They are everywhere. In front of the. Under the . In the . In front of luxury hotels and mansions. Sometimes even in parking lots.
A rage, a trend, a new tradition feeding a lucrative branch of the tourism industry and spreading not only around the most romantic city of the world, but to many other places in France, Great Britain, Greece, Italy and other European countries.
In Paris, they’re becoming as ubiquitous as street vendors.
The real wedding takes place back home, sometimes months later, where showing the portraits as slide shows, posters and videos on big screens is an important part of the celebration.
“Most couples take the wedding photos months before the wedding, and it can be a complicated and arduous process that demands days of effort, numerous costume changes, exotic locations and a huge budget, with some shoots costing as much as $15,000,” according to research on the pre-wedding industry by Li Zhaoping at China’s Saimaa University. “As opposed to Western couples who seek wedding pictures that capture real moments, Asian couples want elaborate photos that reflect their romantic fantasies.”
It’s not a new fad. In reality, affluent Asian couples have been doing it for years. What’s new is that thanks to cheaper travel, their numbers have been steadily growing, creating a prosperous industry that now offers one or multiple photographers, many choices of romantic sites throughout Europe and more than just stylish photos in wedding finery.
Florists, hair dressers, makeup artists, brand party gowns, shoes, limos and vintage cars are part of the packages destined to fulfill couples’ most romantic dreams – at least in pictures.
“A love dream that has a price of about €2,000 to travel to Paris from miles away to take dozens of photos in one day and bring them back home,” explains.
How Fake Wedding Photos Have Become A Lucrative Business in Europe – Forbes