THE BRIDE Dress, from £2,309, Hayley Paige at haydenolivia.com. Shoes, from £180, badgleymischka. com. Engagement ring (not including diamond), from £2,649, and wedding band, from £2,158, both tacori.com THE GROOM Suit, from £842; shoes, from £132; both tedbaker.com. Shirt, from £115, brooksbrothers.com THE VENUE From £2,650, ritzparis.com THE CAKE From £395, parisluxurycakes.com
THE DECOR AND FLOWERS Bouquet, flowers and candles, from £2,040, Billy at luxeparis.events. Favour tags, from £10 for 25, etsystudio.com. Macaroon boxes, from £89 for 15, pierreherme.com THE TRANSPORT Mercedes-Benz Viano, from £80 an hour, parisconnection.fr THE STATIONERY Vintage lace wedding card, from £1.70 per sheet, zazzle.com THE PHOTOGRAPHER From £3,500.
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We envisioned an intimate and elegant day that would exude romance. We also love travelling, so a destination wedding was always on the cards. Where could be better than the City of Love? One of our best decisions was hiring a Mercedes-Benz Viano for a prewedding photo shoot around the city. Halfway through, we said how lovely it would be to have some celebratory Champagne.
The next thing we knew, our driver had gone and bought us a bottle! We have some great photos of us drinking and laughing together with the Eiffel Tower in the background. We only had five months between our engagement and wedding, and I really struggled to find a dress in that time. I was overjoyed when a visit to Hayden Olivia Bridal in North Carolina resulted in my divine Hayley Paige gown.
The fantastic seamstress there made it fit like a glove. None of it would have been possible without our planner and florist, Billy. We wholeheartedly trusted him to deliver a day that was tailor-made to suit all of our needs and desires. He did all the hard work; we simply enjoyed the experience. My top tip: Sometimes it’s best to prepare yourself to go a little over budget. We were surprised by some prices but, especially for the Ritz, it was so worth it.
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