Getting married at the Chapelle Expiatoire

The Chapelle Expiatoire is a wedding venue and French national monument in the center of Paris (8th Arrondissement). It’s best known also as the burial place of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI. The neoclassical architecture and décor will look great in your romantic Parisian portraits.  The photos are always, simply stunning.

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As English speaking wedding planners in Paris, we get many couple marrying at the chapel each year and thought it about time to write a little post on one of our favorite locations, as romantic, rich with history and iconic as the Eiffel Tower! So let’s get on to it shall we…



Around the time of the French Revolution, Marie Antoinette was guillotined on October 16, 1793 at the age of 37 years convicted of treason and sentenced to death, to a cheering crowd of “Vive La Nation!”

She was buried in an unmarked grave here behind the church of Madeleine. There is a sculpture of the couple inside the Chapel. Their bodies were later exhumed and taken to the Basilica Saint Denis, the burial place of kings.   (more…)

Yanique’s Picks: Le Voltaire

This typically French bistro is very chic, very cosy and very intimate. Located on the banks of the Seine, it has a great location and serves equally great, very French, food. Famous among foodies, you might be lucky enough to spot some high-profile Parisians here, and even if not, it is still the ideal place for a romantic meal for two…

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27 Quai Voltaire 75007 Paris

Open Monday – Saturday, 12:30pm – 2:30pm, 7:30pm – 10pm. Closed Sundays


1920s Gatsby Paris Elopement

This 1920’s vintage styled wedding elopement was a dream come true for R + L here in Paris. Photographed by english speaking French photographer Thierry Joubert, Video by the talented Duncan Wolfe.

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These Canadian lovers had their hearts set on eloping to Paris.  From the beginning they had the blessing of their family and trusted us to be their wedding planners in Paris. Naturally we were overjoyed and started to Skype months in advance before we actually met here in Paris.

They knew that the beautiful architecture of Paris would fit into their vintage styled wedding. And we started the day in a luxury apartment on the hills of Montmartre, overlooking the roofs of Paris. The garden ceremony was officiated with the backdrop of Sacre Coeur.

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The groom wore a newsboy cap also referred to as the Jay Gatsby, tweed waistcoat vest, and brogues.

The bride wore one of the trendy wedding veil styles: the birdcage veil that went great with bold eyes. The custom fitted lace dress was embellish with vintage rhinestones for the perfect gatsby glam.

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We chose a sleek vintage black Citron traction for a photo session around the rest of Paris and the evening was made even more memorable ending at romantic restaurant along the Seine River, Chez Julien.

Congratulations again to the lovely + lucky couple!


Yanique’s Picks: Le Meurice

This beautiful restaurant overlooks the Tuileries Garden, but you might as well be in Versailles. With a irresistible French decor, and a glamorous ambiance it is absolutely stunning, and offers the very best of Parisian luxury. And the food is fantastic too…

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228 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris

Open Monday-Friday, 12:30pm – 2pm, 7:30pm – 10pm

Yanique’s Picks: 123 Sebastapol

Light, airy and fresh, this hotel is one of our very favourites. Fairly new, but already with a stellar reputation as charming, quirky and unique, the rooms in this hotel are decorated beautifully, and the lounges and lobbies perfect for your first wedding photos… No two rooms are the same, and you’re sure to find one that fits with your personality.

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123 sebastapol - paris wedding

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Hotel Le 123 Sebastapol

123 Boulevard de Sébastopol, 75002 Paris

Visit the Le 123 Sebastopol hotels Website


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