Vow renewal in Paris with love lock ritual on lover’s bridge – Marie & Alex
Marie says that they had planned a trip to Paris earlier in the year, but due to an illness in the family, they had to cancel. The hotel offered to reschedule their dates and things lined up perfectly so that they could be in Paris for their 10 year wedding anniversary. “While this wasn’t the original plan, we were thrilled to find ourselves in such a beautiful and romantic city for our special day. We spent 10 days total in France and split our time between Champagne and Paris. It was our first real vacation alone together in a long time, and our entire time in France was amazing. For our anniversary day, we didn’t want to have a big celebration- just a quiet moment with just the two of us, to reflect on the past 10 years and to repeat the vows we said to each other on our wedding day.”
“We wanted to capture our time in Paris and have some beautiful photos to look back on in the years to come. For the vow renewal ceremony, it was important for us to repeat the exact same words spoken on our wedding day. These were the traditional Church of England wedding vows used by Marie’s parents and grandparents. We also decided to acknowledge our years together by writing our own personal messages to each other. This was particularly touching as it allowed us to recall the highs and lows of our time together and to let each other know how much we still love one another.”
This happily married couple had heard about the love lock bridges in Paris and thought this was such a romantic thing to do. They didn’t plan to exchange rings during their vow renewal, so they thought that placing an engraved lock on the bridge would be a great alternative. Unfortunately, the original love locks bridge was closed down after it became overwhelmingly filled with locks and was too heavy for the structure of the bridge. Marie and Alex talked to Pierre, the photographer, about what they would like to do, and he advised that placing a love lock was still possible on Pont Neuf. This ended up being a perfect location for them, with a beautiful view of the River Seine throughout the service.
With this being a vow renewal and not a wedding, they wanted to avoid the typical bride/groom look. Marie chose a two-piece outfit that could be easily paired with other items for events in the future. The long dark burgundy skirt and white lace top just looks very romantic and “Parisian”. Alex complemented her look with a light grey suit and matching burgundy tie.
The most anticipated moment definitely was hearing each other’s personalised words and being able to repeat the words we spoke on our wedding day 10 years ago. It was also great fun tossing the love lock key into the River Seine! There’s a little poem which was written on a few of the original love locks, which is:
Sealed like a lock is the love I bear, never to part of this I swear. The only keys to break these ties, into the Seine never to rise
Photographer: Paris Photographer Pierre // Officiant: The Paris Officiant // Dress: Apilat Wedding Dress Designer // Tuxedo & Mens Attire: Ermenegildo Zegna // Makeup Artist: Charles Gillman Cosmetics – Paris // Ring Designer: Walker Christopher