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: May 18, 2008
27 May 2006
We met at college in 2001 where we we both doing our Business Degrees. We got together 15 months later.
We are both 25
He proposed in Majorca while we were on holiday – very romantic, on the beach as the sun was setting. A total surprise! I had no idea, & he’d been carrying the ring around with him all day!
We both went out. Myself & a group of about 25 of us hit Truro & Chris & his mates went to Falmouth for the night. The theme of my hen night was cowboys & indians.
A little. He organised the mini bus home for some of the guests & wrote all of the stationary out – he learned calligraphy.
I used the website a lot. I got some great ideas.
I bought some rose petals for the tables. I bought online. we also went to the London store & we bought cameras, car ribbon, favour bags – you name it!
I bought my dress from a local bridal store called Little Anne Maids. It was by designer Sallie Bee & was called Moonbeam. It was a lovely embroidered dress & made me feel like a princess! I had a gorgeous veil that had crystals on the ends & a gorgeous princess tiara!
I had 2. My cousin Amanda & Chris’s sister Louisa. They wore gorgeous bright fushia pink dresses that we got from another local store called County Cream.
Chris had his brother Andrew as best man & his friends Tom & nick for ushers. The ushers wore their own suits with matching ties, & Chris, Andrew, & the dads hired suits from Little Anne Maids.
We had a religious ceremony
Treleigh Church, Redruth, Cornwall
Penventon Park Hotel, Redruth, Cornwall
No, we used family! My uncle Jerry drove myself & dad to the church & then myself & Chris to the reception & my uncle Colin drove my mum & the bridesmaids. It was a lovely personal touch – highly recommended.
We had 100 for the ceremony & wedding breakfast & another 150 for the evening.
Not really, we stuck to Pinks & Silver. The tables were named after Cornish castles.
Yes, they each had 10 mini eggs in an organza favour bag – Fushia pink for ladies & silver for men.
My florist was a local lady who is the best & has been doing family flowers for years, I had a posy of roses, ivory with the ends that were pink, my bridesmaids had ivory roses but a smaller posy. The buttonholes were all roses. My page boy had a pink gerbera to hold. We only had flowers on the top table & cake stand. These were bright pink gerberas. I also had a smaller posy made up to throw at the reception. I dried my bouquet in the shed & I now have a couple of the flowers in some vases around the house.
We had a simple 3 course meal, soup or melon to start ,Roast Chicken or goats cheese for main & proffiterols or fruit salad for dessert. The hotel sorted everything.
We got our cake from Marks & Spencer. It was gorgeous & so much cheaper!! We had 3 tiers of traditional fruit cake with white icing & a simple piping decoration around the edge. They were supposed to have sat one on top of the other, but the icing went soft the night before as the hotel kept the room too hot, so one of my mums friends had to rush out & hire a cake stand!
We had a disco for the evening.
We had a gift list from Argos.
We spent the first night at Penventon. We went to Dominican Republic for our honeymoon. We booked with Thomas Cook. Although we didn’t specify, they gave us the honeymoon suite at the hotel & some champagne & fruit when we arrived.
Um….hard one! Has to be (you may think this strange!) before I left for the church, my dad was very nervous & my uncle had just arrived & his buttonhole wouldn’t stay upright in his suit, so I was hacking the hole with his pen knife while he was holding my bouquet! Very funny! Another would have to be my best friend giving her reading in church. She nearly lost it, but pulled herself back together!
2 words – Interfering In-laws! On the day, the only thing that really went wrong was the cake thing
Don’t be pushed into anything you don’t want. I was time & again & I really wish I had stood my ground. It ruined the whole experience for me. In my opinion, if people don’t contribute financially, then they don’t contribute at all.