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Written by Paula Jones Last updated: August 13, 2009
Well we first met at a local pub we were introduced my Jonathan’s friend and the first thing he did was offer to buy my a drink and then spill it all over my brand new bag we laugh now that he thought that was going to be the first and last date lol
Bride is 22 Groom is 29
Well my nanny was very ill in hospital at the time with terminal cancer so hubby wanted to be able to propose in order for her to be able to be here so on 3rd November 2006 he proposed in my bedroom and my parents house but it was very romantic
Yes I had just close family and friends to my hen night we went for a lovely meal and into Norwich City centre where we got VIP treatment in some clubs with some complimentary bubbly it was a really fun night! The Groom went to the local pub and into the city centre to some bars with his stags.
Jonathan like most men was pretty easy going to be honest he let me decide most things i would just check in with him on certain things and he would be like ‘yes i like that better’ but to be honest me and my mum did most of the planning and of course most of the girls on confetti helped too 🙂
Yes i used the forum all the while it was lovely to be able to talk to fellow brides about the ups and sometimes downs of wedding planning and being able to share tips and hints was so helpfull i think ill always be on confetti trying to help other brides! lol!
I brought my dress from Dreams Bridal in Norwich I tried on a few different styles and shapes but as soon as i tried mine on i knew it was the one it was very flattering to my shape and it was VERY sparkly and i love all my sparkles so fell in love with it!
I had 5 bridesmaids. My Husband is from a big family so it was really hard picking out our bridal party so we decided to pick one family member from each side so I had my cousin chantelle and Jonathan had his Neice Kaila then i had my two friends Melanie and Gemma and Gemmas 2 year old daughter lillie-grace
Jonathan chose his dad as his best man as he has 8 brothers so picking one would of been difficult but as soon as he thought about his best man he knew he wanted his dad because his dad has always been like his best friend and it was really lovely having him as such an important part in our day. We also had my brother Gavin as the Usher suprising he actually turned up on time which i was abit worried about as he is not the best time keeper!
We had a religious Ceremony in a lovely little Church in Thorpe St Andrews along the river
Thorpe St Andrews episcoppi Church Norwich
The Oaklands Hotel Norwich
My wedding transport for me was one of the most special parts of the day I thought I was having a rolls royce car and thought no different when the car arrived and we went outside the front of my parents house for pictures. The next thing i heard clip clop coming down the street considering we live in a city this is something that we never hear and i saw this beautiful horse and carriae come up the road i turned to my dad and said ‘thats not for me’ and he replies ‘I dont know anyone else getting married today’ I broke down crying it was such an amazing suprise and something I have always dreamed of having a cinderella haha
we had about 70 people to the day time which was just immediate family and to the evening we had an extra 60 guests.
My colour scheme for Red and Ivory
My favour bags wre red the menus were ivory and red the place cards were ivory and red. we had ivory and red baloons and red and ivory confetti on the tables
Yes we gave the traditional sugared almonds to the adults and for the children I did them all their own individual favour bags with their names on with little jelly eggs in them so they looked like their parents but were obvioulsy suitable for the children.
Our florist was constance webster in thorpe st andrews norwich and i could not recommend them more the flowers were amazing! Just how i dreamt! The lady went out of her way shutting her shop so she could give you her individual attention and looking through books with us she really wanted to do the best she could for us!
The venue did the catering and the food was amazing we had a 3 course sit down meal and everyone was commenting how lovely the food was!
We had a 4 tier stacked wedding cake with red roses around the tiers. we decided to have 3 different flavours so everyone would be able to hopefully have a slice so we had fruit cake which is what the groom wanted and my favourite cake is carrot cake so we had a tier of that and then we had a tier of sponge also.
Yes we had a DJ and also a massive chocolate fountain which i thought mostly the kids would enjoy but actually everyone seemed to love it!
We didnt have a gift list but our friends and family were very kind and mostly gave us money and gift vouchers
we spent the first night staying at the venue then my mum and dad picked us up from the hotel the next morning to whisk us away to the airport where we went to Tunisia for 1 week it was a lovely relaxing holiday and the weather was lovely.
Definatly the horse and carriage but just seeing all our family and friends together was lovely everyone was happy and seemed to be having a lovely day
we had a couple of moments with the suits coming in wrong sizes and having to go back several times until they were ready but the biggest nightmare was 3 days before the wedding my seamstress broke her wrist and was unable to do the alterations too my dress so my dress was a couple of inches too long still with my 2″ heels so I had to go out and buy 4″ heels but obviosuly a few days before I couldnt really get bridal shoes so I ended up going out and buying bright pink shoes!
Nothing my day was perfect and just would love to do it again it was definatly the most amazing day of my life!
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