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The married couple creating French Weddings for a British market

Laura Payne-Stanley and Leigh Payne run multiple businesses, including an award-winning wedding blog by the name of French Wedding Styl. The duo unveil how they married French destinations with English brides as well as their working and personal lives

How did you both meet?

We have actually known each other since we were two, but weren’t friends at school. We reconnected when we were in our mid-twenties and have been married over 10 years.

What inspired you to start a business together?

We wanted more control over our lives, more freedom and, yes, more income although we both had great paying corporate jobs.

What specific roles do you both have

We always say I’m the creative the dreamer. Leigh is the person who turns those thoughts into reality.

How do you separate work disagreements from your personal life

There is no hiding it, your work and personal life do bleed into each other. The key is separating person and work time and confirming what any disagreement remains in a specific area.

?Do you have any rules to leave work at work?

We both have our own offices, and having your own space when you work together and live together is crucial in my opinion. We have specific date nights and times when we are specifically not allowed to talk about work. When you love what you do it is hard to switch it off though.

What are your individual strengths?

Mine is identifying opportunities, seeing to?top-level strategy, marketing and I love social media.

Leigh is more the CEO, managing all of the pieces of the many cogs in the wheels and utilising his skills from his former life in IT to manage all of our processes, infrastructure and understanding how to improve our customer experience. He also makes the best coffee out of the two of us.

If you could swap your business partner for somebody else, who would it be

I wouldn’t want to swap as the key to this is working with my best friend, even though we can drive each other nuts to build the life that we love.

What’s been your biggest business achievement to date

Winning an award for French Wedding Style and for coaching one of my private clients going from a small wedding florist to floral designer in residence at the Four Seasons London.

What are the perks of running a business together?

Having more freedom, to take time off when we wish and being directly responsible for how our life moves forward.

What are the downsides of running a business together?

It can be challenging especially as I quit my job first and then Leigh did. So working out our new balance once he quit when I had my own routine.

What celebrity couple are you most like

Felicity Huffman and William H Macy.



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