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
6 and a half years ago at a really awful club in Ealing.
I am 26, Sach is 28.
It was October 13th 2003; he told me he was taking me away for a romantic weekend, but didn’t say where. I had my suspicions but went along with it. We spent the day in Stratford-upon-Avon and in the afternoon drove out to the mystery location which was up in Coventry, Coombe Abbey. It was amazing, such a special, romantic place. When we got into our room there were boxes of chocolates, a bouquet of flowers and a bottle of Champagne chilling. He then said "Sit down, I have a little present for you," So I closed my eyes, held out my hands and he gave me a gift bag. I opened it and found a pink beanie baby cat, my heart sank for a moment, and he then said "The gift comes in two parts"… He turned the cat around and tied to the collar was a platinum diamond ring! Before he could say anything I was crying uncontrollably, he then got down on one knee and asked "Will you marry me?" Of course my answer was "Yes!"
I had my hen night at the Coppid Beech Hotel in Bracknell; they have everything under one roof. ‘The girls weekend package’: spa, bier keller for dinner with a band and a club. Sach went to Amsterdam with the boys.
We did most of it together, from designing the invitations, table plan, menus and colour theme and most of all the budget!
Yes, we used Confetti for inspiration for the colour theme and table decorations and also used the planning tool you provide.
We purchased a number of items from your London store.
My Dress was not what I expected to wear, I originally said no veil, no tiara, and a big but plain dress. We saw a wedding show in Dorking with one of the local shops, The bridal room in Reigate, so we went along just to have a look and I fell in love with the first dress I tried on. It was very girly, pretty yet sexy, which is the one we ended up buying, along with a floor-length veil and tiara. It just happened that it was the last one in the sale, so I got an amazing dress at a great price!
We had one bridesmaid, my best friend Vickie. As our theme was black tie and colour scheme was black and silver we wanted her to wear a black strapless evening dress which my mum found in the BHS wedding section, again this just happened to be in the sale. She also wore silver shoes and a silver stole.
We chose Graham, Vickie’s husband, to be our best man. He wore a tuxedo with a silver waistcoat and cravat to match Vickie’s stole.
We had a civil ceremony.
Our ceremony was in the tower at Leez Priory in Great Dunmow near Chelmsford.
We had our reception at Leez Priory, and we had exclusive use of the venue all day and night.
No transport was needed as we all got ready at the venue.
We invited 60 guests to our wedding, and had no additional evening guests.
The theme for our wedding was black tie and the colours were black, ivory and silver.
We used silver and black stars sprinkled on the tables, with balloon trees that consisted of black latex balloons with cream stars all over, mixed with silver latex balloons. The place settings were cream cars with black writing, with a diamante for the ladies and a silver star the guys.
Each guest had miniature vodka as a favour with a little poem attached and tied with silver ribbon (this was for the vodka luge in the evening.)
I really didn’t want a bouquet so went for a wrist corsage for me, the mums, nanny and bridesmaid which consisted of two ivory vandella roses with diamantes on wire. They looked very delicate. The guys had a single vandella rose with diamante on wire. We used Knights of Betchworth.
Leez Priory provide a varied menu to choose from. For the vegetarians (me!) we had tomato and mozzarella salad, followed by wild mushroom and asparagus croustade in a white wine tarragon and dijon cream sauce. For everyone else the starter was pesto roasted salmon on a bed of rocket leaves, olive and parmesan and dessert was yummy dark chocolate torte with an orange sauce.
I wanted to do my own thing with the cake so we decided to go with a Marks & Spencer 3-tier, chocolate, sponge and fruit all covered in ivory icing. On the morning I took the top two off the cake boards and stacked them on top of one another. I dusted them in edible iridescent glitter, wrapped a black organza ribbon around each one and sprinkled diamantes on the cakes and the table around it. Then an ivory vandella rose was placed on the top cake. It really was very different and I got loads of compliments on my ideas.
We decided while the photos were being taken that we would have a magician. We had seen Magin Lee at a wedding fayre in Dorking and he was excellent, I would recommend him! Leez Priory also recommend the in-house DJ Eddie who played music to our specific requests throughout the evening.
We had our gift list with John Lewis who were great.
We spent our first night in the bridal suite at Leez Priory, which was very romantic. We flew off for two weeks to The Body Holiday @ Le Sport in St Lucia 3 days after the wedding and it was amazing. We booked the honeymoon through Tropic Breeze.
There were so many amazing moments on the day. My most memorable moment was saying our vows which we wrote ourselves and, of course, becoming Mrs. Bhambri!
No major problems, except I was a nightmare – the excitement and nerves all got to me and I cried a lot, in fact most of the weekend before the wedding. On the day everyone was saying Becky you are so calm, are you ok?
I would not do a single thing differently! Our wedding day was more amazing than either of us could ever have imagined. I remember everything, even the smallest detail. To any bride who is about to get married I would just say make sure you enjoy every moment, anytime you feel stressed about how much you have to do or anything that has gone wrong, just chill for a minute. And make sure you take time to have a few moments to yourselves on the day, just so you can take it all in, and good luck!