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: February 15, 2007
1999 when I started my first job after University on the Isle of Sheppey. We worked in the same department.
I am 29 and Dave is 34.
18th November 2005. Dave proposed. He had planned to ask on Christmas day and had even picked out a ring but ended up blurting it out spontaneously in a friend’s house after several drinks.
I went to Bath for the weekend with 10 friends, stayed in a lovely cottage, had beauty therapists come in to pamper us and we had a 3 course meal cooked by caterers before hitting the town dressed as playboy bunnies. Dave went to Benidorm with a small group of boys.
He helped whenever I asked him to and was very involved in church arrangements and did lots of phoning around. He also sorted the honeymoon.
I used the forums a lot for inspiration and advice.
Yes, but I didn’t use it that much.
Mon Cheri 24200 ivory and spun gold organza dress.
5 bridesmaids, 3 grown ups (my 2 sisters and a friend) and 2 little girls (my niece and Dave’s niece). The grown ups were in chocolate brown, floor length Alfred Sung dresses. The 2 little girls were my fairies and wore dresses that I had a seamstress make for me as I knew exactly what I wanted.
Dave had 3 best men, his brother and 2 closest friends and they all did a speech. My brother was an usher along with my 2 nephews (7 and 9 years old). The groom’s party wore chocolate brown suits with ivory waistcoats for all except Dave who had a gold one. All had ivory tie and hanky.
A church ceremony.
St Mary’s Church, Burry Port, Camarthenshire.
The Fig Tree Restaurant, Llanarthney.
My uncle provided a 1934 maroon and black Rolls Royce limousine.
106 in day and extra 50-60 in evening.
Autumnal colours, chocolate and some Welsh items eg love spoons and cawl for starter, male voice choir.
Made place names out of brown skeleton leaves, ferrero rochers on every place, table names were different chocolates eg. ferrero rocher for top table.
Wooden love spoons for the ladies, wooden puzzles for the men, boxes for the kids with toys and games and teddy bear for babies.
I had a shower style bouquet of mango calla lilies and orange and red roses. Bridesmaids had small posy bouquets containing the same flowers. The table decorations were 16 orange roses in a square tank vase on a mirror plate with tea lights. Florist was Gemma Silcox at Flowers by Silcox.
Cawl with crusty bread and cheddar cheese, Fillet of Welsh Black Beef with autumn vegetables, chocolate cake with hot chocolate fudge sauce and strawberries served with cream.
A three tiered Louis Vuitton suitcase cake (bottom layer fruitcake, middle layer chocolate, top layer vanilla sponge) made by Special Occasions of Mynydd Y Garreg.
Male Voice Choir in the church and The Electric Band in the evening.
First night was in a cottage attached to the reception, second night was in the Cawdor hotel in Llandeilo and honeymoon was 10 nights in Mauritius. Honeymoon was booked with Journeys a la Carte.
The ceremony definitely, the church felt so bright as it was such a sunny day and it was packed – it was so overwhelming walking up the aisle in front of all the people we love.
Forgot to take my tiara to the hairdressers on the morning so ended up phoning people to go to my mothers and find it and then drive it 20 miles to the hairdressers.
Relax – its supposed to be fun!