Written by Paula Jones Last updated: August 9, 2006
confetti – Laura and Paul’s real life wedding
The first time Paul saw me was New Year’s Day 2000. I was out with my sisters and one of my brother-in-laws was out with his friends from work. After that night, I found out that Paul fancied me! It wasn’t until March that I saw him out in the club again; we talked and danced all night and it went from there really!
Laura is 26 and Paul is 35.
It was on Valentine’s Day, last year! I had to wait for him to come home from work to open my card, which was a bit weird. I just thought he had got me a funny card as he would usually get me! When he came home, I was sat at the table with our son, who was only 3 months old then. He gave me the card; I opened it and it had, ‘To my fiancée’ written on it. I turned around and he was on one knee and asked, ‘Will you marry me?’ After I had stopped laughing, I said, ‘Yes!’
Yes, Paul went to Torquay with about 10 of his mates for the weekend and all I’ve been told is that they were drunk all weekend! I went to London with 8 of my friends for the weekend; we went shopping, of course, we then spent 2 nights getting drunk!
Paul never did a great deal; he just agreed with whatever I wanted to do, which is the way I liked it – because then I got what I wanted!
I did use the website; it helped with lots of ideas that I had!
No, I don’t.
Yes, I went to the store in Birmingham and bought all the favour bags from there!
I had a lovely strapless dress; it had lovely detail at the top and bottom, which went round to the train; it was a champagne colour and a bargain in the sale from BHS!
I had 4 bridesmaids, all under the age of 9: there where mine and Paul’s nieces, who wore gold and ivory dresses from BHS with little furry wraps! They all had their hair put up with little paper roses in their hair.
Paul had Ian for his best man, someone who he has known for over 10 years, with my brother-in-law and his friend as ushers.
We had a lovely religious service!
It was in St. Martins Church in Hereford.
Our reception was at The Three Counties Hotel, and what a great job they did for us.
Yes, I had a lovely white, old-fashioned car to take me to the church but I cannot remember what sort of car it was as Paul sorted that out and I haven’t got a clue about cars!
We had about 60 invited to the day and about 150 in total for the evening reception.
Yes, I had gold and ivory!
I had a little gold bag with favours in for the ladies, while the kids had a little gold box filled with sweets. There was also a gold and ivory balloon on each table, as well as a little flower posy, which comprised of roses and lilies with a candle in the middle; there were little gold cameras on the tables too.
Yes, the ladies had a little draw-string bag filled with Ferrero Rocher, while the men had chocolate liquors; even the kiddies had a little goodie box.
I had a teardrop bouquet of roses and lilies as did one of my bridesmaids, though in a smaller size. The tables had a little posy on, which had roses, white roses, and lilies, with a candle in the middle. My florist was Hillmans and they did a great job!
We had a lovely soup and roll to start, followed by roast beef, which was so nice; and for pudding we had apple pie with custard or cream!
We had the cake made at Moores; it was just a simple 3-tier cake, which had gold ribbon on, to which we added then fresh flowers – it looked stunning!
During the evening, we had a good DJ, who played all sorts of music to suit everyone.
No, we never had one.
We spent out first night as a married couple at the Three Counties Hotel. We haven’t had a honeymoon, as we have 3 young boys, though we are off to Greece this month, which will be more of a family holiday than a honeymoon!
It has to be when we both read our vows in church!
Yes, I was late arriving at the church because we got stuck in traffic. I was meant to have been at the church for 1.30pm and I got there at 1.45pm… a journey that should normally take 20 minutes, took us 45 minutes!
Just relax and enjoy the day because the day goes by so fast you wouldn’t believe it!