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!
Davina, 33 & Kyle, 32
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
What were the highlights of the reception?
Sharing the photos and stories of our wedding with friends and family.
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.
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: http://www.kyleanddavina.com/
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