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 on 1st April 1998 in the Garage nightclub in Glasgow.
Andrew proposed on Sunday 7th September 2003 on the banks of Lake Louise in Canada.
For my hen do, I went to Center Parcs for a relaxing weekend with a few friends and my future sisers-in-law (Andrew’s sister and my brother’s fiancee). Andrew went to Bristol with a few friends where they went go-karting and to watch some football before going out for a meal and some drinks.
Andrew picked the kilts for hire and helped decide on some of the flowers for the venue. He helped select the menu, set up the template for the invites and gave opinions when requested!
We used the guest list a lot – it was useful for getting peoples addresses and phone numbers when we weren’t at home! Also used the budget and table planners.
We bought lots of personalised bits, metallic confetti, ribbon and gifts for our ushers, online and from the London store.
My dress was Pronovias Tapiz, from Anne Priscilla Bridal in Glasgow. I also got my veil from there – it was cathedral length with lots of little sparkly bits on it. I wore some shoes that I’d had since my graduation ball as they were comfy and went really well, and I bought my tiara at the National Wedding Show.
My bridesmaid was my little cousin, Eleanor. She was so excited and very enthusiastic! She wore a lovely lilac dress with a matching stole and a small pink tiara.
Andrew asked his old flat mate, Fraser, to be his best man. He did a fabulous job. The uhers were a couple of Andrew’s friends, Dawson and Michael, my brother Neil and my little cousins Stewart and James. The boys all wore kilts in Hunting Stewart tartan (except for Stewart ironically as the shop sent the wrong size!). Andrew and the best man wore Argyll jackets with ties and high waistcoats. The ushers had Argyll jackets with bow-ties, except James as they only do Bonnie Price Charlie jackets in children sizes.
We had a Church of Scotland ceremony performed by Rev Mary Haddow who used to be Andrew’s next door neighbour!
The ceremony was held at Culcreuch Castle in Fintry, Stirlingshire.
The reception was at the same venue as the ceremony.
My dad, Eleanor and I went from my parents house to the castle in a Daimler Limo, which took Andrew and I for a short drive later.
We had a total of 81 for the day and an extra 50 or so in the evening.
Not really – the flowers matched my bouquet but that was as co-ordinated as we got!
For our day guests we had tealight holders with their names on them as place settings (pink candles for girls and blue for boys). I tied a piece of personalised ribbon around each one. During the evening Andrew’s sister and my brother’s fiancee gave out sachet bags with sugared almonds or chocolate dragees for the girls and chocolate balls for the boys.
I had a hand-tied bouquet with white freesia, white alstromeria and pink lisianthius. The table decorations matched and we also had some wall hangings with ivy.
Our venue did the catering. For starter we had the house pate with oatcakes. The main course was a choice of lamb or salmon, and we had a chocolate and hazelnut roulade for pudding. During the evening we had bacon rolls.
We had a three-tiered cake – two of fruit and one sponge. Sugar paste figures of me, Andrew and Eleanor decorated it. I also got them to put on a little Aberdeen scarf for Andrew!
We had a ceildh in the evening.
Our gift list was with John Lewis.
We stayed at the venue on the night of the wedding. The next night we spent at Lodge on the Loch and on the Monday we stayed at the airport before we flew out on honeymoon to New York, Hawaii and Las Vegas.
Apart from when I fell over during Auld Lang Sang (I stood on my dress) I think the most memorable moment was seeing the smile on Andrew’s face when I walked in.
I wouldn’t change a thing.
My advice would be to relax – everything will go fine – and enjoy your day!