The wedding of Sarah-Jane Smith and Paul Hughes
PUBLISHED: 22:32 13 November 2009 | UPDATED: 16:12 20 February 2013
The new Mrs Hughes tells the story of her wonderful wedding day
The new Mrs Hughes tells the story of her wonderful wedding day.
THE BRIDE AND GROOM
Sarah-Jane Smith and Paul James Hughes.
I am a nightclub manger for Millennium Leisure (UK) Ltd at Euphoria nightclub, Leominster, Paul runs his own business the Happy Horse equestrian shop in Leominster.
Leominster, I have lived in Leominster all my life and Paul originates from Redditch.
My parents are Michael and Maria Smith and Paul's mother is Janine Powley.
THE BEST MEN
Paul's brothers - Brian and Geoff Hughes.
Maid of honour - my sister Amy Smith.Bridesmaids - my cousin Emma Winney and Paul's daughter Lennea Hughes. Page boy - Paul's nephew Ben Bayliss.
WHERE AND HOW DID YOU MEET?
We met through work, Paul was the DJ at the nightclub that I run and one Hallowe'en we ran a fancy dress night where staff dressed up. My little devil outfit caught his eye and from them on he said I always caught his eye.
LOCATION FOR WEDDING AND RECEPTION
We married in the Priory Church in Leominster and had an amazing wedding reception at Hampton Court just outside of Leominster. My parents were married at the Priory and I was also christened there which gave it meaning for me to be married there. When Paul saw it he was taken back with its size and serenity and we both felt it to be perfect for us. Hampton Court was the only venue we looked at. Growing up in Leominster, I always viewed it as a place that was so fine and regal with an air of elegance and history which made it an outright choice. After being shown around the castle Paul was swept away by the same feeling and we agreed we did not need or want to look at any other venue; it was perfect.
My dress was by Maggie Sottero and was purchased from The Wardrobe at Kinver, a specialist petite boutique (as I'm only 5ft!). It was white taffeta with pewter stitching and crystal detailing. Unusual in its design as it had a heavily crystal bodice that flowed into the skirt in an asymmetrical pattern, falling away from my left hip. This was followed through on a very full train with small gathers and crystals throughout to create a cascading effect of taffeta material. Ihad the dress further customised by having the neckline altered to a sweetheart shape.
Paul wore a Prince Edward jacket in black with a pewter waist coat and matching pewter cravat from Ashton Rose Bridal in Hereford.
THE BRIDESMAIDS' DRESSES
The bridesmaids wore Ebony Rose dresses in midnight blue taffeta. They were pleated in a pattern that fell away over one hip to complement the wedding dress. Lennea wore a Cinderella-style layered white tulle dress with blue butterflies.
We had three main flower features. My bouquet was white cymbidium orchids, steel grass and pandanus leaves. The bridesmaids had cymbidium orchids with aspidistra leaves and monstera. The table features were lilies, thistles and aspidistra leaves in Eiffel Tower vases. We hung birdcages in the marquee with ivy and lilies. The buttonholes were peacock feathers with orchids. All the flowers and finishing touches were done by Kat Griffiths from Wilscroft Florist of Leominster, who truly went the extra mile, decorating the tables and meeting our every wish to detail.
The most special touch for me was being able to ride my horse side-saddle to the church. We had arranged a horse and carriage for the bridesmaids from KC Rescue Centre at Bodenham. Roy Moore from KC Horse Rescue Centre made my dream come true and together with a very good friend, Ceri-Ann Powell, prepared my horse Happy, who is my dearest friend, and got me and my dress onboard. For Paul, having me turn up, was the most special touch for his day.
The day was amazing. Despite being chaos in the morning the moment I put my dress on everything melted into a fairy tale. Our service was unique, fun and very endearing. We lit candles for relatives that were not with us and our sisters, Amy Smith and Shelly Hughes read a passage each in church. The Reverend Michael Kneen was so funny, he made us so relaxed and kept a lovely upbeat tone to the service. Flavours Catering from Hereford gave us a meal that was out of this world. Stuart Leggett did a fantastic and truly professional job for us - his steak was mouth-watering and dessert was so indulgent many guests asked us if they could get seconds. His staff were so meticulous in creating the tables with the visions and items we supplied and in their conduct, we could not have asked for more. Being involved in the nightclub world entertainment was an easy one for us. A dear friend gave us a true party. Rob Parker has been providing entertainment for every type of celebration possible for many years and had even worked as one of our mangers at the nightclub and was our only choice for our entertainment.
We went back to Jamaica and stayed at Half Moon resort. We were engaged there back in September 2008. From here we went to the Loews Hotel Miami for a few nights.
This is very difficult to define as the whole day was so special, but as I walked down the aisle our eyes locked onto each other. This has to be one of the most precious memories we will ever have.