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: September 27, 2006
We met at Eros nightclub in Enfield and were introduced by a mutual friend in August 1997. We were both 16.
John proposed in my living room at home. I didn’t want a big fuss and afterwards we went out for a Chinese!
I arranged my hen night and went for drinks in Henry’s in Covent Garden and then on to Apollonia restaurant off Tottenham Court Road. The best man arranged the stag night which was a meal, then drinks in Leicester Square and onto School Disco at Hammersmith.
John helped with everything and got really into it. I didn’t want to spend all that money on one day so told him that he had to enjoy the planning too! On the morning of the wedding he took a big box of things to the venue and a list of what to do with them and he didn’t let me down.
I had a Maggie Sottero gown, Angelina, which I tried on during my first wedding dress shopping trip and fell in love with it.
I had three adult bridesmaids. My sister was my maid of honour and my sister-in-law and one of my best friends were the other bridesmaids. They wore a periwinkle blue dress with white detail, from Forever Bridals.
John chose one of his best friends that he used to go to school with to be his best man and had three other ushers who were his two brothers and my brother.
We had a civil ceremony as neither of us is particularly religious.
The ceremony was at Ponsbourne Park Hotel in Hertfordshire.
The reception was also at Ponsbourne Park Hotel in Hertfordshire.
I hired a gunmetal and dove grey 1930′s style Beauford Open Tourer, from Be Chauffeured Ltd in Kent and my bridesmaids, pageboys and mum had a white stretch limousine from County Limos in Kent.
We had 83 guests for the ceremony and wedding breakfast and another 80 people for the evening reception.
Our colours were lilac/blue with flowers, hearts and diamantes. Our table name theme was Greek Gods and Goddesses. We had lilac and white flowers on the tables in clear vases and our table names were made with colour and style in mind.
The guests had Greeks biscuits as favours and we ordered enough for the evening guests to have some too.
My flowers were cream roses with cream and white lisianthus, lilac calla lilies, blue thistles and pink bouvardia. They were arranged by a friend who has just opened her own florist who I used to go to school with and she puts lots of lovely beads and crystals in the flowers too.
The venue handled the catering and we had chicken and bacon salad to start, lamb noisettes with chive mash and vegetables for main course and pear frangipane for dessert.
We had a three tier fruit wedding cake, made and decorated by my mum’s best friend. It was absolutely stunning.
We had a Greek DJ in the evening that played a variety of English and Greek music. Our main evening entertainment was the Greek Money Pinning dance which we did instead of having a gift list.
We spent our first night at the hotel and came down in the morning and had breakfast with our guests. We then went home and packed to fly out to the Maldives for our two week honeymoon.
Holding hands all the way through the ceremony and going out for a drive in the wedding car after the ceremony and having a few minutes on our own to catch our breath.
Enjoy it and try to notice what a good time everybody else is having too!