Glamorous and fun French-themed wedding in the Midlands

Faye and Paul added French glamour to their day with feathers, a fairy tale venue and lashings of flowers

How they met

Photography by David Burgess at Blink Photography


Paul and Faye met in the queue for a night club, back in 2002, when they were both working and living in Southampton. “We both work in communications – Paul is Assistant Marketing Manager for an Insurance company, and I’m a PR Manager for Ernest Jones and H.Samuel ,” Faye explains. “We got together because Paul was very insistent he wanted to take me out for dinner the following week…he clearly knew the way to my heart! Plus we were both studying for the same marketing qualification, so thought we could steal each others’ notes!”

The proposal

The couple had been together for seven years when Paul proposed in Venice, at the end of very eventful week, as Faye explains “Paul booked surprise trip to Venice to get away from it all at the end of a week in which we moved house, I crashed a van and shut the M40 for an hour, I turned 30 and we’d been to Ascot to the races! He always said he would propose after we’d lived together, but we’d only been moved in for 4 days…I completely forgot about this and apparently he tried a couple of times on the Saturday evening, and then finally made it in St Mark’s square. I felt so very happy and said yes immediately. We went for bellinis in Harry’s Bar to celebrate.”

The dress

“My dress was made and designed just for me in blush pink by Maureen Myring Kesterton, it was dupion silk overlaid with chiffon and thousands of crystals and roses were embroidered everywhere. The train was very long – fantastic viewing for the church audience from the back! All my accessories were from Ernest Jones – the pink pearl and diamond earrings were designed and made just for me by the Atelier design service who will make anything bespoke and unique to order – just as my engagement and wedding rings were.”

The Bridesmaids

“My three maids wore Lilac 50s-style prom halterneck dresses from Coast – customised by turning the former waistband into a neat halterneck. They also had pretty cardigans from Fenn Wright Manson, beautiful rose fascinators from TK Maxx and cute shoes from Littlewoods.”

The venue

“The church we married in was very special, as it’s where my parents also married and where I was christened,” Faye explains. And to make it even more personal, Faye’s Godmother performed the service (while wearing Moschino shoes!). The reception was held in the nearby New Hall Hotel, which the couple thought looked like “a fairytale castle.”

The theme

“The theme was ‘La vie en rose’ – a vintage French blend with lots of roses, our favourite flowers, and pretty lilacs and pinks. My dress was blush pink too, with roses embroidered on it.”

The Flowers

“All the flowers were by Urban Design Flowers. My bouquet was a trailing structure which was made from a cage and the flowers wired into it so that they stayed in place. The highlight flowers were amnesia roses which blended in perfectly with the blush of my wedding dress and the bridesmaids’ lilac colour scheme.

Inside the marquee we had white roses and leaves in large oversized martini glasses on the tables. The style was modern vintage and there were flowers absolutely everywhere!”

The cake

“The wedding cake was a ‘croquembouche’ tower of profiteroles – which made cutting the cake fun! We just took one each from the tower and exchanged them. It was made by Ben The Cakeman.”


The entertainment

“We held a drinks reception with a French Swing band to welcome guests on arrival at the reception venue – the sunshine came out and the skies became blue. While everyone was enjoying the sun, a silhouette artist quickly did a few amazing card cutout portraits of guests which they got to take home and keep.”