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 meet about 9 years ago through our local young farmers club. We got together about 4 years later at a Young Farmers Disco.
I’m 29, Dave’s 32.
He proposed in January at Welcombe Beach in Devon; it was where I would go when I was growing up. It meant a great deal to me, even though I knew he was going to propose, it was a significant place to do it.
Yes, I went to Newquay with 9 girlfriends and had a fab weekend catching up with old friends. We then stopped off for Sunday lunch at my mum and dad’s on the way home to Shropshire. Dave had two: 14 lads went to Cardiff; they spent a lot of time drinking and then went to a comedy club, that’s all I know. He had another one about a fortnight before the wedding where a few of them went to the footie and then out in Wolverhampton. They were very worse for wear!
He was fab, he put up with my mad ideas, we agreed things together and he was very supportive about everything.
Yes, I bought a ‘Just Married’ T-shirt online.
My dress was completely different to what I thought I’d have. It was a meringue! It was by Justin Alexander, a full champagne coloured satin skirt with a strapless bodice, covered in embroidered lace of rose and gold with a matching wrap.
I had two bridesmaids, old friends who had very different dresses. One lived in Bermuda so I bought material in the colour I wanted them to wear and they each made their own dresses to their own style. I didn’t know what they were going to look like until about a month beforehand; it was a lovely surprise.
He had an old friend, Andrew Craig, as his best man, and the ushers were my brother Pete, Andy, Dave’s brother and an old friend, Andrew Jebb. They all wore tails with cream waistcoats and orange ties.
Religious Ceremony. Our vicar was fab, he was so laid back and made us feel at ease. His main bit of advice was to choose hymns people can sing!
The ceremony was held at our local parish church, St Chads; it was harvest festival so the church was all decorated for the Sunday. It looked great and, considering our farming backgrounds, was perfect.
We had a marquee at Dave’s parent’s house, in one of their fields.
We came back to the farm on a tractor and trailer with bridesmaids, best man & mums and dads. It was one of the highlights of the day.
We invited 150 to the day, though only 137 came and we had a further 100 guests at night.
Harvest was a main theme. The bridesmaids were in burnt orange and we followed this though to the table centres and buttonholes. We had sheaves of corn around a pole in the marquee. Dave’s dad had built a replica bride and groom out of straw bales to greet guests!
Each table had a table centre with a hurricane lamp surround by flowers in the colour scheme and we also had table confetti. Each table was named after a place that meant something to Dave and me and then had a picture of the place and why we had chosen it.
The ladies had mini packets of Love Hearts sweets and the men had mini packets of Rolos.
I had a shower bouquet of cream and leonardo roses with freesias and wheat. Mel had a hand-tied bouquet and Jess had a wrist corsage matching my flowers. Our florist was our local village and she was fab. I gave her pretty much free rein as to what to do. She also put flowers on the lych gate. The table centres, mentioned above, we did ourselves. We also had a pedestal in the marquee which matched the table centres.
We had an outside caterer, who was fab. We had Pimms on the lawn with canapés. Then went and sat down to roast beef and all the trimmings. Each joint was carved at the table by a designated carver who donned chef’s hat and apron. We then had a choice of 3 desserts: lemon cheesecake, chocolate roulade or apricot and almond meringue, all accompanied by clotted cream! We had an evening buffet with Cornish pasties and a huge cheese table.
My mum made a traditional fruit cake; it was 3 round stacked tiers. The cake was then decorated by a family friend with sunflowers and ivy flowing down. We had 2 fantastic cake toppers of a Friesian heifer and a limousin bull, representing me as a dairy farmer’s daughter and Dave as a beef farmer!
We had a disco and band at night. They were fab and had everyone dancing.
We had a gift list with John Lewis, we also received other presents from Springfield and Welcombe pottery in Devon.
We spent our first night a Patshull park. We had a couple of nights away in Broadway in the Cotswolds which Dave booked on his own. We stayed at the Broadway hotel and they were fabulous. We are going away in January on our proper honeymoon on a 6-night tour of Sri Lanka and then 6 nights in the Maldives. We’ve booked it through Kuoni and are really looking forward to it.
There were so many: signing the register, our trip on the tractor and trailer, running around the marquee handing out thank you presents. Everyone’s reactions to the little special touches; it was fantastic.
We’d booked two bands! We managed to cancel one of them. And worrying over numbers.
I wouldn’t do anything differently. People really notice special little touches. I’d put poems in the toilets, a Pam Ayres and a Henry Brewis one and people commented on them. Enjoy every minute, it really does fly. Dave and I tried to speak to everyone and then spent the last 3/4 of an hour dancing on the dance floor; it really meant we could spend some time together.
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