Have I got a treat for you! Only the dreeeamiest of Parisian wedding shoots, featuring two lovely people who I studied with at university. The swoon-level is high, so I’d recommend sitting down for this one…
Anna and Jimmy started the AUT fashion design degree as boyfriend/girlfriend, and shared the university journey together too, amongst the rest of us rag-tag late-teens/early-twenties know-it-all’s. We all had that youthful passion, desire and drive that sets you up to thrive in a fashion design setting; all wild eyes and bushy tails. We all wanted big things for ourselves and our careers, so we worked those bushy tails off over the coming three years, with some of us making it to the final year fashion show, some not. We’ve seen many an ex-student thrive in the fashion or fashion-related industries over the past ten years, where some have also left it happily behind. Anna and Jimmy are both fashion success stories, where Jimmy owns his own menswear and tailoring business, as well as a CMT business in central Auckland, while Anna has become a beloved Production Manager of local label Taylor.
Anna and Jimmy were set to elope in October 2015, over a period of 2 weeks, to celebrate with their families all over the world, and to capture the two auspicious days for marriage, according to the Chinese calendar. Anna had gotten in touch with me for a custom 1950’s box pleat skirt to wear as a ‘guest’ to a wedding, which then, because of their sneaky elopement plans, became her own wedding skirt too! We went fabric shopping together in search of something red or gold (or both), to be in-line with Chinese tradition, and Anna picked out a lovely light silk in a painterly print of dark red, green golds and purple.
I set to work on a custom box-pleated skirt pattern, with a nice wide waistband, and stitched together the silk panels using green gold thread. Anna was ecstatic at the sight of the result, and has given a lovely full review of her custom order here.
While the skirt is lovely, this story is about Anna and Jimmy and their most EPIC wedding photoshoot EVER…. Be prepared to drool…
“Planning the elopement was so easy and enjoyable. After running through the pros and cons of our photographer short-list with Jimmy we settled on Philip Stephenson, a photographer who has an amazing use of space. We both work in the fashion industry and that tends to make you a bit camera-shy! We wanted to make the most of the Parisian landscape, with people just happening to be in-shot. We had a Skype chat with the photographer where we decided to a dual shoot at sunset and sunrise. He emailed a list of hair and makeup experts who he had previously worked with and who would come to our accommodation. While all this was going on Jimmy found a vintage boat that cruises the Seine river, where we could have a 3-course reception dinner for the six of us [the couple and their parents].
By this point I knew I needed a second outfit, something suitable for the registry office, a Paris sunset shoot and river cruise, as well as a Chinese banquet. It needed to be special, but not over-the-top, as I wanted to be comfortable in the various situations and climates. I wanted the impossible it felt, but Danielle was amazing!!!” – Anna
“We arrived in Paris at 6am, so spent the day exploring before the shoot the following morning. It was another early start for me. James, the hair and makeup artist, arrived at 5:30am to get me ready before meeting at the upper Trocadero at 7:30am for the white dress sunrise shots. Philip the photographer (an English man living just outside of Paris, with impeccable French) had already scouted around and seen 4 other brides further down so we got started and he navigated us around the other brides and tourists so we had the money shot with the lighting to match!!! It’s was an interesting experience, especially when doing the large landscape shots. Philip was about 4 storeys higher than us and his assistant was out of shot on her cell phone shouting instructions from Philip!” – Anna
“After a quick lunch and a touch-up, we met again at 4:30pm at Pont Alexandre III bridge and spent the next 2 hours meandering our way to the Louvre, stopping to take photos as we went. Our parents where with us for the evening shoot so we could get some family shots.
Once again, Philip was worth his weight in gold! He took us under a smelly old bridge and asked us to trust him. I am so glad we did, as they ended up being my favourite shots of the evening, and have a Richard Avedon feel (my favourite photographer). We walked back and forth under the bridge for about 30 mins waiting for the sun to be just right. We finished off the day at the very busy Louvre square. Where once again having a local paid off. He was a pro at directing crowds and knowing the angles of the space, so it felt like we had Paris to ourselves. I would do it all again in a heartbeat!!!” – Anna
I mean!! I saw Paris, and it was magical and I love it to pieces, but my Paris has NOTHING on Anna and Jimmy’s Paris! Wowzas, what a dream shoot to be involved in!
All our love to Anna and Jimmy and their cute wee button, Jessica.
Photos by Philip Stephenson