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: October 25, 2006
We met at a party in 2001 and have been inseparable ever since!
We’re both 22.
Jonathan proposed at the top of Longridge Fell at sunset on 9/9/03. I accepted straight away…before he changed his mind! Hehe.
I went to Leeds with 15 girls and we had a spa day then went to the Hard Rock Cafe and out around Leeds at night! We stayed in the Crowne Plaza and it was fantastic.
Jonathan went to Newcastle with about 25 lads including his dad! They went go karting and paint balling then out around the city at night!
Jonathan had lots of input when it came to the decision making. I did all the research and decided what to have but he always had to agree with the decisions I made! I did most of the planning but Jonathan did help with the table plan and table names and he wrote out the place cards as he has very neat writing!
I used the wedding forums very much and got lots of great advice and wonderful ideas from the other ladies also planning weddings!
I wore a gorgeous ivory wedding dress by Phil Collins. It looked absolutely gorgeous on the day! I won’t say were I got it from as the service I received from the shop was dreadful so I don’t want to give them any sort of advertisement!
We had three bridesmaids! The chief bridesmaid was my best friend of 11 years, Sadie. We also had Jonathan’s two sisters, Joanna and Sara. They wore gorgeous periwinkle blue Venus bridal dresses. They were so flattering and all three girls looked fantastic!
We had my brother, Tom, as our usher and Jonathan chose his best friend of 18 years, Joe, to be best man. They all wore Edwardian style suits with blue cravats that were hired from Greenwoods.
We had a really lovely civil ceremony. The registrar was fantastic and added loads of personal touches to the ceremony.
We had the ceremony at Barton Grange Hotel at 2pm.
We had the reception at Baton Grange Hotel. The staff are exceptional, especially our wedding co-ordinator, Tom Jordan, and the entertainment manager, Rob Falcon. They are worth their weight in gold!
No, we didn’t need a car as the ceremony and reception was at the same place.
We had 50 people to the wedding and around 130 in the evening!
It was a fairly traditional theme with modern twists such as the cake and the DJ’s style. The colour scheme was blue and ivory.
We had blue confetti sprinkled on ivory table cloths and we choose ivory flowers in the table arrangements! We also had blue napkins.
Yes. We gave everyone a Ferrero Rocher in an ivory box wrapped with a blue bow!
We used a local florist, The Bay Tree. The flowers were ivory roses and gerberas with a lot of green foliage and bear grass. The men’s buttonholes were a single gerbera with green foliage.
The Barton Grange Hotel did the catering and it was absolutely gorgeous food! We had medley of prawns to start then we had roast turkey dinner with all the trimmings then apple pie with custard for desert!
We had a lovely three tiered modern cake from Imaginative Cakes. It had blue and silver wire spiraling up the tiers with two gorgeous blue and silver wire hearts on top with blue feathers.
We had a fantastic DJ Rob Falcon who played fantastic music all evening and provided much entertainment by dressing up in many different crazy outfits over the course of the night! The dance floor was never empty!
We had a gift lift with both Debenhams and Argos. Debenhams was particularly good as they gave us a £50 gift card just for registering our list with them!
We spent our first night as Mr and Mrs in the gorgeous honeymoon suite at the Barton Grange Hotel. We then flew out to Meedhupparu in the Maldives for two glorious weeks in paradise. We booked the honeymoon with Thomsons.
The whole day was absolutely fantastic. The best day of our lives! I particularly enjoyed kissing my husband for the first time. I think that memory will stay with me forever.
We were extremely lucky and chose all our vendors very well as everything went perfectly.
Make sure you take time out from the wedding bubble you enclose yourself in and look around and make memories, otherwise the whole day could just pass in a blur! Also definitely have a video as this is my most important possession now as the ceremony passed in such a blur for me as I was just so happy. I can hardly remember it myself and that video is my memory of the bits I missed!