David and Jammie, who met in dental school, were far away from their home in Canada pursuing specially training in Texas; Jammie in pediatric dentistry and David in oral surgery.

The couple had been together for seven years and wanted to get married, but school made the timing seem impossible. That is, until a trip to Paris.

“For our rare vacation time we booked a trip to Paris and a few days after booking we had a brainstorm; Why not surprise all our friends and family and come back from this trip a married couple?” says Jammie, who adds that they planned the wedding in two months.

With no guests present, David and Jammie got married at the Medici Fountain, followed by dinner at Les Ombres.

“Eloping isn’t for everyone and I honestly never thought I would, but I wouldn’t have changed anything about our wedding day,” says Jammie.

Thanks to One and Only Paris Photography for the lovely photos!

paris elopement

Jammie, 30 & David, 31

Paris, France

Wedding Date: May 2, 2012

Number of Guests: 0

Wedding Cost: $7,500 (not including airfare and hotel in Paris)

Wedding Ceremony Location: Jardin Du Luxembourg, Paris – at the Medici Fountain

Wedding Reception Location: We had our wedding dinner at Les Ombres


paris bride

paris groom

bride and groom in front of eiffel tower

bride with fabric flower fascinator

pink peony bridal bouquet
paris elopement Why did you have an intimate wedding?

It made sense for our situation.  As Canadians, we are living far from home in Texas, USA while we finish up specialty training …. Needless to say we don’t have much time or money to plan a large wedding back home in Canada.

Destination elopement in Paris

bride and groom in vintage car

bride and groom in vintage car in Paris

bride exiting vintage french car

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

It was surprisingly very easy to plan.  We did lots of Google searches and looked at blogs like Intimate Weddings to get information about vendors etc. We had about 2 months to plan our wedding and this was plenty of time.


groom with lock in Paris

Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?  

One of the reasons we eloped and didn’t tell a soul was to keep the wedding strictly for us; not telling our closest friends and family was hard but it felt so great to surprise them with the news eventually.

Paris elopement

paris elopement

bride and groom in front of eiffel tower
Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family?

I come from a family where weddings are huge. Everyone is invited, but this is not my style and my friends and family had no problems.

bride and groom kissing in paris street

purple wedding shoes

bride and groom in back of vintage car

What were the highlights of the ceremony?

Our wedding officiant composed the most lovely script for our ceremony- it brought me to tears.  Also, It was also fun to have random strangers stop and watch the ceremony and take photos and
congratulate us!

outdoor paris elopement

paris elopement ceremony

outdoor paris elopement ceremony groom putting ring on bride's finger

bride and groom first kiss

What were the highlights of the reception?

Hmm well we didn’t have one! We were chauffeured around Paris in a vintage Citroen to take photos at various locations.  The Citroen was adorable and my “something blue”.  After taking photos and being dropped off at our hotel, we changed and had a lovely first meal as a married couple at Les Ombres. We had a breathtaking view of the Eiffel tower twinkling each hour.

bride and groom in front of eiffel tower
What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

Our elopement was the ultimate intimate wedding – the best thing about it was that it was so romantic and a day just for us.  Eloping isn’t for everyone and I honestly never thought I would, but I wouldn’t have changed anything about our wedding day.

bride and groom in Paris

bride and groom kissing
What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?

Your wedding is about you and your loved one; do what makes you both happy because you can’t please everyone most of the time.

bride and groom in front of eiffel tower

Photography: One and Only Paris Photography
Makeup: Ms. Sanni Mai
Hair: Sonja Stein Benhamou
Transportation: Man’s Touch
Officiant: Celebrants in France
Flowers: Allure & Fleurs