With NYE just a few nights away, I can’t imagine a more fitting wedding to share in anticipation of the fun holiday than Jacquelyn and Livingston’s lavishly elegant Paris wedding at the Four Seasons George V. The couple began their destination wedding with a surprise flash mob in front of the Eiffel Tower to set the wow! effect for their big day. Rooftop portraits, two beautiful wedding dresses and three cakes, including a traditional French Croquembouche with sparklers, certainly lived up to all expectations. This wedding certainly embodies the definition of a celebration – cheers! / Images by Olivier Lalin of WeddingLight Photography.
Says photographer Olivier: Working with Jacquelyn and Livingston was certainly exciting, to say the least. What had originally started with simple bridal portraits had quickly turned into something else entirely and for all the best reasons, too! While Jacquelyn and Livingston wanted classic elements to be a big part of their event, they were not afraid to jump outside the box and be a little wild and crazy too! After a couple of exchanges with Jacquelyn and her mother, Barbara, the idea of a flash mob in front of the Eiffel Tower started to quickly evolve. My videographer, Marco, and I were thrilled, of course, and when the big day arrived it was all pretty amazing. On a cold, crisp morning, in the middle of the Pont d’Iena, a group of smiling faces with red berets began to gather and out of no where ‘I Gotta Feelin” by the Black Eyed Peas came booming all around us and the dancing began! Wow! What a way to start out an incredible wedding weekend!
The next day, I met the lovely couple at their hotel, the gorgeous Four Seasons George V for some bride and groom portraits before the ceremony. After a little chat with the manager, we were free to roam as we pleased and we certainly took advantage of that freedom. One of my favorite spots at this hotel is on the roof where you have a magnificent view of the entire city. The rooftop definitely has that “wow” effect that Jacquelyn was wanting, so I was happy we were given permission.
The absolutely brilliant, Jeff Leatham, who is the artistic director at the Four Seasons George V, was in charge of all design elements of the wedding. Jacquelyn entered the ceremony room wearing a beautiful Romona Keveza gown and walked down a white rose petal-lined isle with her father where she joined her husband-to-be, Livingston. With a magnificent stone fireplace lined with candles as their backdrop, the couple exchanged vows and said ‘I do.’ Their ceremony was officiated by a close family friend, the Rev. Rudolph Nickens Jr.
Before going to the reception, Jacquelyn opted for a dress change. Wanting something a tad more comfortable for the remainder of the evening, she decided on another gorgeous gown by the same designer. After an exquisite meal on a stunningly decorated table with soft peach rose petals, crystal chandelier-style candelabras and array of rose bouquets in square-mirrored vases came the cakes. Yes, I said, CAKES because there were three of them! Naturally, the first was the bride’s cake, of course, a four-tiered: yellow, red velvet, carrot and, to top it all off, chocolate cake with white vanilla buttercream frosting. Then there was Livingstone’s cake which was a mini cake of chocolate and peanut butter with vanilla buttercream. And finally, we cannot forget the wonderful mother who made the whole event possible, can we?! Her cake was a traditional French Croquembouche with chocolate and vanilla filled cream puffs. All cakes were prepared by pastry chef Lucien Gautier of the Four Seasons George V and presented with candle sparklers, which are a tradition here in France.
After their fabulous reception, Jacquelyn and Livingston took their guests who wanted the party to continue over to the oh-so-fun V.I.P. Room on the chic Rue de Rivoli to dance the night away. It was an amazing way to end the evening after such an incredible day! After a few days of recuperation, I met up with the happy newlyweds again for some couple portraits around the lovely cobbled-stoned streets of Paris. Stopping at the city’s most iconic locations such as the Eiffel Tower, Tuilerie Gardens, the Opera, and the Louvre for example, we shot for three hours and had over 400 photos.”
Credits: Photography: Olivier Lalin from WeddingLight Photography – firstname.lastname@example.org / Videography: Marco from WeddingLight Photography – email@example.com / Ceremony/Reception Venue: Four Seasons George V Paris (31 Avenue George V, 75008 Paris) / Wedding Dresses: Romona Keveza / Shoes: Valentino / Tuxedo: Ted Baker / Jewerely/Wedding Bands: Swarovski / Planning: Four Seasons George V Paris / Flowers/Decor: Jeff Leatham at Four Seasons George V Paris / Cake: Pastry Chef Lucien Gautier at Four Seasons George V Paris / AfterPary Venue: VIP Room (188, rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris)