Written by Paula Jones Last updated: September 10, 2009
25 July 2009
We met when we were 18 years old as young playwrights at Birmingham Repetory Theatre over 9 years ago.
27 and 28
Takie proposed on a little boat in the middle of the Serpentine in Hyde Park. I looked away and when I looked back he was down on one knee with a Tiffany box in his hand ‐ what more could a girl ask for!
Takie went out with the lads, and I went for tapas and onto Floradita for cocktails and dancing with my fellow hens. Half way through the night we were gate crashed by the lads ‐ they just couldn’t stay away. Luckily I spent the following day in The Sanctuary recovering and relaxing to the max.
He was great at working through the detail. We both did tasks that suited our strengths and Takie took care of things like the music and the weather…he made a deal with God apparently!
I used the planning tools for keep up to date with things to do.
I bought a handbook for my chief bridesmaid from the confetti store in Tottenham Court Road.
My dress was beautiful. It was from Suzanne Neville in Knightsbridge. It was ivory silk taffeta with lace and beading and a full cathedral length veil.
I had 3 bridesmaids ‐ my closet friend and my two cousins. They looked stunning in sage green satin dresses from Coast.
Takie chose his best mates from university to stand up with him on the day. They wore grey morning suits, Takie had green accessories whilst the rest of the boys complemented him in pink.
We had a religious ceremony, though Takie is a muslim, we decided to get married in the Church of England.
St Paul’s Cathedral.
The Dorchester, Park Lane.
We had a routemaster bus on the way back from St Paul’s for us and all the guests. But we both arrived at the Cathedral in a Rolls Royce Phantom.
We has 75 guests and they were there for the whole day from beginning to end.
We had a monopoly theme for the table decoration, and the whole wedding used a colour palette of green, pink and white.
Yes each table name/menu was a monopoly property card and the table names were monopoly squares. Every guest had a personal note written by either me or Takie that had our favourite memory of that person.
Guests had a treasure trove in which were chance and community chest cards as well as London themed mementos like London underground stationery and sweets.
Paula Pryke and The Real Flower company at Selfridges did the flowers, a fixture of pink, green and white blooms.
The Dorchester gave us the best meal I’ve ever had. We had scallops, pink champagne and rose petal sorbet, fillet of beef, mini summer pudding, creme brulee, chocolate envelope, and lemon sorbet in brandy basket. As well as lots of lovely fruity cocktails and lots of Laurent Perrier.
Chocolate and fresh summer fruits from Cafe Concerto on High Street Kensington.
We had St Paul’s Choir for the wedding ceremony and Sophie Garner and her band for the reception.
People either gave us money towards our honeymoon or bought us presents from our gift list at John Lewis.
We had our first night at The Dorchester and then went to Budapest for our honeymoon.
Dancing on the ceiling…it’s on youtube…search Amy and Takie’s wedding.
No it was perfect. Except two days before I went for a prepaid pedicure to discover the shop had closed down…I still haven’t got my money back.
Enjoy it, it’s the most amazingly joy filled day, the memories of which will get you through anything and everything.