Even after travelling the globe, this couple still decided to wear their hearts on their sleeves in Paris for a wonderful pre-wedding shoot.
Paris is built for a storybook romance – whether you look at grand, Georges Haussman-designed Central Paris, the charming cobbled streets of Montmartre and the Marais or the beautiful Seine weaving through the city.
One of the most beautiful cities in the world, the French capital had Anika and Gurjit weak at the knees. A couple with a serious case of wanderlust – the two love birds decided have a pre-wedding shoot in Paris and the results are there for all to see. Anika shares their beautiful journey of love and highlights from the shoot.
How we met
“I am born and bred in Glasgow, Scotland while Gurjit is from San Francisco. I moved to New York for work and was placed on a project in San Francisco. In San Francisco, on Tinder – a popular dating app, I matched with Gurjit on a Sunday night. I had my first date with him on Tuesday. A month later, we made our relationship official and 3 months later, I moved to San Francisco. I work in broadcasting and Gurjit works in finance for a popular ride sharing app.”
“Gurjit proposed to me at San Francisco International Airport. Travel has always been a huge part of our lives and our relationship was long distance for a few months. We were about to embark on a 3-week Euro trip. Before entering the security gate, he got down on one knee and proposed. He also had a photographer secretly capturing every moment.”
“We were setting off to spend three weeks across London, Paris, Rome, the Amalfi Coast and Prague. I knew Gurjit was going to propose soon so I thought I would do research on photographers in Paris and perhaps have an engagement shoot there – after all, it is the most romantic city in the world and it was Gurjit’s first time visiting. I love photographs and was super keen on finding someone who is current, modern and doesn’t make you pose in cheesy, artificial ways. I found Katie Donnelly on Instagram and contacted her. I knew I wanted a coffee scene incorporated in our shoot as we are huge cappuccino enthusiasts and there is something romantic about Parisian cafes. Of course, the Eiffel Tower had to be in there and I love sunsets and sunrise so we decided to do the shoot at 6 a.m. to beat the crowds and get some gorgeous dawn light. The highlight was definitely the sunrise and the lack of tourists in our shots!”
Photography: Katie Donnelly Photography