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 in the pub where we worked at City University in 2002. We clicked straight away!
He didn’t and neither did I . We had a chat one day and then just said ‘Shall we get married?’ and that was it!
I went out on two separate ‘nights out’ with friends with dinner and drinking. Spencer didn’t really have a stag night although he did go to Brighton to see a mate on one of the nights I was out!
I found the venues for the wedding and party but then we did everything else together. Spence works much better under pressure so he was great towards the end.
Yes, for details of stockists and the online shop was great!
Yes we bought balloons, sparkly table confetti, candle holders and personalised chocolates.
I wore a dark purple dress from John Lewis with a matching fur mini wrap and some trendy silver shoes. We didn’t want a traditional wedding so I knew I didn’t want to wear a ‘white wedding dress’.
Spencer had his mate, Martin, as best man. As everyone could wear what they wanted he just wore a suit.
We had a civil ceremony.
We had the ceremony at Alexandra Palace in London. We hired a small room for the service and had photos in the Palm Court.
We only had sixteen guests so we didn’t have a reception as such. Instead we went back to our flat for Champagne and speeches and then on to our favourite restaurant which was just around the corner. We had a big party at a community centre on Saturday 8th January for everyone else!
Yes I had a white London taxi to take myself, my sister, my mum and dad to Alexandra Palace and then Spencer and I back to our flat.
We had 16 guests to the wedding and about 80 to the party on Saturday
We decorated the rooms in the community centre ourselves with a lilac and silver theme. We had helium balloons and tealights on the tables. It looked really pretty and everyone was great at helping us get it ready!
We didn’t have table settings at the party. My sister in law, Sam, made table names for the restaurant we went to after the ceremony.
Each guest had a personalised chocolate and slice of wedding cake at the party.
I didn’t carry any flowers. My auntie Pat made a lovely flower arrangement which we put in Alexandra Palace and took to the party as well.
We used the in-house caterer at the community centre for the party buffet. The food was delicious and a mixture of traditional food like cheese and pineapple to more trendy food like tempura!
We had two cakes that were bought from a shop. The first was chocolate for the wedding day with our names iced around the edge and the second was a three tier fruit cake and sponge cake for the party. The three tier cake was decorated with lilac ribbon and flowers.
At the party my cousin, Richard, and a friend of ours, Jon, DJ’d. The chef from the community centre is also a DJ so he played some music as well.
We asked for money for our honeymoon fund.
We spent our wedding night at a trendy hotel in Clerkenwell in London. It was fantastic!
Everything really. The ceremony was lovely and our sisters did a reading each which was really nice. The party on Saturday was good fun and it was great to see all our friends and family.
A cliché but just enjoy it – it goes quickly!!