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 14, 2006
We met on 21st August 1998 through a friend of mine – Mark is her brother. We met at their mum and dad’s house for the second time. The first time we met we were both seeing other people.
We were staying at my dad’s in Whitby the night before New Years Eve. We went out for a meal and then got back and went straight to bed feeling a bit drunk and full from the meal! Mark then said to me ‘hurry up and get into bed, I have something to ask you!’. It was a freezing night so I remember snuggling in and I said to him ‘what do you want to ask me?’ (not even thinking what it could be).. and he said ‘I want to ask you if you will be my wife!’ – I cried and couldn’t believe it!! That was 2001.
Mark went to Nottingham for a typical lads weekend. My chief bridesmaid organised a weekend away with the girls in Chester which was fantastic!
He didn’t do a lot really – came to a few wedding fairs to start with then let me get on with it. He tried his suit on and got his hair cut and that was about it!
I used the guest list and table planner to help but used the cafe more than anything else. The hints and tips I picked up from the messages were unreal and helped me a lot.
I bought a speeches book for my dad.
I wore Maggie Sottero ‘Celeste’ in soft blush – satin and organza covered with austrian crystals. It was fabulous and came with a matching bag and stole.
I had one chief bridesmaid, Clare, who wore an ivory dress. My flowergirl, Lucy, was 17 months old and also wore ivory, as did my other bridesmaid, my half sister Louise.
Mark’s best man was Adam, his best mate in the world. Ushers were Rory who Mark has known for a long time, and my big brother Steve.
We had a church ceremony in the village church where Mark grew up.
St Michael and All Angels church in Middleton Tyas, near Scotch Corner.
Headlam Hall, near Gainford.
We had an ivory Beauford Tourer for our car and a Mercedes for the bridesmaids.
80 guests during the day with another 40 joining us in the evening.
Pink (mostly!!), silver and ivory.
I had pink and cream flowers as table decorations, ivory cameras, pink table name cards, pink and silver table confetti and on the top table I had pink candles burning.
Yes – two tubes of the ‘Just Married’ lovehearts in a little box just for the ladies.
My florist was a friend of my mum’s and she did an excellent job. My bouquet was round with pink and cream roses and tied at the bottom. The bridesmaids’ bouquets were similar to mine but smaller. My mum in law made the table decorations and the pedestals for the church.
The venue handled the menu. We had soup to start, followed by champagne chicken with vegetables and meringue swan or cheescake for dessert – lovely!!
A friend of my mum’s made the cake and it was unreal! It was a three tier stacked cake in pink covered in Love Heart sweets. I finished it off with the Tatty Teddie ‘Together’ ornament on the top – it was fabulous!
In the evening only. A friend sings for a living and is fantastic so he played for an hour. This was followed by a disco for the rest of the evening.
We asked for vouchers from B&Q, Argos and Curry’s.
We spent our first night was at Headlam Hall (the venue) and we flew out to Alicante on the Monday to stay in a villa belonging to a guy at work for three weeks.
Saying our vows – I expected to cry but didn’t expect Mark to!
Is there anything you would do differently, or any advice you would give to other brides?
Take everything in as it goes so fast. I wish I could do it all again tomorrow!