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 David Perkins, Eden Photography
We met at university; we were put in the same group for an assignment and became good friends; the rest led on from there…
I am 27 and Gaz is 25.
On my 26th birthday he took me for a romantic meal, which was spoilt by the restaurant! So he brought me a little cake at home and popped my ring next to it, then said this present has a question attached to it!
Yes I had three: one with mates at home, one with relatives, and the last big one with my work colleagues. Gareth went on an adventure weekend in Cardiff.
He put in 110% to help with the wedding, we worked as a team for the wedding taking tasks to hand and sorting things out. He was great when my brother was taken ill as he sorted out stuff so I could concentrate on him… bless.
All the time, cafe, shopping and finding suppliers. It was great even got all my friends on the site too!
Yes but Hubby is a developer and did his own.
I bought loads of confetti decorations for the reception venue. We went to the Birmingham store when it opened and nearly cleared out the stock.
Debenhams sale, that is all I have to say as I got the whole outfit at a reduced price.
Gareth’s little cousin was our bridesmaid and everyone loved her as she is 3… She wore a dress from BHS,with a lilac top and cream skirt – she looked like a proper little princess.
He chose his friend that he grew up with and my brother was the usher. He chose the style of the suit and we had a deeper purple for the ties and handkerchiefs to complement the lilac scheme.
Religious ceremony, as I am a Christian.
Methodist church near our home.
Park Hall Hotel near our home.
Gareth’s parents arranged the transport as a surprise for me, I had a nice old Jaguar.
We got married on a Friday so a lot of people could not make it to the ceremony. We invited around 150 people to the evening reception.
The reception was great. When we booked the room it had an old carpet and the room looked below standard. They said they were going to redecorate and when we went back before the wedding we had a great surprise – the room was completely transformed. The floors were marble and there was a black and cream theme, so the lilac looked great.
I love candles so we had a center votive in lilac with sand and tea lights around this main candle. It looked great and people loved it.
Yes, they had factory jelly beans, love hearts and a little thank you note.
I love Calla lilies but had chosen another bouquet as the one I wanted was too expensive, yet the one I wanted turned up on the day. The bridesmaid had a cream gerbera made into a wand as she wanted to be a fairy.
The venue handled the catering and they were great. There were a few special requests and they catered for all.
Gareth’s aunt made the cake so we could cater for special diets.
The ashes were on during the day and I am sorry girls but I had to keep an eye on the score! In the evening we had a DJ.
Yes, vouchers for Thomas Cook, we are planning a delayed honeymoon in Australia next year.
The first night was at the hotel bridal suite and we had our honeymoon in Dublin.
Gareth at the alter – when I met him there he told me I looked absolutely beautiful… I was very proud.
My brother was taken into the high dependancy unit in hospital nine days before the wedding. He was diagnosed with chronic renal failure. They let him out the night before the wedding so it made the day more special (I have tears in my eyes now thinking about it!).
Enjoy the day, as it will go so quickly. It is so special to be with everyone and the person you love. If you can afford it, have a video and look at all the photos you can, just don’t forget the tissues!