When it came to choosing where to elope, travel-lovers Ruby and Jason simply couldn’t resist the romantic charms of Paris – and can you blame them?? As the couple exchanged their vows in the gardens behind Notre Dame Cathedral, a crowd gathered and cheered them on, making for the kind of memorable and amazing wedding ceremony that only Paris, the city of love, can offer!

Special thanks goes to Brant Smith for capturing all the beautiful photos and sharing them with us.

Paris elopement

Ruby, 31 & Jason, 32

Paris, France

Wedding Date: August 16, 2014

Number of Guests: 2

Wedding Cost: $10,000 (including flights, accommodations, not including wedding dress and tux)

Wedding Ceremony Location: Gardens behind Notre Dame (Square Jean XXIII)

Wedding Reception Location: Lapérouse

eiffel tower

heart ring pillow

paris lock and key

groom adjusting bow tie

champagne flutes

Paris elopement ceremony

bride and groom portrait in front of Louvre

Why did you have an intimate wedding?    

We love to travel and we thought having a ceremony in the most romantic city in the world would be the most amazing and memorable experience. Having an intimate wedding also allowed us to do everything we wanted to do without all the stress of having to plan all the details of a traditional wedding.

wedding dress hanging in Paris window

wedding shoes in paris window

bride having her make-up done

bride looking in mirror

bride putting on her veil

bride getting dressed

bride puttingon earrings

bride putting on bracelet

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

The time difference when trying to coordinate  our accommodations was a bit challenging. We didn’t hire a coordinator so we were relying on our own internet searches for apartments. When emailing apartment owners it would often take a day to get a response and often times the apartment would be rented by the time we did get a response.

groom in tuxedo

groom looking out Paris window

Groom's Tag Huer watch

Was it difficult to pare down the guest list? 

This did not apply to us as everyone knew we were having an intimate ceremony and would have a reception to celebrate with everyone when we returned.

groom walking down stairs

groom walking through Paris

groom walking in paris

bride walking down spiral stairway

bride and maid of honor walking through Paris

groom waiting for his bride

first look session

bride and groom first look

bride and groom first look

bride and groom portrait in Paris

intimate wedding portrait

bride and groom walking through Paris

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

Most family and friends that knew were very supportive and excited for our intimate ceremony so we did not run into this issue.

Paris cathedral
Paris elopement ceremony
groom at paris elopement ceremony

What were the highlights of the ceremony?

After our ceremony, a large crowd that had gathered to watch, began cheering and taking pictures. It was the most amazing feeling and made us feel like celebrities.

Paris elopement ceremony
bride putting ring on groom's finger
bride and groom first kiss

What were the highlights of the reception?

Lapérouse was an amazing restaurant. We were able to reserve a private dining room to enjoy an intimate dinner. The food was great and the ambience and decor was very Parisian, exactly what we wanted.  It was a perfect way to end our wedding night.

bride and groom adding lock to Paris bridge

Paris locks of love

Bride and groom tossing lock keys in the seine

What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

We loved being able to do what we wanted to do on our special day. We didn’t have to worry about anyone but ourselves. It was a stress free day and we couldn’t have asked for a more a memorable way to start our lives together.

wedding portrait on Paris bridge

Paris wedding portrait
bride and groom in front of eiffel tower
wedding portrait in park
bride and groom portrait in Paris
bride and groom on Paris steps
bride and groom on Paris steps
bride and groom posing on steps
bride and groom walking in paris
Paris wedding portrait
bride and groom kissing while standing in VW bug
bride and groom in paris restaurant
What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?

Do it!  It’s your day, don’t let anybody convince you to do it differently.

brideand groom kissing in Paris restautrant


Photography: Brant Smith Photography

Hair: Ciara Coiffure

Makeup: Charles Gillman

Driver: Cedric at 2CV tours

Officiant: Claire Bay from Une Belle Cérémonie

Reception: Lapérouse

Accommodations: Apartment found on homeaway.com

Wedding dress: Nicole Miller from BHLDN