Barefoot Bride is the baby of TV Producer Jen Kelly. When she and her fiancé decided to get married in South Africa, she thought that once the family had got over the shock, the wedding would be plain sailing. She didn't know it then, but she couldn't have been more wrong...
"Luckily I was pretty used to organising lots of people in far flung places thanks to my job in TV, but every time I researched the web for information for our big day, I hit a brick wall. All the websites I found were either trying to sell me something, were aimed at American brides, or were full of annoying adverts. Most worrying was the legal information - every website I read contradicted the last one!
Eventually Jen got there and in January 2008 enjoyed a stunning ocean wedding with 22 family and friends (see pix below). But her experience made her determined to make things easier for brides following in her flip flops!
The result - Barefoot Bride - was launched in December 2009. The one-stop shop for all things wedding abroad, the website is the culmination of hard work from a small gang of experts in travel, PR, fashion, beauty and of course weddings.
And with the wedding abroad market predicted to grow massively in the coming years, there are big plans for the future.
"Trust me when I say that getting married away from home is one of the most exciting things you'll ever do. But it can be daunting too. Which is why our single mission at Barefoot Bride will always be to take the stress out and put the fun and romance in for every single couple, wherever they decide to wed!
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