Written by Paula Jones Last updated: June 8, 2009
9th May 2009
Antony and I first met around 10 years ago on a basketball referee course – I was 12 and Antony was 18. As he said in his speech, talk of love at first sight would have been a bit inappropriate at that time. However, we both played basketball, and bumped into each other from time to time, until several years later our paths crossed again when Antony would ref our university basketball games. Three years ago we were seated at the same table at a mutual friend’s wedding and our first date was the week after that.
Antony is 31, I am 24
Antony proposed to me at home, in the middle of a game of scrabble.
Antony had his Stag Do in Bristol, involving paint balling, a night in a casino and lots of alcohol. My Hen Do was a Grease Pink Ladies dance lesson, followed by dinner and dancing in town.
He helped pick the venue and the colour scheme, and helped out making the order of services and favours.
I read some of the real life stories and looked through the catalogues for ideas.
Yes, I bought lots of things online!! My favourites were the top hat favours for the men and handbag favours which I personalised for the ladies.
My outfit was from Berketex Bride in Nottingham. It was actually one the lady in the shop picked out for me after I’d tried all of the dresses I liked. I was a bit dubious before I tried it on; it was fancier than the ones I thought I liked, but I once I’d seen it in the mirror, I knew I wouldn’t find one I liked better. It was so comfortable on the day; actually it’s a top and skirt combination, so the majority of the weight of the dress sat on my waist rather than pulling down on the top.
Yes I had my two cousins. They both wore sage green dresses from Coast, with ivory shawls, bags and shoes.
Antony had his best friend Dervan for his best man. His ushers were another of his close friends and my younger brother. They wore tail coats, ivory waist coats and sage green cravats to match the colours of the bridesmaids.
We got married in the church that my Mum and Dad got married in.
Bestwood Lodge Hotel in Arnold.
We hired an Ivory Beauford Tourer.
We had 70 people to the wedding breakfast, and an additional 50 people in the evening.
Our colours were sage green and ivory
I bought the sage green table numbers from Confetti. I added some green flowers to the handbags that I’d bought for the ladies and also made name places with sage green ribbon.
Yes. The men got ivory top hats and the ladies got handbag favours. I also grew sunflowers that guests took home after the reception, and are hopefully growing in their gardens now!
My bouquet was a hand tied bouquet made with ivory roses and fresias. I also had some fuschia pink gerberas in for some colour. The bridesmaids carried ivory bouquets. Table decorations were goldfish bowls with three large gerbera heads floating and bear grass swirled in the bottom.
Our wedding cake was made by Cakes Etc in Long Eaton. It looked stunning on the day and tasted absolutely delicious!! It was made up of 50 individual square cakes made of vanilla sponge, and decorated with sage green ribbons. The top tier was very tasty chocolate cake. On the top of the cake we had a bride and groom, accompanied by a black cat made from icing – our cat Colin.
We stayed over night at Bestwood Lodge on the first night. We still have our honeymoon in Kenya and Mauritius to look forward to – we’re going away in November.
It was all absolutely perfect.
Enjoy every second of it!