Carine + Benoit . Engaged . Paris, FranceAugust 15, 2012

We met Carine and Benoit when they stayed with us through Airbnb as part of their holiday in California. The four of us clicked instantly and we knew that when Rhett and I visited Paris, we’d have to get together for a meal. So tonight, Rhett and I rode the Velib bikes to their flat where Carine (who is a total foodie) made us the most incredible multi course pesca-vegan meal, and Benoit shared some of his family’s jaw droppingly good wine. Our mouths literally gaped open after every bite and sip — good thing I wore stretch pants.

We also stepped away for a 15 minute portrait session in their neighborhood. Benoit is quite a talented photographer himself, so I certainly enjoyed getting him in front of the camera. These two have great chemistry and we had an incredible time.

Our heartfelt congratulations to Benoit and Carine, who will tie the knot next year! Thank you for your hospitality and friendship.

Oh — and I can’t go without mentioning Mistouille — the object of their affection, an adorable cat who wasn’t completely keen on us strangers but did not want to be left out of the action.