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: August 9, 2006
We met before an arranged blind date on the 10 August 1998. We haven’t spent a day apart since and got married on our sixth anniversary.
He originally proposed on 22 May 1999, but we stayed engaged for what seemed like ages. Out of the blue, on the last day of our 2003/2004 Christmas – New Year holiday in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kular Lumpar, he suddenly said “Let’s do it. Lets get married this year.” We had eight months to organise the wedding!
We had a joint Thai buffet theme meal in the hotel where we got married, on the night before with a few close friends.
He was amazing and did loads, from picking up catalogues and searching the net to co-ordinating with the hotel manager and paying!
We bought lots of items online from confetti and from the shop. I found the online cafe really helpful too.
I wore a two piece – a corsetted top with subtle embroidery and a straight long skirt with a huge split up one side. It came from America, and I bought it from a small bridal shop in Carshalton in Surrey. The lady who owned the shop was so helpful.
Ian chose his best mate Martin for his best man. We didn’t have any ushers. All the men wore black tie and dinner jackets and they looked fantastic on the day.
We had a civil ceremony.
In the Manor House Hotel, Castle Coombe, Wiltshire.
At the same venue.
We had 24 guests for the day and a sit down meal, and a further 26 – 30 for the evening.
Our theme was red. Ian and Martin wore red bow ties (instead of black) and we had red roses as buttonholes. I had a red bouquet and red lipstick of course!
We had red feathers in the glasses which looked fab and red heart confetti scattered everywhere. The party poppers and favours were decorated with red ribbons.
Yes, boxes of Very Cherry Jelly beans (red of course) as we thought chocolates would melt in the hot weather.
I held a simple hand-tied bouquet of red roses.
The venue handled the menu. We had smoked salmon to start, then breast of duck with vegetables and a sorbet in-between. Our pudding was our wedding cake.
We found an Italian guy in Stockwell, south London, to make our cake. We had to transport it 200 miles in the back of our car and our friends car, with the problem of keeping it cool on the journey.
We had JustLiveJazz to entertain us for the evening. They were amazing and I would recommend them anytime. Ian even danced with me!
Our gift list was money, as we have been together for six years. We are going to buy some art for our flat.
Our first night was spent at the Manor House, and we decided to stay the following night too, which was not planned or arranged until our first morning as Mr & Mrs Campbell.
Saying our vows. We both had quivering bottom lips, and I nearly gave way to the tears, but just managed to hold back. It was a very emotional day for us both.
I would have got married earlier in the day, as I didn’t feel like I had got around to talking to everyone, and that was only 50 people!