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
My best friend Debbie – a well known matchmaker – introduced us at a barbecue and then set us up on a ‘blindish’ date – as I couldn’t remember how he looked! She told me he was mad keen on me – I didn’t realise she’d told him the same thing…! She was our chief bridesmaid.
He proposed last June on the 5th anniversary of our first date. I’d just come in from having my nails done and in the kitchen was a huge bouquet with a label reading ‘there’s something I want to ask you’ – so he asked me over a cuppa in the kitchen (very romantic!).
I had a weekend away with the bridesmaids to a health and pampering weekend and a second ‘hen and cock’ night around Leeds. James had his stag in Leeds doing blokey things like go-karting, going to a strip club and having a curry!
Yes – James organised the honeymoon.
I adored the cafe and I’m still addicted now although I’m a missus! Just wish I’d discovered it earlier.
No too high tech for me!
We bought loads from the Leeds store… disposable cameras, rose petals, heart shaped confetti, bubbles, party poppers, blowers, wedding trivia, ‘mrs’ t-shirt…
It was a Ronald Joyce ivory two piece. The bodice and straps were embroidered with pink roses, diamantes and pearls. It had a detachable train with the roses, diamontes and pearls embroidered around the hem.
Debbie was chief bridesmaid and I had my other two best friends Lisa and Hannah. They wore two-piece outfits in the same shade of pink but with different bodices. I got the idea from Charlotte’s first wedding in ‘Sex and the City’ but unfortunately couldn’t afford Vera Wang! They also had cream fabric roses pinned to the waist – one of my wedding bargains at 75p each!
He had his brother Stuart as best man, and Stuart’s twin Richard as usher along with their friend David. He chose Stuart over Richard as he is the less shy!
We had a civil ceremony.
The Bridge Inn at Walshford near Wetherby.
At The Bridge too – the Walshford suite which is set round a beautiful courtyard.
No, unless you count the seven seater taxi which transported us to the venue!
52 for the day and about another 60-70 for the evening.
Pink and white favour bags and name cards, pink candles, pink cameras, pink rose petals …
Yes, Love Hearts in the favour bags for both the men and women.
Beautiful pink and cream roses with freesias which smelt gorgeous. My bouquet had crystals in it too. The pink matched the bridesmaids dresses perfectly. The table decorations were also roses and freesias. The florist was Adriennes in Farsley, Leeds and she was excellent.
The venue did the catering and it was fantastic. We had Kir Royale for the reception drink (more pink!) with canapés of prawn toast, crostini, ham and melon skewers and chicken parfait. The wedding breakfast was melon with pink (!) champagne sorbet, roast beef and Yorkshire Pudding, roast and new potatoes, creamed carrot and Swede and mange tout and baby sweetcorn. The pudding was chocolate and pistachio creme brulee. We also had a cheese board.
The veggie option was Thai vegetable curry and we had one guest who didn’t eat red meat but didn’t like curry so they made him salmon with leeks and champagne sauce which sounded gorgeous!
The evening do was a fabulous barbecue with an enormous pile of profiteroles for dessert.
A friend of my mum made the cake. It was one tier of fruit, one of chocolate and one vanilla sponge. It was decorated with pearls and pink roses and was beautiful. However we did forget to cut it so my mum put the sponge in the freezer and we had it when we came back and it didn’t freeze too badly and tasted fab!
We had a DJ who also played background music during the wedding breakfast.
No we asked for vouchers or bottles/boxes of wine and got 103 bottles!
We spent the first night at the venue and went for two weeks in the Maldives which was paradise.
It was all wonderful but probably as we walked down the aisle as husband and wife and everyone applauded. The speeches were great too, I nearly cried at all three!
Not on the day except the photographer didn’t turn up but as you can see from the pictures that didn’t matter a bit! Too many to mention on the run up probably the worst being the dress maker taking the bridesmaids dresses in too much and I was there the day before at 4pm watching the seams being ripped out of one of them when I should have been relaxing in Harvey Nic’s with a glass of Champagne!
I wouldn’t change a thing. I only wish it would have gone slower so the only advice I’d give is cherish every moment!
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