January 17, 2007. Written by Paula Jones
We met in a pub that I used to work in at the weekends.
I am 25 and Jonathan is 22.
New Years Eve 2004, he took me out for a meal and pushed the ring across the table and asked me.
Yes, I went to Nottingham. It was all organised by my bridesmaid and I had no idea what we were going to be doing. We had a pamper session in the day time and then went out for a meal and dancing at night. Jonathan went to Derby on a boozy night out with all his friends.
He designed the cake with my mum. He chose his suits. He helped to design the invites.
I used the forums all the time to get advice from other brides to be and newly weds.
Yes, I visited the Birmingham store with my mum and bought table confetti and favour boxes and champagne bubbles.
I had a Rosetta Nicolini dress called Rachelle and bought it from Berketex. I loved this dress and it was just what I wanted
Yes, Yvette, my best friend, and Hazel. They both wore deep red strapless dresses with sparkles and were gathered at the front to match mine, they looked gorgeous. Also had my two nephews as pageboys.
Jonathan had a problem with his original best man so had to choose another one last minute! He chose one of his close friends, Chris, and his brother and my brother were Ushers.
The Whipper Inn Hotel.
I had a Rolls Royce in burgundy to match the colour scheme.
55 to the day time and about an extra 60 to the night do.
Red and ivory were the colour scheme and we also had a horseshoe theme as Oakham Castle’s walls are covered in horseshoes.
The favours all had horseshoes incorporated in them and we had red and ivory flower arrangements on the tables.
Yes, men had boxes in the shape of a tuxedos from confetti and ladies had traditional favours.
We had a local florist to do all the flowers—Sally Holmes. My bouquet was a tear drop bouquet with red and cream roses. Bridesmaids had the same flowers in a posy table decorations incorporated the same flowers in the arrangement.
We had various canapes on arrival. Then we had a three course meal. At night time we had cheese and biscuits and bacon sandwiches.
My mum made my wedding cake and it was absolutely fantastic. Jonathan and her designed it and it was so unique.
We had a string quartet in the castle for the ceremony. Then a disco at night time. We also had a caricaturist who went down really well.
First night was spent in the bridal suite at the hotel where we had the reception and we spent two weeks in Dominican Republic.
Seeing Jonathan’s face when he finally turned round to look at me when I walked down the isle.
Not really. It ran quite smoothly.
No, I had a fantastic day and would not change anything for the world. It just went so quickly but there was nothing I could do about that.