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Written by Paula Jones Last updated: October 25, 2006
Jason and I met at work – we are the original office romance!
We are both 34.
It was Christmas Eve, 2003. We were at my parents’ house, everyone else had gone to bed and Jason and I were having a late night pre-Christmas drink. He presented me with a daisy cluster diamond engagement ring and went down on one knee. Very romantic and very special and I said “Yes” without hesitation!
Jase had a wild night out with the lads from work (yes, we still work together and I’m the only female in the company!) the night before his suit fitting… bad idea. He was rather hung-over the following day and we feared he might not make the suit fitting at all! He also took all his mates for a lads weekend in Spain. I went to the pub with our mums, and my three bridesmaids. Not what you call a really kickin’ night out but very memorable and highly enjoyable!
Jase handled all the communication with the vicar, and was heavily involved with planning the wedding breakfast. He came to all the meetings with the venue and he even came to a wedding exhibition with me to help find some suppliers.
We didn’t really use confetti to plan our wedding, we developed our own database to exactly meet our requirements. Other than that, I still “think” better on paper!
We didn’t have a confetti web page – I’m still a bit web-page phobic!
We bought loads of stuff from confetti, all on-line. It was so easy and quick and all the orders were delivered to me at work – ideal!
I was extremely lucky – one of Jason’s family members is a dressmaker. I showed her a picture in a magazine of The Dress and said “Can you make something like this?” We had a trip to London to buy the fabric and a series of fittings. I opted for ivory rather than white, as I’m very pale skinned and didn’t want to look even more pasty than usual! What really attracted me to the dress was the stunning burgundy trim round the top and bottom. The dressmaker hand stitched all the beads on the dress.
My bridesmaids were my daughter, Siani, my friend, Debbie, and her small daughter, Ilana. Again, I’d seen pictures in magazines for Debbie and Siani, and Joan made them. Siani’s dress was tailored to include the gorgeous burgundy. Ilana’s dress was bought from Debenhams. She also wore a pair of glittery wings from FairyLove.com, and instead of a posy she carried a wand decorated with ribbons and orchids. She looked so sweet!
Jason chose his best mate, Dan, as best man, and his ushers were close friends Mark, Dave and Gary. They hired suits but Joan came up trumps again with colour coordinated handkerchiefs and cravats.
We decided on a religious ceremony because we wanted something spiritual and special.
The ceremony took place at St Mary’s Church, Rushden, Northamptonshire.
The venue we chose for our reception was Kimbolton Castle, Kimbolton, Cambs.
I’d always wanted to arrive in a horse drawn carriage, but our venue was too far away. So we compromised. We had a horse drawn carriage to go to the church from my parents’ house, and back again, and then another of Jason’s relatives drove us to Kimbolton in his vintage Bentley. I felt like royalty as we drove around the town in the carriage, sipping champagne, and we certainly arrived at the venue in style in the Bentley.
We had 68 guests at the wedding breakfast with another 20 joining us in the evening.
The style of our wedding was “Traditional with a contemporary twist,” and the colours we chose were ivory, gold and burgundy.
The venue was able to supply ivory and burgundy table linen, and our floral table centres were also colour coordinated. The place cards and table names were all done as part of a package by our stationery designer, and again she incorporated our colours into her designs.
We gave our guests personalised boxes containing seeds for a plant called Clarkia Pulchella – Confetti. Neither the church nor the venue allowed confetti throwing, so we thought if the guests can’t throw confetti at us, we’ll throw it at them instead!
How lucky can a girl be? Not only does my husband’s family yield a dressmaker and a vintage Bentley, my new mother-in-law is a retired florist – who came out of retirement especially for our wedding! My bouquet was calla lilies, very simple but stunning. Two of my bridesmaids carried posies of gold roses. The table centres were done in glass candle holders to give them some height as the ceilings in the venue are ridiculously high. The flowers all fit into the ivory and burgundy theme, and the central decoration on the top table included gold as well to make it different.
Our wedding breakfast was prawn cocktail, roast turkey breast with roast potatoes, stuffing, pigs in blankets and vegetables, followed by chocolate roulade. Both my father and I have Coeliac Disease, and so the venue’s in house catering team made the whole menu, including the evening buffet gluten-free.
We decided to go for individually iced cakes, decorated with icing sugar flowers – roses and lilies, with a top tier decorated with an icing sugar bouquet. Each cake was trimmed with burgundy ribbon, and the whole thing was gluten-free. It looked amazing and tasted fab!
We had a pianist playing during the meal which was very decadent and soothing! We danced the night away to the Johnny Harris Dance band. We also held a dove release and fireworks display.
We ended up with three different gift lists! For me this was the most difficult aspect of the wedding, but eventually we set up a list with a local department store, Argos and Oxfam Unwrapped. It worked brilliantly – we’ve had lots of wonderful gifts for our home, and sent three calves, two goats, a cow and stacks of equipment to some of the poorest communities in the third world. We reckon that’s a result!
We chose to spend our first night at home. We didn’t take a honeymoon as we couldn’t really afford it and we’re very busy at work. We’re hoping to move house this year too so it’s all very hectic. We plan to take our honeymoon next year, maybe as part of our first anniversary celebrations!
I don’t have a single memorable moment. The whole day was magical. The moment I entered the church and saw Jason waiting for me and smiling at me was very special. Then there was the carriage ride, the doves, the fireworks…
The nightmare moment happened on the morning of the wedding! My dad was buttoning up the back of my dress, got caught on something and there was a cascade of beads falling off the back! I was so calm on the morning I just kept saying “Don’t worry about it! There’s nothing we can do about it, it doesn’t matter!”
My advice to other brides is don’t allow yourself to be bullied into anything you don’t want, do give yourself loads of time to get ready, and most importantly – enjoy the day!
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