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
Although Nikos is from Corfu, we met in a local night club in Nottingham in June 1997. I was about to leave for University in Yorkshire and thought our relationship would only last the summer!
I am 27 and Nikos is 33.
Nikos proposed on a romantic night away in March 2003. He had already asked my dad’s permission and got down on one knee. When he asked me to marry him, I couldn’t stop laughing but eventually said Yes!
Nikos chose our cake and string quartet.
I used Confetti to plan table decorations, view dresses/venues and cakes.
My dress is from the Romantica of Devon collection. It is a pale pink dress with feathers around the top of the bodice. It was one of the first dresses that I saw and tried on and although I looked at loads more in hundreds of shops, no other dress had a look in. The dress was bought from a great shop called Beau Brides in Derbyshire.
I had two bridesmaids: my best friend Laura and Nikos’ sister Katerina.
Laura wore a dress from Berketex brides which we both loved at first sight. Katerina wore a lovely dress from Debenhams.
Nikos asked my brother Adam to be his best man (who dropped the ring!) and they wore black suits and great pink ties.
Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire.
Bestwood Lodge Hotel, Nottingham.
We had two vintage cars.
We had 70 guests at the reception and another 30 guests joined us at the evening reception.
My guests had chocolates in pink and white boxes with a feather on the top.
My flowers were cream roses with decorative green grass looping out of the bouquet and sprigs of crystals. The bridesmaids had cream and pink roses.My table flowers were made by a friend and were also pink and cream. They were placed on a mirror with candles.
As we married on a Sunday, we had a traditional roast beef dinner catered by the venue.
Our wedding cake was a truffle tower. The truffles were dark chocolate covered in white chocolate and they looked like giant snowballs! It was made by a company called Crumbs.
At the ceremony we had a string quartet and in the evening a DJ.
We had John Lewis vouchers.
Our first night was spent at the reception venue (Bestwood Lodge Hotel) and for our honeymoon we travelled to Athens and Thessaloniki.
The most memorable moment for me was my brother and best man dropping my ring. The whole room exploded with laughter and we both relaxed and enjoyed the ceremony.
A few guests were unable to make the wedding and we only found out the night before. Thankfully I have a big extended family and people were most happy to attend the ceremony at short notice.
Nothing at all. Everything was great and all the planning was well worth it in the end.
My advice to other brides would be… enjoy and remember there is nothing better than marrying the man you love!