March 2013 | Ideal Bride Magazine
Parisian Proposal: Jacqui & Gareth
It was October 2005 at The Venue, Leighton Buzzard when Jacqui met Gareth and blew him away with her smile. Gareth knew he had to live up to Jacqui’s expectations of a ‘movie romance’ proposal; whilst at the top of the Eiffel Tower on a trip to Paris Gareth slipped a Platinum Diamond ring into Jacqui’s glass of champagne! Jacqui says "We were walking around sipping our champagne when it dawned on him that I hadn’t noticed the ring and he began to panic, thinking I would choke on it!"
An excited Jacqui began planning their dream wedding, initially setting a budget of £15-20K (actual budget was £20k and above) and the couple created their guest list of 120 guests for the day and a further 50 in the evening and decided the wedding should take a Scottish theme. "Myself and Gareth were both born in Scotland and all our family are Scottish. We wanted all of our friends at the wedding so we kept the wedding down South and arranged the theme around it."
The colour scheme was purple and Ivory, I knew from the start that I wanted the purple thistle to feature so therefore the colour decision was quite simple, although initially I wanted Royal Blue as per the Scottish flag but as there is a BIG divide between the Rangers and Celtic supporters Gareth wouldn’t allow it. (he’s a huge Celtic fan!) All the male wedding party wore the same kilt Spirit of Bannockburn this included the Groom, best man, 4 ushers and the 2 fathers.
With the finer details of their big day planned the couple celebrated their Stag & Hen parties with friends and family. Gareth’s best man and brother Tom took him and his friends to Bristol for the weekend, where they played 6 aside football (Scots vs the English) and in the evening dressed him up as an 80’s guy and hit bars and clubs. Jacqui celebrated her Sex and the City themed Hen party with 30 friends, they headed to London and hit the Ice Bar for frozen cocktails and then into Albannach Bar for food, drinking and dancing. The coach trip to London involved lots of Sambucca and embarrassing stories about the Hen.
"The night before the wedding Gareth and I both stayed at our parents homes. I’ve always loved the film ‘Father of the Bride’ so i knew I wanted to be with my parents the night before. We went out for a meal at ASK with close family and my bridesmaids and then I stayed with my maid of honour, my daughter and my parents."
"Gareth and I arrived at the All Saints Church, Leighton Buzzard in a 1930s Vintage style Rolls Royce with the roof down. Although it was only March the weather was amazing! Our daughter Isla was a flower girl and Gareth’s ushers were my brother and Gareth’s pals. The rest of the wedding guests arrived by a coach which we hired for the day. We had an organist playing in the bridesmaids and ushers and then a bagpiper playing as my Dad and I walked down the aisle. The piper also played at the reception which was held at The Sculpture Gallery in Woburn."
The Brides Outfit
"I loved my dress!! I bought is from Xquisite Bridal in Leighton Buzzard, it was by a British award winning designer called Ritva Westenius and the style was Makarova in Ivory silk. I had a lace up back and some small diamantes stitched into the dress to add my own personal touch and I felt AMAZING in it. My shoes were a bargain! I’ve never liked traditional wedding shoes so I bought purple kitten heels by Irregular Choice half price in the sale, they were very funky with purple flowers on the front."
"The food was incredible as was the service at The Sculpture Gallery, we went for some Scottish style foods, we had traditional scotch broth soup for starter, the main course was inspired by a dinner my mum once cooked for us and Gareth fell in love with, chicken breast stuffed with haggis and wrapped in pancetta with baby carrots, broccoli and mustard mash and a whiskey gravy – very yummy. We couldn’t decide on desert so we had alternate Eton mess served in martini glasses or vanilla bean cheesecake with passion fruit coulis. During the meal we had a wedding singer booked to stop the meal becoming too formal. He was awesome – by the end of the meal he had every guest on their feet singing and dancing – even now that’s the part that our guests tell us was the most fun.
We had a 3 tiered cake with a perfect ball of ivory roses separating each tier, I also bought in the tartan ribbon that the wedding party were wearing to wrap around the bottom of each tier. The flavours were Madeira, banana and fruit cake."
The First Dance
"Gareth and I danced to a song called ‘When it’s time (to say I love you) by one of our favourite bands Green Day. We couldn’t decide on a song for ages as all ‘our’ songs were unsuitable choices. We were at a Green Day gig the summer before the wedding when Billie Joe (lead singer) came out and sang the song acoustic – the words and the sound seemed perfect and fitted who we were as individuals and as a couple."
"I remember at the end of the meal there was a moment where we weren’t sure what was happening next and my lovely sister in got up and sang us a song on the microphone which everyone sang along too – she was brilliant.
The thing I remember most about our wedding was how happy everybody was. It was such a pleasure to look around and see everyone enjoying our day and it made our wedding even more special to us both. Any bride will know how stressful it is to plan the perfect big day and to see all the blood sweat and tears pay off is a great feeling – However nothing will beat the moment my dad and I started to walk down the aisle towards Gareth, it was a moment I had dreamed about all my life! Gareth looked so handsome and happy and I’ll remember that moment forever."
|The Budget||£20,000 plus|
|The Location||All Saints Church, Leighton Buzzard, reception at The Sculpture Gallery, Woburn|
|No. of guests||120 to the day, a further 50 in the evening|
|The Honeymoon||4 days at Disneyland, Paris with our daughter|
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