This is something I’ve wanted to try for awhile now, months actually. Ever since I first saw them on the tumblr blog From Me to You. I shot this while second shooting for the talented Abi Q who let me play around with video in order to create the cinemagraph. I’m so happy with how the effect turned out. Excited to try doing one of these for all my weddings.
“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” – Ernest Hemingway
Airplane tickets booked, a darling apartment in the 6th arrondissement has been rented out, and Tony and I are learning our way through basic French via a Nintendo DS game (My French Coach). We are SO ready for Paris!
It’s funny, France has always been one of those places I’ve wanted to visit, but never urgently. I never yearned for France, or gave it much active thought. I never would have considered myself a francophile. There are quite a few other places in the world that I had placed higher on my list of MUST VISIT places than France. It was just one of those “Oh it would be nice to vsit” sort of places for me.
But somehow in the past 2 years or so, Paris has crept into my subconscious. Maybe it started with Julia Child. I devoured her memoir, My Life In France (I can’t recommend it highly enough) and came to admire her tremendously. And her Supremes de Volaille aux Champignons (chicken in mushroom cream sauce) recipe from Mastering the Art of French Cooking is SO so good. After that came The Sweet Life in Paris by the charming food blogger, David Lebowitz. It’s really one of the most hilarious reads ever. I kept reading out loud parts of it to Tony and then catching myself mid-sentence with wild guffawing. There was also Lunch in Paris – A Love Story, A Paris Wife, and Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast. One book after another.
And this past year, Midnight in Paris ended up being one of my top films of 2011. In the same way Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona moved and inspired me to go to Spain, Midnight in Paris enchanted me. It made me think, I *have* to go there.
Paris has seeped into my life. And so we decided that since we have some free time in May, let’s just go for it! I’m so excited and also a little nervous. Paris has been so romanticized and the expectations are pretty high. I’m simultaneously ramping up my excitement and spazzing out, while also trying to keep my cool and be more nonchalant about the whole thing.
If anyone has any recommendations for things to do and see in Paris, please leave a comment!
Elie Saab has been one of my favorite designers for a long time now. Every year he manages to knock me over with his gorgeous, elegant and ethereal designs. Years ago when getting married was still something waaaay off into an unknown future, I knew one thing. I want to get married wearing one of his dresses. And I still do!
Take a look at his latest Fall 2011 Collection.
Out. Of. This. World.
You can check out these dresses and more at Elie Saab
Last week, I shot a intimate wedding at the Auberge du Soleil in Napa, and one of my favorite things about the wedding was the blending of western and Korean culture. It’s one of those things that’s close to my own heart, and I loved that the bride not only had her fabulous white wedding dress, but she also wore a beautiful pink hanbok, a traditional Korean dress.
Seeing the hanbok brought back tons of memories of wearing a hanbok myself for New Year’s and other special occasions when my Mom would wrangle me into the dress. I didn’t realize it until much later what a big deal it was for my Mom to go out and find that perfect hanbok for me and how important it was for her to see me take part in that Korean tradition. It’s been at least a decade since I wore a hanbok, and when I started looking to see what was available out there, I was stunned by the gorgeous new wave of modern Korean hanboks.
After drooling over the hanbok I found on Hanbok Lynn, I’ve put together a little inspiration board for any brides out there thinking about wearing a hanbok on their wedding day. And I think it’s just pure gorgeous eye candy for everyone else. Seriously, aren’t these just stunning?
Have a fantastic weekend my friends!