We met in April 1997, at the time I was at sixth form college and David was my postman, we met on my front doorstep, he was delivering the post and asked me out on a date.
How old are you both?
I’m 28 David is 33
Where, when and how did he (or you!) propose?
We took a few months off from work to go travelling, we had talked about getting engaged as we had been together for 7 years already, however when David proposed it was very surprising as we had only spoken about it briefly, he had booked a beautiful restaurant in a town called Ballina in Australia, the restaurant was lit by candlelight and this is when he proposed, he had been in the restaurant earlier that today to arrange a lovely bottle of champagne, which we took back to our campervan. The lady at the campsite decorated our campervan the next day with posters and balloons….we had lots of people congratulate us, it was a moment I will never forget.
Did you have hen and stag celebrations? If so, what did you do?
I went to Butlins in Skegness with the girls for an adult only weekend and David went to Spain for 5 days with the lads. The Butlins theme was Skool reunion/80’s, The girls surprised me one night by wearing t-shirts with a photo of me on from when I was 5, very funny….and embarrassing.
How did your groom help with the wedding planning?
Yes, he was involved with everything and helped make most of the decisions, he organised the seating plan too!
Did you use confetti to plan your wedding? If so, how did the website help you?
Yes, it was great to get tips and advice from other brides.
Did you buy any confetti products for your wedding? If so, did you visit a store, buy online or by mail order?
Yes I purcahsed some burgundy / cream favour boxes.
Tell us about your outfit, and where you bought it
My dress was Adrienne by italian designer Rosetta Nicolini from Berketex Bride, the dress was hand made and strapless with diamonte’s pearls and ivory in colour. I had a Catherdral length veil to finish off the dress.
Did you have bridesmaids? If so, who did you choose and what did they wear?
I had two bridesmaides, my sister in law and a close friend I have known since I was 10, they wore designer dresses by Emily Fox, the dresses were Burgundy with diamonte beading around the neck line.
Who did your groom choose for his best man and ushers, and what did they wear?
David had his brother and my brother as Ushers and his best mate Mark as the best man, the all wore traditional morning suits.
Did you have a civil or religious ceremony?
We had a Roman Catholic Ceremony, we had to partake in a marriage preparation course six months before the actual wedding.
Where did you hold your ceremony?
The ceremony was held at St Peter & All Souls Roman Catholic Church in Peterborough
Where did you hold your reception?
The reception was held at The Bell Inn in Stilton, it’s a 17th century coach house.
Did you have any special wedding transport?
We had a mark 5 Jaguar in Burgundy and cream to match our colour scheme
How many guests did you invite to your wedding, and did you have a separate evening guest list?
We had 65 guests in the day and a further 40 in the evening.
Did your reception have a particular theme in terms of colour or style?
Our theme was Australia as this is where we went travelling and where we were engaged, we named our tables after all of the lovely places we visited, the wines we chose on the day were also australian. Our colour scheme was burgundy and cream.
How did you incorporate this in to your table settings?
The favour bags were burgundy, the table cards, menu’s and favour boxes had burgundy roses on them.
Did you give your guests favours?
Yes, we gave the men a minuture bottle of whisky and the ladies were given favour boxes with almonds.
Describe your flowers (bouquets and table decorations). Who was your florist?
We used an italian florist called Fiori in Peterborough, my bouquet consisted of Caella Lillys (after my Grandmother, her name was Lilly) and Nicole Roses, which were cream with burgundy tips.
What did you choose to have on your menu? Did you have an outside caterer or did your venue handle the catering?
We selected the menu with the hotel, we had Chicken Parfait for starters, Chicken on crushed leak and chroizo sausage with vegetables and a tangy lemon drizzle cake with Creme Fraiche for desert.
What did you choose for your wedding cake, and who made it?
Our cake was made by a friend of the family, my husband chose the design of the cake, it was a three tiered cake (all seperate teirs) with flowers which matched my bouquets.
Did you have any entertainment during the day or evening?
We had a string quartet playing when we arrived at the reception, we had completey forgotten we had booked them what with all the running around we were doing before the wedding, when we arrived at the reception it was lovely to hear them playing.
Did you have a gift list? If so, who did you have your list with?
We had a gift list with John Lewis in Peterborough
Where did you spend your first night and honeymoon? Who did you book your honeymoon with?
We spent our first night in the Hotel at the Bell Inn Stilton, then our second night we spent our night on the plane as we were flying to the Maldives. We booked our honeymoon with First Choice, they were very helpful.
What was your most memorable moment of the day?
Seeing David for the first time when I walked down the aisle and leaving the church when we both looked at each other and at the same time said “we’re married”.
Did you experience any “nightmare” moments in the run up to your wedding or on the day?
Non at all, we were very well organised, however the week before the wedding it chucked it down with rain, people kept asking me if they should bring umbrella’s, and other people were saying it’s going to get wetter by the end of the week, little comments I wished people would have kept to themselves as it was very upsetting, however our wedding day turned out to be very hot and sunny, in fact it was the hotest day in June!
Is there anything you would do differently, or any advice you would give to other brides?