Violent protesters almost robbed an Australian couple of the perfect background for their marriage, but eventually made Lisa and Tim Gillam have the most famous sights of Paris for themselves.
The 31-year-old Pilates instructor and her 34-year-old executive manager Beau had traveled from the Gold Coast in Queensland to the French capital earlier this year to spend their special day overlooking the Eiffel Tower.
But nearly 7,000 officers, including riot police, had closed a large part of the city on May 1 and arrested nearly 400 people after 28,000 demonstrators became violent on the street.
The couple was of the opinion that they could not take timeless photos at Place De La Concorde, Champs Elysees and Arc De Triomphe, which looked like a ghost town.
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Lisa and Tim Gillame were told that they had 10 minutes to take their photos around Place De La Concorde (photo), but that soon changed in an hour or so to walk through the deserted streets after almost 7,000 officers, including riot police, a large proportion had closed the city on May 1
They tied the knot on the balcony of their suite at the Shangri-La Hotel in Paris (photo) with the famous Eiffel Tower in the background
What is the May Day Rally?
The May Day Rally is traditionally a trade-union action day that often attracts violence. This year the government expected more chaos, because the event would coincide with protesters from Yellow Vest and other anarchist groups.
When the rally got out of hand, the police responded with tear gas and water cannon and arrested nearly 400 people.
Lisa, who was dressed in a beautiful white wedding dress with lace, bravely asked an officer who kept watch if they could take a photo shoot.
& # 39; When we first approached the soldiers who were guarding the area, they were very reluctant and strict and did not want to pass us by, & # 39; Lisa said to FEMAIL.
& # 39; So Tim and I said, "Please, we're from Australia and we're leaving!" and just like that the head of the military police completely changed his mood and let us through with the biggest grin. & # 39;
He only asked that the stunning bride give him a quick kiss on the cheek – which she required – before the newlyweds could pass the barricades and capture images that film directors and film producers would pay millions to get.
They were initially told that they had 10 minutes to take their photos, but it soon became an hour that the couple will never forget.
The 31-year-old Pilates instructor (left) and her 34-year-old executive manager beau (right) traveled to the French capital (pictured Champs Elysees) from the Gold Coast in Australia earlier this year to celebrate their chess
Sealed with a kiss! Lisa, dressed in a beautiful white wedding dress, was asked by the strict French army for a kiss before she was allowed to walk through the blockades with her new husband
& # 39; Nobody seemed to mind. We even got more photos with the cheeky guards when we returned and they played the Australian national anthem on their phones on our return, & Lisa said.
& # 39; When we stood at the very bottom of the Champs Elysees and looked at the Arc de Triomphe, with no soul or car in sight, it felt like the apocalypse.
& # 39; Our videographer had never seen Paris like this and told us to put it in your life once, watch it and really see it. & # 39;
& # 39; So many of our friends asked how we photoshop the crowds from our photos & videos. When we explained why we didn't need them, they were blown away. & # 39;
They protruded the front of the Eiffel Tower (photo), which is normally teeming with tourists, without anyone in sight
After the wedding – which also included a mini-ceremony on the balcony of a suite at the Shangri-La Hotel (photo) – the couple spent three months on their honeymoon through Europe, the US and Japan
The Place De La Concorde, a popular place for tourists, was abandoned on the day of the Meirally in 2019
After the wedding – which also included a mini-ceremony on the balcony of a suite at the Shangri-La Hotel – the couple spent three months on a honeymoon through Europe, the US and Japan.
& # 39; We had a three-month trip around the world instead of having a big wedding day at home & # 39 ;, Lisa, who runs her own online studio called Pilates from Lisasaid.
The couple has a whirlwind romance that has brought them from the sand of the Gold Coast to the whole world.
On their second date, Tim told Lisa that he took a year-long sabbatical from work to travel abroad after working his way up the corporate ladder without pausing in between.
He promptly asked Lisa if she would go with him.
On their second date, Tim told Lisa that he took a year-long sabbatical of his work to travel abroad, where their love for Paris and French culture began (depicted on Place De La Concorde)
After being engaged, it was such an obvious choice that they would celebrate abroad, given that many of their relationships were built against the backdrop of overseas travel (depicted on the Champs Elysees)
& # 39; Usually I am a very logical person and dropping my entire life to travel abroad with someone I just met would be a difficult & # 39; no & # 39; but without hesitation I said yes, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; We rented a motorhome and went to every state on mainland US and also traveled throughout Europe. It was the most life-changing year of my entire life. & # 39;
After being engaged, it was such an obvious choice that they would celebrate abroad, given that many of their relationships were built against the background of overseas journeys, and Paris was decided & # 39; the most beautiful city in the world & # 39 ;.
& # 39; We talked about a big wedding day as well as the two of us and we knew without a doubt that traveling together surpasses other plans, & # 39; said Lisa.
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