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 are both keen sailors and met on board the Tall Ship Price William in Gunwharf Quay, Portsmouth.
Martin is 42 and I am 26.
On Christmas Day. He gave me A box with another box inside. Inside was a beautiful platinum diamond solitaire ring! Martin got on one knee and popped the question.
We hadn’t planned to have hen and stag nights, but my friends organised a surprise hen night. It was a great night although I was on call all weekend and had the worst hangover of my life!
Martin stayed away from the girly stuff but as the day drew closer, he became more involved. He organised the booze and the music.
I loved the confetti ‘cafe’ page and browsed through the site for ideas and prices.
Our wedding was on a fairly tight budget so we passed on a lot of the frilly extras.
My dress was Allegra by Stephanie Allin and I found it in the sale in The Bridal House in Wimborne, Dorset. It Thai silk, elegant and was gorgeous.
My original bridesmaid became pregnant and couldn’t fly over for the wedding. So in the end Martins two grown up daughters became joint attendants. They wore dresses from Monsoon, one in pink and one in green. They had bouquets of white roses and freesias.
Martin’s daughters Tabby and Hannah did all the jobs with some help from my brother Richard.
We had a religious ceremony
St Edwards Church, Corfe Castle Dorset
Kingstone Country Courtyard, Dorset
We arranged for the local minibus to take us and guests to the venue. However, my mum surprised us with a old Routemaster red bus which was brilliant!
We had around 90 guests in total.
Our reception was held in an old converted barn. The colour scheme was pink and green.
My Gran did the table centers which were assorted greenery from the garden and pink and purple flowers with purple butterflies. We put up lots of fairy lights around the walls and had a washing line with big pictures of Martin and I as kids hung up with pegs.
No. We though favours were expensive and pointless and our guests all seemed to agree.
My bouquet was pink peonies, pink roses, purple veronicas and rosemary. The girls had similar smaller bouquets with cream roses and freesias with rosemary. The boys had cream roses with a sprig of rosemary and the ladies had cream freesia corsages. They were all done by Bouquet Florist of Wareham and looked fabulous. The church flowers and table centers we did ourselves with a lot of help from local ladies, My Mum and my Gran.
We had a buffet of roast beef, Yorkshire puds, seafood kebabs, game stew and Dorset apple cake. Everything was sourced locally and there was something for everyone
A friend of My Mum volunteered to make the three tier fruit cake decorated with flowers to match the bouquet.
A close friend played the piano and organ in the church, doing a selection of pieces including two tunes from Buffy the Musical! We left to Bess You Is My Woman Now from Porgy and Bess. We compiled two playlists ourselves on our computer for the evening, an easy listening and dance. We ran the computer through the venues sound system and it worked really well.
John Lewis. Boring but reliable.
We spend our first night in The Granary, a big suite above the venue barn. We flew out to South Africa two days later. The honeymoon was a present from my Godmother as it included a week at their exclusive timeshare in the Kruger National Park.
The whole ceremony was magical. Walking into the church with my Dad, seeing everyone looking at me and my brother giving me a wink before we walked up the aisle was amazing. Arriving next to Martin and seeing his face was wonderful.
There was a moment during the evening where one of the guests drank too much wine and was quite ill and the venue owner threatened to call off the wedding. Fortunately the manager who looked after us well throughout the evening, calmed it all down and I only heard about it later.
Nothing at all. We had the wedding we wanted, informal and fun. My advice would be to know clearly what you (not anyone else!) wants and be consistent. Little things will probably go wrong but just keep the bigger picture in mind.