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 11, 2006
photos by Tinsnail Design Photography
We met at work in 1998. After several attempts at asking Gav out, we went to Stratford to watch Shakespeare. Six weeks later we found a flat together.
For our fifth anniversary, I took Gav away to a cottage in the Lake District. It was pouring with rain when we arrived and within minutes Gav said he wanted to give me my anniversary gift – I closed my eyes and held out my arms ready for my big pressie! When I opened my eyes he was on one knee, with our dog next to him with a beautiful platinum diamond ring! After several minutes of tears I managed to say yes!
I had three hen nights! One was with eight close friends in a cottage for three nights in the Peak District, one in Cheltenham with a group of 15 friends (a meal then a club) and lastly with my work friends.
Gav was taken to Lithuania on his stag do – I’ve been trying to find out the details but no one will tell!
I asked his opinion/help on many things but he knew I had so much planned since I was six! He was great at bringing my feet back to the ground in my Bridezilla moments!
Yes – great help getting opinions of other brides-to-be on the message board.
I went back to the first dress I tried on – a brocade Hildelina Montana dress from Modern Bride at Rackams. It was perfect and best of all I have never seen it on a website or in a magazine … totally individual!
I was supposed to have three bridesmaids but my best friend Jenna was sadly away travelling. I had Kate, my play school friend from the age of two, and Liz who I have known since the age of 15. They wore dusky pink tops and skirts finished with a ivory ribbon and ivory rose wrist corsages.
Gav had two best men – his brother Dave and his best mate Steve. The ushers were my brother Chris, Gav’s brother in law Steve and a friend, James. They all wore morning suits with dusky pink cravates.
We had a religious Roman Catholic ceremony.
We chose Woodchester Roman Catholic Church where my parents were married, I was christened and confirmed and my brother was married in 2003.
Our reception was at Beaudesert Park School where my parents first met and had their wedding reception 33 years before us, and where I lived and grew up until my parents retirement in 2001.
We had a 1930s vintage cadiallac – a fantastic car!
95 guests came to the day and meal then an extra 40 came at 8pm for the evening do.
Our colours were lavender and dusky pink. A local lavender farm brought into flower 15 beautiful french lavender plants that were perfect on the day!
Each table had a lavender plant in a painted terracota pot in the centre. Dusky pink rose buds were scattered next to three round dusky pink candles. Bubbles and disposable cameras were also used, and favour boxes with names attached marked each seat.
Our favours were in brochade boxes (to match my dress). Everyone had french truffles and mints in their boxes and the ladies also had seed sticks to take home and grow.
My bouquet was round and made up of ivory roses and sea lavender surrounded by grasses. The reception venue flowers were done by my friends mum and were a beautiful combination of lilies, roses and much more!
We had an outside caterer. We started with loads of amazing canapes and champagne for the guests on arrival. We then sat down for a main course of chicken stuffed with bacon and mozarella and fresh veggies. The puddings were a fruit terrine or chocolate tart.
The cake was made for us by my cousin. It was a simple three-tier, round cake with ivory icing and fresh ivory and dusky pink roses between the layers. As a surprise for my parents I had a silver shoe from their cake on the top!
We had a jazz band for the outside reception then a DJ for the evening do – the dance floor was never empty!
Our gift list was held with John Lewis.
Our first night was spent at a nearby hotel – a real treat with a massage in the spa on the Sunday morning! Our honeymoon was to Tanzania for a weeks camping safari then a week on the beach on Zanzibar.
Having our dog Petra arrive for the photos – it wouldn’t have been the same without her!
Always take your veil for the hair trial – I didn’t and my veil on the day was slightly too far forward – it didn’t spoil it though! Other advice (which was passed to me by friends): when you walk into the church, stop at the top of the aisle before walking down and take all your friends and family in – doing this oddly calmed me down! At least a couple of times during the day, take your groom away from the crowds and sit together for just a couple of moments to absorb it all! And lastly, neither of us were fans of line ups but the two of us greeted all our guests on arrival which meant we didn’t have to worry too much about circulating again for the rest of the day – it allowed us to relax more.