Julie and Mark 30/07/2004 - The Town Hall, Venice St Mark's Square, Venice Joanne Dunn How and when did you meet? We met in January 2004 through a work do.…
Written by Paula Jones Last updated: August 8, 2006
Although we had knew of each other for a number of years, we did not meet up properly until April 2002. It was a drunken Sunday afternoon in the pub and my friend gave him my telephone number. He called 2 days later!
I’m 29 and he’s 31.
We were on holiday in Egypt when he got down on one knee, looked up and giggled at me! He had already bought the ring (pink sapphire and diamond) and had been to see my parents!
Mark went to Amsterdam with 5 friends for the weekend and I had a local hen night in Cheltenham with 20 friends and family members. We stayed over in Cheltenham and enjoyed the spa facilities at the hotel.
Well… he proposed, bought the ring and choose his suit! Although he didn’t do much of the planning, he was a godsend on the day of our wedding celebration party and took over all of the arrangements!
The cafe was so much fun! I spent hours chatting to other brides getting ideas and advice. I also used the countdown, wedding dress finder, and the things to do page.
No, I didn’t discover this until I had made one using anther site!
Spent many evenings looking through the catalogues for ideas! Visited the Birmingham store twice and bought balloons, favour tins and ribbons.
It was a chiffon strapless dress by Mori Lee. Originally I had wanted a pink dress, but couldn’t find anything quite like I had in mind. The dress I finally choose had pink crystal and beading, a front flounce and a puddle train. I choose pink sandals with sparkles to complete my outfit.
As we chose to go abroad on our own, I did not have any bridesmaids.
Again, as we travelled to Mauritius on our own, Mark did not have a best man or ushers. Mark wore a biscuit coloured linen suit from Jeff Banks and a white linen shirt from Next.
It was a civil ceremony.
The ceremony was held on the beach at the Shandrani Hotel, Blue Bay, Mauritius.
We held an evening party for family and friends on our return at Bishops Frome Village Centre. It was such a good night and there was a separate room where we were able to show our DVD of the wedding.
None to the wedding, but we invited 140 to the evening reception.
Not really – pink is my favourite colour, so we had pink exotic flowers on the tables.
Informal buffet, so no table settings.
We took our parents, grandparents and siblings out for a meal on the lunchtime before the evening party where I gave favours. We had the round tins from Confetti, with personalised ribbon tied around them and a jewelled flower on top. Inside we put sweets which we bought (and were made) in Mauritius.
I had a crystal bouquet which I took with me to Mauritius. Our table decorations were from Marks and Spencer!
We had a simple traditional evening buffet for our reception back home with a selection of gorgeous sweets. We enjoyed a romantic candlelit seafood dinner on the beach after our ceremony.
For our wedding in Mauritius we had a chocolate heart shaped cake and for our evening party we had a four-tier cake from Marks and Spencer. We decorated the cake with marzipan seashells and we had a personalised cake topper made by a very talented lady who I discovered on eBay!
We had a disco for our evening entertainment. He was excellent and the dance floor was full all night.
We had a small gift list with Next, but most people gave us vouchers for Comet (we would like a new dishwasher) or cash.
We booked 9 nights in Mauritius at the Shandrani Hotel and got married on the 6th day. We then had a further 3 nights at the Sainte Anne Resort and Spa in the Seychelles. Both were Beachcomber resorts and we booked through Paramount Travel in Leeds.
When Mark saw me for the first time in my wedding dress; it was such an emotional moment and one I will never forget.
Not really, on our cake in Mauritius, it had ‘Congratulations Michael and Claire’ on the decoration which had to be removed, but we thought that was rather funny!
There is nothing that I would have done differently. Advice to other brides – just enjoy it!
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