Written by Paula Jones Last updated: October 12, 2006
We met through our chief bridesmaid, Fiona, and our best man, Simon. It was on Simon’s birthday night out in August 2002.
I am 23 and David is 26.
It was on my 21st Birthday in September 2003. I was due to be having a big birthday party the day following my 21st birthday. David made me think that he had booked a table at a really nice Thai restaurant for our dinner, but we had to go out to his house so his mum and dad could wish me a happy birthday first. So we got out to his house and there was nobody there…the next thing I knew, he was giving me my presents to open, and then he got down on one knee with my engagement ring in a box in his hand and asked me to marry him! He had no intention of taking me out for dinner; instead he made us a lovely meal (prawn cocktail, followed by fillet steak and the Hagen Daaz ice cream – all my favourite things!). And of course we had champagne to drink with it! That night and the wedding are the happiest memories in my life so far.
Yes, I had two hen nights. One in March for family and close friends and a pub crawl in April with other friends, work mates, etc. David had a pub crawl in April.
David was really helpful and actually really enjoyed helping me! Although the honeymoon wasn’t a surprise, he took care of all that, he booked our photographer and sorted out the registrar details.
I was on the confetti every day, from the very day we started planning our wedding (back in 2004). The girls in the Cafe are so helpful and I got help with lots of things from favour dilemmas to table diamond emergencies!
We bought lots of items from confetti for our wedding. We got candles, feathers, hen night invitations, disposable cameras to name but a few. We ordered everything through the confetti website.
My dress was Maggie Sottero – Cie in diamond white. I wore Pink by Paradox shoes (Paradise) and my tiara was by Ellie K.My whole outfit was from Brides Delight in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Yes, I had three. My best friend, Fiona, my now sister-in-law, Kay, and my niece, Danielle. Fiona and Kay wore matching strapless dresses in a rose pink colour, and Danielle wore the junior version of the dress (she’s 11).
David chose his best friend, Simon, to be the best man.
Our ushers were my uncle, Richard, and David’s cousin, Stephen.
Maryculter House Hotel, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Same as ceremony.
We had two white Rolls Royce cars.
There were around 130 invited to the daytime, and an additional 40 invited to the evening.
Yes, the theme was pale pink and dark pink.
We had two shades of pink feathers, pale pink disposable cameras, clear table diamonds, pink favours, the table plan was outlined with dark pink and the table names, menus on the tables, place settings continued the theme with pale pink and dark pink.
Yes, vanilla candles wrapped in pale pink organza bags, tied with darker pink ribbon and they had a tag saying our names and the date of the wedding.
All our bouquets were different shades of roses and were hand tied. My bouquet had diamante pins in mine and was bigger, while the bridesmaids had bright pink pins in theirs and theirs were smaller. The florist also did a spray of flowers for the topper for the cake. We didn’t have flowers on the guests’ tables, and the hotel supplied the flowers for the top table.
We had: smoked chicken Caesar salad topped with bacon, parmesan cheese, croutons and served with a Maryculter Dressing, traditional Scotch broth, supreme of chicken filled with a local Aberdeen mealie pudding, wrapped in bacon and smothered with a rich onion jus. For dessert we had strawberry cheesecake served with a trio of coulis and freshly brewed coffee served with fudge. The vegetarian option was vegetarian stroganoff.
Celebrations in Aberdeen made our wedding cake. We had three tiers of sponge cake and a separate slab of fruit cake (in case anybody wanted traditional fruit cake). The separate slab was cut up behind the scenes though, so nobody knew it wasn’t part of the cake.
Yes, we had a band called Burlesque and a DJ, both were the evening entertainment.
Yes, our gift list was with John Lewis.
Our first night was spent in the honeymoon suite at the Maryculter House Hotel. Our honeymoon was in Florida (first week in Orlando, second week in Tampa). The honeymoon was booked with Thomas Cook.
Seeing David waiting for me as I was walking down the aisle.
There was nothing major. There was the odd hiccup here and there, but I wouldn’t say we had any nightmare moments.
I wouldn’t do anything differently. Our day was perfect. My advice to other brides is when the day comes just relax and enjoy the day. You and your hubby have been working hard to plan the perfect wedding, so you need to make sure you both just enjoy it! Also, enjoy every minute of your planning – believe me, the months of planning pass by so quickly, it’s unreal!