Sarah and Les 26/02/2006 - Lakeside Hotel, Newby Bridge Where, when and how did he (or you!) propose? In a club in Morecambe. How did your groom help with…
Written by Paula Jones Last updated: August 9, 2006
We originally met about 8 years ago in Beverley, East Yorkshire. We met through a friend, who was in the year above me at my first senior school (my family moved in my 3rd year.) We finally got together (he persevered!) in February 2004 after a night out in Hull where we very rarely go out!
I am 28 and David is 31.
David proposed in my favourite childhood place – the Deer Park at Normanby Hall Country Park. It was raining on Easter Saturday and I had a feeling what was coming! He got down on one knee, got wet and I screamed, "YES!" at the top of my voice, startling all the deer.
For my hen night, my mum and I and 9 of my friends went to Liverpool for the weekend. We did a bit of shopping, had a lovely meal at Est Est Est on the Albert Dock and then hit the bars. It was fantastic and I was so pleased with it all. I have a wide-ranging set of friends (older and younger!) and I was slightly apprehensive about how they’d all get on, but everyone got on fine and had a great time. The only disappointment was that my Chief Bridesmaid couldn’t be there as she had to work. The boys left it far too late (typical of my new hubby!) to organise anything but they had a Chinese meal and some drinks in the town where we live then went go-karting on the Sunday morning. Apparently a great time was had by all!
He didn’t! I involved him with everything (apart from the colour scheme as that was a foregone conclusion!) and his standard line was, "Whatever you want honey."
I used the Café loads in the final run up to the big day and also the shop.
Yes, I purchased goods online. My Dad also had to have a trip over to the Leeds store to pick up some bits for my Mum for the hen weekend, as she’d left it too late to order online! Bless him!
My dress was a Ginnis dress, ivory halter-neck with beading and crystals leading into a chapel train. It was the first dress I tried on and I wasn’t sure what sort of dress I wanted at all but fell in love with it straight away. I kept forgetting what it was like but still loved it every time I tried it on! My tiara was a silver crystal one and I had a single-tier veil.
I had two bridesmaids: my best friend (Claire) from my second school and my second cousin (Alex) who’s 14. They wore Hilary Morgan dresses, Claire in dusky pink and Alex in pale pink, they looked stunning!
– David had two best men – his Dad, Les and his friend of 17 years Howard. His ushers were my two brothers, Stephen and David. They all wore traditional morning suits with pink cravats (David’s was Dusky pink and all the others were pale pink to match the bridesmaids’ dresses).
We had a lovely religious ceremony in the parish church where my parents live, St. Mary’s. It was a fabulous service although the vicar kept mentioning rugby and we’re both big football fans!
St Mary’s Church, Kirkburn.
Willerby Manor Hotel, Willerby.
We hired a Humber Pullman Limousine, although a different one turned up to the one we’d chosen on the day! I never did get an explanation why! It was the same as the one we chose though and looked beautiful.
We invited 120 people to the whole day and 111 came. There were about 45 extra that came to the evening reception.
PINK! I love pink (it’s the only girly thing about me, hence why I had no idea what sort of dress I wanted!) We wanted it to be very relaxed but getting married in church was important to me.
Everything was pink! My sister-in-law made all the table decorations (a shallow bowl with a dusky pink candle in, surrounded by cream silk roses.) Disposable cameras were on each table.
For the ladies, I bought some small gel candles in glass with rose petals and put them in ivory tulle, tied with ribbon that matched my invitations. They also had a bookmark with the same ribbon on and a poem. The gents got top hats filled with chocolate footballs. The top hats had ribbon that matched the colour of the candles.
My sister-in-law made all my bouquets, table decorations, buttonholes, pew-ends and corsages with silk flowers. I suffer terribly from hay fever and knew that fresh flowers were a definite no-no from the off! My bouquet had pink and cream roses in a tear-drop style with some ivy and pearls. There was also a small diamante in the centre of each rose which twinkled beautifully and still do! The bridesmaids’ bouquets were posies of cream roses.
We had melon to start, followed by chicken supreme and cheesecake for dessert. The venue handled the catering and it was wonderful. For the evening we had pie and peas.
My Mum made my wedding cake – a three-tier number, iced by a lady in Driffield. It was very simple with different shades of pink hearts (on wires) all over and coming out of the top.
During the day the children guests were the entertainment! In the evening we had a great singer and a disco although looking back the DJ had an easy job as the singer was enjoying himself so much he went way over his allotted time!
We had a gift list with Debenhams and they handled everything perfectly.
Our first night was spent at the reception venue. For our honeymoon we went to Kuala Lumpur and the Pangkor Laut Resort in Malaysia. We booked it all ourselves on the internet.
I have so many! David’s speech was very emotional as he lost his mum 7 years ago. My dad crying all morning was very memorable, as was seeing everyone in church waiting for me. Sitting with David on the way to the reception in the car was lovely and his dad welcoming me into the family was a lovely moment too.
Not any that particularly fazed me! Alex’s dress hadn’t arrived a week before, my hairdresser pulled out with 9 days to go and I lost my something old. As I mentioned before, they sent the wrong car although that didn’t bother me as it was exactly the same!
Get married at 9am! Everyone tells you it’ll go so fast, and it does. Don’t worry about the slightest detail, it doesn’t matter. I wasn’t nervous at all and couldn’t wait to be Mrs. David Atkin.