There’s a reason why Paris is considered one of the most romantic cities in the world—it’s infinitely walkable and breathtaking any time of year. We were lucky to share one of the first days of spring with Xinyan and Bingjun, and witnessed not only the sunrise (our first in Paris!) over the City of Lights but the sunset.
The first part of our session started in the Montmartre, in the northern part of Paris, well before daybreak. To our surprise, the funicular was running, which saved us the 300-plus-step climb up the hill to the Sacré Cœur basilica. Resting on the highest point in the city, the 19th-century landmark is a popular location for soaking up panoramic views. When we arrived that Sunday morning, cleaning crews were sweeping up the mounds of beer cans and litter that revelers had left beyond, while pigeons were frantically scavenging what they could. Several folks waited on the steps for the dawn.
The sky’s transition from inky black to dusky blueberry to orange and purple rainbow sherbet was absolutely glorious, and served as a gorgeous backdrop for our adorable couple. Afterward, we refueled at award-winning Boulangerie Raphaëlle (one of the few bakeries open this early on a Sunday) before parting ways.
An hour before sunset, we met up with our lovebirds again at the Trocadéro, which boasts incredible views of the Eiffel Tower as well as immense crowds (not pictured). Although we technically couldn’t see the sun set from there, the sky was magical nonetheless. We caught another angle of the Eiffel Tower when we hopped on the metro to Bir Hakeim Bridge, one of our favorite spots to watch the tower’s nighttime sparklefest. It’s also not a bad place to practice your first dance, as Xinyan and Bingjun did.
The cherry on top of our spectacular day was a stop at the Arc de Triomphe, from which 12 avenues (and its accompanying vehicular traffic) radiate. Here are some of our favorite moments from this very special engagement session. We can’t wait to celebrate with Joyce and Bingjun this summer (update: check out their beautiful wedding here)!