Paula & Matthew (Parky)

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Wedding Venue & Location

Kinkell Byre St Andrews

Brides come to me seeking something original and often choose to tweak (either a little or a lot) one of my existing designs, creating a veil which is unique to them. Paula chose a variation of the Opulence veil

How did the proposal happen?

Parky proposed the night before my 30th birthday with an engraved message on my favourite bottle of champagne. Having just eaten Thai takeaway, fake tanned and tied my hair in a bun it is true to say I was not expecting it to happen. The next day he whisked me off to Amsterdam for a fabulous weekend of fun and celebration.

Where did you meet?

We first met at a New Year’s Day party back in 2009. However he failed to impress me with his drunken inability to even recite the alphabet so I swiftly left in a taxi. 

Weeks later I had a friend request from him on Facebook with the message “it’s Parky the guy that can’t do the alphabet” and from there the rest is history. 

Any random, quirky or just plain lovely facts about your relationship, engagement or wedding?

Matthew had always made it clear that he was not interested in getting married and after having our little girl Grace in Dec 2013 I had accepted that our little family was complete and that we were destined to live in sin. So when he proposed in 2016 it was a shock which led to me first answering “no, no, no way” to then saying  that I mean “yes”. I couldn’t believe he had actually proposed and with my dream ring too. It was just like a ring that my Nanny has and I had always said if we ever got engaged I wanted a ring just like hers. A single stone with a plain gold band. Simple but timeless. 

Michael Carver – Photographer

I have a big airy studio in Colchester, Essex where you can make an appointment to come along and have a chat, see the collection of veils and sashes and have a try-on to see which works best. I have made accessories for brides all over the world including America, Japan, Australia, Sweden, France and Scotland and if you are not close enough to pop in, we can chat via email or Skype. I am always very happy to post out samples and sketches too so you can ensure the colour and fabric is exactly right before I post your veil or sash out to you.

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