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Written by Paula Jones Last updated: August 9, 2006
We originally met around four years ago, when Martin joined the local football team I support; we began seeing each other in 2003.
I am 26 Martin is 24.
Martin proposed to me after only 5 months. We were in my kitchen, when he suddenly dropped to one knee, taking me completely by surprise.
Martin went paint-balling and for a meal with his friends before going out for drinks. The weekend after, I went out with my friend (dressed in sashes and a lovely veil with horns) to various bars before heading to a club.
Martin helped make all the main decisions – he even picked the venue, he also made the invitations, orders of service and seating plan.
I stored all my suppliers, guest list and dress ideas on my confetti pages and spent a lot of time on the message boards early on in my planning.
Yes, I do.
I bought my balloons, table decorations and favour boxes from the confetti store.
My dress was bought from a local bridal store in Ramsgate. It is by Mori Lee, and is an ivory dress, with a straight-cut design, a trained- back and a ruched, boned bodice, hemmed with beading.
I had five bridesmaids: my two daughters, Chloe (7) and Morgan (3), my sister, Jade (14), friend Cheryl, who was my Chief bridesmaid and her 4 year old daughter, Sophie. The older bridesmaids wore plum, strapless ruched-front dresses and the little ones wore lilac bead-fronted dresses.
Martin’s best friend, Kye, was his best man (and did a fantastic job.) We didn’t have any ushers but my brother helped with the order of service and button holes.
We decided on a civil ceremony, as neither of us is religious.
The service was held in a gazebo in the grounds of Courtstairs Country Club, in Pegwell Kent.
The reception was also held at Courtstairs.
Our colour theme was cream, lilac and purple.
We had cream, lilac and purple balloons, lilac table confetti and lilac and purple fabric draped throughout the venue.
The men were given chocolate bars with a tuxedo design wrapper, the ladies, lilac butterfly boxes containing a scented candle, mini love hearts and a chocolate, while the children were given a Disney box, containing Smarties and a goody bag with crayons, a note pad and bubbles.
I did the bouquets myself, the bridesmaids’ were made up of cream roses and lilac and purple tulips, mine was the same with the addition of purple lilies too.
Courtstairs did all the catering for the sit-down meal. We had a choice of crown-cut gala melon with blueberries or egg mayonnaise salad for starters, beef (with Yorkshire pudding), pork (with apple sauce), lamb (with mint sauce), turkey (with cranberry sauce) and nut roast (lime and mango sauce.) All were served with roast potatoes, minted new potatoes, cauliflower mornay, glazed baton carrots, honey roast parsnips, braised leeks with bacon and minted garden peas for the main course. For dessert, there was a choice of tropical fruit salad, meringue Vacherie with seasonal fruits and Chantilly cream, profiteroles with chocolate sauce and fruits of the forest cheesecake. We also had a children’s menu for the under 7s. The evening reception included pate on Melba toast, caviar, mini cheesecakes and chocolate éclairs.
We bought 3 cakes from Marks and Spencer: two all butter sponge and one chocolate, which I decorated myself, with lilac hearts and sugar flowers.
We had karaoke and a disco during the evening reception, which went down really well – Chloe even did a turn on the mike!
We decided not to have a gift list, as we have only recently moved into a new house so we told people that vouchers would be greatly appreciated, if they wanted to get us anything.
We spent our first night at home and, as we couldn’t leave the kids with anyone, we took a family holiday to Somerset and Legoland instead of a honeymoon.
My most memorable moment was the welcoming ceremony we held after the service to welcome Chloe, Morgan and Ryan into the Jenkin family. It was a surprise and the guests didn’t know a thing until the registrar announced it.
I found out I was pregnant after we booked the wedding and discovered the baby was due 4 months before the wedding, so I had a bit of trouble finding a dress, as my bump made it hard to see what suited me. I also had trouble finding a hairdresser, as the wedding was on a Sunday. Thankfully a friend’s sister stepped in and did my hair and my bridesmaids’.
Although we had a friend video the service, I would have hired a professional to do a proper video. My advice to other brides is to relax in the run up to the big day and don’t let the little things stress you out because on the day nothing will matter, as you will be far too happy to care.