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 4 years ago, when out with a group of friends, though we didn’t become a couple until last June.
31 and 32.
We were at the cinema. During the trailers, whilst offering me a sweet from the pick ‘n’ mix bag, he produced a diamond solitaire. Needless to say I was so excited I could barely concentrate on the film after that!
We didn’t do anything big – he went bowling and for a meal and drinks with friends. I went out for a Mexican meal with my friends and my mum.
We made some decisions together but in the main it was my mum and I that did everything.
I looked at the pictures and used the forums.
Yes, I bought burgundy and ivory favour boxes and matching organza ribbons. I also bought the bridesmaid and best man Spaceforms from Confetti.
I had a Champagne gold one-piece from San Patrick, bought from Yours Truly Bridal House in Kent. Unbeknown to me the train was a massive 4ft long. It had a beautiful patterned bodice, with stepped neckline and glass beading. I have never seen a dress like it in any magazine or bridal shop. I had a cathedral-length veil from the same shop and a tiara bought at a Wedding Fair.
One, my sister. She wore a deep red Hilary Morgan strapless dress with lace-up back and beading to the bodice. I made her feather and bead headdress myself and she made her own jewellery to match.
My sister’s boyfriend was best man and my uncle was an usher.
We had a religious ceremony.
All Saints, Loose. We had a group sing before, during and after the ceremony; they were fantastic and absolutely made the day for us.
A restaurant on the outskirts of town. We had the whole place to ourselves all day. The food was fantastic, as was the service, it was also very reasonable.
A Rolls Royce.
40 in the day, plus another 50 in the evening.
Burgundy, gold and ivory, with hearts as the theme.
With gold and red table confetti, rose petals and ivory and burgundy favours. I made the place cards myself in the same colours to match.
Yes, Baci chocolates in a favour box.
I had a teardrop of cala lilies and freesia with red beading.
We had carrot and coriander soup to start, chicken in tarragon sauce with seasonal vegetables and raspberry and chocolate roulade.
A friend from work made my cake, it was stacked 3-tiers with sugar flowers to replicate my bouquet.
A DJ, who was fantastic and really got the party going.
We asked for gift vouchers.
At a local hotel. We went to Mexico on holiday 6 weeks before the wedding, so that was our pre-wedding honeymoon. We had a few days in London after the wedding, seeing the usual sights and then a relaxed few days at home.
When the door opened to the church and I stood for a few moments waiting to enter and knowing this was it, I was getting married!
Not really, we planned the wedding in 6 months and I think the tight timescale kept my mum and I really focused. On the day, not a thing went wrong; it was a real family and friends day – everything I’d hoped for.
Possibly have the ceremony videoed, but other than that, not a thing!