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: March 15, 2007
We met eight years ago at a non-league football club we both supported. Six months after meeting, we became a couple.
We are both 26.
Steve had apparently been planning it for years! On our 5th anniversary we went for a week’s break in the Yorkshire Dales. Steve hired out an Audi TT convertible, drove me to Malham Cove, read two love poems and proposed! He’d also arranged a fantastic dinner and a stay in a gorgeous B&B.
I was supposed to have a ‘quiet night in’ at my parents’ house, but when I got there my younger sister had organised a surprise Ann Summers party complete with party games! Steve and his mates went to a local park to play sports, followed by dinner and the pub!
We did everything together.
Yes, the girls on the forum were fantastic and I also used the table planner.
I bought my dress two years before for a work do. After Steve proposed, I looked for dresses but nothing came close to the dress I already had, so I wore it. It was a white evening dress with layers of organza and a tie-up back, decorated with silver stars. In my hair I wore diamantes, with silver and white ribbons.
No. Instead, my oldest sister was our witness, my younger sister arranged my hen night and my little sister did our reading.
Steve wore a purple velvet jacket with matching cravat and a white waistcoat – something he had always wanted to wear. Steve’s best man and our second witness was his best friend and his brother was our usher. They wore their own suits.
Horsham Registry Office in Horsham, West Sussex. It is set in a really old building in a picturesque street, so we got some wonderful photos.
Slinfold Golf and Country Club, Slinfold, West Sussex.
Steve’s dad is very proud of his Rover 75 so he drove my parents and I to the registry office and then drove Steve and I on to the reception. He decorated the car with ribbons and flowers to match our colour scheme.
We invited just over 20 to the ceremony and a further 30 to the reception. 30 extra guests joined us in the evening.
Stars! I am an amateur astronomer so stars were everywhere – my dress, the ribbon on my bouquet, the table plan, the cake, etc. Our colour scheme was silver to match the stars on my dress, together with purple to match Steve’s jacket.
All of the tables were named after constellations visible at midnight on the day and each table also had a star map so guests could try and spot them. Silver and purple star confetti was also sprinkled on the tables.
All the children received party bags containing toys, colouring books etc. The girls’ bags also contained a replica of our cake topper.
Our fantastic florist was Fleurs in Horsham. My bouquet was made up of cream roses, stephanotis and lavender, tied with a long silver-starred ribbon I found on the internet. The buttonholes and corsages were made up of stephanotis and laurel. For all our table decorations, my little brother grew all the flowers from seed in our allotment. We bought some vases from Ikea and my mum arranged them on the day. I tied a label around each vase saying that they were grown by my brother.
Our venue handled the catering. We sent out a three-course menu with the invitations and the guests could choose what they wanted to eat.
I bought a sponge cake and a fruit cake from Tesco which my mum decorated with a purple ribbon and silver stars. Our cake topper was from Playmobil (a family tradition!). Steve then baked a selection of small cakes to go around the main cake.
A DJ was included in the price of the venue. In the evening, and as a complete surprise, Steve’s parents hired us a caricaturist who really got the guests talking!
No. We instead asked for money towards a new bathroom.
Our first night was spent at the Random Hall Hotel in Slinfold, West Sussex. A few days after the wedding we flew to Kenya for a week’s safari followed by a week on the coast, staying at Hemingway’s Resort in Watamu Bay. Everything was booked through Kuoni.
Saying our vows. We felt like we were the only two people in the world at that moment in time. I also loved watching our guests reactions when we played them a slideshow of funny photos of our six-and-a-half years together to the tune ‘Accidentally in Love’ by Counting Crows.
No. It was a small wedding so there was not that much to organise.
Have a few days rest between the wedding and the honeymoon. We were physically and emotionally drained for a couple of days afterwards! But the main thing would be enjoy yourself – you are marrying the man of your dreams and that is all that matters, so have fun, enjoy it and savour every moment!