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Written by Paula Jones Last updated: July 25, 2007
23rd December 2006
We met when I was out for my birthday in Jumpin Jacks in Halifax on 7th November 2003 with my best friend Sarah & Jackie. Sarah knew Kevin, David’s friend, and we just started talking and it went from there.
30 and 26
David took me to Oslo for my birthday in November 2005, we were walking along the Fjords, by the castle and David took hold of me, like he sometimes usually does to give me a kiss, and he told me he loved me to bits and I was the best thing that had ever happened to him and would I marry him. I just smiled, cried and gave him a kiss and hug, he said, “I take it is a yes.” I said, “Yes – I love you so much. It took me by surprise!” We immediately got on the phone to family and they were over the moon!
The stag do was at Slaley Hall for a sporting superstar weekend, about thirty lads went up there for the weekend. I had two hen parties, one was with twenty of my friends at York races and then for a meal which was great fun and the other was organised by my sister and friend, ten went up to Ulverston in the lakes to my brother’s cottage. We had a girly weekend, which was great including bowling, meals, walking and then at night they organised for a beautician to come to the cottage and do lots of beauty treatments for us all and we played bridal bingo, twister and a game which we had to produce a wedding gown out of three toilet rolls and a six paper clips. It was a fantastic weekend.
He helped with all aspects of the wedding(except the dress) and he told me that it was our big day and he wanted to help.
Yes, we used Confetti a lot for quite a few aspects of our day – it is a brilliant website!
Yes, we bought a lot of products.
It was the first dress I saw, I always wanted a dress with red on and I always imagined a Christmas wedding, so when I saw my dress, it was truly my dream dress. It was Alfred Angelo and I bought it from Always and Forever in Elland. They were very helpful. It was ivory. The train was red and there was a red band around the top. My head piece was by Amanda Wyatt and it had feathers on, and my veil had red diamantes on. I felt like a princess – everyone commented on how amazing my dress was.
Yes I had three – my sister Catherine, my best friends of 26 years, Sarah and Samantha. They wore a red Alfred Angelo dress from Always and Forever in Elland. They looked stunning.
The groom and the ushers wore top hat and tails. With the groom wearing a white waistcoat and cravat and the ushers wearing red cravats and waistcoats – they looked very dapper.
Religious ceremony and we wanted as close to Christmas as possible as it is a family time for us both.
We got married in St James Church, Thornton, where I grew up and went to that church as a child. The ceremony was amazing and very moving, my mum read a reading and our friend Clare read a special poem about love. Rev Green, was brilliant and everyone commented how brilliant he was!
The Rock, Holywell Green, Halifax
As a wedding present to David I organised for an Aston Martin DB9 Volante to be delivered the day before and for him to have it to arrive at the church in. He was over the moon and he was the envy of all his friends and had ten of his friends over on the Friday night to look at it! Also the business partner of David organised for a Rolls Royce to pick me and the bridesmaids up and take us to the church. It was beautiful.
We invited 80 people to the day and another 100 to the evening.
It was a Christmas theme and red and my sister and brother organised a snow machine for us!
We had little Christmas trees on the tables instead of flowers and we had a white chocolate fountain in the evening.
Yes we had little Christmas stockings which David’s 80 year old grandma had knitted and we put two chocolate gold coins in them and a betting slip in for the King George Boxing Day race.
My bouquet was red grand prix roses, red berries and silver bear grass. It was fantastic and the bridesmaids’ were avalance roses and the groom and ushers had one single rose with silver bear grass. The top table had roses, berries and bear grass – it was simply stunning. We got them from Sunflower Florists in Kings Cross in Halifax.
We had a menu of vegetable soup, bacon & black pudding salad, or goats cheese tart, then roast beef, chicken chasseur, and mushroom risotto and followed by chocolate delux, Christmas pudding or winter berry pavalova. We had the food provided by the Rock team – it was delicious. In the evening it was a BBQ menu – which was different.
We had two wedding cakes. A three tier fruit cake which my mum made and a friend Elaine iced for us and a three tier fun cake which was made by 3 Tier in Halifax. It had a twist to it with Dave in his Huddersfield colours and a golf club and then me in my swimming costume with a golf ball down my cleavage. It was one tier sponge, one tier lemon sponge and one tier chocolate sponge.
Yes, we just had the DJ from the Rock – he was very good and everyone danced all night!
Yes the list was with Debenhams and we had a request for Superbreaks vouchers.
We spent Christmas at home as it is family time for both of us and then we went to Madrid for four days and then went to the Maldives, it was magical – David surprised me on the wedding day as he had planned it all himself – it was the most amazing time of my life.
The ceremony – looking into each other’s eyes and saying our vows.
None at all. We did a lot of work so we weren’t running around on the last week.
No I wouldn’t change anything at all – it was the most perfect day of our lives. I would advise any other bride to get organised, so that day before you can just get pampered and enjoy the day.