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Written by Paula Jones Last updated: August 9, 2006
confetti – Jude and Dave’s real life wedding
We met originally in 1995, whilst both in the army but didn’t get together until 2002 when we were posted to Catterick.
We are both 33.
We had come back from a tour of duty in Iraq and went on holiday to Mauritius. I was coming out of the bathroom in our hotel room when I found Dave on one knee, with a ring in his hand.Of all the romantic places he could of done this in Mauritius he chose this time and place. I accepted straightaway though.
Dave didn’t really want a stag night and I just had a meal out with the girls and then went on to a few pubs.
To be honest, he didn’t do much of the planning as I knew exactly what I wanted. He did go to Greenwoods and organise his and the best man’s suits though.
I got ideas on different table lay outs and it helped decide what sort of theme to use.
We did visit the Confetti shop in Leeds and also bought numerous items online.
My outfit was a Venus dress in Champagne; it had a beaded bodice and full-length, skirt with beads on the side panels and a long train with buttons down the back. I also wore a bolero jacket, which was made in the same material, by Poppy Bridal, where I bought the dress.My shoes were made by Carvela and were in gold.
I decided not to have bridesmaids in the end but I did have Harvey, my page boy, who wore a black tail coat, along with striped trousers and a gold waistcoat to match the groom and best man.
Dave had his best friend Lee, who lives in Australia, as best man and he wore a matching outfit.
Hardwick Hall, Sedgefield, Co. Durham.
Our friend. Tony. who has a Jaguar xj sport. provided our car and chauffeuring services.
We had 42 guests and then another 12 for the evening.
We went for a red colour scheme and tried to make it quite simple.
We had bowls of floating candles on the tables with red rose petals in and around the bowls and we had red hearts on the place cards and favour boxes.
The adults received favour boxes filled with chocolate hearts and the children had bags of sweets.
My flowers were a posy of approx 20 red grand prix roses with diamante and red pins, hand-tied with a gold ribbon.The table decorations were kept simple: they were bowls with floating candles, scattered with real rose petals. It was simple but effective.The florist was Flowers by Nattress.
We started with vegetable soup, followed by breast of Cumbrian turkey, with seasonal vegetables, followed by Brandy snap basket filled with fresh fruit and coffee and mints. The venue did the catering and was excellent.
The wedding cake was a 3-tier fruit cake, in ivory icing and hearts. Dave’s mum, Dorothy, kindly made the cake, which was decorated in fresh roses.
We had the resident DJ who played some excellent ’80s music along with music to get everyone up and dancing in the evening.
We decided not to have a gift list and asked for vouchers.
Our first night was spent at Hardwick Hall, although it’s all a bit of a blur, then we went off on our honeymoon the next day and spent it in Hong Kong and Borneo.The honeymoon was booked through Thomas Cook.
The most memorable moment was seeing Dave at the bottom of the aisle and watching his face when he turned round to look at me.
I wouldn’t go on your honeymoon the day after the wedding as we were really shattered and failed to sleep on the plane so spent a day in a complete daze. Apart from that I wouldn’t do anything differently.