The day after Hanna and Johan got married in Paris we decided to have a second, even more relaxed photo shoot near where they were staying in the colourful 20th arrondissement. This disused railway line skirts around the outer edge Paris and has been abandoned since 1934. There are rumours it’s going to be turned into a public park soon, so we were glad to be able to sneak in whilst it was still overrun by wild vegetation and colourful graffiti – perfectly suited to Hanna & Johan’s personalities!
Hanna and Johan are a super quirky couple from Sweden who decided they didn’t want the fuss of a big wedding, and opted instead for a small, simple ceremony at the Swedish Embassy in Paris. They didn’t even want the ceremony documented but just wanted to have some photos taken in a non-touristy part of Paris to remember the day. So we met at the Canal St Martin for some lovely couples portraits, and then met their gorgeous little girl Henny, along with Hanna’s mum and Johan’s dad for a family shoot at the nearby Parc des Buttes-Chaumont.
These guys have great chemistry and wouldn’t stop laughing throughout the shoot! We met up again the following day for some even more relaxed portraits along an old abandoned railway – part 2 to follow!
Kayla and Travis weren’t thrilled by the idea of a big traditional wedding back home in Alabama, so instead wrote their own vows and traveled to Paris, alone, intending to read them out in an intimate setting.
They chose the Palais Royale for their vow exchange, a building with beautiful architecture, interesting sculptures, and never packed with tourists despite its central location near the Louvre. I thought it would be perfect.
However during their vows construction work started behind us and it was so loud I feared it was ruining their special moment. When I apologised to them afterwards they said they hadn’t even heard it. I love the fact that they were so focused on each other that nothing else mattered in that moment. Not the rain, not the noise, and not even me standing right there as they cried and kissed and embraced. What an honour to be a part of it.