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: October 11, 2008
We met 7 and a half years ago in a bar. I saw Phillip talking to one of my friends and so asked who he was, we ended up dancing together and have been inseparable ever since.
Natalia is 24 and Phillip is 25
Phillip proposed in January 2004, we went to a lovely restaurant for a meal, enjoyed a bottle of wine and chatted all evening. When we arrived back to the hotel we were staying in Phillip asked me to go and look at the shampoo’s in the bathroom so silly me went toddling off to see what he was talking about (same usual hotel shampoos, I thought he was going insane), anyway when I got back to the room there it was a gorgeous engagement ring sitting on the pillow. I burst out crying, he asked if that was a yes and I said…you haven’t asked me yet. He then said some beautiful words and we both cried with excitement.
Yes. Phillip went to Bratislava with 19 of his friends and had a very drunken but fun few days. I went to London to see the Lion King and then had a day sight seeing and spending time with my wonderful friends and family.
He gave his opinions on most things even if it was just a yes or no. He sorted the suits as I didn’t want to know what we were having and nearer the time he took over with all of the confirmation and paying balances so I could relax.
Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It helped with getting advice from other brides on certain aspects of the day and also I ordered some of my table decor from Confetti which was very helpful.
Yes, I bought them online.
My dress was a Demitirios dress, I fell in love with it as soon as I tried it on even though it was so not what I was going for. I bought it from a local bridal store.
I had one bridesmaid who wore a dress from Debenhams and I also had a flower girl who wore a dress from BHS.
We didn’t have any ushers, Phillip chose his best friend of 21 years to be his best man and they were all suited and booted by Greenwoods 1861, they all looked very dapper!
We had our Ceremony in a local church which was very special.
We held our Reception at The Park Lane Hotel, Liverpool.
Yes we had 2 Princess Vanden Daimler’s and they were beautiful, we felt like royalty.
We had 40 people to the day which was immediate family and close friends then we had a further 110 people in the evening.
The reception was traditional in style and the colours were red and ivory, our colour scheme was ivory, gold and ice pink so it fitted in really well with the venue especially as most of our decor was simple and classy just like the hotel.
We had very simple table decor, flowers on each table, the tables were named after different flowers and we had that flower as the centrepiece for that table. We then had a few pink and gold heart sweets (bought from Confetti) scattered on the tables which worked really well.
No we just had sweets scattered on the tables instead.
My bouquet was ivory roses with pink sweet pea and fresia in the middle, my bridesmaid has champagne roses and my flower girl had a basket of roses and frecia. I had different flowers on each table as mentioned above, I had one table with a Cylinder vase with lots of tall Lillies, I had an hour glass vase filled with Roses, a tall thin cylinder vase with a single Orchard, a smaller hourglass vase filled with Tulips and then the top table had 3 fishbowls with floating Gerbera heads. My Florist was a local lady Joanne at Hollywood Florists.
Our venue did our catering and we chose to have a Carvery as there was plenty of choice for everyone. It went down a treat.
We had miniature cakes with a larger top tier and we got it from The Big Wedding Cake Company who were amazing.
In the evening we had a Swing Singer and a DJ who were both amazing.
We had a honeymoon list with Thomas Cook which I highly recommend it was easy and efficient.
We spent our first night as a married couple at the hotel where we had our Reception as this was included and we booked our honeymoon with Thomas Cook, we went to Mexico and it was amazing. Highly recommended.
Saying our vows was absolutely amazing and such a special moment, the speeches were also a most memorable moment, there were more moments throughout the afternoon that were very special but the most memorable would have to be dancing the night away with all of my friends watching everyone have so much fun and knowing we were to thank for it.
Erm…not really nightmare but I did get overly stressed at times.
Make sure you don’t overly trust your venue. We had a few meetings with our Venue and loved them and they were so helpful and seemed to know exactly what we wanted, however they made a few errors on the day and this was definitely their fault, however, I think we trusted them too much which may have led to some of the errors….but not all of them. That aside, it didn’t in any way ruin our day.