Written by Paula Jones Last updated: August 9, 2006
We met at a country music club in January 2002.
He proposed to me after five months at an Italian restaurant.
Sean went on a shopping trip to London with his brother and then to the pub with my dad, brother and future brother in law.
I went on a shopping trip to Chelmsford with my friends, mum and sister and then we went out for a meal and ten pin bowling.
Sean helped with lots of things but mainly the hall and the church flowers and the stationery.
We got a lot of useful information from confetti.
We visited the London store and bought balloons.
My outfit was a very simple design, princess-style full length strapless dress, with a tulle overlay and a tulle wrap decorated with flowers. I bought it at a shop in Colchester and it was a bargain at £165.
I had three adult bridesmaids (my sister Kelly, Kirsty, my best friend, and Emma, a friend from school) and a flower girl. The adult bridesmaids wore simple full length burgundy dresses.
Sean had his brother as best man. My brother and one of his friends were ushers. They wore a suit of their own choice as long as it was black.
We had a church wedding.
Our ceremony was at St Andrew’s church in Halstead and it was fantastic.
We held the reception at the village hall in Earls Colne, three miles away.
We had a Beauford Tourer and Champagne!
We had 86 guests during the day and 125 in the evening.
We kept it as simple as possible. Our main flowers were roses and we had horseshoes, bells and hearts as our theme. Our colours were ivory, burgundy and silver.
We bought lots of table confetti and balloons in our colours.
Yes we put chocolates on each place setting. Sean and I offered around the rest of the chocolates in the evening.
My bouquet was very simple with ivy, lilies, roses and gypsophila. The table decorations were the same flowers in a rectangle shape. Our florist also produced our stationery and decorated our transport so everything was themed.
We had a hot and cold buffet so the guests could help themselves to whatever they wanted. A friend did the catering.
An aunt made our very traditional three tier cake as a present.
My sister’s friend played the flute and a friend of Sean’s sang. In the evening we had a disco.
We were greedy and had two – Debenhams and Argos.
We spent our first night at a hotel near Gatwick airport as we had to check in at 5am the next morning! We went to Italy for our honeymoon.
Promising to spend our lives together and giving my dad his hat! (my dad is always wearing hats so we brought him one saying ‘father of the bride’ which we gave to him when we said our thank-yous).
I wouldn’t do anything differently and I would say to other brides not to rush around the day before!
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