Sabina and Saleem June 1999 - How did you meet? We met in the Summer of 1996, when she was over here on a holiday, she came back and we…
Written by Paula Jones Last updated: February 23, 2007
We met at Southampton University in 2003. However we lost touch in 2004 and met up again by chance at a club in Clapham Junction in July 2005.
I am 23 and David is 26.
David proposed in a restaurant in Brighton on 8 April 2006. He went down on one knee after the first course – I burst in to tears, the restaurant burst in to a round of applause and we were given free champagne!
I went to see Guys and Dolls in London on the Friday evening then on to a bar in Leicester Square. On the Saturday I had a pamper party followed by a night out in Brick Lane! David went to Bournemouth for a weekend of paintball, bowling and a large quantity of alcohol!
David helped make the stationery and was a huge emotional support throughout all the planning. We chose rings together and he sorted the men’s attire out himself too.
I used the ‘to do’ list to remind myself what needed doing.
My dress was an Eternity Bride dress. I fell in love with it in a shop in Leigh on Sea however it was discontinued and I eventually found one I could buy in a shop in Bexeley. It was far too big and had to be taken in around 8 inches around the bust! I loved it – it was a halter neck and fitted me like a glove!
I had two bridesmaids – my sister and my best friend. I chose their outfits, although made sure they were OK with them. My mum made the dresses – 1950′s style tea length dresses with matching boleros and fur shrugs.
We decided early on that there would be no top hats and tails. David had a bespoke spoke made for him and we asked all the ushers and the best man to wear a dark grey suit. We bought all the men a matching silver tie.
Brentwood Baptist Church – it is not the most attractive building, with peach chairs and mustard walls, but I am a member there and am part of the worship group. My dad is also an Elder so the Church is my second family!
Marygreen Manor Hotel in Brentwood – the log fire swung it for us!
We hired a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud.
We invited 60 daytime guests and a further 70 evening guests.
My father-in-law’s new wife made silver boxes tied with orange ribbon. Each box had 5 sugared almonds in them.
My florist was a friend of my mum’s. My bouquet was made of orange gerberas, white roses, mini orchids and berries. The men had white rose button holes and the women had orchid corsages. The table decorations were made by my mum and me – vases from Ikea with 5 gerbers in each! Simple but beautiful.
The venues did our catering and we had leek and potato soup followed by roast beef and Yorkshire pudding with lemon pie to finish.
We had a three tiered fruit cake with orange icing gerberas on top. It was made by my aunt as a wedding gift.
A friend of the family, who is also a professional DJ, provided the evening disco.
Our gift list was with John Lewis.
Our first night was spent in Down Hall Country Manor near Stansted Airport. We then flew out the next day to Rome for four days.
Saying our vows and smiling the whole way through!
The flower wholesale warehouse who was providing the gerberas for our handmade table decorations went bust a week before the wedding. They did, however, honour our order and it all turned out right in the end!
Never underestimate the weight of your dress – my ribs were killing me at the end of the night. However, smile and enjoy the day! It is the best day of your life!