Hair & Make-up: James

Wedding Dress, headband and earrings: Bhldn

Flowers: Madame Artisan Fleuriste

Bride’s Shoes: Anthropologie

Groom’s Suit: Calvin Klein

Groom’s Shoes: Saks

Wedding Rings: Dean Fredrick

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  1. Posted by JL on April 14th, 2014 at 12:16pm

    Thanks for this lovely feature.
  2. Posted by Ariana on April 15th, 2014 at 1:55am

    I don't think it can get any more romantic than eloping to Paris!
  3. Posted by Christine on April 19th, 2014 at 8:34pm

    Any idea where she got that bracelet? - Thanks!
  4. Posted by nikki g on January 13th, 2015 at 4:22pm

    can you elope in paris without having to live there for 40days
  5. Posted by Christina on January 13th, 2015 at 8:51pm

    Nikki, 40 days is required. Get the scoop on getting married in Paris here:
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