Eli & Will’s Paris Elopement

Words by Hannah Pronesti / Images by Bayly & Moore
March 18, 2016

It’s one thing to plan a Paris-themed wedding, but to swap vows in front of the Eiffel Tower and to cruise the River Seine, under the stars – well that’s just a dream come true. Eli and William eloped to the city of love for an intimate Parisienne adventure, packing their wedding attire, a few of their closest friends and photographers Bayly & Moore.

“A few serendipitous events took place, that encouraged us to get married in the City of Love.” Eli tells us – For one, they currently reside on Paris Street. Secondly, just prior to their engagement Eli purchased a monogram from a store called The Paris Market and thirdly, Eli’s best friend stumbled upon a ‘Paris is always a good idea’ postcard whilst chatting on the phone about the possibility of a wedding in la Ville-Lumière. If that ain’t meant to be…

With Cedric (their driver) and Soph and Si of Bayly & Moore in tow, these sweethearts ventured from Champ de Mars to the banks of the Seine and they have some sage advice for others considering an unconventional wedding, “Don’t feel pressured to have a big wedding or a wedding you can’t afford. If you plan on eloping or having a destination wedding go for it and don’t forget to have fun!”

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The pair made a pit-stop, pre-wedding, at Le P’tit Zinc on Rue des Martyrs to pick up some roses and hydrangeas for Eli’s spontaneous bouquet.
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The groom made a stylish statement in a custom navy suit by Black Lapel while his bride wore a stunning Baccini & Hill mermaid style gown with scalloped detail. An art deco inspired capelet by BHLDN had her looking right at home on the cobblestoned streets – a real Parisienne beauty.
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“Paris in Love was our unintentional theme.” Eli tells us. “We really didn’t have any concrete plans. Our only requirement was to have the Eiffel Tower as our backdrop while we exchanged our vows but from then on we trusted Cedric our driver to take us on a little adventure."
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Tradition went out the window at this wedding. The ceremony was short and sweet, orchestrated by the couple’s good friend Michael (and officiated back home by William's father, a Pastor) and rather than throwing an expensive reception, the newlyweds opted to dine atop the Eiffel Tower at 58 Tour Eiffel.
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"Our amazing photographer and cinematographer Si and Soph from Bayly & Moore went above and beyond to make our day extra special." The bride tells us. "We couldn’t be happier with the level of professionalism and creativity that those two brought to the table!"
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Images Bayly & Moore | Bride's Dress Baccini & Hill | Bride's Shoes Badgley Mischka | Groom's Suit Black Lapel | Groom's Shoes Allen Edmonds | Rings Gesner Estate Jewelry | Accessories J Crew | Flowers Le P'tit Zinc | Transport Cedric Paris Tours | Bride's Capelet BHLDN | Grooms Ring Kay Jewelers |

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