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 met on Cleethorpes Pier which isn’t quite as bizarre as it sounds – it’s nightclub!
He didn’t and still hasn’t. We just decided to get hitched!
I had moved to Derby where Paul lives so I went back to Grimsby, went for a meal with all my friends and then round the pubs. Paul had a night out in Derby with his friends.
Ha Ha – groom and planning don’t quite go together! He came with me to see the car and to choose morning suits.
I used the forum quite a lot.
We were in London one weekend so I dragged him down Tottenham Court Road to the Confetti store to get my favours.
I bought my dress from Alison Evans Bridalwear in Swadlincote. It was designed by Margaret Lee – a strapless gold brocade bodice with a full ivory skirt and full train. I wore a waist length two tier veil with a handmade tiara and I had the crystals cut out of my mum’s headdress put into it.
My best friend Louise was my chief bridesmaid and I also had Paul’s niece Sarah as a bridesmaid. They both wore wine coloured Mori Lee dresses.
Paul’s best friend Dave was his best man, and my uncle and Paul’s brother in law were our ushers
We had a religious ceremony.
All Saints Church in Waltham, Grimsby.
Hotel Elizabeth in Grimsby.
Yes, a 1932 Rolls Royce – built in Derby!
We had 60 guests in the day and another 100 in the evening.
The colour scheme was gold and ivory – we had a very traditional theme.
Yes, miniature bottles of Estee Lauder Beautiful (my wedding fragrance) and gold and ivory traditional favours containing Confetti chocolate dragees.
A florist in Grimsby did my bouquets and they did the most amazing job! I had ivory ‘Singapore’ orchids, ivory freesias, champagne and ivory roses and beargrass. My friend Jane used to be a florist and she made 60 buttonholes and 10 pew ends. She sat in my back garden the night before for five hours and she did an amazing job!
The venue did all the catering. We had a three course dinner (soup or melon for starter, beef or turkey for main and apple pie or profiteroles for pudding).
My great aunt made the cake. It was beautiful and more than I could ever have wished for.
A local band played. They were brilliant and had the whole room up and dancing!
We didn’t have a gift list – most people gave us cash or vouchers.
Our first night was spent in the hotel. We honeymooned in Las Vegas and San Francisco.
Having my photo taken sitting on Paul’s motorbike!
I’d have relished every minute more – it all goes by in a flash!