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 a car accident in 2001 (neither of us were at fault – thankfully), became friends on a train commute afterwards and then I asked him out about 8 months later. The rest is history!
I am 26, Graham is 29.
Graham proposed to me in Scotland on Independence Day. We were right up on the Northern Tip and there were no other people for miles around – so romantic. I was sat on the ground watching a colony of nesting birds and made a comment about how perfect it was. Graham agreed, and then asked me to marry him. I was in complete shock; I certainly hadn’t been expecting it.
I went to Harrogate, to the Turkish baths, followed by a visit to Betty’s tearooms for lunch (have always wanted to go there) and a trip to the greyhounds for a meal and some betting fun in the evening.Graham went to the races in York, followed by a tour of the pubs in Wakefield.
He was very involved and had many ideas himself.
I used the message boards a lot and also the Venue Search.
Yes, but I later gave up on it and had another one – I found the layout too inflexible.
I purchased a couple of the guide books on the website and visited the Leeds store on a couple of occasions for ideas.
My mum made my dress. We bought the material and pattern from an Asian store in Bradford. It’s pure silk and beautiful. Full credit to my mum for turning it into the dress!
I had one bridesmaid; her dress was made by her mum. The material was from the same place as my material. I wanted her to wear silver and had no luck finding the right colour in the ready made dresses anywhere.
Graham’s brother was his best man and my brother was the only usher. We weren’t going to have an usher but Pronuptia had a ‘groom goes free’ offer on if we had five suits so we figured we may as well!
They had the ‘Exeter’ suit with silver waistcoats. Graham had a dark red tie and handkerchief to complement my dress, the other men had silver.
Civil ceremony; it was never an option to have a religious one.
It was The Mount Pleasant Hotel, in Doncaster.
Also at The Mount Pleasant Hotel in Doncaster. The whole day was perfect and the hotel staff were magnificent.
We had 30 guests for the ceremony and meal and a further 8 for the evening.
The colours were dark red, sapphire blue and silver.
We had balloon topiary trees in the centres of the three colours and silver miniature hearts scattered about.
Yes, they each got a CD of our favourite music and an ice cube place name (made of plastic but convincing.)
My bouquet was a teardrop shape. It was mainly dark red carnations and gerberas with ivory lisyanthimums and silver twigs.
The venue handled the catering; we had soup, followed by mango sorbet, then chicken wrapped in bacon with garlic potatoes and seasonal vegetables, followed by apple torte and cream, then wedding cake coffee and mints.
We had a hexagonal cake of two-tiers: one sponge and one fruit with white icing. The cake topper was a cartoon wedding couple of me and Graham in our footy teams’ colours.
We had a jukebox and casino tables in the evening, which were both a hit with the guests.
We didn’t have a gift list as we have been living together for some time, instead we asked for vouchers and listed a number of stores.
The first night was spent at the hotel.Our honeymoon was booked through Cottages4you.co.uk and we went to a cottage on a tiny island off Kintyre in Scotland. There were only 4 other people, some sheep, some goats and some birds on the island!
Waiting to leave the ceremony, we had to gesture to the hotel to move the music on so we were stood at the front for a few moments. When the music started the guests all cheered and we walked out.
No, it all ran smoothly and was great!
I would be tempted to have a professional photographer as we decided not to and in most of the photos the skirt on my dress is not right – it is gathered or tucked under. A professional would have spotted this. As for advice, enjoy the day and don’t get hung up on the details! I was on too much of a high to worry about little things.