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 have known of each other for years but met while working together at a bakery. I had a huge crush on him and he used to come in the office to get plasters when he cut himself. Nothing happened until a week after I left the company when we finally got it together.
It was such a romantic proposal. There were only the two of us on Christmas morning and after opening all of our presents we had a glass of champagne and I picked a cracker off the Christmas tree. We pulled the cracker and there was a note and a ring box. I was totally gobsmacked, more so that he’d managed to keep it from me!
Yes, I went to the Adonis Cabaret in Newcastle with my girlfriends followed by a boogie at the pubs and clubs. The cabaret was fantastic, such an experience! Chris went to Blackpool for the weekend, and that’s as much as I know other than that lap dancers were involved along the way!
Chris was wicked and let me organise the most part. But he took the responsibility of organising a screen for the evening reception to show photos from the day time. He even came to tasting sessions at the venue without being dragged, He was fab and totally into it all.
Yes, I was in the cafe every day. The girls are ace. I also ordered loads of goodies, rose petals, top hat favours etc.
No, I started one but the Cafe became my addiction!
I ordered loads of goodies, rose petals, top hat favours etc.
We had a budget wedding but it was still beautiful. My dress was actually from Bhs. It was the first one I tried on and I loved the fit. It didn’t need adjusting at all and didn’t hurt the old wallet!
I had one adult bridesmaid, my best friend. She wore a beautiful champagne coloured evening dress. Her flowers were amazing, ivory roses with pearls.
My groom chose his uncle as the most responsible person he knows able to carry out the duty of best man. He wore an ivory waistcoat and champagne cravat to complement the bridesmaid, and my gorgeous groom wore an ivory waistcoat and ivory cravat – very handsome!
We had a civil ceremony.
It was held at Longhirst Hall in Northumberland and the ceremony room was breathtaking. The service was incredibly moving.
The reception was held at Longhirst Hall too. True to form, we were the last to leave!
Yes, after my Father in law setting my blood pressure sky high by dropping hints that a MINI BUS would be collecting me, my bridesmaid and my pa. A fantastic stretch limo actually arrived on the day!
We had an intimate ceremony with only 30 close family and friends. We then had proper knees up in the evening with everyone we knew, had known and now know!
The theme was pretty understated, I wanted a totally elegant wedding. The colours were ivory and champagne and I had a pink bouquet to incorporate a splash of colour.
We had pink rose petals scattered on the tables along with favours, place cards, tea lights and centrepieces.
The ladies favours were small round boxes with sparkly textured lids with a small pink rose with gold wire. The little girls ones were the same as the ladies although they had small rabbits with pink tutus on. I had them specially made and I could hardly bear to part with them.
I literally cried when my bouquet had to be thrown. My florist is actually next door to me and I had total faith in her. She created the most beautiful bouquet of various pink roses with sweet peas.
The venue handled the catering and they did a top job. We had wine and canapés before the meal then we had smoked salmon roulade with peppercorn mayonnaise on a cherry tomato salad, followed by pan fried pork wrapped in bacon served with vegetable ratatouille and cider sauce followed by chocolate tart and coffee. Delicious. The evening buffet was just as good and we were overwhelmed by just how much food there was. Every guest was catered for and had something to eat and when we left it still looked like the buffet hadn’t been touched.
We chose the cake to look the same as the ladies favours and Chris’s very, very talented Grandma made this for us as a wedding present.
We chose all the music to be played through the ceremony and the reception and had a disco for the evening reception. He was very good and incredibly patient with the constant demands from the little ones to play the crazy frog – he didn’t I hasten to add!
We had gift lists with Argos and Next.
We had an amazing three nights at a themed lodge in the Lake District where if I wasn’t already head over heels with my man then I would have fallen in love with him then, for sure. Then we took our one year old son to Spain for a week.
Shaking like a leaf throughout the whole entire ceremony! I will never forget seeing my man standing at the registrars table. He is the most gorgeous man I have ever met, ever, ever! The limo was a fabulous suprise too.
Not quite, the mini bus con was a bit of a panic for me but it all worked out!
There is not one tiny little aspect of my wedding day that I would do differently, nothing at all. The only advice I can give is just enjoy it, it is over so quickly and the little things don’t matter, they really don’t. Who actually cares if your rose petals aren’t sprinkled to the exact milimetre you requested?