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Written by Paula Jones Last updated: August 9, 2006
Carl & I met on October 7th 1995 at an October Fest in Germany. We’ve been together ever since!
I am 30 and Carl is 35.
I asked Carl to marry me in March 2004. He had asked me years ago and said that when I was ready, I should let him know. So I did!
I had 2 hen nights: the first was with a large group of friends and family. We went to a Tapas bar to start and then went clubbing, and 3 close friends and I had a night out dressed as cowgirls complete with hobby horses nearer the big day! A bit more wild than the one with my mum!
I did try and get Carl involved with the big decisions but he really wasn’t interested with little details. As long as we both turned up on the day he didn’t mind what else went on!
I used the table planner as it saved messing about with little name tags!
I bought some cameras and some party cannons online.
My dress was a 3-piece with a bodice, full-length pencil skirt and a full-length over skirt. The skirts were a blush/champagne colour and the bodice was ivory with blush and copper detail. I got it for a bargain from a shop that was moving and selling off its old stock.
I choose our daughter Ellie Rose to be flower girl and my best friend Tammy Roberts to be bridesmaid. My mum made Tammy’s dress and Carl’s mum made Ellie’s dress. Tammy had a coffee colour strapless dress with an ivory bolero and Ellie had an ivory dress and coffee jacket.
Carl choose his brother Ivan to be best man and my brother Richard and his friend Adie to be ushers. Carl and Ivan wore black Prince Edward jackets, stripped trousers and the ushers and dads wore black lounge suits. They all wore ivory waistcoats with a swirl pattern and pale gold cravats and hankies. We used Moss Bros and they were great as Carl and his brother are very tall and normally have a problem getting stuff to fit!
We had a Church of England service in our local church.
St Marks Church, Bilton, Rugby, Warwickshire.
Dunchurch Park Hotel.
We choose a Daimler limo for my mum and bridesmaids and a Rolls for me and dad. I stayed at my mum & dad’s house the night before with the maids so we had a 40 minute journey to get to the church.
There were about 80 people at the church although not all of them came to the sit down meal. I have endless cousins and would have loved for them all to attend the whole day but I had to draw a line on numbers somewhere! There were 43 guests at the sit down meal and we had the hotel lay on food in the bar for all the other guests that would be going onto the evening do. About 110 people came in the evening.
I wanted everything to be very traditional and chose to have ivory, gold and coffee as the main colours.
My mum and I made all the invitations and kept the colours the same throughout. The same ribbon was used on the invitations, orders of service, place cards etc.
I made up traditional net favours and gave them to all the female guests in a coloured champagne glass.
I had dark red foliage and berries along with pale pink and ivory roses. I had a shower bouquet and the bridesmaids had posies with the same flowers and collars made from left over dress fabric.
We had prawn cocktail to start as its Carl’s all time favourite, roast pork with apricot stuffing to follow and apple tart with crème anglais and cinnamon ice cream – Yum!
My aunt Freda made our cake for us and it was stunning – very plain but just what I wanted. The bottom tier was fruit and the top 2 were sponge.
We had a Mix disco at the evening do and he did a great job!
We didn’t have a gift list, if people asked us for ideas we suggested B&Q vouchers towards a new bathroom.
We stayed at Dunchurch Park as the room was complimentary. We didn’t go away anywhere, we just chilled out at home for a week.
There are too many to put down! Getting ready with my mum and best friend; the drive to church with my dad; the actual service was lovely and we had a power cut half way through; the first dance was brilliant, we had ‘The time of my life’ from Dirty Dancing and hadn’t told anyone what it was going to be so that went down well. The whole day!
Our photographer was pants! Apart from that, everything was fine!
On the day, let go of all responsibility. I know that sounds daft but you end up worrying about things like flowers and Bucks Fizz when you should be enjoying the best day of your life! I was still making sure everyone was alright and happy until about 11.30pm and there was no need for me to, I just felt I had to after all that planning and preparation! But it is not your job on the day!
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