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Bride s humiliation after wedding venue email blunder
The stunning Stoke Park resort. Photo: Getty

A British bride-to-be was left ‘horrified’ after trying to book a luxury $15,000 hotel for her dream wedding – only to be told in an email blunder the couple were ‘not the right type of people’.

Pauline Bailey, a 27-year-old counselor and former law student, and Paul Carty, a 51-year-old Ministry of Defence engineer, had decided on stunning Stoke Park, made famous in the James Bond movie Goldfinger, as the venue for their dream day.

They then embarked on discussions with the venue’s wedding planner, Michele Connelly, over dates and claim they agreed to pay a deposit as all seemed to be going to plan.

However, an email sent by Miss Connelly to her manager Carlo Zoccali inadvertently included Miss Bailey as CC, revealing the wedding planner’s true feelings.

The email 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.


“I was horrified,” Miss Bailey told the Daily Mail.

“Effectively she was asking her boss how she could get rid of us?

“The suggestion was that we were undesirables, which we definitely are not.

"We're a respectable, middle-class, hard working, well educated couple, who both speak well and were certainly not dragged-up, so to speak.

"It’s clear to me that this hotel operates a policy of discrimination which is terribly wrong, unfair and deeply, deeply hurtful.

"Paul and I can hold our own anywhere and in anyone's company. We are thoroughly decent people and didn't deserve this humiliation.

“Michele’s change of heart must have revolved round Paul based on two factors - our age gap and the fact that he has a pierced eyebrow and wears two small gold earrings.

“If I’m right, they’ve got it so wrong about him because he is perfectly respectable as well as being charming and a true gentleman.

“Finding the hotel was a dream come true but it became a nightmare after the way it they treated us.

“I wonder who else it is turning away? And what reasons it is finding for doing so?”

In an emailed apology to Miss Bailey, Mr Zoccali invited her to meet him to discuss the wedding but the couple are believed to have settled on a different venue.

The couple are also reportedly considering legal action and The Daily Mail reports a spokesman for the hotel has refused to comment as they did not want to prejudice anything that might happen in the future.

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