Written by Paula Jones Last updated: November 11, 2009
We met at our local pub in March 2006.
I am 22 and Jonathan is 29.
I went for a meal with all my close family and then went into Norwich city centre clubbing with all the girls. Jonathan went on a big pub crawl with all his brothers and a few friends.
Jonathan didn’t really get involved, he knew I had a dream wedding in my head and let me get on with it. I did ask for his opinion on things but he was happy to let me get on with it. I did lots of research on Confetti and on the forums before the big day and it was all such a great help.
Yes everyday I was on the forums asking the other girls for help and advice. I made some great friends on the forum and can’t resist now popping online to help other brides out.
I bought a few bits for the tables such as cameras and I purchased them online as I didn’t have a store close by.
I wore a Bonny Bridal dress. I tried on about 5 dresses but as soon as I tried ‘my dress’ on I knew it was the one and got it there and then.
Yes I had 5 bridesmaids. I had my 2 best friends Gemma Bean and Melanie Carter, Gemma’s 2 year old daughter Lillie-Grace, my cousin Chantelle Craske and Jonathan’s 3 year old niece Kaila Hubbard.
Jonathan had his dad as his best man. My brother Gavin Craske was usher.
We had a religious ceremony at Thorpe St Andrews Church in Norwich
Thorpe St Andrews church Norwich
The Oaklands Hotel, Norwich
Yes my mum and dad surprised me on the day with a horse and carriage; something I think I have never seen in a city! It made my day and made me cry …to the anguish of my make up artist!
Jonathan comes from a big family (he is one of 11 children) so we only had immediate family of 70 to the sit down and then an extra 60 guests in the evening.
Our theme was red and ivory.
We had red favour bags, ivory cameras, red and ivory gems on the tables and red and ivory table names.
Yes they had red favour bags with sugared almonds. The children had jelly beans.
Our florist was Constance Webster. My flowers were red and ivory roses.
We had a sit down meal of melon/soup for starter a roast beef dinner and profiteroles/cheese cake for desert. We had chocolate mints and tea/coffee afterwards
We had a 4 tier wedding cake. Our bottom tier was Fruit, then sponge then carrot cake. The top tier was fruit which we have kept and had frozen as my mum wanted to keep the tradition of keeping it for the christening of our first child.
Yes we had a DJ in the evening. We also had a massive chocolate fountain which went down very well with the kids (and he big kids!)
No we didn’t have a guest list. Most people were kind enough to give us vouchers/money.
We spent our first night in the Oaklands hotel we then drove to Gatwick the next day and flew to Tunisia for our honeymoon for one week
Just seeing all our friends and family all together having an amazing time. Also just showing everyone how much we love each other. It was the BEST day of our lives!
Yes, my seamstress broke her wrist a few days before the wedding when all of my alterations needed doing! Was a big panic but I ended up just wearing big bright pink wedge high heel shoes! Which I laugh about now!
Just enjoy every minute. Don’t worry if things go wrong…its the best day and you will love it! Make sure you have a good photographer!