Whether you're an eco-chic bride or you just love the idea of an enchanted garden, then this is the wedding theme for you! Beautiful and serene, this theme is really…
Written by Paula Jones Last updated: August 9, 2006
We met on holiday in Ireland eight years ago when we were 16. We were both staying with our aunts – the two aunts are good friends and they introduced us…the rest is history!
Sam proposed last year in Belgium. We were there celebrating my grandma’s 80th. Sam got down on one knee in the hotel where we were having grandma’s birthday meal. There were nearly 30 members of my family there…brave man!
Yes, I had mine in London. We went to a local pottery cafe and painted our own pots. I painted a plate with a hen on it, put the date and asked all my friends to sign it. It makes a great momento, it’s now up in my kitchen. We then came back to mine for lunch – everyone made something. Later we all went out in Covent Garden dressed in a tropical theme. It was such a laugh. My bridesmaids also took me on a surprise break to a spa hotel a couple of months before the wedding which was really lovely. My husband and 14 mates went off to Budapest a week before the wedding. Fortunately there were no lasting marks to his face…but how did he get all those bruises elsewhere?!!
He was pretty good, orgainising the DJ, printing the stationery, writing an excellent speech and generally making me very happy and being supportive!
Yes, the message boards were invaluable. I also went to a confetti event, visited the store and used the budget planner.
Yes it’s http://www.confetti.co.uk/wedding/laura-sam
I didn’t buy any confetti products.
I had a strapless A-line ivory duchess satin gown. It had gold beadwork on the bodice, a low back with buttons all the way down leading onto a long train. The dress was by ‘Venus Bridal’ and I bought it in a bridal shop in Devon. I also had a cathedral length veil with gold detailing around the edges. I bought my tiara from ebay, along with some bridal shoes.
We had four bridesmaids, two best friends from school (24), my cousin(18) and my half sister(7). The older ones wore knee length ivory dresses from Coast, and my sister wore a ivory M&S dress with a gold sash around the middle. She also had a gold tiara. The older ones wore ivory fabric roses in their hair.
Sam had his best mate from school. Sam wore full morning suit with a gold waistcoat. His bestman wore the same but with a silver waistcoat.
We had a Church of England ceremony.
It was in a small church in North Devon.
We had a marquee in my mum and step dad’s garden. It was gorgeous. We had ivory lining with gold drapes. All the table flowers were from the garden.
Yes we had a vintage black Rolls Royce. The owner was a friend of my stepdad’s who has been doing weddings for over 30 years.
We had 130 guests to the whole thing, no separate evening guests.
The theme was ivory, gold and a splash of pink. I had pink fabric petals scattered on the tables, sweet peas and roses in glass jars decorated with ribbon, the place names were written with a gold pen on white card with a pink flower photograph stuck on. The pink flower photo was a them throughout the wedding and also appeared on the table plan, and invitations.
See above! We also had disposable cameras and the table were named after places we are going to on our honeymoon.
No we didn’t have favours, but we had lovely belgium seashell chocolates with the coffee.
My bouquet was made up of white and pink lillies, ivory roses and greenery. We chose the flowers the day before, and my grandma arranged them as well as my bridesmaids who had posies made up of ivory and pink roses. The table flowers were sweetpeas and others from the garden.
We had bangers and mash. We had caterers who were my mum’s friends daughters. For pudding we had chocolate and raspberry torte, lemon cheese cake, strawberries and cream and creme brulee…amazing. We also had canapees of smoked salmon, crudites and humous, thai prawn wrapped pancakes, pate and stuffed cherry tomatoes which was all home made by the family on the morning of the wedding…we didn’t get married until 4pm.
We had three round tiers without pillars. It was baby pink with white polka dots. In between the tiers we had sugar crafted apple blossom. The bottom tier was fruit cake, the middle one had chocolate chunks and we had lemon sponge on top. We cut the cake with a family sword from my husband’s side.
We had a DJ in the evening who played from 9.30 until 1am…he was excellent.
Yes at John Lewis, I would recommend them. People also gave us money towards our honeymoon.
In a local hotel, we had a upgrade on the night. When we arrived there was a group of Australian lads in the bar and they all cheered and bought us champagne. As we are going to Oz for our honeymoon we got some good tips, they were so kind.
When my bridesmaids had left for the church and my dad came to get me from my room. It was emotional and we both started crying. My husband’s speech was also very special, and our first dance.
Yes lots of worry about my friends who live in London, thankfully everyone was all right. We also forgot silly things on the day for example the order of service sheets but they got to the church in the end!
I’d make sure everyone knew exactly what they were doing well in advance as once I was up in my room getting ready I forgot to remind people of certain jobs. Have a guest book, it’s great to read through it. And keep lots of little things from the wedding so you can make a scrap book or keep them in a special box. It really was the best day of my life, so magical and atmospheric I just want to keep hold of those memories forever.