After the Trocadero and the Eiffer Tower our pre-wedding / engagement photography in Paris with Sol and David continued at some other amazing places in Paris.
The Alexandre III Bridge
We stopped at The Alexandre III Bridge (French: Pont Alexandre III) in the beautiful golden light, perfect for pre-wedding photography in Paris. It’s an arch bridge across the river Seine. It was built for the World Fair in 1900. The bridge was named after the Russian Tsar, who had concluded the Franco-Russian Alliance in 1892. The bridge connects the important commercial avenue of Champs-Élysées with the museum area of Les Invalides. It is regarded as one of the most elegant and artistic bridges in Paris. There are huge 17 metre-high pylons with gilt sculptures of winged horses, female statues, representing the periods in French history… James Bond movie ‘A View to a Kill’ was shot there, also Adele made a music video for the song ‘Someone Like You’.
The next location for our pre-wedding photography in Paris was the legendary Montmartre. It’s a small hill and surrounding district. An authentic, very charming village… Montmartre is primarily known for its artistic history, the Basilica of the Sacré-Cœur, and as a nightclub district. There are cobbled streets, museums, galleries, secret gardens and vineyards, windmills, bistros, artists… Many notable artists lived, had studios, or worked in Montmartre, where the rents were low and the atmosphere nice, including painters and sculptors such as Modigliani, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Picasso, van Gogh, Dali, and a composer Satie. Montmartre was the setting for the movie ‘Amélie’ by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. We found very interesting spots for the pre-wedding photographs, some with the colors totally matching to Sol’s beautiful red Mexican outfit.
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris
After we took some shots at the outstanding Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, known as Sacré-Cœur Basilica (French: Basilique du Sacré-Cœur). It’s a white-domed Roman Catholic minor basilica, built in 1914 and dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The basilica is the second most visited monument in Paris. It lies at the top of the Butte Montmarte, the highest point in the city. There’s one of the most beautiful panoramic views of the capital (50 km on a clear day, from 130 metres above the ground). The basilica is built in Roman-Byzantine style. The ceiling of the building is decorated with the largest mosaic in France measuring about 480 m². Sacre-Coeur also boasts one of the world’s heaviest bells (19 tons).
Chez Michou cabaret
When Sol and David told me that we are going to the cabaret, I thought there will be many female dancers… Well, I was so wrong, skeptical at the beginning, but blown away at the end. We finished our pre-wedding photography in Paris at the famous Chez Michou cabaret. Michou is a French singer, drag artist and owner of Chez Michou. The ‘Blue Prince of Montmartre’ as they call him is at 87 very energetic and knows how to entertain his visitors. Really interesting experience, great food and of course very special artists.
It was late when we left the cabaret. We did last romantic photographs while leaving Montmartre. But this wasn’t the end of our pre-wedding photography in Paris. There was also the second day of shooting as a pre-wedding photographer and another few hours of photo adventure. Stay tuned, the second day is coming very soon…
Here is the first part of this Engagement session in Paris – Trocadero and the Eiffer Tower.