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 11, 2006
photos by Pauline & Leila Cutler
We met at college studying Audio Engineering – David was the college manager.
In a diamond shop in South Africa. As he was paying for my ring he asked if that meant we were getting engaged!
David went go-carting followed and then had a meal with ten of his mates.
I went for a meal with 12 hens at an Italian restaurant in Richmond.
We found the venues together and also chose music, had wine tastings and chose cake flavours.
We bought a bride and groom figurine for the top of our cake of a tall bride and small groom. I’m 6 foot and David is 5 foot 6.
We ordered the figurine online.
I bought a two-piece silk Jasper Conran dress off the peg at Debenhams. It took three hours to find the dress with my mum and sister and I collected it two weeks later. It had a boned bodice with spaghetti straps and a full length skirt with a small train.
My sister was my bridesmaid and wore a dress in a red wine colour.
David’s best man was Richard Bignell. He wore a morning suit with red cravat and gold waistcoat. David wore a morning suit with colours of the cravate and waistcoat in reverse (red waistcoat, gold cravat. Our usher, Tony, wore his own suit.
We had a civil ceremony.
The White House in Hampton, Middlesex.
Chessington Golf Club in Surrey.
My brother-in-law put a white ribbon on his gold car and drove us.
We had 80 guests and they came to both venues.
We had a traditional South African braii (BBQ) and chose South African wines as David grew up in Cape Town.
We had no table settings, our guests sat wherever they wanted at benches outside in the balmy evening. It was 25 degrees.
My sister and I had bouquets of ivory and white roses and lisianthus. We had two displays of lilies in cream vases at the ceremony which were taken to the reception afterwards.
Barbecued lamb, South African sausage, chicken and vegetable kebabs, stuffed mushrooms, an assortment of salads, garlic bread, new potatoes. For pudding a friend of ours made trifles (v alcoholic!).
My sister in law made our cakes. We had four tiers: carrot, coffee, chocolate and lemon sponges decorated with miniature and giant sweets (to symbolise tall bride small groom) and we hired a cake stand and put our figurine on top.
We had an 80′s disco in the evening.
Yes, we had a list with John Lewis.
We spent our wedding night at home and then went to Dorset to stay in my mother-in-laws holiday flat.
Being sung down the aisle by my good friends (they sing on the Jonathan Ross chat show and insisted on singing for us on our wedding day).
ave the wedding that you want because otherwise you’ll regret it. Don’t spend too much money! We had the most amazing wedding and chose every element of our day.