Paris is just made for weddings. It’s been the backdrop of hundreds of love stories in film, television and books. Shannon and Alan chose Paris as the perfect location for their vintage elopement. Thank you to Pierre Torset for sharing the beautiful images and their story!
How did you meet? Alan and I met in 2005. He had gone to high school with my cousins, and years later, we saw each other out one night with mutual friends. I was immediately attracted to him because of his sense of humour. We’ve been together ever since.
Tell us about the proposal: In September 2014, Alan suggested we take our dog (who is like our baby), Maggie, to the waterfront in Tarrytown, NY. We walked through the park, and when we got to a pier over the Hudson River, he proposed. It was perfect, as the waterfront is quite beautiful, and I have so many good childhood memories there.
How did you envision your elopement? Alan and I love travelling and always said that when we decided to get married, we would have an intimate ceremony abroad, just the two of us. After nine and a half years together, he finally proposed, and it was time to decide where in the world we would say our vows. Neither of us had been to France yet, and the thought of getting married in a romantic city like Paris seemed perfect. However, a few weeks before the wedding, I started to get nervous. I was wondering whether the decision was a big mistake. I thought, “This is crazy. Who travels the globe to get married? We should just stay here, in New York City.” But when we got to Paris, I immediately knew we had made the right decision.
Our wedding day was absolutely perfect. The weather was beautiful, the backdrops were stunning, and our car was as quirky as I am. I was rockin’ my dream dress, and I had my amazing man by my side. It was everything I wanted. Intimate, romantic, fun, and quite literally the best day of my life.
Accommodation: Derby Alma / Cinema and Video: 2P Paris Prod / Dress Designer: Vera Wang / Floral Designer: L’Howea / Jewellery: Kate Spade / Makeup Artist: Remake Agency / Photographer: Paris Photographer Pierre / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Transportation: Paris Authentic / Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Suit Supply