Julie and Mark 30/07/2004 - The Town Hall, Venice St Mark's Square, Venice Joanne Dunn How and when did you meet? We met in January 2004 through a work do.…
Written by Paula Jones Last updated: August 10, 2006
We are both teachers and Mark started work at my school.
We were on holiday in Sorrento, Italy and went for a trip to Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius. We climbed all the way to the top of Mount Vesuvius and when we were by the crater, he went down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was so well planned as I’m into volcanoes and it was an ambition of mine to climb Vesuvius.
Yes, Mark had a go-karting afternoon followed by a night at the curry house and I went to the theatre, followed by a meal.
He helped in lots of ways. We did our research together and booked things between us. We also made our own wedding stationery and Mark’s computer skills really helped there! After the wedding, we personalised all our thank you cards with photos from our wedding which Mark did a great job with.
Yes, we regularly looked at the website for ideas or tips.
Yes, but we didn’t use it as we have our own website.
We bought our table confetti, cufflinks and guestbook online.
I wore an ivory dress with a bodice which was lightly beaded and sequined. The skirt was a straight, A-Line shape. The dress had a detachable train with the same beading and sequined detail around the edge. I wore a 72″ plain ivory veil with a thin satin trim.
Yes, my friend Jane who wore an evening style purple dress and had a small lilac and silver silk flower headband. She had a lilac shawl and carried a bouquet of cream roses with purple trimmed Eustonia. My younger bridesmaid was my cousin’s daughter, 5 years old called Florence. She wore a lilac dress with lilac beaded shoes and carried a basket with lilac silk flowers around the edge and lilac silk rose petals inside. She also wore the same headress as my other bridesmaid.
The best man was Mark’s brother, Peter and the usher was his other brother, Tim. They both wore black suits with frockcoats and lilac waistcoats and cravattes. The groom wore a lovely deep purple suit (frockcoat) with a light purple, striped waistcoat and purple cravatte.
We had a religious ceremony.
St George’s Church, Bickley, Kent.
In a marquee in Mark’s parents’ garden.
Yes, we hired a white convertible London cab. It was amazing! My dad was a London cabbie but he died when I was 16 so this was our way of remembering him on the day.
There were about 250 people in the church (including the children in my class), 80 at the meal afterwards and about 150 in the evening.
Yes, our colour theme was purple and silver. We had purple and silver balloons decorating the marquee with purple drapes. As the marquee was in a split-level garden, we had a beautiful flower bed of purple, lilac and cream flowers running through it with purple (painted) terracotta pots full of flowers too. As we are both teachers, we had a teaching theme: the table layout was hand written on a chalk board and all tables were named after school clubs. We also gave each guest a small tub of Playdough and had a Playdough competition which was judged after the speeches by the best man and usher. The winning table won medals and the losers got wooden spoons. It was wonderful, great fun and got everyone working and talking together on the tables.
We made the stationery ourselves so were able to incorporate the purple theme on our menus and place names. We used a central theme of hearts on all stationery and also used confetti’s silver and purple heart table confetti. We had a purple candle in silver sand inside a hurricane vase with purple flowers around the top in the centre of each table. Tablecloths were white.
Yes, Love Hearts with ‘Just married’ on them, inside small silver bags with tiny purple and silver flower details. We also gave them a tub of Playdough for our Playdough competition.
My bouquet was hand-tied with cream roses and lilac lisianthus. As we had so many flowers already in the marquee from the garden, we didn’t need anymore! The florist also did my bridesmaid’s bouquet and buttonholes and corsages for the main wedding party.
We had a caterer to do our food. We chose to have a cold buffet menu as it was the end of July and in a marquee. We had canapes all around the marquee as people arrived and then had a pork dish, chicken, vegetarian and fish. This was accompanied by hot minted potatoes and a variety of different salads and breads. A cheesecake or tropical fresh fruit salad was the choice for dessert followed by tea/coffee and mints.
My sister made a beautiful four-tier cake with handmade purple, lilac and cream flowers. The spaces in between each tier were filled with flowers so gently came to a point at the top with a cream candle surrounded by handmade flowers. It really was amazing!
Yes, we hired a disco for the evening. They were great and played everything we requested, even the Irish music to keep my Irish family entertained (and everyone else there who couldn’t resist some foot tapping!)
Yes, we an online company but unfortunately had a few problems receiving the gifts.
We went home for our wedding night and, as we were not going on honeymoon until nine days after our wedding, we stayed for one night two days after the wedding in the top suite of a lovely hotel nearby. We went on honeymoon to Sri Lanka and the Maldives which was superb.
Walking into the church and seeing 250 people stand up and look at me, then turning the corner and seeing Mark beaming at the end of the aisle!
There is absolutely nothing I would change, the whole day was perfect. Advice? Enjoy the planning and preparation and the day itself, take a step back and take it all in as it goes so quickly. Oh, and get someone to take a photo of the back of your dress because it’s the one thing you don’t get to see!
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