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
We met at the end of January 2003 when I moved to the North East (from Norwich) with a friend. I joined a text dating organisation and met Neil.
I’m 26 and Neil’s 32.
On Valentines Day 2003, just three weeks after we met! He went down on one knee on the bandstand in the park.
I had a meal and went to a few bars with eight of my closest friends.
He helped make our invitations and some of the fiddly jobs that I didn’t have the patience for, including the table plan.
I visited the forum everyday, I found it addictive! Its’ full with so many useful tips and advice. I also bought some bits and pieces from the ‘for sale’ forum and the confetti shop.
No, I didn’t set one up.
I bought several products online as there isn’t a shop near me.
My dress was made by Alfred Angelo in Ivory with lots of crystal beading and embroidery that I bought over the internet along with my veil. tiara and jewellery. It had a semi cathedral train which I absolutely loved! I bought my shoes from a local bridal shop.
I had four bridesmaids, two adult and two children. The adults wore a wine coloured
two-piece by Alfred Angelo and the children wore Ivory.
The groom, ushers, best man and two dad’s all hired morning suits. The groom had a wine coloured cravat whilst the others all had ivory.
We had a church ceremony.
At our local church in Dereham Norfolk.
At the Gibraltar Gardens, Norwich in a marquee.
We were lucky that my uncle chauffeured us in his old jag. It looked lovely in the photo’s.
There were 60 guests to the church and an additional 20 who came to the evening.
We chose wine/pinks, ivory with touches of gold and butterflies also featured a lot.
The women had butterfly shaped favours, the napkins, tables and name holders were all wine. The table confetti was a mix of gold and wine and items on the table had small touches like little butterfly detail too.
Yes, women had butterfly shaped favour boxes (apart from the top table who had little horse and carriages) with 5 heart chocolates in them and a mini lipstick and the men also had the 5 heart chocolates along with a lottery scratch card. Unfortunately there were no big winners, with just a couple winning £1 and one striking lucky with £2!
My bouquet had three different shades of pink/wine roses along with some lily of the valley and foliage. The adult bridesmaids carried bags with ivory roses and the children has baskets which my Mum put together. For the table centers, we had a black candle holder with oasis pushed on top and then filled with flowers. Myself and my mum did the table decorations.
A friend of a friend made our wedding cake. It was a jam sponge, chocolate sponge and a fruit cake on a swan shaped stand.
I made our three-tier wedding cake. I chose a flower/petal design and each tier was a different flavour – fruit, chocolate fudge and lemon curd. All the cakes were stacked on top of each other and covered in marzipan and ivory icing. This was then decorated with silver sugar balls and I hand-made a feather and crystal cake topper.
We had a disco
We had two gift lists. One with Debenhams and the other with Argos.
On the wedding night has a beautiful bridal suite, complete with four- poster bed. The next day we travelled to the Lake District and stayed at a fabulous hotel called The Derwentwaterl near Keswick. We booked our honeymoon direct with the hotel and they couldn’t have been nicer. They made sure that we had a wonderful and a memorable honeymoon. We’ll definitely be going back!
Walking down the aisle with everyone looking at me, my heart pounding and then seeing Neil watching me from afar.
Not really, everything went pretty smoothly apart from not being able to decide what to have for our wedding breakfast and having my dress fitting just the week before.
We wouldn’t have changed a thing about our wedding. I would offer this advice, get a videographer to film your big day, I’m so glad we did. We can look back on and things that would have been a distant memory if had not been captured, like speeches and the wedding service itself.