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Jessica and Justin’s Real Wedding by Ava Images

Written by    Last updated: February 21, 2014

How do you bring Mexico to a pier in Torquay? This week’s Real Wedding couple Jessica and Justin know how… maracas, piñatas and lots of colour. With the help of their family they transformed the pier in to a rainbow of Mexican goodies. Impressively a lot of the decorations were handmade! We should really thank Ava Images for letting us share a wedding infused with so much culture and colour, a much needed treat this gloomy winter.  


Jessica and Justin

Bride and Groom… Jessica and Justin

Wedding date… Thursday 2nd January 2014

We met… Through the Bristol Triathlon Club after completing our Ironman races.

The proposal… Justin proposed on my 30th birthday in Kuwait, where we are currently living. He organised a party for me and had arranged for video messages from all my family and friends in the UK and Mexico. It was very emotional. After an amazing party we got home where he proposed, just me and him…it was perfect.

I knew he was ‘the one’… The day I met him, he was a true gentleman.

Length of engagement… 9 months.

How did help in your big day? I read articles on Confetti which helped me prepare for the big day!

To Jessica and Justin message

Silver wedding bands

Our wedding ceremony was… Held in my home town at the Spanish Barn in Torquay.  70 people attended which included some relatives from Mexico and a dear friend from Kuwait.  We had a non-religious, very colourful Mexican themed wedding. My mum, who is Mexican, had made all the decorations herself; paper flowers, decorated jars and papel picado. We also had some maracas bought over from Mexico which we placed on chairs for people to rattle when we kissed at the end of the ceremony. Both of our readings were read by my best friends; one of which was about cycling which was just perfect for the both of us.

Spanish Barn in Torquay

The groom

The groom and friends

Our groomsmen were… Justin’s’ best friend, Mike with his two boys, Max and Archie as our ushers.

The groom with his groomsmen and ushers

Our bridesmaids were… My sisters Jenny, Claudia and Susana.

The bridesmaids

The bride and her father

The bridesmaid

The bride

My dress was… A Veromia dress and it was a wildcard dress! I went dress shopping with my sisters, Mum and my two best friends. I had an idea of the dress I wanted, something very simple; strapless, fishtail with little detail. The shop assistant in The Bridal Box Torquay recommended a dress for me to try on which I wasn’t keen on at all; it wasn’t what I was looking for. When I tried it on, I took a moment for myself in the changing room to take it all in… I loved it! I walked out to show the others and they loved it too! Mum cried and my sisters got a little teary eyed! I knew it was the one there and then but tried on others afterwards just in case. My mum went back the next day to put down the deposit.

The bride 1

The bride with her father and bridesmaids

Bride with her father

Bridal bouquet

This article was written by

Sahdia Qayyum
Sahdia Qayyum has over six years experience in the wedding industry as a planner and designer; she has a clear vision of what brides are looking for.
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