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
photos by Manhattan Photography
At school 16 years ago.
I’m 31, he’s a year younger at 30 (made him quite cool at school!)
He proposed in March 2005 during a romantic/dirty (!) weekend away in Ballachullish, Scotland. He proposed at night, at the end of a great day.
He went clay pigeon shooting, while I met up with friends separately for drinks.
He did loads, he also kept me sane and civil! I’m glad we opted for a short engagement.
In the early days, for one or two daft questions that everyone else seems to know the answer to – except me; but then, not really much after.
Wedding insurance online.
Maggie Sottero, bought for a bargain online. Strapless, even though I swore I wouldn’t! It’s such a simple, classic design with a hint of sexiness. Everything else was again bought for a bargain online: a pearl choker necklace, shoes and the cutest short veil. The deals ARE out there.
One, my sister-in-law, in a fabulous, deep purple strapless gown, which she chose herself, the week before the wedding.
All the men were kilted up. The best man and the one usher were absolute stars on the day.
We had a civil ceremony.
Edinburgh Zoo, in a Mansion House just up from the penguins and beside the lemurs!
Same place, I’d definitely recommend them.
I arrived in an Irn Bru taxi, complete with ribbons and flowers. I’d seen it around town for years and always wanted to arrive somewhere important in it.
There were about 55 all day guests only.
The only real theme was purple, I suppose. Actual themes seemed too much hassle and we just wanted a fun and relaxed day.
The venue put out table posies in purple and cream. I didn’t have to think about it at all. I didn’t know what the tables even looked like until I sat down for the meal.
Penguin bars, complete with corny jokes on the wrappers!
A simple bouquet made up of 2 stargazer lilies and a few thistles. Some other bits to it but I don’t know the names, long ‘grassy’ type things!
The venue did the catering. We insisted on giving the guests a choice, so there was a choice of beef, chicken or a vegetarian dish on the menu. I barely touched mine (too excited) but have heard all were fab.
A good ol’ M&S bargain again – they had a 3 for 2 offer on the sponge and fruit. We did get the toppers made though, two penguins: one in a kilt and one with a veil – they’re so cute.
There was a Ceilidh band for the first hour or so, and then dance music via a hired PA, which all worked a treat.
We asked for vouchers from various stores.
A plush hotel in the West End and a five star Honeymoon in Greece…’scorchio!’
Most of what I remember, some are still coming in flashbacks.
Yes, choose the members of your wedding party wisely, that’s all I’ll say.
DELEGATE, especially in the last few days running up to the wedding. Try to spend quality moments with your guests. Don’t take it all too seriously. We all hope for a great start to a marriage, but it’s the days and years after the wedding that matter the most.