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Our Wedding Paul & Alice

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24th May 2008

The proposal

A champagne picnic on Hampstead Heath exclusive photos

Picture perfect: Snapshots from their family albums

HEN Party ExclusivE

Photograph taken by J Beveridge

What really happened

WORLD EXCLUSIVE

Paul & Alice THEIR BIG DAY


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Contents 3 The proposal 4 & 5 Alice’s family album 6 & 7 Paul’s family album 8 How they met 9 Choosing the dress 10 Spotlight on best man 11 Chief bridesmaid Q&A 12 & 13 Stag and hen dos 14 -21 The big day 22 Honeymoon exclusive 23 Guest list and thank you

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WORLD EXCLUSIVE IN THEIR OWN WORDS

The Proposal ‘I knew something was up’ “I knew something was up – he had that look in his eye,” remembers Alice of the day Paul finally, after eight years together, popped the question. “It was Good Friday and I had gone to get my hair cut. When I called to say I had finished, Paul suggested that, as it was such a lovely day, we go for a picnic. In fact, he had already packed it which I thought was very organised of him so we set off straight away to Hampstead Heath.” Unbeknown to Alice, Paul had spent the last week scouring Hatton Garden in his lunch hours looking for an engagement ring. With it safely hidden away in his pocket, all he had to do was find the perfect spot to propose. “We have always loved the heath and would often go for long walks

‘He had this look in his eye’

‘I realised I had to ask her there and then’ there, talking and making plans so it seemed the right place to do it,” remembers Paul. Having found a secluded corner, they stretched out their blanket and Alice was keen to see what food Paul had packed. “I realised I had to ask her there and then as I had packed a bottle of champagne and I didn’t want her to see it,” says Paul. And so he did, receiving a swift affirmative in response. With champagne and ring revealed, Alice quickly phoned her parents who were waiting with baited breath for her call. Paul had spoken to her dad John beforehand to ask his permission. “I was so pleased he did that,” says Alice. “It made the proposal even more perfect.” MyWeddingMag.co.uk

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Alice’s Family Album

One-year-old Alice with her daddy

Still making a din back then on her beloved violin 4

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Aged six posing for the school photo with brother Charlie aged nine


One of the many days spent on Bournemouth beach

Alice was a dedicated Brownie, pictured with Cub Scout Charlie

Alice gets her first taste of weddings as a bridesmaid aged five

In training to be the ultimate housewife

With proud parents Damaris and John at her graduation in Cardiff MyWeddingMag.co.uk

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Paul’s Family Album One-year-old Paul sitting on his Taid’s lap

Showing his trademark grin, pictured with brother George

Sporting the coolest of eighties accessories the sun visor in 1989

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Paul with brothers George and Alex in 1983


Younger brother Alex knows his place

Paul, far left, with his school rugby team in 1992 MyWeddingMag.co.uk

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HOW THEY MET Both, apparently, were attracted by the promise of free food and drink Alice and Paul met when they were both taking a Masters at York University. Although their subjects were rather different – Alice was studying baroque violin and Paul economics – they had mutual friends in common and eventually they were to meet while at a post-graduate party being held on a sunny July evening in 2001. Both, apparently, were attracted by the promise of free food and drink so they had something in common already. They stayed on in York for a further year but when Paul was offered a job at an economic consultancy in London, they both decided to head 8

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It all happened that year south again. They eventually moved in together at the flat they shared with friends in Golders Green, north London before taking the plunge and buying their first home - a twobedroom flat in Crouch End, also in north London - in the summer of 2006. In fact, they negotiated the sale while travelling around East Africa – a once-in-a-lifetime trip they will never forget. It all happened that year, as Paul decided to pop the question on April 14th and the rest, as they say, is history.


Choosing the Dress ‘The moment she came out of the changing room I loved the dress’

‘The more dresses I tried on, the longer the trains got!’ “I always had it in my mind the sort of dress I wanted to get married in but nothing prepared me for the fun I would have in finding it,” says Alice on choosing her wedding dress. “At first I was unsure whether I wanted a train at all as it seemed so far removed from what I normally wear and I was worried about how I would cope with it on the day but the more dresses I tried on, the longer the trains got!”

Photograph taken by J Beveridge

Alice took her mum Damaris along to several bridal shops in Bournemouth to find her special dress. “I loved the way the dresses felt on – they make you feel so special. It really is unlike anything you have worn before,” says Alice. In the end, Alice chose a dress designed by Augusta Jones, with a mid length veil decorated with crystals and ivory silk shoes with a kitten heel. “The moment she came out of the changing room I loved the dress,” remembers Damaris. “I thought it suited her perfectly and was ideal for the wedding venue. You need a magnificent dress that will stand up to the magnificent surroundings and this did just that.” MyWeddingMag.co.uk

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WORLD EXCLUSIVE What the best man has to say about the groom

Chris Smith Photograph taken by J Beveridge

on THEIR FRIENDSHIP ‘I think our friendship would have lasted wherever we were’

‘We shared a love of cycling and mountain biking’ “I first met Paul at school in Maidenhead at the age of 11 which makes him one of my oldest friends. We shared a love of cycling and would regularly ride from our homes to Windsor and back along the river. We would go away mountain biking at weekends where Paul would live out his love of speed, careering down the slopes without using his brakes and more often than not coming into contact with a tree or two on the way down. 10

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‘More often than not, Paul would make contact with a tree or two on the way down’ We also loved playing Go and belonged to the school’s club so you could find us most lunchtimes engrossed in a game in one of the classrooms. Ending up in the same part of London has meant we still see a lot of each other although I think our friendship would have lasted wherever we were. I feel truly honoured to be his best man.”


Caroline Sartin on how they met

‘Her caring nature has shown through ever since’ Name: Caroline Sartin DOB: 25th August 1977 When and where did you meet the bride: I met Alice in 2000 when we were both living in York studying music. A mutual friend introduced us and I knew straight away we were going to be firm friends. Top memory of the bride: As part of Alice’s degree course she had to do an end of year recital on the violin and I went along to listen. I will never forget how beautiful she sounded although she always plays down how good she is. It really was an unforgettable performance. Bride’s best feature: I would have to say her caring nature. Not long after we had met, a group of us had gone out into York for drinks and I went back to Alice’s house to stay over

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WORLD EXCLUSIVE Interview with chief bridesmaid

‘Well, I admit I cried a little!’ rather than get a taxi back. Although we didn’t really know each other, she stayed up when everyone else when to bed, making sure I had enough bedding, water and everything I needed. I was really touched and her caring nature has shone through ever since. How did you feel when you were asked to be bridesmaid: Well, I admit I cried a little! I was so touched and honoured to be given such an important part of her special day. And I couldn’t wait to wear the dress either. Best advice for the bride: Don’t change a thing. MyWeddingMag.co.uk

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HEN’S NIGHT OUT What really happened Alice had a hen party in London where she was joined by her friends, first for cocktails and canapés at the couple’s flat in Crouch End, followed by a three course meal at Covent Garden’s The Grange. Everyone got dressed up for the occasion and unbeknown to Alice, her bridesmaids had gathered together pictures of her growing up which they displayed on the tables. “It was a fantastic night,” remembers Alice. “It was great to have friends from all walks of my life together in one room and I loved it that my mum and future mother-in-law Beryl were able to come too.”

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Stag Do

What really happened

“You can say what you want about Chris, but he knows how to throw a good party,” says Paul of his stag weekend, held in the Lake District. The groom and ten friends set off from London in an A-Team style van to the cottage Chris had hired for the weekend. Curry, plenty of pints and England playing football on the big screen were all highlights but the best moment was when they all dressed Paul up in a Captain America suit and went paintballing. “Chris had rented the costume and I was made to defend a tower in the middle of an open stretch of woodland,” says Paul. “The bright colours made me perfect target practice for everyone. I was black and blue for days afterwards.”

‘Paul knows how to throw a good party’ MyWeddingMag.co.uk

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Photographs on both pages taken by J Beveridge


THE BIG DAY 24th May 2008

‘I am very excited this day has finally arrived. And not just because I get to wear a big white dress and have all my friends and family together in one room, but because I just couldn’t wait to be Paul’s wife’

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Photographs on both pages taken by J Beveridge

Finally, the day had arrived. Saturday 24th May and the sun was shining. For the entire week running up to their wedding, Alice and Paul had been watching the weather reports with baited breath. The venue, set in the beautiful grounds of Parley Manor, had been chosen for its picturesque gardens and rain would have meant the couple and their guests being forced to shelter in the marquees and enjoy the views from afar. Thankfully that was not to be as the bride and groom awoke to a blue but cloudy sky set fair with a strong easterly wind. Paul had spent his last night of freedom enjoying an Italian meal 12

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with his close family, before retiring for the night at the hotel. In the morning, he had a quick swim in the pool then set off with his dad, brothers and a small band of friends for a quick but competitive game of mini golf in Bournemouth gardens. While on the other side of town at her parents’ home, Alice was busy with hair, make-up and nails. At 1.30pm, two sleek burgundy Mercedes pulled up outside the house to take the bride, father John, bridesmaids Caroline and Vicky and mum Damaris to the wedding. As Alice had grown up in the street, she found her neighbours gathered outside, waiting for a glimpse of her as she left the house for the final time as a single woman.

OPPOSITE PAGE Alice was busy with hair, make-up and nails. At 1.30pm, two sleek burgundy Mercedes pulled up outside the house to take the bride, father John, bridesmaids Caroline and Vicky and mum Damaris to the wedding. MyWeddingMag.co.uk

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Photographs on both pages taken by J Beveridge

At Parley Manor, Alice’s two brothers and nephew Jake and Paul’s two brothers were waiting to greet guests. As they took their seats, a string quartet, made up of Alice’s friends, provided the entertainment. A sonata by Italian composer Corelli accompanied the bride’s entrance. During the ceremony, friends of the couple Stephen and Siona sang a beautiful duet, Alice’s brother Charlie played the piano during the signing of the register and friends Zoe and Charlotte delivered superb readings. The ceremony was rounded off by a rousing rendition of a movement from Bach’s third Brandenburg Concerto, again played by the wonderful string quartet. 14

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During the ceremony, friends of the couple Stephen and Siona sang a beautiful duet, Alice’s brother Charlie played the piano during the signing of the register and friends Zoe and Charlotte delivered superb readings MyWeddingMag.co.uk

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Photographs on both pages taken by J Beveridge

Champagne and canapĂŠs followed in the gardens, before a four-course meal was served in the main marquee

Champagne and canapĂŠs followed in the gardens, before a four-course meal was served in the main marquee. Not wanting to drag out the agony for those involved, the speeches were given before the food, with wonderful performances delivered by the father of the bride John, groom, his best man Chris, complete with photographic props, and, more unusually the bride herself who paid a touching tribute to her new in-laws, her parents and, of course, her new husband.


Alice and Paul chose the local swing band Lemongrove to play for the reception. Having first heard them busking in Bournemouth town centre, they were convinced they would be a perfect choice for their wedding. They were not wrong, with guests filling the dancefloor in no time. Tea, coffee and wedding cake were served at 10pm with a double decker bus, which had brought guests to the venue, returning them safely to their hotels at the strike of midnight. The perfect end to a perfect day.

A fun time was had by all, from the champagne and canapĂŠs on the lawn, the fantastic speeches through to the first dance and the cutting of the cake.


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Honeymoon Exclusive ‘Jamaica was the perfect place for us to unwind’ Alice and Paul spent their honeymoon travelling around the beautiful island of Jamaica. “I understand why couples go away after the wedding as we were both pretty exhausted with all the planning that had gone into it,” says Alice. “Jamaica was the perfect place for us to unwind.” The couple hired a car and stayed in four different coastal locations, each as beautiful as the other. While the views were spectacular, it was the local drink of choice that was the main attraction. “We both got a real taste for rum cocktails,” says Paul. “We brought some back with us so we will be recreating our holiday – although probably without the blazing hot sun.” Other highlights were goat curry, eating lobster on a restaurant built over the sea and taking a tour of the mountains with the friendliest Raster they had ever met. A tour of the mountains with the friendliest Raster they had ever met

‘We both got a real taste for cocktails’


Guest List John Eaton

Damaris Eaton Charles Eaton

Anne McBride Toby Gilmore Sue Gilmore

Jake Gilmore

Max Gilmore Robert Eaton

Elizabeth Eaton Beryl Metcalfe

Andrew Metcalfe George Metcalfe Nia Metcalfe

Alex Metcalfe

Vicky Seymour Caroline Sartin Simon Smith Chris Smith

Photograph taken by J Beveridge

Julia Drell

Zoe Peach

Chris Peach

Dan O’Connor Julia Lungley Sian Lattimer Roger Keller

Sarah Oakley

Philip Oakley

Rachel Carruthers Jane Weninger

Herbert Weninger

Edward Weninger

Susanne Weninger Thomas Weninger Niki Weninger Toby Barnard

Laura Barnard

Stephen Harvey Siona Harvey

Thank you to all our guests who helped to make the day so special

Alice & Paul


Photograph taken by J Beveridge


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