Mellissa and Nick said "I do" on a bright June day in Yorkshire - and included sporty touches in their decor, befitting their golf course venue! Rachael Munro-Fawcett was there…
Written by Paula Jones Last updated: August 9, 2006
We met just over 3 years ago, when Nick temporarily moved in with his sister, who also happens to be one of my best mates.
I am 28 and Nick is 32.
On New Years Eve 2003, we were staying in together as we were hung-over from the night before and Nick had been at work all day. I had cooked him a pie and he asked me if I would promise to make him the pie for the rest of his life. I said yes I would, at which point he produced a sparkly ring for me.
Yes, I was taken away with nine close girlfriends to a little cottage in Byfleet Hall, near Norwich. We had a weekend of lovely food, booze and a silly sports day. Nick had various drinking sessions with friends but no official stag night as such.
He planned an outline of the music that the DJ should play at our wedding and the disco did go down a real storm. Luckily for me, he also took control in the final couple of weeks, when I was getting to the point of being passed caring and becoming totally ‘weddinged out’ before the big day had even arrived!
I used the website to look at people’s pictures and the message board. I also used Confetti to get venue ideas in the initial stages.
No I didn’t.
I didn’t but was really tempted by a "Mrs. Noakes" bikini for a while!
I bought my dress at Birketex. It was a strapless, sleeveless dress with blue detail.
I had four adult bridesmaids, who wore blue two piece sleeveless and strapless outfits – they looked beautiful.
They wore morning suit, black jacket, grey pinstripe trousers, dark blue ties and light blue patterned waistcoats.
We had a civil ceremony.
At Pendley Manor in Tring.
At Pendley Manor in Tring.
No special transport, although our rusty old Astra was covered in balloons and a ‘just married’ tag for our departure from the hotel the next day.
We invited about 200 and ended up with 180. Only a few people who couldn’t make the day only came for the evening.
Not really. We had candles and candelabras on the tables instead of flowers. Light blue and white where the main colours of the day.
Yes, my mother arranged them as a surprise and I loved them They all had a key ring with some sort of love, friendship, family quote on the back of them.
I had a huge bouquet of cream roses and my bridesmaids had a smaller version with blue berries.
We had melon for a starter, followed by chicken in Parma ham and then praline cheese cake. Unfortunately I was so high on adrenalin I could barely eat mine.
I had a traditional fruit cake from M&S. I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who didn’t have their heart set on some particular type of cake. It was surprisingly delicious.
Just the disco.
We had a gift list at John Lewis.
Our first night was at Pendley Manor hotel, which was lovely, and then two days later, we flew off to stay in the mountains of Corsica.
The actual ceremony itself, we both loved it.
Not really, I think in hindsight things are never as bad as they seemed at the time, although, the flowers only turning up one minute before I was due to walk down the aisle bugged me a little.
Try not to get stressed in the run up to the wedding, really enjoy and savour the planning as much as you can, because you’ll be back from the honeymoon before you know it. I didn’t appreciate what a special time the run up to the wedding was until after the event.
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