Parysa was instantly attracted to Jon. “He had a great warm smile, he was good-looking and had a cracking sense of humour,” she says. “Our first date went by so quickly and I couldn’t stop thinking about him afterwards.” Jon proposed on a cold, crisp Easter Sunday morning in 2013. The couple were taking a walk along the local shore in Prinsted before visiting Parysa’s parents for dinner. “Jon was unusually quiet,” remembers Parysa. “Next thing I knew, he was on one knee and presented me with a beautiful engagement ring. It was the most surreal but happiest moment of my life!”
The bride’s outfit
Parysa’s Maggie Sottero gown was a purchase from Proposals in Chichester. The flattering lace dress had a sweetheart neckline and a detachable extended train, which meant that the bride could completely transform her look from day to night. “I got that feeling in my stomach that I didn’t get when trying on the other dresses,” says Parysa. “I’m really pleased I opted for a classic lace dress that looks timeless so I can look back and still fall in love with it all over again.” Parysa finished off her stunning outfit with a Richard Designs vintage pearl headpiece, a floor-length veil and blush suede Rachel Simpson shoes, which she discovered while reading Wedding Ideas magazine!
The groom’s outfit
Jon and the groomsmen looked stylish in traditional grey morning suits hired from Moss Bros.
Parysa had three bridesmaids – her best friend Danielle and two sisters Fariba and Nadia. “I knew I wanted a vintage chic style with pastel colours for my bridesmaids,” says Parysa. “I fell in love with a style in the Debenhams’ sale online and strangely Danielle sent me a link to the same dress without knowing I had it in mind!” The dresses were from Debenhams’ Debut range and the girls’ glittery shoes were from high street favourite, Next.
The readings were a highlight of this civil ceremony at Upwaltham Barns. Bridesmaid Danielle wrote a reading based on Parysa and Jon’s relationship and the couple also chose to have a reading of The Future by Emma Salmon. Parysa walked down the aisle with her dad. “I couldn’t have done it without him by my side,” she explains. “He has been a huge part of my life and I felt so proud to have him next to me on the best day of my life.”
Guests enjoyed a fantastic three course wedding breakfast with excellent attention to detail by catering company Nibbles2Nosh. “So many guests commented on how superb the food was,” recalls Parysa. Both the father of the bride and Jon gave very moving speeches, and Jon’s best friend gave a speech full of embarrassing stories!
The pretty vintage decorations were a mixture of bought, made and hired items. “I hired a number of items from my wedding planner Nicola from Behind the Scene Events and I sourced teacups, vintage books, lanterns and water jugs from eBay, charity shops and bridal boot fairs,” says Parysa. This crafty bride also made decorations with her creative friends, which included 70ft of bunting! Flowers were provided by Driftwood Flowers in Chichester and the couple’s delicious naked cake was the creation of Three Bear Bakery in Southsea.
The newlyweds were lucky enough to spend 18 fabulous days in beautiful Malaysia, enjoying the best of the beach and city as well as fun adventure activities.