Mais Oui

We had our engagement photo shoot last night (more on that in a few weeks when we get our photos!) and we shot all over the city at our favorite spots. The Art Museum, Rittenhouse Square, and, of course, Parc. It speaks volumes about the kind of guy Jamal is that he not only puts up with my insane love for this theme-y Parisian bistro, but he actually indulges me and eats escargot if I order them. I’ve had better meals elsewhere in the city (hello, brunch), but that’s not why we go here (though if you get between me and the salade lyonnaise, I’ll bite your hand off). The atmosphere is as close to being in a real café in Paris as you can get without the plane fare. The chairs are all imported from Maison Drucker in France, the lace curtains are vintage, they have a chalkboard by the hostess stand with the week’s weather en Français. We’ve come here for all three of my birthdays we’ve celebrated together, and when we showed up last night with our photographer, Inna, in tow, they were more than happy to give us free reign of the place for as long as we wanted to get the perfect shot. In short: I love Parc.


Parc Bistro, 227 S. 18th Street. 

19 thoughts on “Mais Oui

  1. Photos??? what what what? We need to see them! Our engagement photos were awful. It was the coldest day in Christendom and we were in the park wearing black and looking pasty. And it was my birthday. They sucked!
    Can’t wait to see them and love that the restaurant imports its chairs. xx

    1. Haha, patience grasshopper! We’ll get a sneak peek from our photog in a few days and then get everything in 2 weeks she said. I can’t wait!! I’m sure yours were better than you think. We were blessed with perfect weather yesterday. A little chilly, not a cloud in the sky, gorgeous sunlight. Hopefully I look half decent in at least one. xo

    1. Haha, me neither! Our photographer said we’d have a small preview this week and then the full set in about 2 weeks. I can’t wait!! xo

  2. did you know that i am so shy in the ways of being in front of a camera in public spaces that just reading about you getting your photos taken in a restaurant gave me heart palpitations? i think i have a phobia of that combo, is there one? i am so impressed though. you are going to love your photos and look amazing because, well, you’re beautiful and you will be in your environments with such lovely backdrops. i am so excited. maybe you will do a teeny tiny sneak peak on instagram or something? xoxo

    1. Haha, aww twinsy! If it makes you feel any better, I get super shy in front of a camera, too! I think it was all those years spent studying behind the lens. But surprisingly, once we got into a groove I barely noticed anyone around us! People were polite enough not to gawk like we were a circus act, haha, so that helped. You are too sweet!! I might have a tiny sneak peek up my sleeve…. ;) xoxo(xoxoxo)

  3. Oooh, Erin, so excited for your photos. Can’t wait for a sneak peek! The restaurant is gorgeous, I just love those chairs. They make me want to order a latte, smoke a cigarette and sit outside reading Hemmingway or something. (I don’t smoke by the way, just seems appropriate for the setting).

    1. I hear you! If I weren’t asthmatic and didn’t hate the smell of smoke I’d totally pick up the habit just to fit “the look” haha. Pop a beret on my head and we’re set! xo

    1. Haha, I know! Our photographer said about 2, which makes sense because she took close to a million photos and I can’t imagine having to edit all those! I’m pretty impatient, so we’ll see how this goes. :) xo

  4. Ahh Happy Days! Your slice of France right on your doorstep, sounds so romantic,
    I cannot wait to see some of your shots. vite vite! x

    1. Thanks, lovely! It is pretty romantic, and you can sort of forget for a moment where you are. At least, I try whenever I’m in there, haha :) xo

  5. Oh, you took photos at Parc, too? What a brilliant idea. I suppose it goes without saying that I can’t wait to see how Inna captured you two in this very special location. Gosh, that photo of the macarons and sparkler – the light against all that dark – is such a great capture.

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