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 10, 2006
I was working in an airport and Neil was a coach driver. He came up to my desk and started talking to me. We first met at Christmas in 1999.
Neil proposed on 14th February 2002 at a Valentine’s dinner dance. I was with my parents and my mum and I knew nothing about the meal – it was all a surprise. Just before dinner Neil got down on one knee and said how much he loved me and couldn’t live without me and would I marry him. I was in tears and said yes immediately – then he put the ring on my finger.
We broke the tradition and had a joint celebration with just close friends and family. We started off in the local pub and then went to a Chinese restaurant – it was a very enjoyable evening.
He put his ideas across and came up with suggestions but I did most of the planning. He arranged the suits for the men and thank you presents for the bridal party.
Yes it was extremly helpful with very useful ideas and tools.
Yes – I bought table decorations, balloons, confetti, place cards, feathers etc, I visited the store and also ordered online.
My dress was ivory, strapless and A-line style with diamante on the bodice. It had a medium length train and the veil was waist length with diamantes.
My 11-year old step daughter was bridesmaid and she wore a deep purple dress.
Neil chose a good friend of his as his best man, and his 14-year old son was his usher. They all had matching black suits with lilac cravats and silver and black waistcoats.
We had a civil ceremony.
In a licensed room at Gomersal Park Hotel.
Our reception was in the same hotel – Gomersal Park Hotel.
We had 50 guests at the wedding and an additional 30 in the evening.
Yes it was purple, lilac and silver.
The flowers were purple, lilac and white. Place cards were purple with lilac feathers and balloons and table confetti were in all three colours.
The ladies had sugared almonds and children had a goodie bag.
My mum did the table decorations but my bouquet and the bridesmaid’s bouquet were from a florist. My bouquet was teardrop shape with white roses and lilac freesias. My bridesmaid had the same flowers in a small hand-tied posy.
The venue did the catering. We started with tomato and basil soup followed by chicken with mushroom and asparagus sauce and profiteroles for pudding.
A friend made the cake. It was a round, three-tiered cake with lilac and white flowers and a silver horseshoe and pair of wedding rings on the top. The botton two tiers were fruit cake and the top tier was sponge.
We had a disco in the evening.
Our gift list was held at Argos.
We spent our first night at the hotel and then went off on our honeymoon to Cyprus the next day.
Standing at the alter saying our vows and seeing Neil’s eyes fill up with tears. That was very special.
Give yourself plenty of time to organise everything, and only do what you and your fiance want – it’s your day not anyone else’s. Make sure you get time alone together on the wedding day, even if you both go for a walk for half an hour – the day will just fly by.