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 both had mutual friends who we’d both known for over 15 years. They’d never bothered to introduce us, so one day we all met up in the local pub…
Richard got down on one knee on the bridge next to the ice rink in Central Park, Manhattan on Valentine’s Day. It was a little crowded so he was very brave. He got a round of applause although I was oblivious to it!
Richard went to Prague, and I went to Monaco.
By supporting me with “yes dears” and “oohhh, I know”.
I viewed it on and off, but I was (and still am) living in New York so I had to use American websites.
I bought it on Fifth Avenue – it was a traditional strapless ballgown with heavy beading on the bodice, and beading at the front and along the train. It had a six foot cathedral train, and I had a cathedral veil encrusted with diamonds, with a diamond tiara. The colour was called diamond, so it wasn’t quite white and it wasn’t quite cream. My mum chose the dress with me.
Yes I had two adult bridesmaids wearing navy blue satin long halter neck dresses, five flowergirls in white dresses with navy blue sashes, and three pageboys in sailor suits.
Richard had seven ushers, and his best man is his best friend. The ushers wore white tie, and the best man and groom wore morning suits.
We had a religious ceremony.
The Chapel at the Royal Naval College in Greenwich (where they filmed one of the weddings in Four Weddings and A Funeral)
The Painted Hall at the Royal Naval College in Greenwich.
An old fashioned taxi for the bridesmaids, and a horse and carriage for me.
200 guests – and no evening list. Evening lists always make me feel like you’re not that wanted!
We had a Naval theme as it was at the Naval College, so the scheme was navy blue and naval themes.
The table settings were formal.
Yes, a beautiful navy blue box with white ribbon and a gift tag with a anchor on the front. The favour was a lucky dip lottery ticket for that night.
I carried a wild blue, yellow and purple bouquet and the adult bridesmaids had smaller versious. The flower girls carried small posies of lavender and white roses and the boys had wooden anchors.
Leiths handled the catering. We had a wild boar terrine to start, followed by a gin sorbet The main course was chicken and pudding was a trio of naval rum desserts, then cheese and biscuits and then wedding cake.
We had a five-tier traditional cake all in white with our initials and anchors on each side. There were fresh flowers on each tier.
We had a harpist in the chapel before the ceremony, a string quartet during drinks, the Royal Marines during dinner, a live band for dancing, followed by a disco….and then a bagpiper to pipe us from the reception.
We had a John Lewis gift list at Peter Jones in Sloane Square.
We booked direct. We spent our first night at the Ritz Hotel, and then had a week at Skibo Castle in Scotland.
Walking down the aisle and seeing Richard… leaving the party in a speedboat and seeing our guests on the pier. Dancing to the Royal Marines to ‘New York, New York’ as our first song.
Yes – the meal lasted for three hours at which we were sitting at top table. I would have circulated. In retrospect we should have gone for a formal photographer instead of the reportage one we used as we have no pictures of the main wedding party. Also… the photographer has lost all the photographs so we have no photos apart from those taken by guests! I would have double and triple checked the itinerary to check the timings -we got them wrong which caused stress before the walk down the aisle.