Written by Paula Jones Last updated: July 13, 2009
11 June 09
We met through a mutual friend at a dodgy club in Essex, I said to my friends boyfriend, who is that guy dancing over there then he introduced us – very embarrassing but very worth it!
I am 24, he is 25
We decided to go to South Africa in 2007, on the first day, we went to table top mountain to a lovely restaurant, he asked if I would like to see the sunset, to which I replied “NO! its way too windy out there”, he persisted, so I went out with him on the big veranda, he took me to the side and said ‘I haven’t just brought you here for a meal’, and got down on one knee!
He went to Spain (!) in a villa with 10 friends, I went to Brighton with 20 girls and had a scream!
He was very helpful, he chose the band, helped with me with colour schemes, his buttonholes and his and best men’s suits etc. He was very helpful.
Yes I used the forums for hen parties and honeymoon ideas along with real wedding pics for colour schemes and flower and dress ideas.
I wore a Mori lLee big dress in white which I felt like a princess in all day!
I had two bridesmaids, my first cousin and my sister in law, they had bright red to the floor dresses on.
Bradley chose his brother and best friend for his best men and had 3 ushers who were his friends, they all wore grey tailed suits with ivory waistcoat and gold cravats – it really looked gorgeous!
I am Jewish and he is Christian so we had both! A registrar came in and when she had gone, we had a vicar and a messianic Jewish rabbi to marry us afterwards! It worked so well.
Stockbrook Manor in Brentwood
Stockbrook Manor in Brentwood
We had a Rolls Royce Phantom, a Mercedes and Bradley drove there in a Merceded sports car!
180 to the day and about 30 to the evening! Phew!!
We wanted everything very light and bright and fun like our personalties.
Yes, we had red fake petals sprinkled on each table with red and white gladioli flowers and short roses
Yes we had red favours filled with chocs and little suit boxes for the men – these went down very well.
It took me a year and a half to decide what flowers I wanted! So much so that I actually chose them a week before I got married- not a good idea but I had a domed slight shower grand prix roses with green leaves and bridesmaids has white peonies which looked stunning. My florist was Drake Algar
The venue did the food and we had melon to start, then roast beef, yorkshire pud and all the trimmings then toffee pudding to finish
My mother in law’s friend made it, we had lemon for one tier, chocolate for second tier and fruit for third and we used square vases for the tiers instead of pillars with red and white flowers on – it looked stunning.
We had a band called China Grove
No we didn’t have a gift list
We spent our first night in the Holiday Inn near the venue and honeymoon was the day after in Thailand (Samui, Koh Pan Nang and Bangkok) in June booked through a friend who then booked it with Kuoni – Thailand was amazing and so hot! People have got to go!
We had Jewish Iisreali dancing up on chairs and spinning around – it was so funny and we were on such a high hours after doing it.
Yes, my dad was rushed into hospital the night before the wedding and couldn’t make it to the big day, I didn’t know whether to get married or not but he told me I had to and that Mum had to give me away, we are having a second ceremony next weekend so I have pics with Dad but it felt very weird on the day.
I wouldn’t have done anything differently, I made sure that I spent time with my new husband and danced wit him and walked round with him during the day, we spent a few minutes just us two chatting and looking at the venue to take everything in – that’s my advice – take everything in otherwise you might lose yourself in it.