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 Darren John, South Africa
We met in South Africa through a mutual friend.
He proposed along the Thames in Richmond on the 13th of March 2004 after a romantic evening.
We both had hen and stag celebrations in London before we left to get married, and in South Africa.
Jonathan was amazing! As we got married back home (in South Africa), it was a lot of hard work sorting everything out from here, but Jonathan did as much as he possibly could to help.
Yes! I checked up on developments and new products almost every week!
Yes, heaps! We mainly bought online.
My gown was made by a bridal designer and close family friend in South Africa.
I had two bridesmaids, Jonathan’s sister, Jayne and my best friend, Mary. They wore burgundy chiffon layered dresses with tiny sequins on.
Jonathan’s best man was his brother-in-law, Graeme and his groomsman was my brother, Darren.
We had a religious ceremony with all our family and friends present.
St John’s Methodist Church in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
The Khoisan in the Sherwood Garden Centre (absolutely gorgeous venue!).
My sister-in-law organised wedding cars for us.
We had a small wedding with just under 70 guests. We did not have a separate evening guest list – the guests who attended the ceremony celebrated with us at the reception.
We had an ‘autumn’ theme with rustic colours. Our main colours were burgundy and gold.
We had dried leaves as confetti and sprinkled them over the tables and floor of the reception. We used topiary trees with fruit and flowers in autumn shades as our table centrepieces.
Our venue handled the catering. We had a sumptuous four-course meal.
My mother-in-law made our wedding cake – it weighed 23 kilograms! It was a traditional fruit cake.
We had a disco at the reception which kept us on the dance floor ALL night.
We had gift lists in South Africa.
We spent our first night at a gorgeous hotel along the beachfront with stunning views. For our honeymoon, we spent a week travelling up the gorgeous Garden Route.
The whole day was so magical that I can’t possibly pin point one moment as the best, but it was thrilling being announced as "Mr and Mrs Button"!
Enjoy EVERY minute of your magical day! It flies by so quickly!
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