Paris. Is there a more romantic city on earth?
I haven’t been since I was a teenager but after seeing the Parisian engagement shoot of Jen and Jamie captured by the uber talented Sarah Gawler, I am sorely tempted to make a return visit ASAP, especially if I can run around the streets in a variety of flirty frocks, do some kissing on a train, and accessorise with a bunch of hot pink ranunculus…
And that was before I actually read Jen’s accompanying heartfelt account of their time together:
“Jamie is profoundly deaf, and asking a deaf man to dance in the street, in front of a small crowd, to music he couldn’t even hear was no mean feat, but once we got going we had a great time and we both love the shots Sarah got.”
And it just goes to show that you can do anything, ANYTHING as long as you’ve got that special someone there by your side….
Dance like no-ones watching lovelies.
Jen: Jamie and I went to Paris the first year we met in 2002 and just fell in love with the place. We have been back a few times since, so having our engagement shoot there with one of our best friends, and an amazing photographer, Sarah Gawler was just perfect.
I am NEVER ready on time (one of the things Jamie DOESN’T love about me!) so when we arrived in Paris, I had to spend 3 hours hand-sewing 8 metres of bright yellow netting onto the underskirt of my un-finished dress that my friend, and amazing dress designer, Debbi Little made for me.
It was made from recycled 1950’s parachutes and my bridesmaids will be wearing the same at our wedding, but in brighter colours of course!
When we eventually got out and about, no sooner had we stepped out of the metro and into a garden centre to buy some flowers, than a rouge parrot landed on the side of my head and proceeded to flap and scrabble around whilst trying to get its balance.
The garden centre owner had to free it from my hair, which had become tangled around its legs. My hair was ruined and I had mascara running down my face from laughing so much (and panicking slightly!) but we managed to work it into a shot and it was just the funniest start to the day…
Isle St Louis, a tiny island in the middle of the River Seine is our favourite spot. It has one main street filled with chocolate shops, trinket shops, galleries and cosy bistros. They also have the best ice-cream shop where they make your ice cream into a big flower and we just had to include it in the shoot. Normally we get one each, but shared one for for the photo-shoot to add a touch of romance! That’s the first and last time we are sharing!
That is also where we got the dancing on the bridge pictures, Jamie is profoundly deaf, and asking a deaf man to dance in the street, in front of a small crowd, to music he couldn’t even hear was no mean feat, but once we got going we had a great time and we both love the shots Sarah got.
Sarah made us so relaxed and filled us with confidence so by the end of the shoot we were kissing on the street, kissing in the metro… It was so much fun and we have a set of photos that we will treasure forever. The pictures we have really capture the atmosphere of Paris that we love so much and freeze-frame so many special memories for us as a couple. Now we can’t wait to have Sarah take the photos on our wedding day!
Thank you lovely Sarah for a truly memorable trip…..Jamie and Jen x
If I were Jen and Jamie I would have that last black and white image blown up huge and covering my entire kitchen/bedroom/living room (delete as appropriate) wall.
And this weekend I’m damn well booking that trip to Paris.
Big Lump In My Throat Love