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Written by Paula Jones Last updated: February 12, 2008
25 October 2007
We met in 42nd Street, a local nightclub. Not the most romantic of locations and neither of us were exactly sober but we managed to swap numbers and he texted me the next day to ask me out for a drink
I’m 25 and Rich is my toyboy at 24
It was a Saturday and Rich had been behaving strangely all day. He persuaded me not to go into work for some overtime then promptly left me sat on my own in the pub for 45 minutes whilst "he went to get some cash from the Bank." Then we went to see both sets of parents, went food shopping then he offered to cook dinner when we eventually got home. I was sat watching a film when he walked into the living room, pulled me to my feet and got down on one knee. He told me he loved me and wanted to spend the rest of his life with me and asked me to marry him. I don’t think he was quite expecting me to burst into tears before saying yes then we rang our parents and close family to let them know. We ended up having an impromptu engagement party at my parents house with lots of champagne and stories from when we were little.
Rich went on a pub crawl around Telford and got so drunk he ended up back home tucked up in bed by 11pm! I had a butler in the buff come to my mums house which was loads of fun for me and about 10 of my closest friends
Rich picked the colour scheme of burgundy cream and gold and then kind of had to go along with the rest of my ideas
I used the forums a lot as the ladies on there were so helpful. Also used the table planner and budget planner tools
I bought burgundy favour bags, table trivia, presents for my dad and bridesmaids and the candles used on the tables
I had a two piece princess style dress by Forever Yours. It was the fourth dress I tried on and I fell in love with it the second I saw it. It was very sparkly with a huge skirt and train and I had loads of comments on it throughout the day. It was bought from Wedding World in Ketley along with my cathedral length veil with sparkly bits and bouquet and tiara both by John Frost.
I had three bridesmaids and two flower girls. The bridesmaids were my sister, niece and best friend and they wore burgundy ball gown style dresses from Debenhams. The flower girls were my god daughter who had a cream dress from Debenhams with a cream cardigan from BHS and the daughter of another close friend who wore a burgundy dress from Asda and a cream cardigan from Debenhams. They all carried little cream dolly bags with gold butterflys on them also from BHS
Rich didn’t have any ushers and chose his dad as his best man
We had a civil ceremony as neither of us are religious
Rowton Castle near Shrewsbury
No as we had exclusive use of our venue so we both got changed there
We had about 50 in total
Our theme was burgundy, cream and gold. The tables had ivory linen and I used the favours and candles to add splashes of burgundy.
I used burgundy favour bags and had cream and burgundy candles on the tables with burgundy table diamonds scattered around them and the table trivia. I had a burgundy and gold beaded ribbon to go round the cake
Yes. We had retro sweets such as drumstick lollipops and refreshers in burgundy favour bags
My flowers were done by Poppys in Newport and I had two very simple displays of silk flowers including roses and lillies with foliage and berries decorating the Cardeston Suite. I carried a bouquet by John Frost which was a cream and gold orchid with sparkly crystals and feathers and my bridesmaids had simple burgundy and cream roses tied with gold ribbon
The venue did all our catering. We had roasted tomato and red onion soup to start followed by chicken with a herb stuffing and brandy sauce. Dessert was a strawberry roulade with grand marnier sauce followed by tea and coffee. We had champagne for the toast and a choice of red or white wine or soft drinks during the meal. We had a buffet during the reception again done by the venue
We chose the chocloate roses cake from Marks and Spencers with a maderia cake filling. It looked and tasted amazing and nobody believed me when I said it was from good old M&S!
We had a disco in the evening by DJ Will Tudor who is the resident DJ at Rowton. He was fab
No, we asked for money instead
We spent our first night as man and wife in the honeymoon suite at Rowton. We had a huge four poster bed and jacuzzi bath. We had a long weekend in Dublin for our honeymoon, it was so nice to get away and relax!
During the ceremony my god daughter whos three asked her mum what we were doing and then asked if she could get married too. Rich’s most memorable part of the day was when we went for a walk outside during the reception for a chance to reflect and it suddenly occured to him that we were married! My most memorable moments include being announced as man and wife, dancing with my dad at the reception which was very special as I had promised him that dance when he was in hospital the year before and waiting to walk down the aisle as I suddenly realised all eyes would be on me and I got a bit scared. I pulled myself together and then cried as soon as I saw Rich standing at the top with his dad and the bridesmaids
Errr we had a few! My sister threw a strop over her dress two days before the wedding and one of the flower girls cried her way down the aisle. There were no major nightmares though
Go with the flow and try not to stress over anything that goes wrong during the day