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 24, 2006
We met at a local venue. I was working behind the bar and we just got chatting. Eventually we started seeing each other. It was a rocky start as I had a lot of history following me. But John was great, kept going and eventually we settled down together. He’s made me happier than I can remember being.
Jo is 27 and John is 28.
He proposed at home. He had taken me out for a meal to the local Beefeater. While we were out, he had given my neighbor a key to our house and instructions. When we arrived home the front room was covered in rose petals and candles, and he got down on one knee … the rest is history as they say.
John went to Newquay for a weekend and I had a weekend away in Bournemouth.
John and I handmade all our invitations. Beyond that he nodded and agreed to things as required! He knows me too well to interfere! (Yep, I’m one of them!)
Confetti had an excellent music support section. It helped us choose our hymns and processional music.
I bought some of the personalised items and trivia from confetti.
I had a Maggie Sottero dress that I bought online. It saved me nearly £300 on the shop price.
I had six bridesmaids. Three very close friends, two from my uni days. John’s sister, my cousin and my friend’s 11 year old daughter. They wore a Forever Yours design in three different shades of pink. I had them imported in from America at a third of the UK cost.
John chose one of his oldest friends as bestman and two of his brothers were ushers. They all wore suits and waistcoats from Youngs Hire.
St Michaels Church, Tilehurst, Reading.
The Ibis Prudential club, Reading.
I had a cream Beauford with the top down.
There were 95 day guests with a further 90 invited for the evening.
The theme was based around the colour choice-pink!
Yes, we used various shades of rose petals scattered on the tables and bubbles and favour boxes with satin roses on.
Yes, little favour boxes with sweets inside, bubbles, balloons and love heart sweets with our name and wedding date on them.
We had a local florist do the work (village florists- Tilehurst). The main flower choice was pink stargazer lilies. I had a tear drop bouquet and the bridesmaids had a small posy with the lily in the middle and various shades of pink roses around the edge.
The venue handled the catering. We started with a fruit medley, followed by a full roast dinner and finished with a strawberry pavlova.
I had a rather different wedding cake. Four tiers on an offset stand. Two tiers of fruit cake, one chocolate sponge and one vanilla. It was decorated with three shades of pink hearts and a personalised bride and groom on top. It was made for us by a friend of John’s mum.
We had a DJ in the evening.
We had a gift list with Debenhams.
We spent the first night in a local hotel. Four poster bed! Nice! Our honeymoon was in Egypt.
I’m not really sure! It all went so quickly! I think I just loved every last minute of it.
Family was the main issue! Changing their minds at the last minute about who would or wouldn’t be coming!
Ignore everyone! Families I’m sure are just there to give you grief! Stay strong and remember it’s a day for you two! No one else really matters! Keep smiling!