Written by Paula Jones Last updated: May 18, 2009
18th April 2009
We met in a night club in Newmarket after a friend introduced us to each other then a week later on the 21th of April 2005 at 11.30 pm in the same nightclub he asked me out.
I’m 22 and Ben is 23
He proposed to me exactly 2 years later on the 21st April 2007 at Alton towers. We went on the ride Oblivion and just before it dropped he proposed to me. then when the ride finished he got on one knee and pulled out the perfect ring. A day to remember.
Yes we both went out in Newmarket on separate nights he had drinks with friends and family then went clubbing and I had a nice meal with family and friends then had a male stripper then clubbing. I was also dressed up as an old granny in a nighty, slippers and rollers in my hair. It was a fantastic night.
I did most of the planning with the help from the family. He chose the rings and gave his opinions. But we bother worked together on it really.
I used the forum for advice from other users and bought a lot of items from the Confetti shop. My favourite being the personalised confetti. I also relied on the planner and to do lists, they where fab.
We bought them online. We got lots of items, my favourite items being the personalised confetti and the mini baskets and buckets for favours.
My dad bought it from Brides by Solo in Newmarket. It was an Alfred Angelo ivory strapless dress with pink embroidered flowers all over it with. It was gorgeous and took lots of time and tears taking it off
I had 2 bridemaids – my sister Charlene and best friend Jade wearing Alfred Angelo dresses that were long and pink with silver embroidery near the bust. I also had 2 flower girls – my sister Gemma 3, and Ben’s niece Daphne, 4 wearing pink dresses from Debenhams with a white fur half jacket from BHS .
They all wore a herring bone suit in navy blue with ivory waistcoats and light pink ruffle tie. His best man Ben. G, ushers Laura and Tom and Dads (mine) Jamie and (Ben’s) Arnold .
Barton Mills church St. Mary’s.
Riverside Hotel Mildenhall
I had a pink limo with white leather roof. It was a dream come true.
We had 61 come to the wedding and altogether in the evening there was around 120 guests
As a little girl I always wanted my fairytale wedding so that’s what I had. Pink and ivory with Butterflies were the theme.
All the flowers where colour coordinated with butterflies in them but the table plans where slightly different. We colour coordinated them with a coloured foil balloons. Each table had a different coloured foil balloon alongside the ivory and pink ones. This worked really well and no one had problems finding their seat. We also had butterfly place cards from Confetti on the favours.
Yes the men had little silver buckets and the women had silver baskets with pink and ivory dragees. The children had lucky bags that we made with a mini colouring book and pencils and sweets and the babies had a soft bear.
Our fantastic Florist was Sally’s House Of Flowers in Mildenhall. I had a shower bouquet with pink callia lillies and white roses and freesias and greenery to compliment. The bridemaids had the same flowers but hand tied and the flower girls had wrist corsages and a wand. The table decorations where the same flowers but posy arrangements and large top table arrangement.
The venue did the food. We had starter of chicken salad or melon, main was either chicken or lamb shank and pudding was chocolate cheese cake. It was yummy.
Amazing Cakes by Jean did the cake. It was a three tier cake on a silver stand. It had ivory icing with scattered butterflies and a spray of gems on top finished with a pink diamante trim. It was gorgeous. The bottom layer was chocolate, the middle was sponge and the top layer was fruit.
We had an evening disco.
No we asked for vouchers and money for a new home together.
Our first night was at the hotel. Our honeymoon was booked with Thomas Cook and we went to the Dominican Republic for 2 weeks, and was absolutely fantastic.
All of it was fantastic but 2 memories that will always stick in my mind were my fantastic dads face when he saw me, he looked so proud and seeing Ben for the first time at the church.
None that I knew about. Everything was kept in control by my mum and dad who did a fantastic job. It was the perfect day.
I would change absolutely nothing. And the one bit of advice would be to relax and enjoy it. It only happens once and it goes very quickly so take time to step back and breathe.