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: January 29, 2007
In May 2000, on a blind date.
I am 25 and Steve is almost 28.
When we were on holiday in Florida in October 2004. He got down on one knee in the hotel room with a ring I had fell in love with some months before.
Yes, I went to an Elizabethan Banquet at Lumley Castle (where we got married,) it was a fantastic night. Steve went Go-Karting during the day and then had a night out in Newcastle.
Hmmm…well he chose the suits and arranged the fittings for the groomsmen, and that’s about it! But I didn’t mind, I was happy to do it myself!
Yes, the forums and Real Life Weddings were a great help.
Yes, I bought bubbles for the tables online.
It’s a Forever Yours dress bought from Serenity Bridal in Newcastle. It is ivory lace with a tulle bottom and is covered in beads. Itis slim fitting with a small fishtail.
Yes, I had one bridesmaid, Lindsay, and she wore a black bustle back dress gown from Debenhams.
Steve’s best man was his brother Paul. He didn’t have any ushers as it was a tiny wedding, but we hired suits for my two brothers too. They wore black morning suits from Slater Menswear in Newcastle. Steve had a lilac waistcoat and ruche, and the others had ivory.
Lumley Castle, County Durham.
We had a small wedding breakfast at Lumley, and a large evening reception at Newcastle United FC.
We hired a Silver Mercedes to take me to Lumley, then to take us both to NUFC and then back to Lumley in the evening as we had a room there.
There were only 13 of us in total at the wedding but around 150 in the evening.
Colour scheme was black, lilac, ivory and silver.
There was a large lilac floral table arrangement on our only table at the wedding breakfast. We had lilac and black balloons as a centrepiece on each table at the evening reception. Purple and silver confetti and lilac chocolate hearts scattered on each table.
For the daytime, both mums and the bridesmaid were given pewter hearts in lilac organza bags. The others got lottery tickets in ivory envelopes. For the evening there were chocolate hearts and bubbles on each table.
My florist was Claire Young at Wedding Flowers for You based in East Heddon, Newcastle. My bouquet was a posy of Boeing (ivory) and Pacific Blue (lilac) roses tied with ivory ribbon. The bridesmaid bouquet was a posy of Pacific Blue roses tied with lilac ribbon. The button holes were lilac roses except for the groom’s which was ivory.
We had the menu of the day which meant everyone could choose what they wanted. We had a buffet in the evening which was organised by the venue.
We had a three tier round fruit cake for the evening and a heart shaped chocolate cake for the daytime. They were both made by Steve’s auntie and were a wedding gift so we were very lucky.
There was a disco in the evening.
We booked our honeymoon ourselves over the Internet. We did a 2 week tour of the US. We went to New York, Las Vegas, Yosemite National Park, San Francisco then LA.
Tearing my dress on a door frame – but for all the wrong reasons! And my husband telling me how beautiful I looked when we sat down to sign the register…
I had a hiccup with my hair colour two days before the wedding. And obviously tearing my dress!
I wouldn’t have experimented with my hair colour so close to the wedding. You should definitely organise everything well in advance – I left it quite late (but then we did have less than a year to plan it) and I ended up a stressed out wreck the week of the wedding, but it all came together in the end!