Written by Paula Jones Last updated: June 29, 2010
29th March 2010
We met in January 2010, we met online.
I was 30 and Nick was 34
Funny story, my Dad ended up spilling the beans to me after Nick asked him for my hand in marriage. Nick then asked me on the top of the North Yorkshire Moors overlooking Whitby.
My hen party consisted of 10 very close friends going to gorgeous cottage in Shropshire. Nick had his stag do in Newcastle.
Paying for it!! He also keeped me in check with what was realistic to spend and hunting out the best value for money.
I used the forums lots for ideas.
My favour boxes and table plan were both from confetti. I bought the favour boxes in the Leeds store and the table plan online.
My dress was by Christina Rossi, it had a full skirt and a laced up back.
My bridesmaids wore chocolate prom dresses from Debenhams that i chose.
Nick wore a grey suit with a silver waistcoat and silver tie. The rest of the men wore pink ties instead of silver ones but the same suit as my husband.
We had a beautiful religious ceremony.
St Peter’s Church in Conisbrough which is very close to where we live. It is the oldest building in South Yorkshire.
Rudding Park in Harrogate, it was beautiful and just how we expected.
We hired an Audi Q5 to take us on the hours drive from church to reception.
We had 57 guests in the day and an extra 15 in the evening.
I had a chocolate and pink theme for the day. Neither of the colours featured too much and it was a very sublte look.
We had pink flowers for the tables, the favour boxes had chocolate bows and the sashes on the chair covers were also chocolate. The name place cards had a pink butterfly on.
Yes, small boxes with chocolates it.
My bouquet was a beautiful hand tie, it had 2 shades of pink roses with pink bouvardia. My bridesmaids had cream roses with some pink bouvardia. The grooms button hole was one of the deep pink roses with pink bouvardia to match my bouquet. The rest of the wedding party had cream roses. These were provided by a florist who is a family friend. The top table decoration was also done by a florist and this was 2 shades of pink gerberas. The rest of the table flowers were done by my mother in law, these were pink gerberas in a gold fish bowl with a mirror plate underneath. I opted only for pew ends at the church which were pink gerberas and greenery, these were then taken to the reception and hung on the stair case which looked lovely.
The food at Rudding Park is amazing. We offered guests a choice which they made in advance of the day. The starters were slow roast tomato soup, Yorkshire farmhouse terrine or smoked haddock and parmesan tartlet. The mains were lamb, pork or seabass. For dessert we had pavlova, sticky toffee pudding or chocolate tart. It was amazing. In the evening we has a sweetie buffet and a cheese selection.
We had 3 different flavour cupcakes – lemon, chocolate raspberry and vanilla. These were made by Cate’s Cupcakes in Harrogate.
We had a magician to entertain the guests during the drinks reception. Then in the evening we had a DJ.
We had a gist list at John Lewis which was great.
We spent our first night at Rudding Park then the night before our honeymoon we stayed in the Sofitel at terminal 5. It was very relaxing and just what we needed after all the excitement. We then flew to Thailand for 10 days which was heaven staying in Bangkok and Phuket. We booked this with Kuoni who were faultless.
Walking down the aisle which made me well up with tears. It was lovely leaving the arms of my Dad to then hold on to my husband. I couldn’t let go of his hand throughout the ceremony as i thought i’d just cry.
Some of our close friends who were due to come couldn’t as their son was rushed to hospital.
Not rely on other people as you can only really rely on yourself to do something right.