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 12, 2006
We met at work five years ago when I was asked to work on his department for a while. He made me do all the jobs that required me to bend over so he could look at my bum! We went to lunch together for a few weeks before he plucked up the courage to ask me out…bless him!
We are both 21.
Tom proposed on my 20th Birthday. He bought our daughter who was one year old at the time into bed with me and went downstairs and made me breakfast. Whilst I was just expecting a cuppa and a slice of toast, he brought up champagne and strawberries and I thought, aw bless, making an effort for my birthday. Then he sat next to me on the bed and started fiddling with something in his pocket and before I could ask him what he was doing, he pulled out the box, opened it up and said those magic words ‘Hollie will you marry me?’ I went into floods of tears and said yes over and over again. It was no dinner in Paris but was the best proposal I could have ever asked for!
Tom went out for a pub crawl two weeks before the wedding and then to Southend the next day and I went out with my girls around the town one week before and it was brilliant!I wore a Gorgeous Bride t-shirt with horns, a veil, a learner sign and a dare wheel and a wand and my hens all wore personalised badges and pink glittery cow girl hats. My mum and maid of honour also had t-shirts that I bought for them!
I pretty much did it all myself. Tom sorted out the suits and booked the hotel suite…which was quite enough for him I think!
I was constantly on confetti. The cafe forums helped me a lot with all the advice from the other B2Bs.
I did have a confetti webpage and it helped us get a lot of info across to people who had web access!
I bought our invites, cameras, table cloths and a few other bits and bobs from confetti through mail order and online.
My dress was a Forever Yours gown and was my dream dress. It was ivory satin and chiffon. I wore a two tier scattered diamante veil and an Amanda Wyatt tiara and my jewellery was from Jon Richard at Debenhams and I felt like a princess. Oh and my shoes were Pink by Paradox.
I had three bridesmaids. My best friend, Emma, was my maid of honour and my cousin, Rebecca, and my daughter, Ellie, were my other two bridesmaids. Emma and Rebecca wore Debut@Debenhams dusky pink ballgowns and Ellie wore a beautiful ivory dress from the George collection at ASDA with a sash I had made to match the others. Emma and Rebecca had matching tiaras from Figures Island and Ellie wore a small crystal tiara also from Figures Island.
Tom chose his best friend, James, as his best man and my brother as his usher. They all wore (along with my dad and my step dad) black jackets and grey striped trouser suits from Youngs Hire and dusky pink cravats that I had made to match the bridesmaids.
We had a civil ceremony.
Our ceremony was held at The Manor Gatehouse, Dartford. It is an old Tudor building once owned by Henry the 8th which is now Dartford’s registry office (but you would never know) and their gardens are beautiful!
We had our reception at our local sports club.
I had a Mercedes E class as my transport…very classy!
We had approximately 90 people to our wedding and an extra 10 to the reception.
My theme was dusky pink and ivory, roses and rose petals.
My tables were very minimalist. They comprised of an ivory table cloth covered by a pink square cloth with four candles in clear votives on each table along with one camera on each and scattered with pink rose buds and ivory rose petals.
We had magnets made up which had pictures of us with “Thank you for sharing our special day with us” and our names and date of wedding on them also. We put them on the cake table which had the champagne and the guest book on also so that when some signed the guest book they could take one.
My hand tied posy bouquet was made up of ivory roses, with sprigs of eucalyptus leaves and a diamante in each rosebud. My bridesmaids had pink roses with eucalyptus leaves entwined and all were tied with ivory ribbon around the middle of the stalks and secured with pretty pins. A family friend was my florist and she did a fantastic job!
My mum catered our wedding and did a fantastic job at catering for 100 people!
We got our three tiered ivory wedding cake from Waitrose and was topped off with a personalised cake topper I had specially made.
We had a disco for the evening.
We had our gift list with Next.
We spent our first night in The Hilton at Dartford Bridge which was lovely. We couldn’t have a honeymoon due to money but are hoping to have a belated one next year on out first wedding anniversary.
My most memorable moment of the day was walking down the aisle and seeing Tom in tears at the bottom…we couldn’t stop crying after that!
None up to the wedding apart from fear of running out of money but on the day the photographer didn’t show up at my mums house as arranged and I thought I had no photographer but he was at the venue so all was ok. Apart from that, everything turned out better than expected!
If I was to go back and do it again, I would definitely have more contact with the photographer before the wedding and would hire caterers so that my mum could have enjoyed the day more as she missed out on a lot. And she was very tired!