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 8, 2006
We met at work 4 years ago. It was far from love at first sight, in fact Darren couldnt stand me but after my persistent chatting we finally became friends. Then after a while we fell in love and eventually started dating a year later.
Darren proposed on a Sunday morning at about 6 in the morning. Apparently he was supposed to wait until later in the day, but he hadn’t slept at all because he was so nervous and he couldn’t keep it a secret anymore. So he woke me up and blurted it out, we then spent the day shopping for a ring and once we got one he got down on one knee and proposed formally. It was a fun day and really sweet and romantic.
He didn’t start getting interested in the wedding until about 3 months before the day, when he promptly decided to change his outfit, which ended up in me having to change the entire colour scheme of the wedding. But it all worked out and I forgave him because he looked so handsome.
I used confetti for most of my ideas, the planning section was especially helpful, I used it to store all my guests details. I also got my decoration ideas and theme from the website.
I bought a lot of my bits and pieces from confetti through mail order.
I bought it from Grace and Lace… It was a Maggie Sottero Couture Dress and I also had a fur trimmed coat with a train custom made for the day. I wore a diamante snowflake tiara with a cathedral length single tier veil.
My best friend was my maid of honor and wore a custom made light blue dress with a white feather trimmed bolero. I also had my cousin and niece as bridesmaids, they wore dresses matching the maid of honour but in a royal blue instead.
The bestman was Darren’s father, they are very close, his tie matched the maid of honours dress. The groomsmen were my two brothers, they wore ties matching the bridesmaids. They all wore 3 piece black suits.
We had a religious ceremony.
St Cadocs Church, Pontypool, South Wales.
A little wooden chapel at the foot of the Tatra mountain range. Ina small village called Zakopane in Poland.We had the reception at a wooden lodge with amazing views of the mountain range.
Horse and carriage in traditional dress
We only had 30 guests, nice and personal. As it was a destination wedding, everyone celebrated together for five days.
The theme of the wedding was snowflakes and the colour scheme was blue, silver and white.
We used candles with snowflake embossed on them, we also sprinkled the table with snowflake silver metallic confetti and tiny silver pinecones.
We gave our guests glass snowflake ornaments in blue velvet pouches to tie in with the snowflake theme. We also gave them a traditional wood carving which was made by a local Polish highlander.
The bridesmaids had a single stemmed white rose and my bouquet was a small hand tied bouquet of white roses with blue incorporated into it.
We had a traditional Polish meal, which consisted of a whole roasted piglet and loads of traditional dishes on the side, we washed this all down with traditional local Polish vodka from the self service bar.
We had a white cake decorated with real pinecones and a snowman groom and a snowman bride on the top.
We stayed in the village for a small honeymoon but are planning on going to the Maldives later this year for an official honeymoon.
Walking down the isle, it was almost impossible to stop myself from crying when I saw the tears in Darren’s eyes… and he looked so handsome.
My father ended up in hospital the day before the wedding, which was scary especially because none of the doctors spoke English. But luckily it wasnt too serious and he was allowed out for a few hours on the wedding day to walk me up the isle.
I wouldnt do anything differently … it was a perfect day.
To other brides: Dont concentrate too much on pleasing other people on the day, thats what bridesmaids are for. Just concentrate on you and you groom…. afterall the day is about you two not everyone else. And at least a few times throughout the day grap your groom and step back to enjoy the moment because those are the only moments you will remember.