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
Working at Marks & Spencers. We saw each other for the first at our Christmas party in 2000, but didn’t get together until May 2002.
We went on a brilliant holiday to Dubai for Simon’s 21st birthday and stayed at the Jumeriah Beach Hotel (amazing place!). Simon proposed while we were on a moonlit walk by the beach. We then went up to the rooftop cocktail bar to celebrate and saw fireworks over Dubai city centre.
As we were getting married in Mexico our celebrations were joint with our families, spent having a gorgeous meal.
We planned everything together, including making our own invitations. His job was planning the design on the computer and doing the cutting and sticking.
We bought just about everything from the confetti website, and most presents for our families from the website (I also managed to convince hubby to be to take my on a romantic weekend break to Leeds so we could visit the store!). It has been invaluable.
Yes, it’s Fiona&Simon.
We did all three!
My dress was exactly what I wanted, being only little I stumbled across an advert for Weston Wedding Petites in one of the millions of wedding magazines I purchased. It’s a fab little shop in Newton Pagnell where all dresses are made to measure ensuring you look fab on your day. I went into the shop certain I didn’t want an ivory dress with a veil – so you can guess what I came away with!
I just had one bridesmaid, my older sister Heidi (from the minute she knew I was engaged she had been planning her moment!). As Heidi is the opposite colouring to me (paler with black hair) I chose a gorgeous deep red dress for her to complement my ivory one.
Simon chose his dad as his best man, which was a bit of a nightmare as he moved to the USA in October (five months before we married) so suits were bought and measurements for waistcoats taken a long time in advance.
It was a Mexican civil ceremony.
In a wedding gazebo overlooking the sea.
We had a small private celebration after the wedding in the same wedding gazebo. The staff worked and changed it from a wedding venue to a seated buffet within ten minutes. We also had a big fancy evening reception when we got back to the UK. It was held at the Donington Park Motor Museum. This was an evening do with 50 friends and family.
I had a horse drawn carriage to arrive in along with my mum who was giving me away.
We had a total of 10 guests – being in Mexico it was a long way for people to travel!
Our wedding colours were burgundy and silver (we got married on Valentine’s day). As it was an evening do we also incorporated the colour black.
Each table had a centrepiece of red roses (three different shades) and the name cards, menus, etc. all matched in black and burgundy.
Everyone had a personalised ‘Thank you for joining us’ card with a wedding picture in, a miniature bottle of alcohol and little boxes with chocolates inside
My wedding flowers were fab. My bouquet was white roses and daisies and my bridesmaid had deep red roses. Both were really fresh and stayed that way for the rest of the holiday. Back home I had a trailing bouquet of calla lillies and orchids and my bridesmaid had red roses. All the table decorations were red roses arranged in heart shapes.
We had an outside caterer who had previously worked at a few family functions so we knew he was good. We choose food we both loved (which meant chocolate cheesecake for pudding!)
We used a local cake maker from Coalville and our cake was shaped in two hearts, large one at the bottom and smaller and the top. The cake had three sugar roses and our names and wedding date on it.
Our music for both the wedding and receptions was chosen by us and put on CD format by my lovely husband.
The only thing we asked for on our gift list were holiday vouchers! Our close family also paid for us to have a separate honeymoon.
Our first night was spent in Mexico as we stayed for five days after the wedding. After our reception back in the UK we went to Malta for four days and stayed at the Fortina Spa Resort, in one of the spa bedrooms which was fantastic!
Had to be the point when we were declared husband and wife.
We hired the groom and best man waistcoats from the UK and someone else was bringing these out to us. We saw them at 4pm the day before the wedding and they were the wrong ones. Thankfully the hotel and their staff were brilliant. We were sent off in a taxi to their tailor and by 2pm the next day we had two amazing waistcoats, handmade to the highest standard for only $20 dollars each.
My advice is enjoy every minute of it! If you are thinking of getting married abroad, do it. We found the whole experience enjoyable and relaxing.