Lucy + Chris' Parisian chic destination wedding at The Peninsula, Paris

Friday, August 7, 2020

Mr + Mrs Allan 
Thursday 12th September 2019 │ The Peninsula, Paris │ Instagram:  @lucyflorals
Lucy and Chris celebrated their dreamy wedding day at The Peninsula Hotel in Paris with a simple chic theme which they executed it perfectly. The bride, fashion and lifestyle blogger @lucyflorals, tells us all about their special day including the traditions they chose not to follow, her bespoke Suzanne Neville dress, and their legal ceremony in Glasgow. 
How did you and both meet?
We have been together over 10 years now, actually almost 11 as we had our first date in August 2009. We met through mutual friends as we lived in the same area but went to different schools. 
Tell us your proposal story...
We got engaged in Florida in 2018 at the Grand Floridian Hotel. We have been going there every year with family for so long now so it was totally unexpected. It was really chilled, just Chris & I in the court yard then we phoned my family and told them and met with them that night. 
How did you choose your wedding theme?
I didn’t really have a theme other than I wanted it to be so beautifully simplistic. The venue itself is Parisian chic but also very grand, so I wanted to stick with that. We didn’t have a colour scheme either, I didn’t want things to be matchy, I just wanted it to flow and be beautiful in it’s own way. 
Who was in your bridal party?
I didn’t have any bridesmaids. My brother was with me on the day and I did have a flower girl and page boy, Chris’s Niece and nephew. He also had his best friend as his best man. 
What kind of ceremony did you have?
Chris and I are not religious so we wanted a very short and easy ceremony. We had a lovely French celebrant called Florence who did our ceremony and it was so perfect and focused on us and our experiences together rather than anything else. 
Tell us all about the dress...
I had my dress made by Suzanne Neville in London. It was so much fun because we were travelling up and down for fittings as she made it bespoke. This was my favourite part of the lead up to our wedding. 
Did you follow wedding traditions such as something old, something new?
I actually didn’t do anything like this, I walked myself down the aisle and we had no speeches. I didn’t want to follow traditions that to me felt outdated. So we kind of wrote our own rules so that we could have the best day possible. 
What song did you walk down the aisle to?
I walked down the aisle to Ludovico Einaudi’s Nuvole Bianche. Chris and I love him and have seen him in play in Glasgow and this song just felt right. It also translates to white clouds.
Song for walking back up the aisle as a married couple? 
We didn’t do this, after the ceremony was finished The Who - Baba O’Riley started planning and we just started speaking with all our family and friends and then moved into the reception area. 
What was your best wedding splurge?
Definitely the floral Arch, it was super expensive but everyone loved it, it was breathtaking walking into that room and the smell was just beautiful.
Is there anything you wish you'd done differently?
I wish I had taken more time to plan and soak everything in. We booked the wedding and done everything in like 6 months. I felt extremely stressed throughout those 6 months and didn’t really feel like ‘my best self’ and I wish I had taken more time to look after myself and enjoy all of the moments.
What was your first dance song?
Another thing we didn’t do, we had no dances, it was a very small wedding with 22 guests so we had a late wedding, dinner and then sat on the terrace. 
Where did you find all of your inspiration? 
Mostly looking at Australian brides and their beautifully chic weddings. I love them. 

Who is your favourite celebrity bride?
Bianca Jagger has to be my biggest bridal inspiration. I almost wore a suit but I felt it just didn’t fit the venue, but I did do a dress & blazer at night. 
What advice would you give to future brides?
I always say this but trust your gut. Make the day about you and your partner otherwise you will regret it. It is your day, nobody else’s. 
What was the most emotional moment of the day? 
I think I was more emotional at our legal wedding at home. We just had our mums with us at the registry office and then had Lunch at the Ivy, and then we went to the cinema at night to see Once Upon A Time in Hollywood. It was so much more intimate and so us, I felt way more emotional then than on the day in France. I think that is also because I was so excited about everything in Paris that it went by so fast I didn’t really have time to take it all in never mind get emotional. 
Tell us about your Honeymoon...
We went to Florida for a holiday 2 weeks after the wedding but were due to do a US road trip for our honeymoon – I wanted to go in the Autumn but it was too close to do that straight after the wedding and it won’t go ahead this year – hopefully next year!
What food did you have at your wedding?
We had two choices of Salmon or Lamb and a Vegetarian/Vegan menu as I am vegan. 
Tell us about the cake... 
The hotels pastry chef made our wedding cake and honestly I just sent him a photo and trusted him based on the previous photos I had seen of the cakes he had made. It was beyond anything I had ever expected and literally everyone said it was the best cake they had ever eaten.
What was your favourite part of the day?
I think my favourite part was that evening I got changed into my night outfit and everyone went out onto the beautiful Terrace the Peninsula has for hours just laughing and chatting. It was perfect.
Photographer: Vanessa Toth Photography 
Stationery: Laila Lettering 
Suits: Forbes 
Wedding Rings: Rox 
Celebrant: Florence Leloir
Flower girl Dresses: Crystal & Pearl Boutique
Lucy + Chris │ 30th August 2019 │ Legal Ceremony, Glasgow, UK
Dress: Keepsake
Keep up with Lucy on her blog and on Instagram  @lucyflorals.

From Brides, With Love xo

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