Dave and I were both studying at Derby University and started chatting on one of the forums on the uni website and realised that we lived near to each other.
We were chatting for about a month before we met up. I was quite nervous but he was exactly what I expected and we really hit it off.
We met up at the uni and went shopping, it was really nice, we just got on straight away. He doesn’t normally like shopping but seemed to enjoy that day so that seemed like a good sign! In July 2010 we went on holiday to Turkey together. One night, he said ‘it’s a nice night, let’s go for a walk on the beach’.
He looked a bit nervous which I thought was strange, I wasn’t expecting him to propose! Then he got the ring out and proposed by the Mediterranean sea.
We got married on May 21st 2011, in St Oswald’s Church in Ashbourne. I wanted to book it straight away, but everyone wanted us to have an engagement party, so immediately after that I didn’t hesitate to get booking.
I absolutely loved planning the wedding.
It was so enjoyable that I have considered going into wedding planning, as it is such a magical time planning the biggest day of your life.
I bought my dress from St Eves in Swadlincot. I went for a big dress (the skirt had seven layers!). I was quite worried because I am quite quiet and everyone was really surprised, they didn’t think I’d go for such a big dress! But it was my one chance to look like a princess so I thought I’d just go for it.
The theme was blue and silver so for my bouquet I had blue delphiniums and white roses. I was a bit worried that it would be difficult to find blue flowers but the florist, Floraline in Derbyshire, was brillant, and they were really good at finding the right flowers.
I stayed at the hotel the night before and was picked up from there. We hired two cars from Balmoral Cars in Ripley; a silver and blue beauford and a gold Daimler for the bridesmaids.
My hair and make up was done by Hair by Carlene in Derby.
The bridesmaids and I shared some bucks fizz while we got ready and the photographer was there too.
We used Suzanne Fells, who brought two photographers. I would definitely recommend them. They captured the whole day from us getting ready right through to the end, so it was nice to get professional shots of our first dance.
When we got the photos back it was great to have all of the different angles and to have a mixture of colour and black & white photographs as well.
We had a videographer too; we used Big Ant Video from Derby. That turned out to be a really good idea because they arranged for the guests to do interviews about us which were so funny to look back on! I was so excited. I didn’t feel nervous at any part.
Everybody was saying ‘you’ll be getting nervous now!’ But I didn’t funnily enough I was just worried that I’d be late! It was quite a small ceremony, with 70 of our family and close friends. We had a traditional wedding, with all of the traditional hymns and vows.
For the reception, in the Miraj Hotel in Ashbourne, we had 90 people. We had a sit down meal, provided by the hotel staff, the food was lovely, everybody was saying how nice it was.
After a soup starter, we had a choice of chicken or vegetable wellington with vegetables, followed by a passion fruit sorbet and a raspberry and white chocolate sorbet for dessert.
We got the cake from Cakes by Mary in Derbyshire, which was three separate white heart shaped cakes with blue ribbons and flowers to fit the silver and blue theme.
During the reception we had a singer called Blue Savanna, who is from Derbyshire. She sang a wide range of songs, but they were mostly quite rocky. We had our first dance to Amazed by Lonestar, and she sang it live which gave it a more personal touch.
For our honeymoon we spent two weeks in Cornwall, it was so relaxing. It was a couple’s retreat in the middle of nowhere, it was really lovely.
The whole day just brilliant, it went by so quickly though. Absolutely nothing went wrong and it was Nothing went wrong and it was a lovely day.