The married couple creating French Weddings for a British market
5 min read
26 September 2018
Real Business finds out how one married couple dedicated their business to helping English speaking brides plan the French wedding of their dreams.
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.
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“Being a bride is fantastic – you are wearing an amazing dress, there is a gorgeous ring on your finger and everyone tells you that you are beautiful. There is only one thing that can be better than being bride, and this is being bride in Paris.” Join us for today’s shoot in the French capital. . . Photographer @photographerinparis | Planner @weddingsinfrance | Brides Dress @maecollectionparis | Hair & Make Up @fornelli_makeup | Accessories @compagniedesgemmes & @dellabellagioielli
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.
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Today on the blog we’ve brought you a super stylish inspiration shoot from Monaco. The vendors involved in the shoot wanted to go with understated elegance due to their luxury backdrop, so this styled shoot is a must see… . . Photographer @maddy.christina.photographer | Planner @weddings_jai.2.amours | Videographer @stephanemcinematography | Venue @montecarlobay | Accommodation @maison_options | Florist @stanislas_ducreux | Stationery @atelier_preszburger | Hair @coolbaysob.monaco | Make Up @agnes_doussot | Shoes @ledressingmonaco | Brides Dress @christophealexandredocquin | Grooms Outfit @crisoni_monaco | Accessories @jcpellegrino.jelewry | Catering @marcelravin
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.