our wedding

August 27th, 2012   |   LifeOur Wedding

I cannot being to tell you how much joy it has brought me to share our rather unconventional wedding with you. And as many have requested, I have a few more photos to share from the rest of our wedding day. These are purely the pretty shots that help depict how awe inspiring Paris’ Jardin du Luxembourg truly is.

Also, for those who may want to look back on our process of eloping and designing our wedding with intention here’s what I’ve shared:

The Luckiest Man on Earth

We Eloped to Paris

Why We Eloped 

Designing Our Wedding with Intention

What I’m Wearing on My Wedding Day

I’m Back

Our Wedding Ceremony

Overall, I can also say that our decision to elope was a bit scary at first. I knew it was right for our life intentions and finances, but to do something so drastically different than what friends and family expected us to do… was hard at first. I also feared that the ceremony itself would feel less special than a traditional wedding with guests. I worried (just a little bit) that I would go through it all and wish I had a regular wedding instead.

But all of those hang-ups melted away as we actually went forward with our plans. I am so, so thankful that our wedding came together so beautifully and also has left us in such a wonderful position for the rest of our intentions as a new family going forward.

So for anyone else out there thinking about a wedding, I cannot urge you enough to truly begin with the end in mind, determine your intentions, think about what is most important to you and your lover and go forward fearlessly! A huge, bustling wedding or an intimate moment in a quiet spot in a public garden are just a few of the many awesome options out there.

And now it’s time to share the pretty!

Thanks so much for following along on our wedding journey. I hope that our story will help others getting married consider all the amazing ways that weddings can be designed with the intentions of the couple in mind.

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  • http://anniceephotographie.com Anni

    Congrats! I love love love your elopement. They’re so beautiful and personal, and I love that you kept it simple and sweet. Your photos are stunning. So happy for you two!

  • http://stylizedexistence.com/blog Lauren

    Wow – the photos are truly stunning. Aside from the visible love pouring out through the photos, the blue shoes really do make the photos special. Thanks for sharing with us!

  • http://ashleynicolecatherine.blogspot.com ashley

    congrats, jess! the pics are beautiful!

  • http://www.miffalicious.com Arathi

    This is such a beautiful story Jessica. I’ve been following your blog for such a long while now, and I’ve enjoyed traveling down this path with you. I wish you all the best in your married life.

    Love, Miffalicious. [www.miffalicious.com]

  • http://wordsofwilliams.com kelsey

    i think if more people really thought about the end in mind, there would be a lot more eloping! i think it’s awesome.

    p.s. THOSE SHOES!

  • http://rollingdownadream.tumblr.com Abbey

    These shots are so lovely! My hubby and I had a wedding that was on the large side. It was totally what we wanted and I think your advice for people to design their wedding to their intentions is wonderful! Blessings to you both!

  • http://mdenisec.blogspot.com M Denise C

    Congratulations! Very beautiful . . . and romantic!

  • http://241B0g0.blogspot.com E Penner

    So awesome! Very you and very romantic. Thanks for sharing

  • http://www.freckledconfessions.com Landi {Freckled Confessions}

    OMG, Jess. Every time I look at your wedding pix I love what yall did more and more. I love the location, the dress and shoes, how happy yall look – everything!! So romantic and beautiful! xoxo

  • http://margaritatartakovsky.com/blog/ Margarita

    Gorgeous pics, Jess!! I love reading about your elopement and wedding. Thanks for sharing it with us. :)

  • http://www.heycaryl.com Caryl Lyons

    Gorgeous pictures. Congratulations to both of you.

  • http://www.champagnereveries.blogspot.com Lauren

    What gorgeous photos! Congratulations! (I think the 3rd one is my favorite. How beautiful!)

  • http://syddavis.blogspot.com Sydney

    SCHMEAAAA what a beautiful wedding! Those shots are gorgeous, you have a very talented friend! You looked fabulous with your white dress and blue shoes, so chic and simple (very audrey)

  • http://www.rebeccalately.blogspot.com Rebecca in NC

    Those pictures are gorgeous! I love your blue shoes and I love that his laces were blue!

  • http://www.trialbysapphire.com Lindsay @ Trial By Sapphire

    So gorgeous! Thank you for sharing so much of your wedding with us!

  • http://www.courtneycallahanpaper.com Courtney Callahan Paper

    Congratulations Jess! I have loved reading all about your wedding day, it looked magical!

  • http://www.acutedesigns.org Gina_AcuteDesigns

    Absolutely gorgeous and I can see “Jess” all over the styling. Love it! I am so happy for you.

  • Nicky

    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful photographs and your inspiring idea. It has given me food for thought for my own wedding (one day…). We have been engaged for 2 years, we have a baby, and on our way to our 40′s. A “normal” wedding does not fit with us, but reading about yours makes me feel I can still have a pretty special celebration. Thanks!

  • http://goodlifeforless.blogspot.com Jill

    I just love everything about this! I love you chose your own path and the road less traveled – I love that the whole thing was so intimate and “real” feeling. I don’t think that you will ever look back on this experience with regret. If I could do it all over again, I would do something similar to this. We didn’t have a fully traditional wedding, but it was traditional in many ways. Getting married in Paris takes the cake for sure!

    And we had our honeymoon in Paris… so it will always have a special place in our hearts too!

  • http://jchokie@blogspot.com Jenn

    I love your wedding story and the photos are amazing!

  • http://emmainprogress.com emma @ www.emmainprogress.com

    you both looked lovely. The best advice John and I received on our day was “May today be the day you love each other the least.” May that be true for you and Mr. Lively!

  • Elena

    Wow! Just STUNNING photos. Very happy for you :)

  • Fran

    Dear Mr. and Mrs. Lively,

    thank you for sharing this journey with us, it is just lovely to follow along! Beautiful ceremony, wonderful pictures and of course you just have to love Paris.

    I have a technical remark – since the redesign of the website, some of the pictures (for example the first one in this post) appear to be shifted to the right in my standard browser (firefox) so I can only see them if I display the picture by itself. Is this something that can be fixed? Thank you!

    All the best for the two of you!

  • Barbara Wong

    Congratulations Jessica! What beautiful pictures! I’m glad you had your wedding your way… it’s always a hard choice to do something different (I had a very small destination wedding & it took a bit for friends & family to embrace) but overall it is about you & your husband & your special day!

  • Rachael

    Congratulations to the two of you! And what a special memory to be married in Paris- Comment romantique! :)

  • Jess

    Thank you everyone for your well wishes! Seriously, you are the best.

    Fran, thanks for letting us know about the Firefox issue! We thought we had fixed that (we aren’t sure why it is happening…). Will try to fix it again!

  • http://www.annetheadventurer.com anne

    Oh, Jess! These are just lovely! Congratulations again!

  • http://www.alexayupangco.com Alexa Y.

    This is absolutely lovely and inspiring. Thank you for sharing Jess!

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