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How they met

“When we first met, I knew I was in a world of trouble,” laughs Annette. “I had just transferred from my company’s Texas office to London with the intent of only being gone for a year. My mother joked that if I met a guy I would never come back, and so when I met Greg within my first week of moving to London, I didn’t know how to break the news to my family!”

The proposal

“Greg woke me up about 5am one Saturday morning telling me to get up, pack my bags and not to forget my passport,” remembers Annette. “It turns out we were headed to Paris! We checked into a lovely hotel in the Saint Germain district, and after a day of sightseeing and wonderful food, he popped the question just as I was about to drift off to sleep,” adds Annette. Greg proposed with a temporary ring, so the couple could design her engagement ring together.

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The bride’s outfit

After trying on over 50 bridal gowns in Texas, New York and London, our bride eventually found ‘the one’ at Angelica Bridal in Islington.

“I absolutely loved the dress,” beams Annette. “I was obsessed with the softness of the skirt and how romantic and feminine it felt to wear. I could completely imagine it working perfectly at our dream Italian day.”

The groom’s outfit

After being let down by a hire company, Greg and his boys had a mad dash around Westfield to find suits, two days before flying out to Italy! “The boys couldn’t find jackets during their mad shopping trip, but this actually turned out to be a blessing in the extremely hot Tuscan sunshine,” says Annette.

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The bridesmaids

Feast your eyes on Annette’s five pretty best girls, who looked divine in their Monique Lhuillier dresses bought from Nordstrom in America.

The ceremony

Annette and Greg opted for a classic civil ceremony conducted by their Italian wedding planner and the town mayor in Montecarlo. A traditional Trio played music for the service as well as during the breakfast.

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The reception

Being in Italy, obviously food was the focal point of the evening festivities and included arrival canapés, a buffet of starters (meats, cheeses and nibbles) followed by another three courses and then dessert and cake. Oh, and lots of the fabulous local wines!

The honeymoon

The couple spent two blissful weeks spent in Thailand, indulging in massages, touring ancient temples and generally relaxing in each other’s company.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. I was! Yay! I had been working long days for a company that didn’t appreciate what I did and my other half decided I needed a break to relax so booked a last min break to Paris on 26th Dec (2011) .. On the 28th under the Eiffel tower on a stunning boat (I’m a boat lover) he popped the Q… It was lovely however not so relaxing as was walking everywhere and taking in the sights and excitement! Haha so we are going to have a lovely Parisian themed wedding in 2014 at a stunning building (Grays court in York) and can’t wait! Xx

  2. Me 🙂 my fiance took me to New York for my birthday and two days before it we had amazing weather(for Oct) so he took me on a row boat on central park lake where he asked me 😀

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