Date of proposal 02/09/07 How old were you both when you got engaged? 25 Who proposed? Chris How did your partner (or you) propose? On one knee, in a rowing…
Written by Paula Jones Last updated: April 15, 2008
We met at a party when we were 17 and then found out we went to schools right next door to each other.
Saturday 1st October 2005. We were on holiday in the Dominican Republic and it was actually Chris’ birthday on the 6th. What I didn’t know at the time that the present his parents had given me to give to him was actually my ring in a lot of padding!!! After a meal at a gorgeous restaurant, we walked along the beach and I turned around to find Chris on one knee!
We went away the same weekend, each with 5 close friends. Us girlies went to Menorca and sunbathed every day!
Chris did get involved where I let him but we shortly realised I was bit of a Monica! In all seriousness, we went through everything together and made sure we both liked the same ideas etc… The only thing he didn’t have a clue on was my dress, hair and jewelry
I used the guest list tool and found the table planner a god send!
I actually sell wedding invites etc… and so used confetti for a lot of the ‘make your own’ items such as envelopes, favour boxes and ordered reams of 16mm chiffon ribbon in rose
I bought my dress from a lovely little boutique called Elegance in Bebington, Wirral. There really is nothing like that ‘family’ style touch. I owe them a lot of hugs for the stress free nature they bestowed on me! Nothing was too little or too much. My actual dress was a Benjamin Roberts one which was layers of ivory tulle with embroidery and bead work to the bodice. Elegance then added more beading to the bottom to turn it into the dress of my dreams.
I had 4 bridesmaids; my friends Elaine and Lisa, along with my brothers girlfriend and dear friend to me, Jennie and Chris’ sister Melissa; her beautiful daughter Lana was my flower girl.
His Best Man was without doubt Adam, the person at the root of most of Chris’ mischief growing up. My Brother and brother‐in‐law were Ushers, along with a close friend, Mike.
Christ Church, Port Sunlight
Craxton Wood Hotel and Country Club, Cheshire
We had three beautiful Cream cars ( the third to ensure the Best Man and Ushers went to the reception and not the pub!)
We had a total of 84 people at the day and around 160 to the evening
My bridesmaids were in a beautiful light teal colour and so I wanted to contrast this with a girlie pink. Everything was very delicate with a theme running through all my invites, place cards, menus and favours.
As above really. I used a beautiful damask paper to make everything and this really went together with the over all look we wanted to create.
Yes, The men got cards, made using the damask paper, with a lottery ticket inside, and the women got a favour box with a minature perfume.
My bouquet was made from roses and lillys predominantly, with a mailny pink tone, and some small hints of ivory. The bridesmaids bouquets then contrasted with a hint of pink but mainly ivory. For the tables, I bought mirrored cubed vases and the flowers sat inside‐ they were quite understated but exactly what I wanted. Melanie ( Melanie Lousie Florist, Bebington), was fantastic at turning your ideas into a vision that really worked.
The venue handled our catering and we chose quite a simple menu: leek and potato soup, chicken. then passion fruit cheesecake
My Auntie Betty made our wedding cake as our gift and I it really was the cake of my dreams. She asked me what idea I had in mind, I showed her three pictures and that was it ‐ AMAZING!
I walked down the aisle to a piece of music played by a string quartet and they then moved onto the reception to entertain guests during the photographs. For the evening we had a Frank Sinatra impersonator as we both love Rat Pack music and this really went down a storm. This was followed by a DJ
We had lived together for 3 years so our Gift List was made up of a Next List along with B and Q vouchers etc…
Our first night was spent at Craxton Wood then we jetted off to Antigua to a resort called Hermitage Bay for a blissful 2 weeks.
I remember through all the photographs etc, just after cutting the cake, Chris pulled me aside, kissed my hand and just said ‘we’re Married!’ and that sticks out so much. What we didn’t know at the time was that the photographer actually got it in one of our favourite shots of the day!
Guest lists!! People dropping out due to Family issues that really were nothing to do with either of us! I think my best piece of advise to anyone int he same situation would be to remind you to take it on the chin as at the end of the day, its about the two of you, and no one else. Listen to what people have to say if they want to share their opinion with you, but ultimately, talk between the two of you and stay happy!
Enjoy every moment. A friend who was recently married told me to make sure I took 5 minutes to just sit with Chris in the corner of the room and just take in everything going on around us‐ make sure you do it as the day will fly by!