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
We met in 1998; I had just finished my first year at university and was staying with my dad during the summer holidays. It was raining so I went to get a lift home from dad who was in the pub. Jonathan was in there, very drunk and invited me to McDonalds. This turned into a pub crawl where at the end of the evening I was very sick and passed out!
I’m 27, he’s 33.
We were in France on holiday 3 years ago and we were standing at the top of La Rhune Mountain when he got down on one knee and presented me with a beautiful ring. We both cried then went to the local bar for a celebratory litre of beer!
My girlfriends took me on a surprise weekend to Dublin which was a scream! We had such fun! Jonathan and 16 mates hired a Hummer and went paint balling then to the dogs then for a lock in at our local… he was in a real state the next day!
He didn’t! I want to be a wedding planner so he left it to me which was good because I had quite specific ideas.
Yes! I found the cafe great; it’s good to talk to other brides-to-be who feel the same and have similar questions and concerns.
I started one but didn’t bother in the end.
Yes, we visited the London store and bought all our table decorations there.
had a Benjamin Roberts ivory dress with crystals. I got it in Go Bridal in Tunbridge Wells where the staff were brilliant and got all excited for me which was lovely. I had plain satin shoes and a tiara.
I had two good friends, they wore lilac dresses.
The boys wore dark morning suits with waist coats and cravats to compliment the girls’ outfits. I hadn’t seen the suits until I walked in the church and they all looked gorgeous!
In St. Augustine’s Catholic Church with a fantastic Korean priest who made us all laugh and totally took away my nerves the second I walked in when he said ‘It’s show time!’
At The Beacon Pub/Hotel in Tunbridge Wells. It was really lovely and the setting is breathtaking.
had a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow.
75 for the day plus a further 30 for the evening.
The colour scheme was lilac and ivory.
We had floral displays in our colours, scattered hearts and stars and gave the tables names of places we’d visited together.
We gave miniature Baileys wrapped in cellophane with 2 Alka-Seltzers… the guests loved them!
I had an ivory rose shower bouquet, the girls had lilac and ivory hand-tied bouquets and the boys had ivory rose buttonholes. My friend is a florist and she did them.
We had an amazing buffet with loads of different items including dressed salmon and carved meats. There was something for everyone. We had a choice of desserts and cheeses.
Jonathan’s aunt made an amazing fruit cake, it was perfect.
We had a disco in the evening. The speeches were the daytime entertainment!
John Lewis and also we asked for vouchers from Thomas Cook towards our honeymoon to Cape Town and Mauritius next February.
We stayed in the hotel where the reception was. There are only 3 rooms so we had in-laws either side! Next day 25 people came back from breakfast. We went to Moscow for a few days then we’re going away in February.
Everything. The nerves, the smile on my husband’s face as I walked in… it has stayed plastered to his face ever since! It was the most amazingly perfect day of my life. I never thought I could feel so happy!
Not really… it all ran so smoothly.
Not at all. Relax, enjoy the day but take 5 minutes away from the guests to breathe and relax. It’s all over so quickly. Also, don’t try and work out what it is costing per hour… I did that and nearly passed out. Ha ha!