Magic and love seem to go hand in hand for so many of us. I would say many romantics believe that a little bit of mystery can lead to magic in love. It is not that the unknown is driving us for love, but that magic can be found in a bit of mystery. For Shelagh, Paris was a mystery, a place that had only been visited in films, books, and photographs, transporting her to this place that she dreamed of. For Elizabeth it was still a mystery but also a place of familiarity that she was determined to share with the love of her life. Paris is a place of love because we allow it to be. We allow ourselves to be free of worry, the overwhelming weight of the every day, and instead embrace a way of life that is not our normal. A life that is driven by an idea of working so that we may live, which is a stark contrast to the American life we are taught of living to work. How can a simple change in the view of the every day change, not your life, but your world? I sit every day making sure I know which order those words should go in for me to be able embrace my life’s happiness. I challenge you to see which order will make your change. I know that when Shelagh first stepped onto French soil, Elizabeth was there holding her hand excited to show her what Paris meant to her, and how it could become their city of love. We can all call Paris our city of love, as long as it is what you want in your heart. There are many cities that can be your love but this one is where these two fell deeper into their magical love. It was their dream to escape their everyday together and have Lisa and I capture who they were, two beautiful women in love who wanted nothing but to be together. They were to get married a few days before coming to Paris in Scotland, and then head home to California where their marriage was legal. The crazy thing I think none of us could believe was that we would land back in the US and two days later their marriage would be legal in all of the US. Lisa and I have been able to celebrate their love now in so many unique ways, it brings huge smiles to me just thinking about Shelagh and Elizabeth. Thank you to both of you for falling in love with a city that stole mine and Lisa’s hearts on our honeymoon. I love that it also stole yours.
After a very early morning session with these two we all headed back to our places. Shillelagh and Elizabeth got dressed into some fun clothes and we decided to shoot a bit earlier than we originally planned a later evening for a perfect sunset. We all new that rain storms were coming and we wanted to miss them. As we all walked up the steps of the Abbesses Metro stop the rain started. At this point it was only a teenie sprinkle and we were hoping we could avoid it. We started the hike up to Montmartre to enjoy the artists square and a favorite place of ours in the city. The love wall even happens to be there two which I thought was a perfect place to start. We made it all the way to the square and my favorite pink wall in all of Paris, this adorable cafe, and it hit. The rain started pouring down. We all luckily had a total of two teenie umbrellas and quickly found shelter. We opened our phones to check the weather radar and it was bleak. The rain was here to stay. Lisa and I crossed the street in preparation of a photo and said hmmm what do we do. We planned an extra day just in case this would happen so we were perfectly prepared. We then crossed the street back to Shelagh and Elizabeth after taking a photo and asked what they wanted. Shelagh quickly replied, that she wanted to keep going in the rain. We knew where we could buy some more umbrellas and started back to the artists square. We happened upon the most perfect white umbrella and our session continued on!We all thought that this was the end of the evening. We decided to go out to a cute little place for dinner called Les Cocettes. It was this delicious hip place near Le Tour Eiffel that served everything in these delicious hot pots, a cocette. After dinner and a mandatory bottle of wine we were ready to walk Shelagh and Elizabeth to the nearest Metro and wish them an amazing rest of their honeymoon. This picture below is what we saw when we went into the restaurant. The photo below it is what we saw after leaving the restaurant. None of us would of ever guessed that we would end the night with an amazing sunset that took all of our breath away. Magical is not a word that could start to describe how I felt seeing the warm glow wrapping around the Parisian sky. It was the city showing us that it too loved us as much as we loved it!