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: December 11, 2006
We met through a mutual friend 4 and a half years ago. We got back in touch via the Internet and went on our first date in January 2002.
I am 23 and Simon is 31.
Simon proposed at my 21st birthday party – after a few for Dutch (or Polish) courage.
I had a pole dancing party at my mum’s house with 10 of my friends and family – fantastic fun! We then partied the night away in Kingston. Simon went golfing with the lads and then ate and drank rather a lot!
Si helped by letting me get on with it and occasionally passing his credit card to me!
Oh yes! I couldn’t have done it without Confetti! The website is so informative and easy to use.
I brought everything from the invitations to the bubbles and the sweets. My best buy were the 10 cameras for the tables! We have some fantastic pictures from them!
Well, it was the one and only dress I tried on in the summer of 2004 as the wedding seemed so far away. I tried not to focus too much on it. In February I went to The Wedding Fair in Olympia with my mum and matron of honour – Kim. I saw the dress on a stand and ordered it there and then from a store in Stamford Hill called Losners and got it for 20% less than I saw it for! It is a beautiful a-line, full length, lace gown by Maggie Sottero – in diamond white over light gold – embellished with bugle beads and pearls.
I had three bridesmaids who all wore handmade dresses from the Wedding Center in Marlow. My sister, Krystyna, and Si’s sister, Sally, wore light gold dresses and my matron of honour, Kim, wore a chocolate brown dress. They were all strapless a-line, calf length dresses with a bow around the empire line. They wore beautiful brown and cream polka dot sandals from Dune. I also had a little bridesmaid, Abigail, who wore an ivory satin and lace dress and carried a wand of roses.
Si’s best man was his sister’s fiancé, Nick, with my little brother, Ryszard, as an usher. Our page boy, Jack, carried our ring cushion.
St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Maidenhead, Berkshire.
At the Polish Association in Stoke Poges.
My dad and I went to the church in a beautiful vintage caramel coloured 1920′s Rolls Royce convertible.
We had 80 to the sit down meal and a further 60 for the evening.
My theme was ‘Vintage’ so the colour scheme was chocolate, gold, pink and ivory.
The flowers were all cottage style peonies, roses with lots of ivy.
everyone received a small bag of sugared almonds and gold smarties! The children – all 12 of them – had goodie boxes that I made myself comprising of nothing that could be thrown or blown! – to keep them entertained. Immediate members of our family also had small wedding cake candles from confetti.
Our bouquets and buttonholes came from Longacres in Bagshot and the table decorations were by Seventh Heaven Events in Datchet. I had titanic roses throughout with ivory roses, stephanotis and ivy to carry the vintage theme.
Polish friends of the family provided all the food. Canapes to start – Roast beef, potatoes, selection of fresh veg and Polish salads – Meringues filled with strawberries and a coulis on the side. In the evening a full buffet was provided with lots of Polish food and cakes!!!
Margret Burridge made our gorgeous cake – Rosebows – the bottom tier was sponge cake, the second tier was chocolate fudge and the top fruit cake. Three square tiers with ivory bows around them and roses in between the layers.
During the meal we had a swing/blues band playing and in the evening a fantastic disco!
No, we chose to ask for gift vouchers instead
Si’s sister and fiancé paid for our first night in a hotel! We went to Sorrento,Italy and stayed at the Hilton in an executive suite.
Walking down the aisle with my dad.
The day before the wedding Seventh Heaven Events were supposed to deliver all of the linen it came creased, stained and it seemed impossible to rectify – all my family gathered together as many irons as they could find and got to work.
Keep all your receipts for everything! Once you have a theme or idea, try to stick with it and not get carried away by what other people think! Remember it’s your wedding – you only need to please YOU!