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 Fotografia Professional
We met in a club in 1996.
We were on holiday in Corfu in the summer of 2000. We had gone in to town to the shops and were walking down a road full of jewellery shops. We went into one and Laurel said ‘pick your ring’. We got engaged there and then!
We got married in Mexico so we had a joint stag and hen at the hotel where all our guests were staying. We spent the day by the pool and had a meal and some drinks at one of the restaurants in the evening.
He sorted out his outfit and decided on the bridesmaids’ dresses, which was great as it was driving me crazy finding the right dresses.
I did use confetti. The other brides to be were great with their support and advice.
I bought some bubbles and confetti.
My outfit was a two piece organza skirt and bodice from Ronald Joyce. I bought my tiara and veil from a bridal shop on E-bay. My shoes were from the Bhs wedding range and I jazzed them up with diamontes on the toe and heels.
I had my two close friends as bridesmaids. They wore champagne-coloured knee length strapless dresses.
The best man was his brother who wore a dark suit. We didn’t have any ushers.
We had a civil ceremony.
In one of the gazebos in the grounds of The Moon Palace Resort in Cancun, Mexico.
In a gazebo decorated with lights over looking the sea.
I arrived in a horse and carriage.
We had a total of 18 guests. 11 travelled from London, five from the USA and two we met at the resort. We didn’t have a separate evening guest list but we had a party for 100 people when we returned.
We didn’t really have a particular theme – it was nicely decorated with fairy lights.
The hotel decorated the tables with the same flowers as the wedding gazebo. We all sat on one long table.
In Mexico we gave our guests gift bags which contained bubbles, disposable cameras, love hearts and a poem. At our reception back home we gave our guests matchbooks.
My bouquet had white lilies and roses. The bridesmaids had rose corsages and the men had rose buttonholes.
The hotel provided the meal. We had a hot buffet with a wide choice of food.
We had a vanilla sponge heart-shaped cake.
We had a Mexican Quartet play during our meal.
Our honeymoon was part of the wedding package.
The most memorable moment was arriving in the horse and carriage and seeing the look on Laurel’s face and saying ‘I do’.
I wouldn’t change a thing – it was perfect. I know it’s been said before but enjoy every minute of your day. It goes so fast. I’m just glad we have our day on video so I can watch it over and over again.