Lisa McConnell and Brett Cole Our wedding day, when it finally arrived, was a beautiful sunny February day. I wasn’t a nervous as I had expected to be, but when…
Written by Paula Jones Last updated: August 9, 2006
photos by Simon Bannister
We met when we worked for the same company. I did an audit in his area and because he was a little “difficult”, I failed the audit. This meant we had to work together to make amendments, and he also made amends with me and asked me out on a date.
Andy proposed to me in Madrid, Spain. We had gone for the weekend courtesy of my company as they wanted to second me there for two years. We were in a gorgeous restaurant when he popped the question.
I went for surf lessons in Newquay and to Rick Stein’s Bistro for a fabulous meal. We were too tired from our surf excursions to paint the town red after our meal! Andy went clay pigeon shooting and rage buggy driving followed by a night out in Birmingham.
Andy helped throughout the planning process. He decided the colour scheme and we chose all the suppliers together. He was a dream husband to be!
I used the message boards which proved invaluable and I highlighted the speech writing area to Andy.
We bought our invitations from confetti. They were gorgeous and attracted many positive comments.
I wore an ivory Pronovias dress, with a crystal covered veil. I wore my mum’s tiara, which was very emotional. The crowning glory were my gold Jimmy Choos – and they were worth every penny!
I had two bridesmaids – my sister and my best friend. They wore black fishtail Lazaro dresses and they looked extremely chic and classy.
Andy had his brother as best man and his younger brother and my sisters’s boyfriend as ushers. All the male bridal pary wore black Oswald Boateng suits. They wore Thomas Pink shirts and ties.
We had a beautiful religious ceremony.
St Leonard’s church in Bewdley, Worcestershire.
At Grafton Manor in Bromsgrove.
We hired two old Citroen Cars which were silver. As a surprise I arranged for Andy to travel in a brand new Range Rover.
We had 76 guest during the day, with an additional 20 in the evening.
Our general theme was chic informality. We used predominantly black, white and pink.
We had white table linen and chair covers, with pink organza bows on the chairs. There were lottery favours in pink envelopes and the table decorations were pink peony and rose posies on a mirror plate surrounded by white tea lights.
We had lottery tickets for the adults and personalised goody bags for the children.
Our florist was Alison from Lili Floral Art. My bouguet was pink peonies and roses with bear grass and pearls. The bridesmaids had posies of ‘Dolce Vita’ roses. The table decorations were posies of peonies and pink roses.
We had proscuito ham, mozarella and fresh figs to start, roast Worcestershire leg of lamb for main and chocolate and brandy roulade with strawberry sauce for dessert. The venue were responsible for the catering.
I had a very plain ivory four tier cake with a fresh posy of flowers on the top. The cake was entirely carrot cake!
We had a cartoonist and a classical guitarist for the reception and wedding breakfast. In the evening we had a live band and a dj. The finale were fireworks which were a surprise for all the guests.
We held our gift list at John Lewis.
We spent our first night at Grafton. On the Sunday we travelled down to Gatwick where we stayed at Langshott Manor. The following day we jetted off to Palm Island in the Grenadines.
Our most memorable moments of the day were the service, the speeches and the overwhelming feeling of love and support from our guests.
Not really, all the suppliers we chose were magnificent and did their job perfectly.
I would not do anything differently – it was perfect.