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 11, 2006
We met while working together in the same pub in Kingston upon Thames. I liked him from the first time I saw him but we were both seeing other people. It took us four months to get our acts together.
He took me away to Northern Italy for a weekend but didn’t tell me where we were going so thought the destination was the main surprise. We were on Lago Maggiore when he went down on one knee, where I obviously said yes! I’d already chosen a ring for when it did eventually happen and am glad that he took note and that the heavy hinting worked!
I went to Milton Keynes with 11 other girls. We went skiing and ice skating in the day and then to a tapas bar for dinner, and a club in the evening. Jonathan went to Bournemouth with his mates go-karting and then the usual stag antics!
He turned up! We were in the process of buying a house at the same time so he dealt with that and I dealt with the wedding – he chose his suit and helped choose the venue.
It became my bible! I used it for lots of hints and tips and the planners were really useful.
I bought table confetti which I sent my friend to the London shop for (thanks Becky!). I also wanted a t-shirt that said Mrs Sidders but left it too late to order it.
It was a two piece from a boutique in Hastings. I didn’t want a slim fitting dress but as soon as I put it on I knew it was the right one. It had a lot of detail in it which I loved as it is so different.
I had my two sisters as bridesmaids and they both wore dreses in a dusky lavender colour.
His best man was his brother Andrew and he had one usher, Rams who is an old school friend. They all wore navy suits with lilac waistcoats.
We had a civil ceremony.
At a place called The Durbar Hall in Hastings. It is part of an Indian Palace that is now incorporated into the Hastings Museum.
At The High Beech Hotel in Hastings. They were brilliant.
I didn’t want to waste money on a car as we were on a tight budget but my dad organised one for me which made me cry as soon as I saw it. I’m so glad he didn’t have to drive.
We invited 80 to the day and about 40 extra came in the evening.
No particular theme, but our colours were lilacs and purples.
The flowers were shades of purple and the table confetti was purple too. The hotel put purple and lilac balloons on the tables.
My florist was based in Hastings. I had six calla lillies and grasses bound with a leaf – a simple bouquet. The bridesmaids had hand tied posies with lilac and white flowers. The hotel organised the table decorations.
The hotel did the catering (which was delicious). We had leek and potato soup, followed by roast lamb and then a white chocolate torte.
Our cake was out of this world. We had two tiers of lemon cake and a tier of chocolate cake. The bottom tier was individual cakes all decorated with lillies.
We had a disco in the evening done by a family friend. Iwas brilliant – the dance floor was never empty! We also had a bubble maching which the children loved.
As we had lived together already and recently bought our first house we asked for B&Q and Argos vouchers so we could do the house up.
The first night was spent at the hotel, we will holiday rather than honeymoon next year as we have a 1 year old son who we couldn’t leave behind for even a day!
Just everyone who we loved the most all being in the same room at the same time and sharing our special day, and also becoming Jon’s wife!
I don’t think I’d do anything differently, just try not to panic. Also I had loads of extra ideas right up to the wedding so maybe wish I’d thought about things a little more beforehand!
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