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Written by Paula Jones Last updated: June 15, 2007
Valentine’s day 2003. It was a Friday night and we were both out with friends in our local town Guisborough in Cleveland.
I’m 25 and Phil is 29.
Phil proposed to me on my 23rd birthday. We had just moved into our first home together and we had both taken the day off work. He had a huge bunch of flowers delivered and got down on one knee in our kitchen as I walked in with the flowers.
We had our hen and stag parties on the 14th April. Phil went to Scarborough for the night and came home with fluorescent pink hair! I went for a meal with family and friends, then into York in the limo that my sister had ordered for me as a surprise.
When I said that I needed help with things, he got involved, I think that I scared him being such a control freak! He initiated arranging the wedding car, suits and church.
I used Confetti a lot towards the end of the planning stage and really wished I’d used it more from the start.
We made a special trip to the Leeds Confetti store.
My dress was by Bonny Bridal, a lace up bodice, strapless mock, two piece dress with a banded edge split back semi-cathedral train made from royal satin and organza in antique platinum, a champagne colour, with diamante and pearl beading to the bust, front of the skirt and the train. It was purchased from Principia in Middlesbrough.
I had 7 bridesmaids. My 2 adult bridesmaids were my sister Fiona and best friend Michelle who also wore a mock two piece dress with a lace up beaded bodice in bright red. Phil’s two eldest nieces wore are red and cream forever yours dress and phil’s three youngest nieces wore cream calf length dresses that were decorated with diamante and red roses.
Phil’s best man was Paul Cook his best friend and his ushers were my sister Fiona’s partner Gavin and his brother chris, with his nephew being pageboy. They all wore frock coat suits with cream waistcoats, Phil wore a cream cravat and handkerchief and the others wore red.
We had a religious ceremony in the church next door to where his mum and dad live and where he was brought up as a child. We now live opposite.
Lingdale United Reformed Church.
Fox and Hounds Hotel in Slapewath North Yorkshire.
A close friend of ours used his silver Jaguar X type decorated with ribbons and a bottle of champagne for the ride from the church to the reception.
We had 50 guests to the wedding with an extra 100 to the evening.
Ivory and red was the colour theme of the day with hearts and roses forming part of the theme.
With goldfish bowl centrepieces containing iridescent heart confetti and red rose heads, metallic red confetti scattered on the tables and cream favour boxes decorated with red roses. The napkins and place names were in cream
Hexagon cream favour boxes decorated with red roses containing sugared almonds and red chocolate hearts.
Janice from Clover was our brilliant florist. We had beargrass table centrepieces with floating red rose heads – a simple but stunning effect. My shower bouquet was a made from cream and red roses, exotic lilies and orchids with beargrass and other greenery. My adult bridesmaids’ handheld bouquets were made from the same flowers with red beads looped through the bear grass
The venue dealt with the catering and we had a carvery to cater for everybody’s tastes with wedding cake served as dessert.
My mum’s friend made the cake for us. It was a three layer heart shaped cake decorated with tiny red hearts and sugar cascading ivory and roses.
We had a bouncy castle to keep the children (and adults) entertained all day with a disco on the evening.
We asked for Argos vouchers.
We spent our first night at the wedding venue. We went on honeymoon to the Dominican Republic booked through Thomsons.
Where do I start, my cat Leo deciding he wanted to lay on my train as I was having photos taken at home, seeing my H2B’s face as I got to the altar, attempting to put his wedding ring on the wrong finger, aaargh! My sister’s partner reading a poem that had been especially written for us by my mum’s best friend, going on the bouncy castle with one of my best girlfriends, the list goes on and on.
Not being able to find any dresses to fit Phil’s eldest two nieces had started to become a problem. Letting myself get wound up about the smallest details was a big mistake as I ended up sobbing uncontrollably 6 days before the wedding in a car park after having Sunday dinner with my mum.
Looking back the only thing that I would have done differently is the hen and stag parties. Because we had them on the same night I couldn’t relax for worrying about Phil and the relief I felt once I got home to him was unbelievable!