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: July 13, 2007
Nearly four years ago at a mutual friend’s BBQ. We got introduced and talked all night! He left before me, got half way down the road in a taxi, then made the taxi turn around so he could get my phone number!
I’m 25, he’s 37.
Christmas Eve 2005, after he had gone to ask my Dad for permission! I had been working and was feeling a bit tired and down, until he popped the question and made it the best Christmas ever!
I spent a day at a spa with my mum and sister, then went to London for some shopping and a night out with my closest friends. Ceri had a BBQ at our house with all the boys.
Ceri had an equal share in nearly all the planning. We’re both very impulsive and know what we want, so making decisions was relatively easy. Planning everything together made the day that much more special.
I used the forums for advice and also purchased things from the shop.
I bought some goods online.
I wore a Mori Lee dress, bought from a small local dress shop. It was nothing like I originally planned on buying but it was the most amazing dress I’d ever seen!
I had four bridesmaids and a page boy. I chose my sister, niece and nephew for obvious reasons! My other two bridesmaids were two of my best friends from work. My amazing sister made all the dresses, which were dusky pink halterneck floor length gowns.
Ceri chose his best friend Shaun for his best man, with his other best friend being the only usher. They wore chocolate brown suits from Pronuptia with cream and pink waistcoats, pink cravats and handkerchiefs.
We had a civil ceremony.
Our ceremony was held at Chiseldon House Hotel in Wiltshire.
In the same hotel.
I had a silver chrysler 300 and my bridesmaids had a silver Mercedes.
We had 60 guests to the day, with another 60 coming for the evening.
Our colour scheme was pink, cream and chocolate brown.
Ivory table linen, with pink ribbon on the napkins. Favour boxes and place cards matched our handmade invitations in cream, pink with silver hearts, chocolate brown favour boxes for the men! We also scattered pink heart confetti on the tables.
Our favour boxes held dolly mixtures for the ladies, and flying saucers for the men!
My bouquet and the bridesmaids posies were handtied bunches of cream peonies, with pink bouvardia and lisianthus, and eucalyptus leaves. The buttonholes were made of the pink bouvardia. Table decorations were tall glass candlesticks surrounded by an arrangment of the same flowers.
Our venue provided the food, which was amazing! We chose a duck and vegetable terrine to start, chicken supreme with stir fried veg and thai curry cream for main, followed by apple crumble. As I’m vegetarian we also had a veggie option!
My mum made our wonderful display of chocolate fairy cakes with pink icing hearts.
We had a live band in the evening who were FANTASTIC!
We chose Debenhams for our gift list.
We spent our first night in the hotel. Our honeymoon was a week in South Africa, followed by a week in Mauritius.
I honestly can’t pick out one moment as the whole day was just immense! Well and truly the best day of my life.
100% hitch free I’m glad to say!
I wouldn’t have let people scare me about how stressful planning a wedding is! Which is also my advice to anyone else. So long as you make sure you get what you and your h2b want, nothing else matters! I thoroughly enjoyed planning my wedding!