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: September 25, 2006
Across a smoky dance floor in a local night club. We had met previously in the night club but one Saturday night it was pure chemistry and after a whirlwind romance, our daughter, Dani, was born in December 1996.
I’m 29 and Ian is 38.
Finally after years (and years) of me dropping hints, Ian proposed to me at home on Christmas Eve 2002, and we rushed out during the mad Christmas shopping rush and bought the ring.
Ian went to Prague with ten mates for four days and I had a dressed up "Moulin Rouge" theme. We went to a professional photographer’s for a photo session then on to a venue for dinner and dancing.
He had his input. We chose things together, but I did most of the planning and running around. I would choose three things then he would pick one from my short list.
Everyday I used the chat rooms for advice and offered my advice where needed. I would have been lost without the recommendations given to me.
I bought Confetti products online.
I wore a Baby Blue "Ronald Joyce" full tulle dress that I got direct.
I choose baby blue as Ian supports Manchester City and I wanted to surprise him.
We had our daughter who is nine years old and my sister who is 22. They both wore gold bridesmaid dresses from BHS.
We had two best men, one at Barbados and one in the UK. One gave me away on the day. We had one usher as well. They all wore black trousers, white shirts, gold waistcoats and pale blue cravats. It was too hot for jackets.
We wanted a civil service but there was no JP available so we had a religious service, but did not have prayers, etc. The service was conducted by a lady minister and she was great.
On a cliff over looking the sea at Bougainvillea Beach Resort, Barbados.
We had two, one in Barbados at Charlie’s Bar – this was great for our 15 guests. The other was in Milton Keynes at Great Linford Memorial Hall for 150 guests.
On the day, no, but for the UK reception we had a silver Mercedes.
Fifteen for the actual day in Barbados and we had 150 at the UK reception.
Baby blue, gold and white were the colours and we had balloons and streamers in these colours.
Table cloths were white with gold runners and blue glass beads. We had a few shells and three balloons on each table. It looked really classy.
We had mini chocolate bars printed with pictures on them for the guests to take.
White silk rose posies with blue organza ribbon. The men wore white rose buttonholes.
In Barbados, we had English Pub Food. I had lasagna and Ian had battered sausage, chips & mushy peas (each guest chose their own favourite off the menu). For the UK reception, we had caters do a full English picnic buffet which everyone loved.
We had a three-tiered suitcase design with a mini me, Ian & our daughter on top. It was blue and white and stunning. A family friend made it for us.
In the UK, we had a DJ playing 80`s music.
After the ceremony in Barbados, we stayed in Bougainvillea Beach Resort. It was perfect. In the UK, we stayed at an old manor, Calverton Lodge Hotel in Milton Keynes. Our room was stunning.
Everything was perfect but I suppose when I met Ian at the altar and he held my hand, squeezing it to reassure me and seeing our daughter’s face. She was so proud.
My nails were done on the day and were horrid, but other than that it was perfect.
No, I would not change a thing. My advice to other brides is: do it your way and don’t let others rule your head. Get lots of advice and really take time to enjoy it.