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: September 25, 2006
We were working for the same company. We were friends at first. I was involved in another relationship that didn’t work out. A few months later, I asked Sven to accompany me to have some drinks with my previous employer. We started going out from then on.
I am 29 and Sven is 27.
Sven planned a surprise weekend away to Lake Garda in Italy. He hired a 1955 MG and we drove around Lake Garda. On the Friday evening, we were walking around the town and walked along the pier. When we got to the end of the pier, he sat down and asked if this was a romantic spot. I sat next to him and told him it was. Suddenly he jumps up in front of me, goes down on one knee and tells me how much he loves me, and that he wants me to be his wife.
I was in such shock that I said “No, no,no,” only to realise what was happening and that Sven was holding a ring and on one knee. I then said ‘yes,yes,yes!’ We were all smiles and tears (of joy) for the rest of the evening!
Yes, we did. I had a surprise weekend away with some girl friends to the Isle of Wight, where they had rented out a huge house. We ate, drank and had loads of fun! Sven had a surprise weekend away to Rimini, Italy, where they went to the beach and to the Formula 1 Grand Prix!
Sven helped by organising the photographer and the DJ. He also was the yes/ no man! He was very involved in the planning.
I used some of the guides, but the forum was helpful in venting problems and helping other brides.
Some ribbons, but they turned out to be the wrong colour. I still have them and will be giving them to a friend who is getting married in February.
My stunning dress was from Pronuptia, called Malaga. I loved the detail and the tie back.
I had two, my sister and Sven’s sister. They wore Jim Hjelm dresses in Whisper (dusky pink).
His best man was his best friend. Ushers were three of his other friends. They wore suits with tails and pin stripe pants. They had dusky pink cravats and napkins.
A beautiful civil ceremony.
At the venue, Barnett Hill.
At Barnett Hill, Wonersh, Guildford.
Not really, we only had one trip. But I did organise a BMW 5 series 1995 model as it was big, and we love BMWs!!
We invited 110 (I have a large family) but in the end we only had 50 folks and 8 evening guests!
We chose a spring time theme, with Ivory and Dusky pink as our colour scheme.
We had spring flowers, which were the same as my bouquet.
Yes, Hennessey whisky for the men and Flower seeds for the females. The boxes and the bottles had ribbons tied around them in the colour scheme.
I used Ray’s Florist in Ash. My bouquet had vendela roses, white wax flowers, freesia, and lizzies.
The venue handled the catering. We had a duck salad starter, lamb for the main dish, and vanilla panna cotta for dessert.
It was made by a friend and came all the way from Cornwall. It was two tiers, one vanilla sponge and the other chocolate.
We had a DJ in the evening that played Jive and Swing music. He also showed us some moves. Later he played more contemporary stuff.
Yes, with John Lewis.
We spent the first night at the wedding venue. We went to St. Lucia on our honeymoon and stayed at Rendezvous resort for couples.
When I walked down the aisle and saw Sven crying and my father’s speech was so beautiful. He ended it with a poem that just meant so much to me. The whole day was so very special though!
None at all, it all went so well!