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: January 16, 2007
We met at school when we were 16 and 17, lost touch for a year and a half and then met up again a few days before Christmas while we were out with friends.
25 and 26.
Yes. My husband went to Dublin for three nights with a group of friends. I stayed in Birmingham and had a traditional cheesy night out!
Yes. To find suppliers and while we were looking for a venue. I also ordered loads of stuff from the shop.
Yes. I bought online and from the store in Birmingham.
Two piece in ivory by Amanda Wyatt. The top was strapless with beading and antique style lace overlay. The skirt was layers of chiffon fabric in an a-line shape with a very slight train. I had a different skirt made for the evening which was from the same fabric as the long one but shorter. It was sort of 50s style. It was just past the knee in length with layers of net underneath to make it stick out.
Yes I had four bridesmaids. They are my cousins. They wore pale green satin strapless dresses by Venus Bridal. Bought from Posh Frocks in Birmingham.
His best man was his brother. His ushers were his business partner, one of his cousins and a friend he has known since school. They all wore the same outfits as him from Pronuptia, but with different buttonholes.
Hotel du Vin in Birmingham.
Hotel du Vin in Birmingham.
Approximately 100 for the day. And another 40 in the evening.
The colour used was green which was used for the bridesmaids’ dresses and all the invites and stationery. We also used a lot of butterflies.
We used green ribbon and had butterflies on the centrepieces.
Yes. Chocolate hearts with their name so they were used as place names too.
My bouquet was a hand tied bouquet of Bianca roses, tied with ivory chiffon ribbon. It also had little sprigs of diamantes dotted about in it. The bridesmaids’ bouquets were copies of mine but smaller and without the diamantes. They also got smaller with the age of the bridesmaids. The centrepieces were square glass vases lined with leaves and filled with Bianca roses. We had little ivory butterflies all over the flowers as if they had just landed on them.
The hotel did the catering. We had canapes during the drinks reception. For the wedding breakfast we had: Starter – Tomato and mozzarella salad, Main – Roast Lamb with char grilled Mediterranean vegetables and pesto dressing, Dessert – Vanilla panna cotta with berries and raspberry sauce. We had more substantial canapes for the evening-Chicken skewers, fruit kebabs with chocolate sauce, etc.
We had a chocolate wedding cake by Lucky Sixpence in Nuneaton. It was chocolate sponge with kirsch with a chocolate and cherry filling. Then it had chocolate ganache all over it and covered in white chocolate curls. We had three tiers with ivory roses between each tier.
We had a string quartet for the ceremony and drinks reception. The hotel didn’t allow live music for the evening so we connected our Ipod up to the hotels surround sound system.
Yes. We had a honeymoon gift list with travel counsellors.
We spent our first night at Hotel du Vin. We went to the Seychelles and Dubai for our honeymoon. We stayed at the St Anne Resort & Spa in the Seychelles and One & Only Royal Mirage in Dubai. We booked through Travel Counsellors who we had our gift list with.
I wouldn’t stress too much about little details. On the day they didn’t matter and nobody notices anyway. I would also relax more… I was so nervous!