Written by Paula Jones Last updated: May 18, 2011
Aged 15 when we both played in a band together!
At a ruined castle in Jersey while having a picnic at sunset!
Stag… he went paintballing and then for a night out in Bristol. Hen… I had a hilarious dance session and night out in Bath!
He organised the band, string quartet, and set up the reception venue on the day!
Yes, we looked for offers and tips on wedding favours and table arrangements.
I don’t think so!
My dress was by Mori Lee (2105) which I bought from a little shop in Somerset. It was absolutely beautiful! I had a 3/4 length veil, ivory shoes and a fur shrug pinned with an antique pin.
I had three bridesmaids who wore full lenth hunter green dresses, the colour suited all of them as they are all brunettes. They had ivory pashmina’s to wrap around them. I choose the colour because I didn’t want a colour scheme as such so went with the green colour from leaves/stems of the flowers.
They all wore full uniform as all are serving in the armed forces.
St. Bartholomew’s Church of the Fleet Air Arm
Northover Manor Hotel in Ilchester
We had a beautiful cream old car (I have no idea what it was) driven by the lady I bought my dress from!
We had about 100 for the ceremony and wedding breakfast then about another 70 for the evening.
We kept with the Ivory and Hunter Green theme. With all the men in uniform there was enough of a theme with them!!
We had lilies in a clear vase on a mirror with voitive candles which looked beautiful in the winter evening light. The favour boxes/place names were decorated slightly with pearls and hunter green ribbon and made with ivory card. The menus were placed in napkins and written in green on ivory shimmered paper.
Yes, we made the boxes and bought thortons chocolates which we placed in some material and tied together with pearls
Ivory roses and some green foliage with pearls and vintage looking ribbon for my bouquet. The girls had smaller bunches without pearls. The church was filled with ivy and candles as well as some arrangements made from lilies. The table decorations were simple with a few open lilies and some foliage in vases on mirrors with voitive candles around it.
The hotel provided the catering which was amazing. We had canapes and welcome drinks while some photos were being taken and everyone warmed up, then the meal was tomato and basil soup, roast sirloin of beef with yorkshire pudding and roast potaoes followed by a chocolate truffle dessert. The buffet was huge with cured hams, cheese boards, salads and home made breads.
We had the traditional fruit cake. Three tiers stacked ontop of each other. My husbands mum made the cake and my dads fiance iced it. The cake topper was made by a friend I used to work with. The icing was ivory and had ivy leaves cut into it (still ivory) there was a pearl trim and the topper was an icing version of me and Dan in our wedding outfits!
We had a string quartet playing as I walked down the aisle and while we signed the register. We had a harpist who played at the reception and then an amazing dance band who played in the evening!
No, we asked for money towards our honeymoon through a gifting service
We stayed in the hotel for our first night and we went on honeymoon a month later to the dominican republic which we booked through Thomas Cook
Every part of it!!! Walking down the aisle to a rather emotional Dan. Hearing my sister blubber then turn into a mix of giggles and crying. Being too short to sit and sign the register and having to sit on two kneelers. Our lovely chaplain who is a close friend and his personal sermon (followed by dropping Dan’s ring!!) the amazing music… the first note when the church doors opening. The absolute freezing temperature!! Seeing Dan smile all day long and not leaving each other! The incredible band who kept everyone on the dance floor all night!
A new job, house, location all in the two weeks before!! Having a military wedding meant that a lot of things had to be changed at last minute (all the musicans, photographer etc!)
I really wish that someone (or I) had made sure my dress was laid out to show it’s lovely train in all the photos… but that isn’t the end of the world at all!
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