Wedding planner’s bid to ban couple from posh Goldfinger hotel is revealed after she sends the BRIDE snobby e-mail by mistake
A bride-to-be who had set her heart on holding her wedding reception at a five-star hotel that features in James Bond movies has been left heartbroken after staff deemed the couple unsuitable for the exclusive venue.
Pauline Bailey, 27, burst into tears after a blundering wedding co-ordinator at Stoke Park Hotel accidentally sent her an internal e-mail in which she sought advice on how to ‘put off’ the couple, because she believed they were not the ‘type of people’ the venue aims to attract.
Miss Bailey and her engineer fiance Paul Carty have been left devastated by the snub from the opulent Buckinghamshire hotel, which appears in James Bond movies Goldfinger and Tomorrow Never Dies along with a host of other hit films.
Snub: Bride-to-be Pauline Bailey believes the five star hotel didn’t want to host her wedding because her fiance Paul Carty has a pierced eyebrow and two earrings
Miss Bailey, from Luton, received the e-mail written by hotel wedding planner Michele Connelly after she showed the couple around the hotel and golf club in Stoke Poges.
She and her husband-to-be fell in love with the venue, and were willing to pay £10,000 for a celebration for a party of 30 guests.
But after their visit Miss Connelly e-mailed her seniors at the hotel to raise her concerns over the suitability of Pauline and Paul, and explain that she was trying to find a way of avoiding taking the booking.
Miss Bailey believes it was because her husband to be, who is 24 years her senior, sports a pierced eyebrow and two small earrings in his ear.
The couple had visited 30 different venues before finally settling on the luxury hotel, which is set in 14 acres of stunning gardens and boasts a championship golf course.
Former law student and certified MoD engineer Paul, aged 51, spent 10 minutes with Michele Connelly and were quoted £240 pounds per head for the event.
Luxury: Posh Stoke Park Hotel in Buckinghamshire was featured in the James Bond movie Goldfinger
Blunder: This e-mail from wedding co-ordinator Michele Connelly was accidentally sent to bride-to-be Pauline
‘Sincerest apologies’: A grovelling e-mail from the sales manager at Stoke Park to the ‘deeply hurt’ couple
Pauline, who works as a counsellor, said: ‘We were excited at the prospect of marrying in such a grand place and didn’t quibble about prices.
‘We had expected a call back the following day, when we intended putting a few more questions to the hotel, like specific dates, etc, but we were more than willing to put down whatever deposit they needed.
‘Caring face’: Stoke Park wedding planner Michele Connelly
‘We had even agreed to spend a further £1,000 pounds to hire the grounds for a firework display, although we’d have had to pay extra for the pyrotechnics.
‘However, after 10 days had elapsed without any contact, we finally spoke to Michele, who apologised, explaining that she had been away on holiday.
‘She said she needed to discuss dates as provisional bookings had been made around the date we’d chosen.
‘The next morning I was mortified reading her email, which she had sent to her boss but had also forwarded to me by mistake.’
Paul said that he felt something was amiss when the couple told staff about their plans for the and were informed it would cost them £1,000 to light their own fireworks.
‘Whatever we wanted, it felt like they were throwing obstacles in our way,’ he said.
Michele Connelly’s email to her sales manager boss, Carlo Zoccali, was entitled ‘yesterday’s show around’.
It read: ‘Hi Carlo, I need your advice on this wedding, I know this probably doesn’t sound very nice, but I am trying to put this wedding off as I don’t think they are the type of people that we would want to have at Stoke Park.
‘I spoke to the Bride yesterday as she was enquiring about availability, and I have put her off for now by telling her the dates that she is looking at are not available, but she has asked me if I can get back to her with available dates around end of June beginning of July 2013.’
She signed off: ‘Help!!! Michele.’
Pauline was so shocked by the snub that she hired a solicitor to explore the possibility of taking legal action against the hotel for defamation.