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
Glyn and I work together so after a few flirtatious emails and match making from work colleagues – we finally got it together!
Glyn took me on a surprise trip to Madrid. He didn’t tell me where we were going until we were at the airport. He proposed to me in the Botanical Gardens and he went down on one knee – very romantic!
I had two, a hen night for the mums at a Chinese restaurant and then dancing afterwards, and then I went away for a long weekend to Liverpool with 12 girls. Glyn went to Cardiff on a golfing weekend.
He helped me with the major decisions but let me get on with the finer details. I only had to ask and he would have done anything to help but I found that it was easier doing it myself!
Yes – the girls on the forum helped me with loads of ideas and I bought the favours from here.
Bought the favour bags and lottery envelopes onsite.
It was a Maggie Sottero called Dion. It was stunning with ice blue crystals on the bodice with quite a long train. I knew it was ‘the one’ when I came out of the dressing room and the mums and Maid of Honour started crying!
I had four bridesmaids – 2 whom I have known for 15 years and 2 that I have become close to in the last 5 years. One travelled from Canada to be with me which made the day that little bit more special. I had their dresses made as I wanted to find something they would all like; they looked stunning.
His best man was his brother and the ushers were my brother and 3 of his closest friends. They all wore navy suits from Pronuptia with cream waistcoats. Our theme was blue and yellow so the ushers had cream cravats, the dads wore yellow cravats and Glyn and the best man wore blue.
Religious and the service was wonderful, very personal to us both.
In a village called Hartlip in a tiny church – not sure how everyone got in!
In a Marriott Hotel which was 20 minutes away from the church; they did a wonderful job.
Two yellow Rolls Royces.
There were 120 guests invited to the day with a further 50 invited to the evening.
No, we just had blue and yellow colours throughout. We had the thin tall vases for centre pieces with flowers.
Yellow Lottery envelopes and blue favour bags!
Love hearts for the women and lottery scratch cards for the men.
I had yellow calla lilies and yellow roses in my bouquet and the bridesmaids had yellow roses. My mother-in-law helped with the flowers and she did an outstanding job.
The venue handled the catering and we had melon with berries, chicken with pepper and mushroom sauce and then a strawberry shortcake for dessert.
A friend of the family made the cake and we opted for a simple 3-tier square cake, plain but with real calla lilies on top to match my bouquet.
We had a DJ – the dance floor was not empty for a second! Everyone was up dancing which was lovely.
We asked for money or John Lewis vouchers as we have lived together for 2 years.
We stayed at the venue for our first night along with everyone else so we all had breakfast in the morning together. We went to South Africa on safari and then Mauritius for our honeymoon – amazing.
Every part of the day was amazing, from arriving in the church to seeing everyone up dancing at the end. Sitting in the car with my dad on our way to the church was special – he held my hand and asked if I was OK – then everyone in the village came out and waved as we drove past and people who I haven’t seen in years were at the church waiting to see me… I felt so special.
Nothing at all; whether anything did happen and it was just kept from me I don’t know, but from what I could see everything ran smoothly.
I would do nothing differently. Just enjoy your day and don’t get stressed. I was really relaxed in the morning, having a laugh with the bridesmaids, which I think helped. It goes so very quickly and if you spend the day worrying about every little thing, you will not appreciate the day or enjoy it; you only get this day once. Also choose your attendants wisely – they really did take care of things for me on the day. To do it again, we would have invited more people to the church.