On our first date, it took about five minutes to begin talking about the places we had been, and the places we hoped to go. Little did we know that we were planting the seeds of the adventures we would soon begin to take together.
It was only on our fourth date that Daniel asked Jessica to accompany him on a trip to Miami three weeks later. To most, it might have seemed too soon. In reality, Jessica was waiting for Daniel to invite her along since date two.
Four months into dating, we booked tickets for our first international trip together to Singapore and Bali, Indonesia. We turned to each other and asked ourselves, ‘Is it wise to book a trip three months out this early on in our relationship?’ It was very easy to click ‘confirm’ on our first two weeks abroad together.
And off we went on a 21-hour trip (in economy….. flying United…..). Little did we know that this in itself was a great test of our relationship, yet we passed with flying (pun intended) colors, watching movies throughout, laughing as everyone else slept, and charming our way into getting free bottles of liquor from the flight attendants (on all four flights).
The next two-weeks were filled with amazing food, boat rides, beach trips, zip-lines, hikes, the discovery of a deep-seated hidden fear of monkeys….and more.
Soon afterwards, we would begin to travel the world together, visiting Indonesia, Singapore (twice), Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, and Montreal.
When we were thinking about where to get married, it only made sense to check another country off our list together. So, why Paris? The destination fits everything we want in our wedding celebration - luxurious, romantic, foodie-friendly, diverse, and memorable. Come live the champagne lifestyle with us in September 2019 as we exchange our vows. We hope to see you there!
Jessica & Daniel
Ceremony & Reception: The Ritz Paris
The Ritz Paris opened its gates to patrons on June 1, 1898 at No. 15 Place Vendome.
Its storied past is filled with eclectic personalities from the world over. From F. Scott Fitzgerald to Coco Chanel, travelers have been enamored with its rich history and elegance. The hotel has been under renovation since 2012, and we are so excited to share our special day there with all of you since it reopened! From the salons where Proust wrote several books to the eponymous Hemingway Bar, where he himself imbibed many a drink, to being the rumored birthplace of the Bloody Mary, the new Ritz has so many stories to tell.
If cocktails are your fancy, you are in luck as Colin Field mans the bar and has been called the World's Best Bartender. We hope you all can meet him while you are there as he has many interesting stories to tell. Not keen on cocktails, not to worry, french cuisine is practically woven into the sheets, as the first Head Chef, Georges-Auguste Escoffier, famously noted "Good cuisine is the foundation of true happiness." But we think he might have left out that great food is best served with friends and family, a fine glass of wine and abundant cheer. We cannot be more elated to share our celebration here with you!
During your stay, make sure to check out all the Hotel Ritz has to offer!
The barge is on the bank of the Seine and you will have to walk across about 30ft of 500 year old cobblestones - ladies, we suggest bringing a pair of flats to change into or getting a piggy back ride!
We suggest taking an evening flight the night before you would like to arrive in Paris so that you arrive in the morning and are able to sleep on the plane. The main international airport for Paris is Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG). While Uber is an option in Paris, we recommend taking a Taxi from the airport to your desired destination. A taxi trip from CDG to the center of the city is about $40-50 USD.
We will be hosting events starting Thursday evening, September 5th, 2019. The wedding ceremony and reception will take place on Saturday, September 7th.
We are so excited to have you join us as we celebrate our love, in what will be a spectacular weekend full of events in beautiful Paris, France! For your convenience we have reserved a block of rooms at the Ritz. Please make sure to mention "DeOliveira - Sun Wedding" when booking. Reservations will be accepted until July 24th, 2019.
If you have any questions concerning hotel reservations, please do not hesitate to contact the Ritz Paris at email@example.com or +33 143163030. The room block requires a two night minimum stay, checking in on the day before the wedding (Sept 6th) and checking out the day after the wedding (Sept 8th). The following rooms are available:
- Executive rooms at 1000 euros per night (reduced from 1400)
- Grand Deluxe rooms at 1300 euros per night (reduced from 1900)
“Should guests have any specific requirements they can contact directly guests services who are in charge of any request prior the stay.
- Credit card is required on booking time (no deposit will be taken)
- This stay can be modified or cancelled up to 20 days prior to arrival, with no fee, total stay charge will be applied if modified or cancelled less than 20 days prior to arrival.”
If you are booking a room at a hotel other than the Ritz Paris, we recommend staying at a hotel in the 1st Arrondissement, which is within walking distance of the Ritz Paris. Hotels in this area range from affordable at $150-200 per night, to lavish at $1000 per night. If you do not have a loyalty membership or credit card points, we recommend booking through Expedia, which provides bundles deals at a fraction of the cost of booking directly (and often will cover the cost of airfare!).
Alternatively, private studio/one bedroom Airbnb listings for 2-3 guests in the immediate area surrounding the Ritz Paris average at about $100-200 per night, while 2-3 bedroom range from $300-450. Find some sample listings below.
Black Tie (Tuxedos & Floor-length Gowns) - (This is Mandatory!! Time to get fancy people :D )
*We request that gentlemen please refrain from wearing a white dinner jacket to the ceremony and/or reception.
What to Bring
The official J + D packing list:
Face masks, super cute shoes for walking, Hermes, snacks for the plane, passport, carry on cocktail, Uber app, beauty products that fit in 3 oz. bottles, wireless speaker for hotel room, extra underwear, universal plug adapter, iPhone charger, guilty pleasure books and magazines for the plane.
Things to know:
Check with your airline for arrival times to the airport prior to departure.
Having access to Google Maps is extremely helpful. Be sure to check with your cell phone carrier about acquiring an international plan for data.
Uber has been the most cost effective way to get from CDG to central Paris. Taxis do accept credit cards.
While Paris is a very large city with its 20 arrondissements, they have done a great job with public transportation and it’s not as hard as you might think to get around the city.
Arrondissements are the districts of Paris. There are 20 of them and each has it's own distinctive flavor. The arrondissements start in the center of the city and pinwheel out clockwise.
The River Seine cuts a path through the heart of Paris and you will frequently hear people referring to the Left and Right Bank when describing Paris. The Right Bank actually refers to the area of Paris to the north of the Seine, which makes the area to the south the Left Bank. Most of the city lies on the Right Bank and of the twenty arrondissements there are only six on the Left Bank.
Paris has 16 metro lines with about 300 stations that cover the central Paris area. The metro lines are numbered 1 to 14 with two secondary lines, 3b and 7b. They run daily starting at 5:30am until after midnight and the wait between most trains is never more than 8 to 10 minutes.
One Ticket - 1.80 euro Book of Ten – 14.10 euro Week Pass – 21.25 euro
There are literally tens of thousands of bikes at over 1,800 stations around the city and you can rent one from any station and drop it off at any other station. If you want to spend a day biking around Paris simply purchase a 1-day Velib’ ticket for 1.70 euro. Your ticket gives you access to the Velib’ bikes all over Paris and your first 30 minutes of each trip is at no additional cost.