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: January 17, 2007
We meet at work in December 2000, making tea and fetching sandwiches for a living!
I’m 28 and he’s 31.
Steve very romantically proposed on top of the Empire State Building in New York last December, with a big pink plastic ring. We chose the real engagement ring in Tiffany’s the next day.
The girls had a relaxing, pampering weekend at Center Parcs while the lads had a weekend in Estonia.
Steve was extremely helpful throughout the wedding build-up. He was happy for me to decide on all of the girly things but was very keen to help me make all of our invitations and wedding favours and never lost interest in any of it. He’s a star.
I used the Bride and Groom forum for advice and tips. The girls on there have been really helpful.
I visited the shop to buy some silver cord.
I wore a chiffon Essence of Australia dress with lots of Swarovski crystal detail around the bodice. My shoes were from Rainbow Club. I wore a Swarovski necklace and matching earrings and a faux fur stole.
I just had my younger sister as a bridesmaid and she looked beautiful in her ‘mushroom’ coloured Monsoon two-piece silk dress and faux fur stole.
Steve had his best friend, Dave, as his Best Man and another good friend, Matt, was his usher. They’re all Scottish, so wore their own tartan kilts and Prince Charlie jackets.
The Ceremony was held in The Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire.
The reception was also at The Petwood Hotel.
No, I stayed the previous night at the Petwood hotel, so didn’t need any transport.
We had 84 guests at our wedding and a further 25 came in the evening.
Other than the brightly coloured kilts, the theme was winter white with lots of silver and crystals.
I made ivory crackers for our favours, each napkin had a crystal decoration around it and the tables were dusted in iridescent glitter and table diamonds. There were also lots of twinkly tea lights scattered around.
Yes, we had made each guest a miniature soap to go inside the cracker.
Our florist was the lovely Maxine, from Russell Green Florists. My bouquet was a hand-tied posy of vendella roses, white lisianthus, hypericum berries, ivy and eucalyptus. The table decorations were flowers done in square vases with three taper candles in each one.
The hotel catered for our wedding breakfast. We had leek and potato soup, followed by roast loin of Lincolnshire pork with apple sauce, crackling and all the trimmings. Dessert was sticky toffee pudding.
Steve’s step-mum very kindly made our wedding cake. It was a traditional wedding cake but without nuts – I’m allergic. It was three square tiers – the middle one turned off centre, with simple silver ribbons and sugar flowers to match the bouquet.
A harpist played during and after the ceremony. In the evening we had a ceilidh band and a disco.
We had a small gift list with Debenhams but were mainly given donations towards our honeymoon.
Our first night was at Frimley Hall in Surrey. The honeymoon was a safari followed by a week on the beach in Kenya. We booked the holiday through Somak.
It’s so hard to pick just one – the day was fantastic from start to end. Seeing Steve for the first time at the ceremony was a special moment, though the ceremony went by in a bit of a blur! Our first dance was very memorable – we’d had secret dance lessons and everyone was so impressed with it that we were made to do it a second time!
No. The whole experience has been thoroughly enjoyable.
We had a line-up to please the parents and while it was nice to speak to everyone I was aware that the people at the end of the line must have been very bored – I’m still in two minds about whether they’re a good thing or not. My main advice is just make sure you enjoy it and don’t let any little problems spoil the day. Also, the day goes by so quickly – really try and take it all in.