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 about 8 years ago, through friends.
We both had hen and stag celebrations. I had two hen parties. The first one was mainly family and a few close friends; we went for a weekend in Barcelona and then a couple of weeks before the wedding I went to the School Disco in London with a large group of friends. Duncan and the lads went to Newcastle for a weekend of alcohol, pole dancing clubs and go-karting.
Duncan wasn’t really involved with much of the wedding planning, he left it to me. The main thing he helped with was collecting the suits!
I did use Confetti to help plan my wedding. I viewed wedding dresses, table decorations, cakes and make-up.
Yes, I did buy products from Confetti, I shopped online.
My dress was a Maggie Sottero ‘Olympia’. As soon as I saw this dress I know it was right, I was looking for something quite plain and elegant and I absolutely loved the back of the dress as it laced up and had a crystal effect running each side and down into the train. I bought it from The Bridal Room in Hitchin, Herts.
I had two bridesmaids, one was Duncan’s sister Laura and the other was supposed to be my sister Lisa, but unfortunately she lives in the States and was unable to come home for the wedding. So a good friend – Sarah, very kindly stepped in at the very last minute!
The best man was Gary, Duncan’s best friend. The Usher was Duncan’s brother Gary (also.) They wore grey suits with cream waistcoats and sky blue ties to match the bridesmaid dresses.
The Corus Hotel, Harpenden.
We had a 1934 Rolls Royce in white.
We had about 75 guests to the wedding and another 30 came to the evening reception.
Sky Blue was our colour scheme.
We had blue balloons as centrepieces along with blue coloured favours.
I had a hand-tied bouquet designed with bianca roses (ivory) and eucalyptus foliage. The bridesmaids had hand-tied bouquets with bouvardia and white double lisianthus with eucalyptus foliage. My florist was Outside the box in Harpenden.
The hotel did the catering for us and we had a buffet as we had a late wedding.
We choose a wonky cake design which had tatty teddies as the cake topper. A friend of Duncan’s, called Chrissie, made our cake.
We had a DJ in the evening.
We didn’t have a gift list, we choose a honeymoon account which our Travel Agent set up for us. They gave us cards with all the details on to send out with our invitations.
The first night we spent at the hotel in which we’d held our reception. We had a fantastic honeymoon, for the first week we went to the Sandals ‘Grande’ in St. Lucia and then for the second week we went to Las Vegas. We booked through First Choice Holiday Hypermarket.
The actual ceremony and Duncan being so nervous! I had been stressing for weeks and he was so calm and then on the day it was completely reversed! I’ve never seen him so nervous!
The real nightmare was my sister not being able to get here for the wedding.
Stressful, but I miss it now it is all over. Just enjoy every minute.