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: October 24, 2006
We met in August 2002 at a nightclub in Southampton. We were both out with friends.
I was 19 and he was 21.
He proposed in December 2003, we were having a meal the week before Christmas at a place in Winchester called Cafe de Paris.
We had lots of celebrations. I went with seven friends to Magaluf for the weekend and Matt went to Poland for the weekend with 12 friends. Then two weeks later we both went out. I went for an Italian and on to some bars with a big group of friends and family and Matt went for a curry and then on to some bars.
He helped choose (and pay for) the honeymoon. He helped pick a photographer and the food.
I looked at other real life weddings on the website and also got some good ideas from the Receptions magazine.
I wore a light ivory dress from Brides of Portswood. It was a princess cut dress with a long train and lots of sparkles. I wore it with a long veil and tiara.
I had six. Three were my close friends, one was my younger sister (who is 21), two were younger bridesmaids (a family friend’s daughter and my cousin’s daughter). The older bridesmaids wore dark pink floor length dresses from Ghost with little silver tiaras. The younger two wore pale pink floaty chiffon dresses from Debenhams.
The groom’s best man was his best friend and he had four ushers, three were close friends and one was his brother. They all wore black suits with dress coats, with silver waistcoats and cravats and pink rose buttonholes.
St. Mary’s Church, Bishopstoke.
Rookesbury Park School, Wickham.
Two white Rolls Royces.
We had 130 day guests and another 50 evening guests.
The theme was pink and silver with lots of sparkle and feathers.
We had pink napkins for the women and silver for men, the favour boxes were silver with a pink feather for the girls, black for boys with two packs of mini love hearts in them. The centre pieces were various pink flowers in a glass bowl.
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The bouquets were light and dark roses.
We had an outside caterer in. It was a hog roast with salad and potatoes. The dessert was tarte au citroen and chocolate fountain.
Matt’s grandma made us a fruit cake (three tiers). It was covered in white icing with pink ribbon around it and a pink rose lay across the top. We also had personalised cake toppers made of us.
We had a magician come around the tables between courses. We had a DJ in the evening.
We had our gift list with Debenhams.
We spent our first night at a nearby hotel called The New Place. For our honeymoon we went to Barbados for two weeks. We booked this with Virgin Holidays.
As we walked in to the room to have dinner and the best man announced us as Mr. and Mrs. West. Everyone clapped and cheered – it was a brilliant moment.
We experienced some problems when we lost contact with two of our DJs! Third time lucky we booked with a company called A1 Disco’s who were excellent!
I would make sure I did not get so caught up in the little things. The marriage is the important thing and so is spending time with your friends and family. We did a receiving line – which was an excellent way of getting a moment to speak with everyone.