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
photos by xxxxxxx Photography
We met via a phone call when we both worked for DHL; I worked in London and James worked at East Midlands airport. One day I called a friend who worked at the East Midlands office, James answered the phone and that was it. Once I heard his voice I was hooked, we met up a month later, and we’ve been together ever since.
I’m 32, James is 27.
On the 5th May 03, we went to our favorite hotel, for a weekend break and James popped the question, using flowers spread over the four-poster bed spelling out ‘marry me’.
Yes, we both did: I had a fab night out in Nottingham, and then a four day break in Prague; James went to Budapest for a few days with his mates.
He paid! No really he was very good, he booked the honeymoon and sorted the cake, and the suits for the guys.
Yes, I was logged onto the cafe everyday getting loads of info from other brides-to-be.
Yes, I bought some chocolate dice online.
My dress was Scarlet from Hollywood dreams; I bought it from Caroline Jane in Tamworth.
Yes, I had loads – 7 in total: 4 adults, my sister, James’ sister and two friends and 3 flower girls. They all wore dresses from Debenhams.
We had a fair few ushers, all best friends of my new husband.
We had a civil ceremony.
We had our wedding at Risley Hall Hotel, Derbyshire.
No, I stayed at the venue the night before.
We had 103 guests to the day and a further 40 to the night.
Yes, we had a casino theme to the night, lots of fairy lights and dice.
We put our table centre pieces on the table for the evening reception, we had fairy lights inside the flowers, and lots of chocolate dice everywhere.
Yes, we got them chrome bottle stoppers in the shape of a heart.
I had a bouquet of rolex roses and ivy, covered in diamante and crystals; the bridesmaids had flower straps on their shoulders of Singapore orchids and ivy; the table decorations were tall candle sticks with ivory roses and trailing ivy. My florist was Chantel, based in Normanton Derby.
The venue did the catering; we had melon with a fruit compote, then chicken wrapped in bacon, cooked with baby onions and chives in a red wine sauce, and to finish we had a chocolate trifle.
A friend’s mother made our cake, which was three tiers of chocolate, sponge and fruit, all covered in ivory icing with shooting stars and hearts coming out of the top.
We had a string quartet during the day and a fun casino in the evening.
No, we already lived together, so we asked for Debenhams vouchers.
Our first night was spent at the venue, and we went on honeymoon 3 days later to Bali. We booked the honeymoon through Virgin holidays.
Seeing James at the end of the aisle, waiting for me, and our first dance to the Goo Goo Dolls’ ‘Iris.’
I would do nothing differently at all, you just have to remember it’s your day so do what you want and don’t be pushed into anything you don’t want.