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Written by Paula Jones Last updated: August 10, 2006
confetti – Tamasine and Chris’ real life wedding
We’ve always known each other, but after a show that we were both involved in we got to know each other better!
On Valentine’s night, 2002, after a trip to the theatre!
We both went out for meals with friends and family. Chris went bowling and to a Thai restaurant. I went to a little restaurant close to home and had a ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ theme…including a Tiffany cake!
Chris sorted out all the church music. We’re both musicians so it was very important to us…he had a lot to do! He also booked our jazz band for the evening party, as well as keeping me sane over two years of planning!
Yes, I was regularly on line checking out new ideas and getting inspired!
Yes! All our guest loved it!
We bought all our favours (silver degrees in blue organza bags), car ribbons, champagne bubbles for the tables (an idea picked up at a friend’s wedding) and table cameras (which were fantastic!). I’m lucky to live near London so was able to go to the London store.
I had the most beautiful wedding dress, I really felt like a princess. It was the fifth dress I tried on at the first shop, and I knew I had to have it! It had a cathedral length train, and I wore a tiara and full length veil. I bought it at Castigliano Collections in London.
I had two older bridesmaids (my two best friends) who wore pale blue evening dresses from Debenhams. I also had two flower girls – my little 2nd cousin who’s six and Chris’s three-year old niece. My sister made dresses for them – cream silk with sashes to match the older bridesmaids dresses.
Chris had his brother Nick as his best man, with two of my brothers and two close friends as ushers. My eldest brother gave me away in memory of my father who died last year. They all wore traditional morning dress.
We had a religious ceremony.
Croydon Parish Church.
Selsdon Park Hotel in Croydon.
Yes, we had a Beauford open tourer and my mum and bridesmaids had a cream Daimler.
We had 100 guests to the wedding breakfast and then another 50 in the evening.
Blue, silver and cream were the colours and we named all the tables after our favourite composers.
All the favours were blue and silver and we also bought blue feathers! The table settings were all cream, as were all the flowers.
We were so lucky to have the sister of Chris’s sister-in-law to do our flowers (she is a top London florist). We had cream and white roses for me in a loose teardrop bouquet and cream and blue bouquets for the bridesmaids. They were absolutely stunning!
We had a salad of cured ham, marinated boccochini and sunblush tomato for a starter, guinea fowl for main course and a lemon tart for dessert. The venue did all our catering.
We had a very simple three-tiered cake (two fruitcake and one sponge) decorated with beautiful cream sugar roses. It was stunning – a friend of my grandma’s made it for us!
We had a harpist at the drinks reception and a dinner jazz band for the evening. We also did a number during evening with me on vocals, Chris on the drums and another friend on piano.
Yes, with John Lewis
We spent the night at the Selsdon Park (along with quite a few of our guests!) and then went to Paris three weeks later which was brilliant.
Walking down the aisle and seeing Chris at the end waiting for me. All the church service, especially the music, was so memorable.
The whole day was perfect. I don’t think there was anything we could have done better (except perhaps had the weather a couple of degrees cooler!). I was advised to take a few moments out of the day to just look around and soak up the atmosphere. I did this a few times during the day and it was well worth it…the day just flies by!