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
Over six years ago in February – we met through my best friend in our local pub!
I am 23 and Ray is 26.
In Dublin in May 2003.
Yes, I went to Cardiff with my friends for my hen night. We stayed at The Thistle Hotel in the centre of Cardiff. We went on a speedboat, had our nails done, had a champagne afternoon tea and then went to The Hard Rock Cafe. The boys went to Newquay in Cornwall.
He let me get on with it all really!
Yes, I was on the message boards everyday and found them so helpful. They answered all the questions I wouldn’t have had a clue about. It was great to hear everyone elses’ experiences and advice. It really helped me with the planning of our wedding. I don’t know what I would have done without it!
No I don’t.
Yes I bought 10 table cameras, lots of confetti, car ribbon and little guide books for the bridal party which I gave as Christmas pressies!
I wore a Maggie Sottero dress called Julie. It was a strapless ivory dress with organza. I got it from Wedding Belles in Bridgend.
I had two of my best friends as bridesmaids and Ray’s two nieces as our flowergirls. They wore dresses by Hilary Morgan in a gorgeous aqua colour.
Ray’s brother Michael was best man, and his brother in laws and my brother were our ushers. Ray’s nephew, the best man’s son, was our pageboy. They all wore morning suits with silver celtic waistcoats and greeny aqua cravats to match the bridesmaids.
We had a religious ceremony.
At our local church, St Mary’s, in Builth Wells at 1.30pm.
We had our reception at Caer Beris Manor Hotel also in Builth Wells.
My Dad’s boss owns a Toyota garage, he lent us a brand new Toyota to arrive at the church in.
There were 94 in the day and an extra 150 at night.
Our colour scheme was aqua, silver and ivory.
We had silver confetti sprinkled on the tables. The place names matched the invitations which were in our colour scheme.
The favours were little perspex hearts with silver foil covered chocolates and tied with aqua ribbon.
I had ivory roses and lilies. We had two lovely heart wreaths either side of the top table and on each table we had square vases with roses in them. My mum’s friend, Caroline Meredith, did the flowers.
We had a choice of prawns or soup to start, beef, turkey or a veg option for the main course and then strawberries and cream or profiteroles for pudding.
We had a three tier ivory square stacked cake. One layer Carrot Cake, one Lemon Sponge and one traditional fruit. There was ribbon to match the stationery around each tier and silver and aqua stars exploding out of the top of the cake. Audrey Gwillim, a family friend, made the cake. We also had fairy cakes in the evening that were iced with either ivory, silver or aqua icing and had either A’s or R’s on them or lilies, roses or stars.
We had a disco at night and a fireworks display by Phenomenal Fireworks later in the evening which was amazing!
We had two gift lists, one at Next and one at Debenhams. Most people gave us money though. We put it towards our first house.
Loads of friends and family stayed over at the hotel. We had the bridal suite which was really lovely. We went to New York for 4 nights and Orlando for 10 nights for our Honeymoon and had a fantastic two weeks!
It was all so memorable and fantastic. We had a family friend sing in the church and that was a lovely moment. Making our vows was very memorable. The speeches were excellent, the disco was excellent and the fireworks display was unbelievable! It was just all so memorable.
No, luckily there were no real nightmares in the run up to the big day.
My advice would be to enjoy every moment of the planning and the big day as it goes by so quickly! I would strongly recommend getting your wedding filmed as you can re live the day time and time again and it catches loads of stuff that you don’t get to see on the day!