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Written by Paula Jones Last updated: October 26, 2009
17th October 2009
We met on the 24th October 2003, in a local nightclub. He was leaning on a wall and gestured to me to go over with a little head flick and the rest as they say is history.
I’m 29 and Martin is 38.
Martin proposed to me on 24th February 2007 in Aberdeen Maternity ward. I was on day 3 of Labour with our son who was born a few hours later on the 25th February.
I had a weekend with close friends to T in the Park music festival in July this year. I had a second night out in my home town with 20 or so friend in September. Martin had a lads weekend away in Edinburgh.
He paid for the majority of it while I did the planning!
The forums were a godsend to me, as you will see from my ridiculously high post count! It was great to have advice from other ladies and gents who were in the planning stages. The advice and support shown has been such an important part of the planning I don’t think I would have enjoyed the build up so much without it.
I bought quite a few bits and pieces although it was all online. I don’t have a store local to me.
I wore a 2 piece Phoenix gown. It was ivory with lots of sequins and sparkles. I bought it from Brides Unlimited in Montrose. My crystal and diamante tiara was by Warren Clark and my veil was a Richards design decorated with diamante and pearls. My shoes were ivory with diamante detail. These too came from the same shop.
I had 3 bridesmaids, my best friend Pamela was my chief, my cousin Emma and good friend Leeann made up the 3. They wore black strapless gowns with white detail by Forever Yours bridesmaid’s range.
Martin chose his best man Simon, and his best friend Gary for his usher. They all wore silver Pride of Scotland Tartan with black shirts.
In the Thistle hotel Altens Aberdeen.
In the same venue.
A silver limo which took myself, my parents, 3 bridesmaids and my flower girl to the wedding.
We had 86 to the day and a total of 140 in the evening including the evening guests.
Our wedding colours were black, white and red, which fit perfectly with the venue decor.
We had red gerbera daisies in the displays with black ink added to the tall vases. The favour boxes were black and white and I did thank you letters for each guest; black for the men and red for the women. These letters were personalised for each guest and doubled as the place settings.
We went with tradition and gave to the women only. They had either a necklace, a brooch or a pair of earrings.
I had a bouquet of red roses with pearl pins attached to the centre. The centre pieces were red gerbera daisies. The hotel provided the centre pieces, while my bouquet came from flower design in Stonehaven.
We had melon with fruit coulis for starter, traditional scotch broth followed by chicken stuffed with haggis with whiskey and mustard sauce, and a trio of deserts including passion fruit meringue, raspberry cheesecake and baileys chocolate mousse.
We had a 3 tier Belgian chocolate cake made by JM bakery in Monifieth.
We had a 3 piece swing band called Oceans 3 play for 2 hours and then a dj to finish the night.
Yes it was with John lewis.
The first night was spent in the hotel’s bridal suite. We spent our honeymoon in the 5 star Balmoral hotel in Edinburgh.
Walking down the aisle and seeing Martin smiling at me, while having Metallica’s ‘Nothing Else Matters’ play.
We had many a nightmare with the bridesmaid dresses as the shop we bought them from in Aberdeen was useless! All needed major alterations. The only thing that went wrong on the day was the music cutting out when I was only half way down the aisle! it didn’t matter though, it was still a perfect day.
I wouldn’t change a thing, apart from wishing I could make the day last longer as it went too quickly. My advice is do what makes you happy and enjoy.