Danielle Butler, 28, married Ben Snowden Boyd, 28, in the southwest of France, in September 2011. She says:

The south of France is very special to us. We got engaged in a chateau in Saint-Émilion. My parents have a house in St Tropez and we live there now, too, so it seemed fitting to get married there.

I wanted a French fairytale. The venue's outdoor setting had an enchanting feel. We hung silk flowers from the vines and had candles everywhere.

Our colour scheme was grey and white to fit with the natural surroundings. I didn't want a traditional white dress, and the subtle grey was perfect for my skin tone.

I fell in love with the skirt of my dress at The Designer Wedding Show, but I wasn't keen on the top, so Daivd Fielden tweaked it by adding roses to the straps. I had to travel to London for the fittings, which isn't easy when you live abroad.

The French found it unusual that we wanted to books things so far in advace. They have a much more relaxed approach to organising weddings.

I tried to make as many things as I could myself, including the table plan, confetti, menus and orders of service. I love the craze for DIY wedding craft.

We hired water taxis to transport our guests to the church. They were very reasonably priced and gave everyone a tour of beautiful Little Venice.

My top tip: when hosting a wedding aboard, you are the go-to person for your guests. I felt like a tour operator at times, but you can't leave anything to chance.

Photography by Will Hartl; www.willhartl.com