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How did you meet? After several years of searching for love and despite neither of us wanting to resort to the internet to find love - Gareth and I met online. I knew from our first date that Gareth was different from any other guy I had met and we saw each other three times in the first week of meeting. Personally, I think Gareth got a bargain because he only paid for a 1 month subscription before he found me, where as I paid for 6 months before I found him! He was worth every penny though!
How did the proposal happen? We bought our first house together and spent a lot of time making the house the way we wanted it. Gareth was obsessed with doing a lot of work in the garden and one Saturday afternoon (5th June), Gareth called me on his way back from golf and asked if I could ring our local garden centre to see if they had a delivery of turf. With the garden centre due to close within the next half an hour, I reluctantly gave them a call. Unfortunately for me, they had a delivery and the next thing I know, I am racing to the garden centre and then loading up my car with 10 rolls of fresh turf! Theyâ€™re pretty heavy and pretty muddy!! I was a little bit bemused to say the least as to why Gareth was so keen to get this turf, and to then also get it laid the same evening!! Little did I know back then that he was doing all of this because the next afternoon when I returned home from work, he would get down on one knee, in our beautiful garden and ask me to marry him. I was in complete shock and totally blown away.
Where did the wedding take place? With both Gareth and I not getting any younger, we knew that we wanted to get married fairly quickly. As a child I used to have our end of year school assemblies at All Saints Church in Marlow and I used to dream about getting married there. Thankfully we were able to hold our ceremony there and my dream was realised. With regards to reception venues we knew that we wanted somewhere relaxed and informal and after seeing six potential venues, Phyllis Court in Henley-onThames was the clear winner for us. It was our dream venue, the perfect setting on the River Thames where our guests could relax and celebrate with us. It was somewhere informal yet fun, exclusive and elegant. We had our wedding breakfast in the Riverside Pavilion which is a stunning location looking out on to the river and in the evening we danced the night away in the magnificent Ballroom. What did the bride wear? Iâ€™d always dreamed of a ball gown, after all when else in your life would you get to wear something so extravagant! I had waited 38 years to take my Mum wedding dress shopping and it was without a doubt one of the best experiences of my life. After visiting maybe five bridal shops and a few emotional tears later I settled on a Ronald Joyce gown called Audrey, which I purchased from the Bridal House in High Wycombe.
What did the rest of the bridal party wear? I knew that I wanted my bridesmaids to be in navy blue, but to be honest that was all I knew. With six bridesmaids living in different parts of the country it was tricky to coordinate a time when everyone was free, but we managed to get everyone together with my bridesmaids choosing from either a two shoulder or one shoulder navy blue dress. The top of the dress was lace to compliment the lace on the top of my dress with
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