Julie and Mark 30/07/2004 - The Town Hall, Venice St Mark's Square, Venice Joanne Dunn How and when did you meet? We met in January 2004 through a work do.…
Written by Paula Jones Last updated: August 9, 2006
We actually went to primary school together. Mark was in the year above me and doesn’t remember me but I remember him. We properly met through a mutual friend in February 2001, and became a couple 2 weeks later.
I am 22 and Mark is 23.
He didn’t actually propose it was just a decision we came to. My mum kept saying we would be engaged by Christmas and I asked Mark what he thought and he said he would like to get engaged as soon as possible. We laughed and then there was a long pause and Mark said he wasn’t really joking, so we kept it a secret until we had been shopping for the ring a week later.
Mark went to Canterbury for a medieval activities day and then clubbing in the evening with his friends, dad and brother. I had a meal with my work colleagues and then a party at our flat whilst he was away for my friends and Mum.
He made a lot of the phone calls and helped with most of the decisions.
I regularly read the forums which was invaluable!
I bought a few bits and pieces online.
I had an ivory Benjamin Roberts dress. It looked like a two piece but wasn’t. It had a boned bodice with a beaded neckline and a full skirt and train.
I had 2 bridesmaids – my sister Stacey and cousin Laura. They wore lilac halter neck dresses. They looked lovely.
He chose his closest friend Darren to be his best man and his brother Alex to be an usher. They wore black Prince Edward style suits, silver waistcoats and lilac cravats. They all looked very dashing!
We had a civil ceremony.
We held the whole day at The Moat House, Acton Trussell in Staffordshire.
I travelled to the venue with my parents and the bridesmaids. My Dad and I are very alike and would have got so nervous we would have had breakdowns if it had been just the two of us!
We had 38 guests to the day and just over 80 in the evening.
The colours we chose were ivory, silver and lilac.
We had lilac napkins, and for our favours we had lilac tophats for the men, and silver handbags with a lilac flower for the ladies. The children had jellybean cones with lilac ribbon.
We had lilac tophats for the men, and silver handbags with a lilac flower for the ladies. The children had jellybean cones with lilac ribbon.
I had a shower bouquet made with calla lillies, white roses and purple fresias. The bridesmaids had posies made with the same flowers, and on the tables we had tall vases with white roses. Pat Cooper was our florist.
The venue handled the catering. For starter we had Melon, followed by iced pink champagne sorbet, for the main course we had turkey with all the trimmings and for dessert we had a trio of desserts – lemon tart, chocolate terrine and profiteroles, then finished with coffee and petit fours. In the evening we had a bbq.
We had a fantastic cake which was two tears with a glass column in between filled with hearts in our colours – lilac, silver and ivory. The top tier was lemon drizzle cake and the bottom tier was chocolate cake. It was made by Sugar Surgeons.
We had a DJ in the evening.
No, we just said if people would like to give us anything money and DIY gift vouchers would be gratefully received.
We spent the night of the wedding at the hotel and the honeymoon at a luxury apartment in Woolacombe, Devon (booked through Marsden’s).
Lots – seeing Mark as I walked down the aisle, my Mum setting her hat on fire(!), my friends little girl butting in on our first dance (she could tell we were dying of embarrassment!). It is just so hard to take everything in.
Two days before the wedding I had a panic about all the attention (I am VERY shy and self conscious) but I coped fine with it on the day.
Like everybody advises, just try and take in as much as you can because the day goes so very fast!