We LOVE our job at ” Love Paris Picnic “. We get to meet wonderful clients. It is fun and exciting to prepare our gourmet picnics in traditional wicker baskets every day. We take great pleasure to set them up at different beautiful locations in Paris and Versailles. A picnic birthday celebration is a blast specially when our client is turning one year old. We had a special request for a chocolate and vanilla strawberry cake which our bakery at Versailles prepared for us. It was all Yummy! Dad and Mum ordered salmon and chicken sandwiches that we served with a market vegetable salad along side a selection of goat cheeses.
Olivier, our creative photographer was part of the game. He produced gorgeous lifestyle family photos along the water where we had set up the picnic with cushions and umbrellas for the sun. Mum and Dad had a wonderful time as well. Those family photos are really to die for. I specially love the one where she played with our red balloons.
Our little princess has already booked us for her two year old birthday anniversary. So long till next year at Versailles gardens for another fabulous gourmet picnic birthday celebration.
Gyl contacted us a while back to help plan a family picnic in beautiful Paris for a birthday celebration and a family reunion. The whole family with a total of 24 members were to fly to Europe in the month of July. Their European journey was to end in Paris. She wanted something special and fabulous for everyone to celebrate family and love.
We set up one of our gourmet picnic at the champ de mars for them. The weather had been simply gorgeous in Paris, even too hot at times! Unfortunately, a couple of days before our picnic date, we realised that it might rain after all. The forecast was actually not the best announcing a storm in the morning and constant rain fall through out the day!!
We first decided to change the date to friday instead of saturday as originally planned. As a precaution, we had actually blocked three days for Gyl’s picnic so that we could be flexible with time and date. So we were fine, we thought at first! Only we realised the next morning that rain was now forecast for friday as well with late afternoon storm!
Gourmet picnic on a rainy day.
After consulting with our client, we finally decided to stick to our original plans. Only we were to set up the picnic on a couple of tables under one of the Gustave Eiffel beautiful shelter at the champ de mars. In case of rain, we would be safe. We had organised umbrellas with the hotel as well just in case. Nothing at this point was going to stop everyone from having FUN on a typical French afternoon picnic at the Eiffel tower. This was going to be their last day in Europe. Everyone was ready to party and face the storm if need be!
Well as it turned out, for sure the sky was rather grey, the temperature had dropped a little. Luckily we did not see a drop of rain on that day. It rained a lot overnight, neither us or Gyl slept a lot on that night!! The couple of weather forecast we had our eyes on were both completely wrong!
Thanks to the gods, everyone had a wonderful time. The food was great, we had a selection of market quiches on the tables, a selection of French cheeses, cold meats, three different market salads, melons from Cavaillon as well as refreshing watermelon and chocolate cake for desert. Not to forget Rose wine from provence, chilled bear and mineral water just in case.
A Magician for a beautiful birthday
Our friend Clement the magician joined us for part of the day. Here below we posted a few photographs taken during his magic show. Everyone; the young and not so young including us at “Love Picnic Paris” had a wonderful time with him. Our magician’s performance was a lot of fun and had us entertained. His illusions, staged and close up magic were quite comedic in nature and the audience was ecstatic. GREAT SUCCESS ….
Enjoy the few photographs from this wonderful afternoon. Do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any question in regards to a possible picnic celebration for a birthday and a special occasion. The eiffel tower and the champ de mars are amazing backdrops for an afternoon party in Paris. We love making our clients happy. It is a real pleasure to share our love for the city and French picnic traditions with everyone.
FEW WORDS FROM OUR CLIENT : ” The best event Ever! Appreciate all the pictures. Not sure we can do anything to top our Paris picnic experience. The picnic and magician were a highlight. Thank you again. I am seriously considering starting a similar business in Michigan All the best. Gyl ”
Paris engagement picnic and a photo session with Simon and Monica.
It is always a real pleasure to meet new clients in Paris over one of our picnic. It has now been over three years since we first started “Love Picnic Paris”! We have planned a lot of family picnics around the Eiffel tower, the Louvre and the Luxembourg gardens. We love our city. We also love gathering over a nice meal & a bottle of wine with family and friends. It has been a tradition in both our families since as far as we can recall to pack a picnic basket and head off to the country or the beach for the day. With “Love Picnic Paris”, we have managed to combine both our love for the city we live in and the enjoyment of sharing a picnic with lovers, friends and family.
A beautiful summer engagement under the eiffel tower.
Simon and Monica are typically addicted to Paris. They live in China and commonly fly once a year to the city for a few days to eat macarons and stroll down the streets of the Marais says Monica. Well this time around, Simon was going to propose and contacted ” Love Picnic Paris” to set up one of our lovely surprise picnic wicker basket at the foot of the Eiffel tower. He pop up the question as he was popping up the bottle of champagne.
Olivier was a little distance away capturing the whole scene as it happened in a discreet manner. Funny enough, Monica had never been to the Eiffel tower side of Paris before. It was with a little surprise that she let her lover take her there for a summer afternoon. She was even more surprised to find out that there were a gourmet picnic all set up for them when they arrived at the Trocadero gardens. No need to say how taken back she was when Simon kneeled down and proposed to his lover. Monica cried, they laughed, kissed and cuddled. Then Monica finally realized they were being photographed!
Photography of your Paris engagement.
All of our gourmet picnics can be coupled with photography, either 1/2 an hour, one hour at the Eiffel tower. You can then extend your engagement photo session with Olivier to another hour or more at a different time of the day so that you get morning or afternoon light. From experience, we feel that the best would be to have your surprise picnic over lunch time, propose during the picnic hour. Let our photographer document the proposal and take you around the Eiffel tower and Trocadero site for one hour of photography.
You can then decide to meet up again at sunset at the Louvre gardens or the seine to complete your engagement session. It is a wonderful opportunity to have a professional photographer capture those magical moments while you are in the most amazing city of the world.
Our photographer would capture those moments in a lifestyle manner, with natural and unposed photos of the two of you. This way when you decide to marry, you can use those one of a kind engagement photographs as an invitation for the wedding or a signing book for your guests.
In any case, enjoy those few photographs from our couples engagement. Do not hesitate to reach out should you wish to propose while visiting Paris. Any of our gourmet picnic packages can be customized according to your special needs.
Paris engagement photographer and a gourmet picnic.
You may be flying to Paris for the first time this summer with your partner in crime. You are in love and intend to surprise your other half with an engagement ring. Paris is certainly utterly romantic. Simply, you are not sure how your plan is going to unfold. “Love Picnic Paris” is all about gourmet picnics and stylish photography. We have four delightful picnics you can choose from, all of which can be coupled with a photo session. We can also create a uniquely tailored engagement package that will service your special needs.
Once settled in Paris, you may just decide to wait for the right moment, and propose while strolling down a picturesque street of saint Germain des Prés or sitting down at a terrace of a cafe, sipping a glass of champagne. At the same time, you also want your proposal to be flawless, perfectly planned. You are not sure what might be the best place to propose. After all, it is your first trip to Europe. You are realising that you may need some help with a little planning.
Paris mon Amour!
You haven’t been sleeping well for the past couple of days! Proposing to the love of your life in Paris is certainly one of the most important step in your relationship. There is a little tension there that stick to your mind as your plane lands at Charles de Gaulle airport, rightfully so.
Your partner might want to have your proposal captured by a professional Paris photographer. “Love Picnic Paris” can assist you with the planning of a gourmet picnic coupled with creative professional photography in the city. Combining both a picnic with an engagement photography session is a wonderful idea. We are here to assist couple like you make their dream come true. Olivier is a very experienced professional Paris photographer. His work has been featured in Marie Claire, the New York times, Figaro magazine, Stern, El Pais and so on ….. He will capture your intimate moment with romantic photos in a lifestyle manner that you both will cherish forever.
A Romantic proposal in Paris.
Surprise the love of your life with a romantic gesture. You can propose during one of our gourmet picnic overlooking the eiffel tower, the gardens of the Louvre or the Luxembourg gardens. We will discuss in details what would be the perfect location with you. We will set up a romantic picnic with decor items to make it utterly romantic for the two of you.
Michal contacted us a few months back to help him plan his surprise proposal in the city. “Love Picnic Paris” planned the afternoon from A to Z. We agreed on the choice of their gourmet picnic menu, the location for the proposal, the time of the day for the event. Last we fine tuned all of the little details with our photographer.
Louvre Gardens picnic location.
The idea was to arrive at the Louvres gardens, surprise his girlfriend with our romantic picnic set up. Michal reached out to a chilled bottle of Dom Perignon to celebrate the moment. He cracked the bottle of champagne open and popped the question while Olivier was taking our couple surprise proposal photographs from the distance. Our photographer then moved closer, snapped a few more photos as Michal was giving the engagement ring to his girlfriend. Our couple were laughing and were utterly happy!
Total success ….
Our love birds enjoyed their late afternoon diner with foie gras, smoked salmon, a market salad, and other goodies. When Olivier returned to the picnic site, they were finishing a chocolate cake and wipped cream for desert. They were ready for an hour of engagement photos around the Louvre museum.
Paris engagement photos ideas.
Your Paris engagement photos with “Love Picnic Paris” are executed in a fun and lighthearted manner. We privilege the moment. We want you to be natural and simply be yourself during your engagement photo session. It is important to have a professional photographer who has a bit of psychology and understand human nature! We like to keep away from posed and stereotyped visuals that you see on the internet. Michal was a bit shy at first. Olivier had him relaxed very quickly and simply enjoy the moment. Our photographer did a great job in capturing their engagement proposal, the love for each other in beautiful Paris.
Your engagement photographs will be edited, retouched then sent out to you the very next day via “wetransfer”. You can order a uniquely crafted engagement album from us if you wish. Your proposal photographs may be later used for your save the date stationary. You can make an amazing I-phone high definition gallery that you can share with friends and family. Your Paris engagement photos are a wonderful idea for a creative sign in wedding book later on at your wedding reception. Don’t miss out on some great lifestyle photography.
Getting the perfect engagement photographer to capture one of the most important time in a relationship is I believe important! You will find below a few of the photos taken over an hour around the Louvre gardens.
Hiring “Love Picnic Paris” for your Paris secret proposal.
Reach out to us to find out how we can assist you with making your secret proposal and Paris engagement photo session a dream come true. We have a lot of information on our website that will provide you with some general ideas to begin with. You will find our different picnics in our service page. All of the photos are taken by Olivier, you may enjoy a selection of our professional Paris photographer ‘s work in our gallery page.
Please reach out via email and tell us a little bit about you. We would be delighted to be part of your special day in the city.
Jess and Ben were engaged in Paris at the Trocadero gardens yesterday. We organised a gourmet picnic for them coupled with an engagement photo session with one of the best lifestyle photographer in the city. The photos rock our world. They both look so HAPPY and in LOVE with each other. The final photos of their engagement are simply very moving and so romantic. Those visuals really show their happiness in a natural and unposed manner. It is so important to choose your photographer with care. You want the whole process to be fun and the memories of your day to showcase those flying moment with grace and talent. Make your memories unique with touching, everlasting images captured by a professional photographer. Photography is a real craft and you deserve the best.
GORGEOUS photographs, we are so excited at the idea to share a few portraits of Jess and Ben gourmet picnic and secret proposal. We have already sent a few of their engagement photo to Jessy’s mother who planned everything from a distance. Every one is thrilled. We are very glad to have been able to assist this family in making the kids proposal a wonderful afternoon in Paris.
Paris secret proposal.
Everything was well planned in advance. We had been communicating with Ben the day before on whatsapp so that the timing was going to run smoothly. We did not take into consideration Ben’s emotional level. He was supposed to propose as they arrived at the picnic location. Olivier was hiding, ready to take the photos of the proposal as planned. Only when they arrived at the picnic, they sat down and started to open the bottle of wine. They carried on with enjoying their picnic, spreading all of the goodies on the mat.
Ben simply forgot that he was supposed to propose to Jess so it seemed at first. After a good 1/2 hour into the picnic, he finally stood up pretexting for a photo with the eiffel tower with the love of his life. AND YES, finally he kneeled down on the grass, looked at his girl friend in the eyes and asked: ” Do you want to marry me! ”
Snap, snap, snap, Olivier took a lot of photos from this moment onwards. following the proposal, he moved forward to introduced himself. Both Jess and Ben were in tear! He snapped a few more shots and let our couple enjoy the moment. After they had finished their lunch, we packed up and Olivier took them around the trocadero gardens for their engagement photo session. Here are part of the afternoon in a few visuals below.
Congratulation to the both of them, lovely afternoon!
Eiffel tower picnic site. Our gourmet picnics can be set up either at the Eiffel tower area,
the Luxembourg gardens, the Louvres gardens or the gardens of Versailles.
A few GORGEOUS photographs from a picnic happening today at the Trocadero followed by a lifestyle photo session with Olivier! Some really cool photographs in black and white. I Love black and white photography… They are so romantic and timeless. I still enjoy looking at my parents pictures when they were young, those old family albums in black and white were just stunning. So glad that black and white is coming back to fashion these days.
Ella and Andrejs enjoyed our “Amelie Poulain” picnic at the Trocadero with an hour of photos around the site. We had the picnic set up for them when they arrived. Ella did not know anything about it. She was a little surprised when she found out! All of the little details had been well planned in advance.
We communicate via text message the morning of if need be, nothing is left aside.We would send you the map of the exact location geolocalized, so that you can let yourself being guided to the spot if need be with your phone. We make sure that the location is very easy to find for everyone, even if you have never been to Paris before.
Ella and Andrejs photographed by Olivier at the Bir-Hakeim bridge following their picnic.
View of the Trocadero from the Eiffel tower. Marked in red the spot where we would usually set up our picnics at the Trocadero gardens.
Greg and Annie fun afternoon with “Love Picnic Paris” at the Eiffel tower
” Love Picnic Paris” had a fun time yesterday with a lovely couple from Australia who flew to Europe for their Honeymoon! ” Love Paris Picnic ” is all about Paris! Our clients are friends, families and couples who wish to enjoy a special moment with a gourmet picnic and creative photography while they visit the city. We can orchestrate your secret Paris proposal, a family reunion, a friends get together, important moments in your life while you are vacationing in France.
Greg and Annie had a gourmet Picnic in Paris yesterday. Olivier took a few photographed with our couple in a lifestyle manner around the Eiffel tower and the trocadero site. I love those huge smiles and happy faces on Annie and Greg honeymoon photos session.
Annie contacted us from Italy a few days prior to their arrival in Paris. She wanted to surprise her husband with a gourmet picnic and a photo session. She decided to couple our “Amelie Poulain” picnic with one hour of photography around the Eiffel tower. Our picnic was all set up for them when they arrived at the champ de mars by 13h00. They settled down while Olivier snapped a few photos of the two of them to begin with; our wicker basket and a couple of red balloons in sight!
Our Amelie Poulain gourmet menu:
They ordered our Amelie Poulain gourmet picnic basket with traditional lemonade. Below is a recap of the menu they had over lunch time.
Baguette Tradition Planche du marché & Cured Meats: cured ham, saucisson hand selected cheeses.
Homemade tart with fresh market ingredients.
Fresh Market Salad.
Seasonal Fresh Fruit; Strawberries for desert!
You can find our four different picnic menus in “Love Picnic Paris” service page. You can easily choose your preferred picnic from this page. You can pick on the date and time in the roll down menu as well. You may add various options such as flowers, champagne and photography to your liking. Our mini photo session, half an hour of photography is charged at € 180. This includes a set of photographs all edited and retouched with a set of low and high resolution files both for the internet and printing. We make a point that we sent you all of the photos back to you via “wetransfer” the next day.
Once we’ve received your order, we will fine tune all of the little details with you. We will then ask you to pay for your picnic via paypal. You have 24 hours to complete your purchase. Please do not hesitate to share with us any special request that you may have.
What about if the weather is not cooperating!
The weather had been a little temperamental recently and we had our noises stuck to our weather forecast board the previous days.
The best location to set up a picnic for photos and vista is the Trocadero area. It is a large open space. It can be a little windy at times though. There are people passing by. Down below from the main square is always pretty quiet. You’ll get the most amazing view of the eiffel tower from across the seine. In case of possible rain & showers, we would set up the picnic on the other side of the park. It is a little quieter and at the foot of the Eiffel tower. We posted a few photos from the champ de mars area yesterday so that you can have a more precise idea of the site.
Picnic location on a rainy day.
The champ de mars area is usually where we would set up a picnic in case of rain. There is a shelter area just around the corner from our usual picnic set up with a view of the eiffel tower. This is exactly what we did for Annie and Greg. We first went to the Trocadero on the day. We then decided it would be best to set up the picnic at our location on the champ de mars after all. Olivier simply contacted our clients by phone with the map below to advise them on the final picnic location.
You usually have one hour to enjoy this very parisian moment. Once Annie and Greg had finished their picnic, they simply walk over to the seine with Olivier for their photo session. Looking at the final set of photographs, I think that everyone had a great time!
We ask you to be reachable by phone on the morning of your picnic. We may need to reassess our set up plans because of the weather. In case of possible rain, we would usually decide once we get to the site what would be the best possible set up for the day. We would then communicate the location via text message with a map.
January in Paris; the end of the year celebrations are now behind us. We would like to wish a wonderful year to each and everyone of you who have been following and supporting “Love Picnic Paris”.
We are very grateful to everyone who have reached out to us for a gourmet picnic and a lifestyle photo session in the city those past couple of years. We’ve met many lovely couples and families visiting the city from all over the world. It has been exciting to be able to share our love for the city with so many of you!
We have prepared many gourmet picnics to cater for friends and families, small and larger groups. We have planned many secret proposals around Paris this past year as well. “Love Picnic Paris” is now getting new bookings for the spring season for both gourmet picnics and creative photography with Olivier. We cannot wait to meet all of you in Paris again this year.
Love Picnic Paris started with the desire to share our passion for our city; enjoying a gourmet picnic with friends and family. Olivier happens to be a very talented portrait photographer. We wanted to propose a unique service where clients would enjoy a relaxing moment at one of Paris beautiful park. Make it a lunchtime delightful picnic experience and have the opportunity to have a creative & unique photo session with a very talented professional at the same time ( my partner in crime! ). This was the original idea behind “Love Picnic Paris”
Paris secret proposal
The weather is incredibly warm for the season at the moment! Not sure it is a good thing by the way, but this is another topic. We assisted Joe this past week preparing for his Paris secret proposal at the eiffel tower. There is no season for LOVE, anything is possible in Paris.
Joe ordered our “Edith Piaf” gourmet picnic at the Trocadero gardens including one hour photo session with Olivier once our couple had enjoyed their lunch and cracked open the bottle of champagne.
The Trocadero area is great for photos. It is located on a hill overlooking the seine and the eiffel tower which you can admire in the distance. It is an amazing view point for photography. Although it can get a little crowded at time, the trocadero area is definitely a prime location for some great photography with the Eiffel tower and the city scape.
We are now starting to take bookings for the spring season. We have had a few couples contacting us to plan their surprise gourmet picnic already. A few of you have reserved their date for their forthcoming secret proposal too. We are now proposing picnics and photography in the gardens of Versailles this year as well.
First steps in planning a secret proposal with Love Picnic Paris.
We have created a new secret proposal information page to our Love picnic Paris website. We now combine our surprise gourmet picnic adventures with different photography packages around the city. If you are considering proposing to your love one while visiting Paris, it might be a good idea to go through the page. We explain in more details the different types of services we propose to make this moment unique and completely stress free!
You are more then welcome to reach out to us via email directly if you have any question you would like to bring forward. We understand the stress involved when planning such a special moment from far away. This more so if you have never been to Paris before. Each and every one of our services can be customized to your liking. We have now gained extended experience in planning secret proposal with the Eiffel tower in the background but not only! So you are more then welcome to reach out for more details, we would be so glad to be part of your special day.
Meanwhile enjoy the few engagement photographs with Joe and Ella’s engagement photo session, taken in Paris recently with Olivier. If interested in a private photography session while visiting the city, I would suggest that you go to Olivier’s website to get familiar with his style of photography.
Alternatively you can go to our gallery page where you will find a selection of photographs taken with Olivier those past couple of years with Love Picnic Paris. I have just gone through the slideshow myself. It brought a tear to my eyes looking at all of this love and happy faces!
Versailles is gorgeous regardless of the season. We have organised a few picnics for our clients in its gardens this past season. It is always such a blessing to wander around the park. This time Olivier took our clients to the gardens of Versailles on a december morning for their pre wedding photo session. I think they had a blast. They look so happy and in love with each other. Big smile on their faces! It is lovely to be able to help clients visiting the city either for a gourmet picnic of a creative photo session. I think that Olivier did a wonderful job and it is a real delight to post a few of the pre wedding photo session of Brittany and Bill.
Enjoy all and if you are curious about one of our gourmet picnic or a photo session please do not hesitate to reach out. We do take booking for the following season already!
Cheers and happy New Year to all of you.
We set up our first winter picnic for a family visiting the city from San Diego this past week. It rained on the day so we decided to have the picnic at one of the sheltered bench a few steps away from the Eiffel tower. This way they could enjoy our gourmet picnic “winter style” with hot coffee & tea and vegetable soup to start with. Our family had a family photo session with Olivier in the morning, they then headed to the champ de Mars for their lunch before visiting the Eiffel tower in the afternoon.
They had purchased Eiffel tower tickets online so that they easily passed the ticket office and the eternal queue of tourist, to reach the elevator which took them all the way to the third floor. It is an incredible experience to climb the tower all the way up and enjoy the incredible view over the city from up there. I was 8 year old when my parents took us there for the first time and i still vividly remember the experience; mainly my dad being sea sick! i remember this gigantesque view, the conquered tower, the grand adventure, running down the steps ahead of our parents, resting on each floor to the ground level again!
Photographer : Olivier Lalin
Connect to his instagram @weddinglight or his website to view some delightful Parisian style photo session.
If you are in need of a creative photographer while visiting the city, either for family portraits, an engagement session, a secret proposal, or simply creative visuals for your social media, get in touch with Olivier ; he simply ROCKS!
A few more words regarding our winter picnic now ready to order! If you are intending to visit the Eiffel tower, it is a great way to have lunch just before or after your visit. We would set up your picnic for you with balloons and blankets so that you do not have to worry about the logistic ( picking up or returning the wicker baskets ). The picnic location would be on the champ de Mars and easily accessible from the tower. We could alternatively set up our picnics at the Luxembourg gardens if weather allows. We would point you to the set up with geo localization and whatsapp in the morning of! We do love ( from time to time ) those new technology which made your life easier! Our winter picnic comes with a bottle of wine ( champagne optional ). It is served with tea and / or coffee, a hot vegetable soup, a market quiche, cheeses and selection of cured meat, fresh market salad and a dessert. ( fruits or chocolate cake ).
Our gourmet picnic can be coupled with a lifestyle photo session with Olivier either prior or after your lunch. A gourmet picnic with “Love Picnic Paris” coupled with a photo session is the ultimate surprise for a secret proposal in the city with your loved one. If you are flying over with your girl friend and are interested in our gourmet picnic / Photo session package during the winter months, reach out to us via email, we would be delighted to organise the day for you!
The price of our winter picnic is € 290 serving two, all inclusive, this is including the surprise set up. We are looking forward to many happy clients in the months to come.
Stay tune for more picnic surprises in our instagram as well; @lovepicnicparis