Jessica Birch and Jason Miller met online through a dating website. “Jay is a navigating officer for the Merchant Navy and when we first contacted each other he was 300 miles off the coast of Angola. He'd only just started his trip so we waited six weeks before meeting up,” explains Jessica. The couple soon fell for each other and began dating. Jay popped the question while they were on holiday in St Anton, Austria. “
Jay proposed at the highest accessible point in the snowy mountains – it was so exhilarating,” recalls Jessica. When the couple arrived back home they started to plan their nuptials eagerly. Read on for Jessica's account of the big day.
We tied the knot in our home town at The Assembly Room, Chichester, followed by a reception at George Bell House, in the picturesque Chichester Cathedral grounds.
I bought my tea-length gown from Catherine Francis Bridal Boutique in Arundel. It was the perfect style for the hot weather.
Samantha from Spriggs in Petworth did a wonderful job with all of our arrangements. We had yellow and cream blooms for the bouquets and buttonholes, while the centrepieces were vintage teapots filled with flowers.
My flowergirls, Naomi and Laura, looked adorable in their whimsical dresses from ilovegorgeous.
I made 50 metres of bunting and my bridesmaids collected 150 jam jars, which were and painted by my sister and her children and used as candle holders.
“In the afternoon we had a garden party. Guests ate cheese and chutney and cucumber sandwiches, mini chocolate brownies, jam tarts and mini cheese scones with fresh mango and coriander chutney, all washed down with homemade raspberry gin with rose lemonade.”
We ate a delicious vegetarian curry for the wedding breakfast.
The cookie place names and cupcakes were made by Rebecca at Frizelle Cakes.
Catherine Francis Bridal Boutique
The Assembly Room
Cupcakes and cookie place names
The Original Wedding Tea Towel
Hot Club Trio at Jazz Moods
Tino & Pip Photography
George Bell House
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