Walking around Paris earlier this October, I saw a scene that kept on repeating in the most touristic landmarks of the French capital. In front of the Eiffel Tower, in the “bridge of love” by Notre-Dame’s Cathedral or along the magnificent buildings of La Concorde, Asian couples would pose in wedding gowns.
I wonder who is behind the popular saying “Paris is the most romantic city in the world”. Whoever and whenever in time this might have come up, I can assure you it works until today. There is a huge business revolving around wedding and engagement portraits around Paris. And, apparently, Asian (and most specifically Chinese) couples are some of the best customers.
Googling about this phenomena, I learnt that wedding portraits are really important in China. Sometimes, couples who can’t afford a big production at the time of the wedding, even do it years latter. It doesn’t matter when you go for it… it HAS to be big!
Photographers, make-up artists and wardrobe stylists (often from China too), join forces and walk the streets of Paris with loving couples. They hope to re-create in images the idea of romanticism. But, is this even possible? I’ll have to befriend a Chinese couple, check their wedding photo album and get back to you on this…