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: October 3, 2007
We first met in 1997 at school when I saw him. I liked him straight away. He didnt want to go out with anyone older and I found out 5 years later my friend had pestered him the whole time we were at school. In 2002 we both started the same college within six months we were together and inseparable.
I’m 22, Oliver is 21
At my sisters 18th at the end of the night he and I got up to sing ‘The usual paradise” by the DashBoard Light on karaoke. When it got to the bit where I sing, “Will you take me away? Will you make me your wife” the music cut off and I turned, and Oliver was down on one knee holding a ring box. I cried and said yes! It was great, all our family and friends were there to share our special moment. He had even asked my dad as well. Apparently they drank a bottle of whisky and stayed up till 5am talking about me!
Oliver played golf during the day with some family and friends, they dressed up in high socks and flat caps. It was hilarious! I went out with 26 family and friends to a restaurant then onto a few clubs and night clubs. We all had matching t-shirts and bunny ears, it was great fun.
Oliver is very laid back and tends to just go with the flow but I wanted him to be involved as it was his wedding too. We chose the colour scheme together and he gave the ok with lots of decisions.
Yes, I used the planner.
I visited the store in Leeds and purchased some personalised gift bags, groom boxers, and disposable cameras
My pictures say it all! Huge white sparkly dress of my dreams, I felt like a real princess all day.
St Mary’s Church, Woodkirk, Tingley
Thornfield House Masonic lodge in Morley, Leeds
I had a Silver Cloud Rolls Royce for me and my father to the church, then for me and Oliver to reception. The guys and the bridesmaids had an old vintage style limosine. It was amazing and all the guests commented on it.
90 to the day then a further 50 to the evening.
We chose lilac and silver.We had JJ’s balloons in Morley do our balloon decoration with Cloud 9 balloons and swags and bows Everyone was speechless when they walked in the room.
We had small horse and carriages with lilac ribbon and silver rings – these were a bargain from ebay £2 each. We had crystals scattered and heart shaped rose petals all over every table.
Yes the horse and carriages with mints or chocolates inside.
I had artificial flowers as I wanted to keep them and I’m not a massive flower lover. I had lilac and white roses with ribbon and a white carnation in the middle as that was my great grandad’s favourite flower and it’s tradition in our family
The venue did the catering, they were amazing we could have anything we wanted. We had a choice of soup and roll, prawn cocktail or melon and summer fruits. The main course was good old Sunday lunch beef or chicken with yorkshire puddings, vegetables and potatoes, then a choice of desserts like chocolate cake, apple pie, and cheesecake.
A friend of Oliver’s mum made our cake – Pauline Elizabeth she makes them for a living and used to have a shop, but just works from home now. It was three tier octagon shape with heart shaped icing with lilac and glitter decoration.
We had a DJ at the evening with karaoke. People just didnt want to leave!
We had out gift list with Argos.
We spent our first night at home. We hadn’t moved into our house yet so we went there, then to the airport the next morning. We went to Disneyworld for our honeymoon, it was a gift from Oliver’s parents
Walking down the aisle with my dad and seeing Oliver waiting with tears running down his face. He told me I looked stunning. It was the best moment of my life!
I was really nervous in the morning with a stomach ache, I’m not normally like that. Oliver was calm and collected and he is usually the one who is nervous.
Take everything in! I wish I remembered more from the church but I remember the important bits. At the reception Oliver and I went for a short walk just take everything in. I’m really glad as it was nice to get away from the hype and spend some time on our own.