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 met in a chat room on the internet in 2001
Paul took me to a lovely old cottage in Northumberland. One rainy afternoon we lit a fire and opened a bottle of wine and next thing he was down on one knee. He set up the tripod for the camera and told me he was taking pictures of the cottage, but he actually captured the complete proposal on film!
Paul went out for a curry with some friends and I took the girls out for a chinese meal locally.
He said ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ in the right places and didn’t get cross too much when I talked endlessly about plans!
Yes I did. I read the wedding stories featured for ideas.
I bought boxes, personalised ribbon, confetti and confetti holders, red foiled chocolate hearts. I ordered online and over the phone and the staff were always very helpful if I phoned.
Being a larger lady, I was very worried that I wouldn’t get a flattering dress to fit me, but in the end the lovely ladies in a bridal shop in Woking helped me. We ordered a lovely gown by Alfred Angelo which they spent ages altering to fit.
My cousins daughter Brinyan came along and gave out the confetti from a basket to our guests.
The best men were Paul’s son and a close friend. They wore ivory coloured plain shirts with red ties.
We had a civil ceremony.
We held the ceremony in a room at The Bluebell Steam Railway in Uckfield.
On board one of the Pullman carriages which took us all for a little trip through the countryside whilst we were served a lovely meal.
I arrived by train from the station up the line. I was the only one in the carriage and my husband to be was on the footplate!
There were 22 of us in total. We got married on a Thursday and had a party for all our friends on the Saturday which was great because I got to were my dress again.
The colours I chose were ivory, deep red and gold.
Yes everybody got a little ivory box with five red foiled chocolate hearts tied with personalised ribbon.
I had ‘Grand Prix’ red roses hand tied with lily of the valley. They were beautiful.
We had melon and strawberry cocktail with a hot honey and mint dressing followed by roast sirloin of beef and a charlotte russe dessert… followed by the wedding cake.
We had a wonderful dark truffle cake with white chocolate curls around the edge, decorated with fresh red roses.
On the evening of our party we had a live singer and he managed to get us all up and dancing.
No, we decided that if anyone really wanted to part with money then they could give us vouchers, but we have everything we need, so we said that we didn’t want any gifts. We still received a lot of money, gifts and vouchers.
We spent our first night at the seven hills Hilton Hotel in Cobham, then we left for a short break in the Lake District and the Scottish Highlands.
My son walking me into the room to give me away and saying our vows to each other.
I found out afterwards that the rings had been left in the glovebox of the car right up until the ceremony and my friend had to hot foot it back to the car parked in the car park a distance away to get them in time.
No, it was a wonderful day, and I will always remember it. I wish I could do it all again…to the same man! My advice would be, just smile and laugh and don’t worry about things going wrong!