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
At university, we were both doing our nurse’s training.
In Germany just before Christmas in 2003. We had gone away to the Christmas markets on the final night of our stay, he had the band play ‘She’s the One,’ by Robbie Williams (it’s ‘our song.’) He asked me to dance, then got down on one knee in front of everyone; the hotel gave us a free bottle of Champagne to celebrate!
Yes, we both had 2: the first was a joint hen party with one of my friends from work – 20 of us went to Blackpool for a night. Jon had one in Plymouth and we also had a joint hen and stag Hawaiian-themed night a few weeks before the wedding at our house, organised by my mum and sisters.
By agreeing with everything I wanted. He was very helpful and it took a lot of the stresses out of planning the day. Jon wanted to be involved with everything so it was really a joint effort.
Yes, it was brilliant.
Yes, lots: I bought the table decorations online but would have loved to have visited the shop.
I found my outfit before we had even booked the ceremony. It was in the window of a bridal shop in Telford called Dreams and Dresses. It was the first dress I tried on but I knew immediately that it was ‘the one.’ It was an ivory A-line dress with beading on the straps and a small amount on the front in a v, it had a semi-cathedral train with crystals and beading. I felt like a princess in my waist-length crystal and pearl drop veil and crystal tiara. The dress was a gift from my grandma.
Yes, I had four: my three sisters, Nicola ,Hayley and Lindsay and Louise my husband’s cousin. They all wore lilac bodices and skirts from Monsoon.
Jon had his brother Lee as best man, Andrew, his cousin, as an usher and Rich my sister’s boyfriend as the other usher. They all wore black Prince Edward frock coats with silver waistcoats and lilac cravats; they had grey top hats all hired from Burtons.
We got married in church.
Holy Trinity Church, Leaton, outside Shrewsbury.
The Radbrook Hall Hotel.
I arrived in a 1930s Walmlesy and the bridemaids arrived in a ‘60s Mercedes. Jon arrived in an ambulance fast response vehicle as he is a an ambulance technician.
We had 70 guests to the wedding breakfast and 100 in total to the evening buffet.
Lilac, pink and ivory were the key colours.
Lilac place cards and lilac and ivory napkins; the favour boxes were handmade, some were pink and some were lilac.
Yes, handmade boxes with pink heart sweets.
The flowers were beautiful; I had a hand-tied bouquet of pink and ivory roses, lily of the valley, orchid freesias and bear grass with lilac beads. The bridesmaids each had a wrist corsage with an orchid and the men had ivory buttonholes. Jon, the best man and my dad all had a different shade of pink. We used Park Flowers and they did a wonderful job. Jon’s aunty and my grandma’s niece did the church flowers with some help from my sisters and me and my mum it was a real family effort the result was stunning.
We had a three course meal that the hotel provided.
Our wedding cake was made by another of Jon’s aunties. The cake consisted of three tiers – two fruit and a sponge layer. It was ivory, plainly iced with pink sugar flowers around the base, and had fresh flowers to decorate the rest of the cake.
A disco in the evening.
Yes, with Next and Argos.
Our first night was spent in the bridal suite at the hotel. On the monday following the wedding, we flew out to the Maldives for two weeks.
There were so many. Jon crying as he said his vows, the speeches and, when all the guests had gone, sitting in the bar with the family dancing to the music with no shoes on.
Many. Two bridesmaids became pregnant – one bridesmaid was unable to be at the wedding as she went two weeks overdue – and I became auntie when my nieces were born three months early. Fortunately, on the day everything ran smoothly!
No. Enjoy every moment of the day, stop to take things in every so often. You’ll notice how happy people are and how wonderful everything you planned for so long looks. Enjoy the day as much as you can. Relax, you will have deserved it, and smile. Don’t avoid doing things because you’re worried about messing up your dress, you only get to wear it once. Don’t have any regrets, I don’t. Hug people in the receiving line, it might be your only chance! It was the best day of my life but went far too fast!