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Insider's Guide to Paris

Jeff Leatham is known for composing mega floral installations as artistic director of the Four Seasons George V and for designing exquisite events for the likes of Chelsea Clinton and Eva Longoria. Originally from Utah, he has called the City of Light home for the past 13 years and loves sharing his discoveries with honeymooning couples.

If you carry one guidebook ...

It should be The Louis Vuitton Paris Guide, which lists all the ins and outs of the city. That said, I recommend you just stick a map in your pocket and "get lost"; I always find the best spots by accident.

For a chic, yet affordable, stay ...

I'm a fan of L'Hotel in St. Germain -- it's so cute and such a good price. All the rooms have themes, like Baroque or Japanese, and it has this romantic grotto-swimming pool you can rent by the hour. Johnny Depp hangs out there; Oscar Wilde died there.

Whatever you do, be sure to ...

Picnic on the Seine River, and hang a lock (engraved with your names to make it extra special) on one of the "love-lock bridges": Pont des Arts or Pont de l'Archeveche behind Notre Dame. Buy two locks, so you can hold onto one to remember your time in Paris.

In your picnic basket, pack ...

Wine, olives, cheese, and chocolate from Rue Montorgueil in the 2nd arrondissement; it's the street for everything quintessentially Parisian.

When it comes to shopping ...

Colette is very cool, of course, and the street it's on -- Rue Saint-Honore -- is a must-see. But the bohemian, four-story Merci in the 3rd arrondissement is amazing. Think vintage housewares, gorgeous clothing, a perfume bar, and a bookstore all in one.

Also wander ...

Hilly Montmartre, with those famous windmills. It can't be beat for atmosphere and views of the city. Le Coq Rico just opened up there, which is fantastic because there's never been a really nice restaurant in that area before.

And if you're thinking of skipping the Eiffel Tower ...

Don't! You have to go. No matter how many times I see it, I'm still wowed. It's romantic, iconic, and unforgettable.

For a cheap, but good, bite ...

A guy from San Francisco brought the food truck fad here with Cantine California. His burgers are so popular people will stand in line for an hour just to order one. And now they're hiring the trucks for parties and weddings.

Spend an enchanted evening at ...

Mon Vieil Ami for classic French cuisine on an island near Notre Dame. The restaurant is all gray velvet and wood, with about 15 tables. Afterward, get ice cream and walk the narrow streets.

Dance the night away ...

Currently, the place to see and be seen is Silencio, a lounge-style club designed by director David Lynch. It's the hottest ticket in Paris.

To tie the knot here ...

Naturally, I recommend the Four Seasons George V! There have also been amazing weddings on boats on the Seine. And most people don't realize that major cultural institutions, such as the Musee d'Orsay, Versailles, and the gardens at Musee Rodin, can be rented for private events in the evening.

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