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Written by Paula Jones Last updated: August 8, 2006
We met in a local nightclub – I knew Paul’s brother from school and they were all out for Paul’s birthday. I got chatting to Paul and as they say the rest is history!
I am 24 and Paul is 27.
Paul took me to London for my 22nd birthday December 2002. We went to China Town for a meal then on the way back through Covent Garden he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him – of course I said yes!
I had quite a few hen parties! My main one being at Jongleurs in Birmingham then I had a quiet(ish) night round the local town. Paul, on the other hand had a big weekend in Edinburgh.
Paul was very good, he helped when he could, whether it was calming me down or helping deliver the invitations, he was just there when I needed him! As we got married abroad it was only really the big reception to organise when we returned back to the UK.
Yes, I used the Confetti website, it helped me with ideas for the reception.
I got my outfit from a bridal shop in Shropshire. As soon as I tried it on I knew it was ‘the one.’ It is an Eddy K dress, a two piece and I can honestly say when I was looking for my dress I ended up with something completely different to what I set out to get!
I had one bridesmaid Jenny – she is my brother-in-law’s fiancée and they are getting married in 2007 so I can’t wait to help out with their plans! Jenny wore a gold two-piece from Veromia.
Paul wore together with the best man, our dads, my brothers and our best friend, lightweight stone-coloured suits with gold and an ivory waistcoat and a gold cravat.
We got married abroad in Margarita and had a civil ceremony.
The ceremony was held on a terrace overlooking the hotel grounds facing the beach, it took place at 5.30pm in the evening. After the ceremony we drank Champagne, cut the cake and then we went to the beach where photos were taken with the sunset behind us – it was just amazing!
The hotel we stayed at held a small reception for us – 12 of us went away and we had an intimate table where we did the traditional speeches and toasts. We also had a big reception when we got back home from Margarita where we had 200 guests help us celebrate – it was great we all got to dress up again!
12 of us went to Margarita – my parents, Paul’s parents, Paul’s brother and his fiancée, my two brothers and our two best friends. We had a reception when we came home when 200 people attended.
My theme was gold – I thought as we were going abroad it seemed the most appropriate colour in the sun!
We had gold balloons on each table with shells, gold confetti, gold party cannons, cameras, bubbles and we had coasters with photos of Paul and me growing up on each table.
We had Bacci chocolates on the tables for our guests.
I had flowers from a local florist in Margarita, they were roses with ivy wrapped around with lots of greenery in a posy.
We had a cake made for us in Margarita, it was a 2-tier cake with fresh flowers on the top. Our cake for our reception, when we got back home was a 3-tier as suitcases, with mini-me and mini-Paul sitting on the top. The bottom layer was fruit, the middle layer being victoria sponge and the top layer, chocolate! The colours were gold and ivory to match in with the theme.
At our reception back home we had a disco and our friends and my brother are in a band so they played for us.
We asked for B&Q vouchers so we can get the kitchen of our dreams!
We spent the second week of our holiday as a honeymoon – we had our family and friends with us but we didn’t care as it was just so special that we were lucky to have people to come away with us.
The first time I saw Paul after spending all day getting ready – his face just said it all and I felt so lucky that I was going to be his wife!
Not really, everything just seemed to fall into place – I was so relaxed as I had an all over body massage and a jacuzzi before going to the hairdressers to have my hair done!
No, just go for it – enjoy your day no matter what you have, whether small or big, every wedding is special!