Category Archives: Paris Wedding

Paris Wedding Photo Shoot By Catherine O’Hara

September 17, 2013

Me and Chris / Paris Wedding / Uncategorized


We found our sensationally talented photographer, Catherine O’Hara, online. You can see incredible examples of her work on her blog, Catherine O’Hara Photography Blog. She specializes in a photojournalistic style and is a member of The Wedding Photojournalist Association. These members are “skilled in a candid, unobtrusive style.”

Catherine is from Ireland and we were so lucky to have an English-speaking photographer in France. She also travels for destination weddings. Her manner is gentle. Her direction is so slight and brilliant. This is REALLY great if you or your partner aren’t natural-born-models and could use kind coaching. You won’t hear her saying any horrifying things like, “show me your inner diva.” She has the magic power of making it appear and feel as if Paris was put on hold for your photo shoot.

Chris and I actually felt as if we were spending a romantic evening around town with each other. There was a lot of time to connect and really experience the scenery of Paris. Catherine knew the perfect timing for both lighting and foot traffic at each location. We were so surprised by all the locations she offered! She was also very open to anything we wanted to try-we wanted to dance by these performers in Place Colette.

Thank you for your input on the Wedding Dress Shopping: J. Crew post! I totally agreed with all the info and then chose this dress because of the weather and Parisian feeling it had for me. Do you like how it turned out?

She took us into an inner courtyard at Place Colette with dreamy rows of trees. I had seen this place on her blog and had been imagining what it was going to look and feel like.


OK, these next 2 were obviously posed and I love how they turned out!


I will refrain from making fun of myself in this shot and enjoy that my parents picked this as their favorite.


The Love Locks Bridge. You can buy a lock from a vendor on the bridge or bring a fancy one of your own.


You lock it up and throw away the key into the Seine!


Then of course you kiss.


The Louvre Museum.


Gardens of the Louvre with The Eiffel Tower in the background.


Walking along the Seine.


I want to live in this photo dream.


Another cool spot.


We received 97 photos from this session and we love all of them! That never happens?! I am so picky and critical! The backdrop of Paris and Catherine’s style with her quality of work really take the pressure of the subjects. Anyone would look incredible with some coaching and Paris in the background. I want to send annoying daily emails to Catherine telling her how happy I am. I’ll try to just stick with this appreciative post. The value of these photos and the experience are priceless but it was actually affordable and worth even more.

Chris is really excited to see how happy this made me and I know he really likes them too…he’s just more worried about finding a place to live right now. 🙂 Back to the home search! Thank you so much for taking time to look at our photos!

Photos by Catherine O’Hara Photography

This was so different from our Traditional Korean Wedding photos! Here is a little on shopping for the dress


Wedding Shoes Friday!

August 2, 2013

Me and Chris / Paris Wedding / Uncategorized


Here are some gorgeous wedding shoe options…minus the TOMS! 🙂 What do you think? Yes, it depends on which dress I chose!

What are you up to this weekend? I’m going to get a ton of errands done as we prep for the move to L.A. and the trip to Europe! Yay! Crazy and my favorite. I’ve got some fun planned too-post on Monday!

Stuff I was looking at this week:

Ten Household Items That Can Improve Your Food Photography.

Tile keeps coming up in my Facebook news feed and I’m both intrigued and totally freaked out by the potentials of it-good and bad. What do you think?

Do you know Rick Steves? He’s a gem if you’re traveling in Europe. Super corny personality but with the best insider info to give you a true European experience. I just got the Paris book after being overwhelmed for weeks over how we’re going to have fun there in only 3-4 days. I just read his book for 30 minutes the other night and I’ve got a hold of it!

BHLDN is a sister store of Anthropologie and it has incredible wedding dresses and accessories!

Is it Monday yet? What’s going to happen on The Bachelorette?? 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend!


Let’s Elope to Paris!

July 31, 2013

Me and Chris / Paris Wedding / ROMANCE / Uncategorized


This is Lady Arbella Stuart. She and her beau were imprisoned for eloping. Yikes!

What do you think about eloping to an exotic locale? We got married on paper about a year ago, had a busy year and waited for the right time/place to have a wedding where everyone we loved could attend. This article title sounds like us…Stressed -Out Americans Embrace Elopement. The idea of eloping sounded like a refreshing relief!

Here is a definition of elope a la Merium Webster.

elope: to run away secretly with the intention of getting married usually without parental consent. It is of French origin.

Huhuhuhuuuuuu (French laugh)! That sounds saucy! Love that!

Here are  some photos of  Stars Who Eloped.

15 Celebrity Couples Who Decided to Elope-that couple from Dexter is married?!

A famous elopement in history: Young Earl Elopes with Banking Heiress…gold digger man?

Did you know Betsy Ross’ (the sweet little American Flag creator) wedding was a Famous Historical Elopement? She was a wild one!

Everyone has been super supportive of our decision and we really appreciate that! So far we think we’re going to elope to Paris, France after a little European cruise!

(photo by lisby1, via Flickr)

Wedding Dress Shopping: J. Crew

July 24, 2013

Me and Chris / Paris Wedding

So we are finally going to have our wedding after a year of being married on paper! This is so exciting. It’s been a year full of big changes and the time has now opened up for a moment to fabulously commemorate our commitment! It is going to be just the two of us in Europe this fall after a family vacation over there! I went to J. Crew for an appointment to try on dresses this week and here is the experience. A “Very Personal Stylist” at J. Crew helped me out. She was incredible-incredibly positive and sincere.

Warning: my head looks super big and my body looks very small. It’s lolly-popish. This is not what I really look like…and my forehead is much smaller in person (not really).

J. Crew has an exclusive wedding shop in New York. In Seattle, there  are a bunch of J. Crew stores but only ONE store has samples of the dresses. These samples are all size 8 or 10 and they just clip them with big office-style clips in the back. They were all ivory or champagne-no bright whites. Here is some of the lineup…


Dress 1: This one is 100% cotton! It’s very comfortable and beachy feeling.


Love the sash she picket out.


Dress 2: This is the type of dress I came to try on: Cap sleeves and a V neck.


Dress 3: The stylist suggested some others because so many of the dresses are sold out everywhere! I like the waist level of this one.


Dress 4: I liked the peek-a-boo slit of this one.


Dress 5: The material of this one is SUPER flattering.


Dress 6: I liked the simplicity of this one.


Dress 7: She had me try on this one for cut. It comes in ivory as well. It has the super flattering material and simple look I like.


Which dress do you like? Which one do you think I like?

Here are our Paris wedding photos.