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 11 years ago at University of Leicester, we were out at a nightclub.
He is 29 and I am 31.
He proposed last year on Saturday 3rd April. We had gone to USA for a friend’s wedding, and then gone down to Florida for our holiday. We had booked a day at Discover Cove, and a swim with the dolphins. He proposed before our ‘Dolphin Swim’ and all the pictures with Lester the dolphin have the biggest smiles on them. It was the most amazing day.
We both had celebrations. I had a spa day in London with 9 friends, and then later a 4 star cruise on the Thames with a jazz band and limo to take us home. It was brilliant.Chris had a day out with his friends too, clay pigeon shooting, and then on to Lingfield for the horse-racing, and finished with a chinese meal at a lovely restaurant we know.
He was great. He helped choose the flowers, and favours. He chose the cake! Knew the colour scheme and he chose the suits for groomsmen. He has continued to help by deciding pictures and layout for album.
I did use it, to help with planning and ideas.
I did order the books on wedding etiquette, and books for my 2 bridesmaids.
I bought a two-piece dress by Rosetta Nicolini for Castigliano Collections, from House of Fraser in London. They were great.
I had two adult bridesmaids, my sister, and sister-in-law. They wore tea-length dresses in celadon by Alvina Valenta, bought from Jane Jordan in Kingston upon Thames. Very reasonable in price, and service was superb. Everyone loved the dresses on the day.
Chris chose Austin Reed in Regent Street, London. He went for traditional morning suits with burgundy cravats and ivory waistcoats.
We had a religious ceremony.
It was held at our family church in Hammersmith.
Our reception was held at The Nutfield Priory in Redhill, Surrey.
We had a beautiful vintage taxi.
We had about 78 guests in total, we did not do an additional evening guest list.
We had colour scheme of ivory and burgundy.
The table names were all Disney films. Our favours were heart shaped cookies with burgundy and ivory icing with our names on.
The cookies were from Peggy Porschen.
My bouquet was deep red grand prix and grand extase roses with ivory cala lillies. My two bridesmaids had ivory roses, ivory freesias and eucalyptus leaves. The church carried on that theme, and so did The Nutfield Priory. Our florist was wonderful, and she did everything to make sure it all looked great, was Gabi Burton at The Fine Flowers Company.
Our venue handled the catering, we had 2 different menus, one for vegetarians.Starters were Terrine of Chargrilled vegetables with goats cheese and pesto dressing, or Warm Duck Salad and plum sauce. Mains were mushroom risotto or Medallions of lamb with potato rosti and vegetables. Dessert was our wedding cake.
We had a four tier ‘Marquise’ style cake with white chocolate cigarillos, inside two tiers we had dark chocolate ganache with raspberries, two other tiers were white chocolate and masquerpone and raspberries. Both served with raspberry coulis. It was made by Savoir Design.
We had a DJ for the evening, he was great we all danced. He is even doing my best friend’s wedding later this year.
Our gift list was with John Lewis.
Our first night was spent at the Nutfield Priory, our honeymoon was spent at the Royal Golf Resort and Spa in Camp de Mar, Mallorca.
My most memorable part of the day was saying out vows, because Chris gave me the wrong hand to put the ring on, and also when it came to ‘you may kiss the bride’, he kissed me and put the veil back over my face! Everyone giggled. Just added a little extra.
Our nightmare moment was the guests being 1 hour late. We had booked a coach company to pick them up and take them to the church and back. They arrived late, got lost, exhaust fell off. Eventually turned up at the church 1 hour and 15 minutes late.
I would have used a different coach company. But my advice is to enjoy the day, because it goes so quickly.