Stunning secret elopement in Paris. 

Jaime and Steven took a week away from normal life in Houston and escaped to Paris, the most romantic city in the world … to elope in secret. 

STEVEN SHARES THEIR STORY:

“When we started seriously discussing wedding plans, we kept deciding to go smaller and smaller with our guest list. At first, it was a large wedding in our hometown. Then, a smaller wedding in our current city, Houston. Then, an even smaller wedding at a destination, and then we ultimately decided on an elopement to Paris. We wanted our wedding to not be a source of stress, but a representation of us and our love. Eloping in Paris seemed wildly romantic and seeing pictures and accounts of other couples who have done the same thing were enough to convince us that it was the right decision. Years from now, we wouldn’t remember the place settings we chose, or what our save the dates looked like. We would remember how that day made us feel and the special moments with each other. While it was a difficult decision to chose to only share the day with each other,  spending a romantic day together in Paris is exactly what we wanted to remember. “

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THEIR LOVE STORY 

We knew each other growing up in the same small town. We first met when I was 7 and Jaime was 5. We went to the same elementary, middle, high school, and college, but never spoke to each other until Jaime’s freshman year of college. We exchanged phone numbers at a New Year’s party, and ran into each other several times over the next three years. 

In January 2011, our last semester of college, I texted Jaime and asked her to come to a party at my place on a Friday night. She didn’t respond until the next morning, and said she was sorry that she didn’t get my message in time but that she would be available that night, on Saturday. 

Throughout pretty much all of college I had a crush on Jaime, so I told her that I was having another party on Saturday. There was not a party planned for Saturday, but when Jaime said she would come, I made one happen. After the party, we ended up talking to each other until the sun came up on Sunday morning. We made plans to meet up again the next week, but I got a really bad case of the flu, so we had to delay the date. The date was delayed 2-3 more times for reasons outside of our control, and finally landed on a Tuesday night.

That Tuesday, a huge ice storm hit our college town. Basically everything shut down, and driving on the roads was not recommended. I did not want the date to get pushed back yet again, so I drove across the ice to Jaime’s place. We had plans to get dinner, but the only restaurant open was a carryout pizza place. So, we got the pizza, watched a couple movies, and finally had our date. We officially became boyfriend and girlfriend on March 14, 2011. Since then, we’ve completed graduate school, moved across the country, started new careers, and adopted a second dog.

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Produced by : Zen Film Works
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Photography : Claire Morris
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Hair and Make Up: Onorina Jomir
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Celebrant: Aude Abadie
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