Do you ever look back and wonder how so many things could have possibly happened in one year? This has definitely been one of those years for me, and so much of that began with Sarah and Gilbert’s beautiful Tangled Engagement Session. Today is their one year anniversary session, and I can’t help but think about all of the adventures we’ve had together. Sarah and Gilbert are the kind of people that believe anything can happen, and their positivity is wonderful and contagious. When I first started planning their Tangled engagement shoot, they were up for any idea I threw out there, so it didn’t surprise me at all when we started talking about Disney Paris for their first anniversary.
Side Note: You can read more about Sarah and Gilbert’s Wedding here.
Traveling to Paris was definitely surreal. Here’s my son on the shuttle to the airport. He always takes Rocket with him when he travels. 🙂
Before Paris, we spent a jam packed week in London. Of course, we had to stop in Hyde Park to see the Peter Pan Statue.
Before we went to Disney Paris, we spent a day in Paris to see the city and Notre Dame and The Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower was incredible, but definitely a little scarier than I thought. The ride on the elevator to the top seemed to go on forever, but once we made it to the top floor, it was amazing to see the city of Paris in front of us.
Our time in Paris was short, so we maximized it by having Ferit from Babylon Tours show us the city. It was such a great decision, we learned so much from Ferit! Ferit knew that I love Victor Hugo, so we talked for so long about his novels and his impact on saving Notre Dame.
We also made a stop at Shakespeare and Co. where we ran into Richard and Bonny! Richard came to Paris to assist me for Sarah and Gilbert’s shoot, and if you can imagine it~it was one of those teary heartfelt, “Wow, we’re really in Paris!” kind of reunions. 🙂 Sweet Ferit probably didn’t know what to make of it.
That night, we travelled to Disney Paris and checked in. I met with Andy, our Disney Paris host~who quickly became a good friend. Sarah and Gilbert joined us for a little bit, and we explored the Castle. I’d never been there before, and wanted to map out the lighting for our shoot. This was one of the photos taken during our walkthrough. Later that night, Richard and I planned our lighting for this pic and many others, because we knew our time would be limited and we wanted to make sure we maximized it.
After our walk through, I travelled back with Richard and Bonny to the Disney Nature Village resort. We got pretty lost, haha. Fortunately, I speak a little French and we were able to have our shuttle driver drop us off somewhere near our room. After we were dropped off, we hiked and tried to make our way back. The Disney Nature Village was beautiful, but it definitely was tough the way that we did it. It’s a huge resort and we never did have time to get oriented and figure out how the area worked because we were traveling back and forth for the photoshoots so much. On one day, we spent an hour wandering around trying to get back to our room. We didn’t mind though, because in Paris the golden hour is beautiful and long, and so I pulled out my camera to take a few photos of Richard and Bonny.
We had two incredible magical days with Sarah and Gilbert, and it felt like a dream to be there. There were so many moments where I’d look at Gilbert and Sarah and say, “We’re actually here! We’re in Paris together!!!!”
On our last day in Paris, we travelled to see the Palace of Versailles. I could have spent days here, it was so beautiful. I hope to be able to visit it again someday.
After we travelled back home, it felt surreal. Did it really even happen? Sarah and Gilbert had one last shoot in the parks before their anniversary. It was originally supposed to be after their wedding, but we had to postpone it for scheduling reasons. I have to admit, I felt a little sad before the shoot. It was our last time taking wedding photos together and I didn’t want it to end. 🙂 This time around though, we had so much fun. I knew the area like the back of my hand, and we were all so familiar working together. The gang was back together again.
Sarah and Gilbert ~ Thank you for dreaming along with me. You two are the real deal, and I’m so grateful to know you. Happy anniversary, my friends. My blue sky couple, I know you’ll always live your life always believing that the sky is the limit. <3