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Written by Paula Jones Last updated: October 4, 2007
15th September 2007
We met at work at Norwich Union and started dating four and a half years ago
I’m 28 and Chris is 31 (just)
He proposed amongst the wrapping paper on Christmas day 2005.
I had an amazing hen do in Lincolnshire. Myself and 14 of my close friends stayed in a Windmill and had a murder mystery weekend. My friends arranged loads of surprises for me and it was amazing! Chris went to Poland – Warsarw for a long weekend, they went quad biking and did lots of drinking!
He had quite a lot of input as we decided everything together. We had a star theme which is because of his astrophysics degree and the wedding colours were based on the Oxford Utd football colours which is the team he loves.
I was on the confetti forums very regularly getting some brilliant ideas and suppliers from the other Brides to Be and Smug Marrieds!
We bought insurance through confetti.
My dress was Ian Stuart Wedgewood, and I travelled 200 miles to buy it in a fabulous shop in Sutton Coldfield where the service and hospitality is second to none. I made my tiara and all of the bridesmaid jewellery and hairpieces myself. My tiara was made my Linda Barlow.
I had 3 bridesmaids, my chief bridesmaid was my little sister and one was my best friend from University and the other my best friend from home.
Chris had two best men, his Dad and his friend. The two ushers were Chris’s older brothers.
We had a religious ceremony
The wedding took place at the Beautiful Abbey in Wymondham, Norfolk.
Our reception was at Weston Park.
We had a gorgeous antique Rolls Royce.
We had 84 people to the day and and 150 in total at the evening.
We had a star theme, where the table names were constellations, and the stationery all had stars on. The colours were blue and yellow which are the Oxford Utd football team colours.
Table names were constellations, and each table had details about their constellation including how to find it in the night sky. Lucklily for us the sky was amazing on the evening of our wedding and the stars all came out. The milky way was clearly visible.
We had shot glasses as favours which doubled as place names, and we filled these with mint imperials.
My bouquet was a contemporary trailing bouquet of artemis roses and pale yellow calla lilles with funky foliage. The bridesmaid bouquets were artemis roses with some blue hydrangeas poking out. My florist was Libby Ferris in Norwich and she is absolutely amazing. We had 3 screens behind the top table which had beautiful cream and blue flowers in. Alternate tables had a tall vase filled with blue hydrangeas, or fish bowls with calla lillies wrapped round.
The venue handled the catering and we had Pate starters, with traditional Roast Turkey for mains and handmade white chocolate profiteroles filled with baileys cream for dessert.
Chris (the Groom) made our amazing cake which was 3 stacked tiered light fruit, with chocolate cigarillos round the edges and topped with blueberries. Stars cascaded down the sides. We also had some cupcakes which tied in with our theme.
We had a trio of flautists on the day at the reception during the welcome drinks. Then in the evening we had a DJ
Our gift list was with John Lewis
Our first night was spent at a small quaint hotel in Reepham, and we spent our honeymoon on the perfect island of Meeru in the Maldives. We booked with First Choice.
The most memorable moment for me was when we were declared Husband and Wife and everyone cheered.
The only nightmare was when the hotel we had booked for our guests accommodation in the evening went into liquidation and we lost our £500 deposit. Luckily we had wedding insurance so we got it back.
I would do nothing differently. Advice I would give is do what you want to do, and on the day the guests will have an amazing time, so try not to worry too much about them. People will really appreciate the personal touch so try to make as much of the stationery and little touches as you can.