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 on 2 May 2001. Jim’s best friend’s wife was my manager at the time and they each invited us over for dinner to celebrate their anniversary. They still insist it wasn’t a set-up!
We just ‘decided to get married’. We knew we would eventually and decided that we might as well set a date. This was in June 2002. Jim asked my fathers permission that Christmas (2002) and we announced it to the rest of the family then.
The hen night was three weeks before the wedding and was organised by my sister, Juliet. She arranged a sit down meal, then an hours salsa tuition and then dancing in a private bar with our own DJ.
The Stag night took place four weeks before the wedding when all the chaps went ten pin bowling and then toured the towns pubs until closing.
Jim offered his opinion and advice whenever it was called for.
We insured our wedding through Confetti.
I bought my dress from a French Boutique called Les Mariees d’Elodie in Bordeaux. It was a simple bodice and skirt design that was adjusted to accommodate some tartan ribbon running through the back of it (tartan from my father’s side of the family). They also made my necklace to match the dress. Accessories included a silk stole and half length silk gloves.
My sister Juliet was my only bridesmaid. She wore a simple, elegant navy sleeveless boned dress. She also had a bolero that we tied at the back with tartan ribbon. I made her crystal tiara myself and she wore a silver choker necklace with it.
The Best man was Steve. Without him we would have never met. He wore a navy suit with Veronica in the buttonhole. Two ushers Pete and Graham also wore blue with anemone buttonholes.
It was a religious ceremony.
In the library at Roman Camp Country House, Callander, Perthshire, Scotland.
Roman Camp Country House.
Around 70 people came to the wedding. There was no separate evening guest list.
I had a bouquet with iris, freesia, heather, thyme, rosemary, lavender, eucalyptus and ivy. Juliet’s posy had white roses, freesias, heather, rosemary, thyme and ivy. Fragrant Lilies were placed in the tall vases on the tables. Lee, a friend of ours, was the florist.
We started with Chicken Liver Parfait with toasted Brioche, followed by Asparagus Soup with Truffle Chantilly. The main course was Gressingham marinated duck breast with Thai dressing and Risotto and for pudding we had Honey and Ginger Cheesecake with Raspberry Coulis. To drink we had Red wine from my parents village in France, Sainte Terre – Organic Bordeaux Superior and some Parisian gold medal winning champagne from Chateaux Bonhoste.
Jim’s mum made the wedding cakes. We had 84 fairy cakes in silver cases iced with fondant icing that had edible glitter over it. One sugar rose was placed on each and there were three flavours – white chocolate, milk chocolate and lemon. Jim made the cake stand, which we covered with satin, and my best friend Katie arranged the cakes.
We had a pianist during the drinks reception and a DJ for the evening entertainment.
The list was kept and organised by Jim’s mum.
In the Victorian Coach theme room of the Fantasyland Hotel, Edmonton Mall, Canada.
Toasting Jim’s Shepherds Pie in my fathers speech!
You can’t do everything even if you really want to, so make sure you have lots of people willing to lend a hand near by. Give yourself as much time as you can to plan, it is all worth it. We had a break in the afternoon for people to freshen up and relax (from 5pm to 7.30pm), this worked really well, especially for those with children, it also meant my husband and I spent a bit more time together on our big day. It happened to be a big rugby match too so some people retired to one of the bedrooms to watch the end of it!