Written by Paula Jones Last updated: June 21, 2007
We met at University of Reading. We had several mutual friends but didn’t get to know each other until the 4th year.
Charlie proposed on Valentine’s day 2006. We went out for a nice meal, came home to exchange cards and a gift each, as it was our tradition. After we both opened the gifts, he got another box out, this time a suspiciously small one. I thought he bought me the diamond earrings I’ve been hinting at, only to find a ring in the box! I was sat there speechless when he asked me if I would marry him. I was so taken by surprise, I first asked him to repeat the question, then had to think for couple of minutes before I could give the answer – I was that unprepared!
I had a hen do with just couple of friend in London, where we went out to clubs in Islington. Charlie enjoyed the clay shooting and mud kart race in Bristol, then pub crawl in Cheltenham with the lads.
He helped me by keeping me calm and letting me take thing out on him when it got a bit much for me! He also helped me out with contacting suppliers.
I used Confetti for some ideas and supplies. I used Confetti for creating my own invites and materials to create table and seating plan.
Yes, though I did not pass the details onto others to look at.
I bought card toppers online, and table plan materials from Birmingham store.
I wore my Kimono for the ceremony. My mother wore her own kimono for her wedding so I decided to follow and make it a tradition. My kimono was was inherited from my mother’s friend who does not have a daughter of her own to pass it on. I changed to a wedding dress before the evening reception started. It was antique gold a-line strapless dress by No Ordinary Bride. The two bold lines of embroidery down the front made it very unusual dress, which I loved.
I had one bridesmaid. Millie is the daughter of family friend, and closest thing to a little sister. She is half Japanese and half Caucasian like me, so I liked the idea of having a mini-me!
Charlie chose his oldest friend Mike for best man. Our venue was quite small and only 51 guests so we didn’t bother having official ushers, but Charlie’s younger brother Ralph helped out. They both wore suits of their choice, though I did limit the colours they can have for their tie.
Hotel Le Spa, Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Hotel Le Spa, Cirencester, Gloucestershire
We had Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III from Barrington Chauffeur Services in Gloucester
We had the same 51 guests for ceremony and for evening reception.
Ivory, gold with pink accent
I used 3 ivory church candles in different heights, and added a ribbon around each of them in either gold or pink to add bit of colour.
We put different sweets in every boxes so guests could swap and share them.
We had ivory and pale pink Akiko rose with some foliage and tiny white flowers. Florist was Bumblebeez in Cheltenham.
We had hot buffet, as we wanted casual option. We had 2 meat dish and a vegetarian dish, with half dozen side dishes.
We had Croquenbouche with praline favoured cream made by Frere Jacques patisserie in Cheltenham.
We had DJ playing our favourite songs to dance to
We put honeymoon as our gift list and asked guests to contribute towards it. List and holiday were both done by Holidaysplease.com
We stayed at the venue on our first night. We went to Bangkok for 3 days, followed by 7 days in Phuket for our honeymoon, which was booked through Holidaysplease.com
During our vows, as the Registrar said the vows first before I had to repeat it, he said “And I Fiona take thee, Charles as my lawfully wedded wife. No! I mean Husband!” which sent all of us laughing. I struggled to stop giggling before I continued.
I left a lot of tasks up to few days before the wedding, things like packing favour boxes and creating table and seating plans, which got me stressed. Also as in our district they do not allow you to book the wedding with registrar until it is exactly 365 days before, I was very nervous if I was able to book the registrar for the day and time I wanted.
I wish I lost more weight before the day, and had the dress altered to suit lower-heel shoes as I struggled in high heels. Also I would have chosen different honeymoon location if I knew how generous the guests were going to be.