Written by Paula Jones Last updated: September 22, 2007
We met at University 4 years ago through a volunteering society.
I’m 24 and he is 25
He had been teasing me for ages, going down on one knee and saying “Ellie will you, uh, help me up please” so I knew something was up! Then one day we were just in our flat and I went to bed early, then he came to bed and just slipped a ring on my finger without saying anything!
Chris went quad biking and go-karting, then out in the evening to an 80s club with about 10 guys. I went to a spa hotel in the peak district with my bridesmaids – it was lush!
He chose his suits, and came along to the menu tasting! The rest was all me!
Yes – I bought loads of bits and pieces for the reception from the shop and also spent my entire days on the forums, which were such a huge help!
Yes – I bought table decorations, rose petal confetti, place cards and favours all online.
It was a proper fairytale gown from Cardiff Bridal Centre. I bought it about a week after getting engaged! I had originally wanted something simple but after trying on dresses totally changed my mind! I also wore a veil, tiara, the whole shebang!
I had six adult bridesmaids which was a bit mental! one was Chris’s sister, and the rest were school friends. 4 of them wore dusty pink dresses with a white sash and two wore white dresses with a pink sash – the dresses were an absolute steal from next at £30 each! instead of carrying bouquets all the girls wore a wrist corsage and carried a single wooden rose, which was really effective. The also wore headbands with sparkly flowers which looked amazing in the sun!
His best man was a friend he shared a house with at Uni, who was also responsible for introducing us which is pretty cool! He had 2 other uni friends as ushers, and my brother was also an usher.
A really nice church ceremony. We tried to really involve people in the ceremony – my mum did a reading, friends of ours played the piano and flute for the hymns and two of my bridesmaids sang Songbird by Eva Cassidy while we were signing the register which was lovely!
At Trethomas Christian Fellowship in South Wales
At St Davids Hotel and Spa, Cardiff.
We hired a cream rolls royce silver cloud, which looks fab in the photos!
we had 80 day guests and about 20 further evening guests.
the theme was pink and ivory and generally just romantic and fairytale-esque
We had small topiary trees bought from confetti with scattered rose petals and small tea lights. guests had butterfly shaped place cards which sat on their glasses. Our tables were named after fictional couples.
yes – each guest received 2 heart shaped chocolates wrapped in tulle tied with a bow – inside each favour was a different romantic quote.
I had a beautiful bouquet of ivory and all different shades of pink roses which was set with diamantes. The bridesmaids wore wrist corsages. Instead of traditional arrangements we had decorated bay trees at the reception and church.
The hotel covered it. We went for salad starter, traditional chicken veg and mash for main, with pasta parcels for us veggies, and peaches melba for desert! In the evening we had bacon butties, veggie burgers and chips which went down really well!
The wedding cake was made by Anne’s Fantasy Cakes. We had a layer of fruit cake, a layer of lemon drizzle cake and a layer of carrot cake!
We hired a DJ for the evening party. We asked our guests to name their favourite songs on the RSVP’s so we could include something for everyone!
Yes, with Debenhams.
We had the bridal suite at the hotel which was amazing and absolutely huge! We then headed to Hawaii for honeymoon which was incredible!
It was all wonderful, but the best mans speech was particularly notable – he is a primary school teacher and did what he does best – he wrote a fairytale style story about Chris being a prince searching for his princess which he illustrated with photos in a slideshow – it went down incredibly well.
No! Everything was perfect!
We spent a long time having photos taken of just the two of us – the photos are spectacular and I’m glad we had them done but I did feel as though I was missing out on my own wedding and couldn’t help worrying that the guests might not be having a good time on their own! But other than that just enjoy it, take loads of photos and make sure you have someone to film as you really wont be able to savour the day as much as you really want to whatever anyone says – it will go so fast!