Faye & Paul's Wedding story August 2019
Follow their journey from proposal (which took 13 years!) to wedding day
We met on a blind date 14 years ago, which is exactly how my mum and dad met! Paul took me to the cinema to watch Silent Hill, what a romantic! Later we went to the pub and Paul’s dad came in purely by chance and gave him some money to buy me a drink. I was driving (and 17!), so ordered a J20! The cinema and pub were so loud that we barely spoke to each other all night, needless to say, our second date was in a much quieter setting.
Neither of us is particularly romantic. But when we got burgled, Paul used the insurance money from the antique sovereign ring his Grandad gave him, (which was stolen) to put towards my engagement ring to replace the sentimental value. We bought the ring together, but it took him a further 2 years before he actually proposed!
We’d been together for 11 years when we bought the engagement ring, and we were together 13 years before he proposed. Our first dance was called “Patience” by Guns ‘n Roses – a fitting song given the length of time he kept me waiting!
Paul proposed on the eve of my 30th birthday. We’d gone out with my family to celebrate with a meal and then we all spontaneously piled back to my parent’s house to carry on the drinking and the celebrations. Including cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, parents and siblings! Paul is quite a private person, I don’t think he expected quite the audience… Near midnight Paul asked if I wanted to open my present early. I knew what it was, a bracelet, that I begged him to let me open early so I could wear it to my birthday meal and show it off to the family. I jumped at the chance, and hastily ripped off the wrapping, there it was; the bracelet in a lovely presented box, but the ring was there too! Thinking that the jeweller may have dropped it in by mistake (and me being very tipsy at the time), my first words were, “is that supposed to be in there?”
Needless to say, I said yes!
Paul and I have grown together through our love of good-old fashioned house-parties. When Paul did his research, we were going through the usual hotels, golf clubs, castles, but they weren’t our style. We are family orientated and love the simple pleasures in life, when we saw Manor Hill advertising an open day, we thought we’d go along to see what it was about.
Manor Hill welcomed us in like one of their own, we were offered drinks and canapés and ice cream galore! Michael and Emma were so genuinely and happy to see us, we warmed to them straight away. Their values aligning with our own: be happy, be unique, don’t stress!
The venue was a home away from home, we just couldn’t imagine anywhere being more perfect for us. We had a checklist of what we wanted in our mind, and Manor Hill checked every box… it was the first and only venue we visited in person!
Our theme was music! Paul and I bonded over our love of Rock and Metal bands, we’ve been to so many concerts and festivals, and have seen our favourite bands more times than you can count on two hands! We did a lot of roads trips when we were younger too, so it was many hours stuck in the car, belting out the tunes!
Paul had all the good ideas for the wedding, but we asked the stationary guru Kathy B to help us realise our dream. We had ticket-style wedding invitations, CD covers for the table plan and a white guitar as a guest book. Our cake came from Donna Perks, was a lovely white cake with beautiful flowers, but on the other side, it was packed full of logos from our favourite bands. She even modelled our dog out of icing wearing Slash’s hat from Guns ‘n Roses and sunglasses to boot!
The other decorations were mostly from Manor Hill, we wanted no fuss, and it was easy to pick from the inventory.
I’d went to three dress shops, and eventually fell in love with a dress at The Dress Rooms (TDR Bridal) (outlet). The dress was off the rail, and well within the budget. My Dad cried with relief when he was told how much it cost! The bridesmaids dresses were from the same shop, they actually totalled more than my dress!
The suits were hired from Harvey’s formal hire and dry cleaning; nice and easy and well within our budget. Paul’s groomsmen party don’t normally wear suits, so it was better that they didn’t keep them. Paul’s tie had to match the Mother-of-the-bride’s dress, so we went with blue (this was perfect for Paul as he loves Aston Villa FC, who also wear blue alongside claret).
Paul and I had the pork belly, with chef-recommended sides, we paired this with the trio of desserts. We just liked the sound of it! I remember every bride before me saying “you’ll be too emotional to eat” - I ate everything on that plate, and so did Paul! It was delicious!
We are known as the “takeaway king and queen” so we had a “bride” and “groom” pizza for the evening meal, as a nod to this which was a nice touch. Paul went with the spicy one and I had a meat feast. The chef was so accommodating and thoughtful, he suggested having the jalapeños on the side, so people can pick and choose their level of spice.
We picked DJ Chris, he was lovely, down to earth and very knowledgeable. We know our music taste isn’t to everyone’s liking, so we relied on the expert to help carry on our party. Chris made everything so easy, and he is VERY funny! He was also our Master of Ceremonies, which helped a lot to coordinate the day.
How about the other suppliers?
Special shout out to Donna- the cake was better than we imagined. We also had flowers from Bluebells of Droitwich, Tanya helped to bring our ideas to life with her beautiful flowers!
Walking down the aisle was the best moment of the day for me, hearing our song being played, watching all my friends and family smiling at me, feeling the very best version of myself and knowing I was about to show this all to my husband. What a rush! My dad held my hand through the first half of the ceremony, before he gave me away.
The funniest moment was just after we were pronounced husband and wife. We were just about to take a walk through the confetti throwing tunnel and I reached out to take Paul’s hand, Paul’s sister caught the moment on film when instead of taking my hand, Paul high fived it, low fived it, then fist-bumped me. I’ll repeat what he said right after he said the words “I do” during the ceremony: “nailed it”.
When making decisions about the wedding: Don’t get bogged down in the details because you won’t remember them on the day. If you want different things for the wedding, find the third option that works best for both of you.
On the day: Stop to take it all in, watch everyone around you having fun and enjoy the moment! Don’t let the photographer take too much time taking those still photos of the two of you – be with your family and friends.