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Written by Paula Jones Last updated: August 10, 2006
photos by Photo Cafe Weddings
We met on an internet dating site in August 2003!
In January I was playing Jack in a local group’s production of Jack & The Beanstalk at the Epsom Playhouse. On the last night we were told to take an extra curtain call at the end of the show. Instead of the curtains closing as expected, Ged walked on stage with a huge bouquet of flowers – and a microphone! He told the audience that he had an announcement to make, or rather a question to ask and then walked over to me. After giving the flowers to someone to hold, he produced a ring from his pocket, got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I said yes, of course, and we received a standing ovation from the audience!
Yes. I had a weekend of various things including ceramic painting, a good old fashioned knees up and a trip to Chessington World of Adventures.
Meanwhile the boys went to a New Zealand cricket match in Cardiff (Ged is a Kiwi).
He was great. The reception was held in Ged’s back garden so he organised the marquee, the spit roast & barbecue, the alcohol and also booked the church. He also helped me by being supportive in all the other decisions!
Yes, I used the ‘to do list’ which helped me keep an eye on what still needed to be done. I also used the message board from time to time and got some very valuable tips from it.
I bought some sparkly confetti from the shop in London and also bought a couple of books on-line.
I had a dress by a designer called Dale Lindsay which I bought from the Caroline Castigliano concession in House of Fraser. It’s a beautiful shoe-string strapped dress with beading on the bodice, a low back and a long train. What sold it for me though were the tiny roses that covered the buttons all the way down the back. I bought a cathedral length veil, also with tiny flowers around the edging from the same shop. My tiara and shoes were from a local shop.
I had three bridesmaids. My best friend Jane from school, my god daughter Lauren (10) and my friend’s daughter Eleanor (7). They wore pink dresses.
Ged’s best man was his brother Kim. The ushers were friends Rob (from the UK) and Keith (from NZ). They wore three-quarter length jackets with waistcoats and cravats hired from a local shop.
We had a religious ceremony.
St Michael’s Church in Betchworth, Surrey.
In a marquee in the garden of Ged’s place, also in Betchworth.
Because we were so close to the reception we didn’t want to spend a fortune on a short journey. We found a local guy who had a fantastic white convertible sunbeam which was just perfect for what we wanted.
We had about 90 guests during the day and another 45 came along in the evening.
Pink was the colour of the day! Also, we brought in a Jack & The Beanstalk theme to tie in with the proposal.
All the tables were named after characters from the pantomime.
My mum made brilliant little sacks out of organza and we filled them with jellybeans.
I had ‘Aqua’ (pink) roses and stargazer lilies as these were the flowers in the bouquet that Ged gave me when he proposed. We also had pink gerbera for the table centres. I used a local florist.
We hired in a caterer and he was great. We had canapes while the guests were arriving. Our starter was parma ham & melon, followed by spit roast lamb, new potatoes & salads for main and a choice of summer pudding, lemon tart or strawberries for dessert.
The cake was amazing. I kept to the panto feel for this! We had a book with the start of Jack’s story for the bottom tier, Jack climbing the beanstalk to rescue the princess and the bags of gold for the middle tier and a beautiful fairytale castle for the top tier.
Two friends sang a song while we signed the register at the church. We had a harpist who played at the earlier part of the reception and then a friend’s band played for the evening do.
We had an online wedding list (to keep up with our internet connection!).
Our first night was at a hotel about two miles away. The honeymoon was a surprise for me and was to the Amalfi Coast in Italy. Ged booked it all himself.
All of it! If I had to pick one thing I guess it would be seeing Ged’s face when he turned to look at me walking up the aisle.
Take your time walking up the aisle – I raced up it! Also, ask your photographer, or a friend, to take some photos of the things that you may not notice on the day but which you’ve spent months planning, e.g. flowers etc.