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 on the 22nd November 2003 at a party – it was also the day that England won the Rugby World Cup.
I’m 24 Andy is 33.
I proposed 2 days after Andy’s birthday when we were out celebrating with friends – I’d been saying I was going to ask him as it was leap year in 2004!
Andy went to Liverpool with 20 of his friends including our dads; they went dressed up as cowboys, Sheriffs and Indians. I went to the greyhound racing with family and friends and then into my local town; we hired 3 limos to take us and bring us back home – it was great!
Andy made sure he nodded in the right places and he turned up to various meetings we had planned. He also helped design and make the wedding invitations with me – we had our own little production line going with a good bottle of red wine!
I bought my bows and sparklers from Confetti – the site really helped us to use ideas from other brides.
My dress was a Bonny Bridal dress from a shop called Clarice in Coventry. It was two shades of ivory with crushed diamond effect on the bodice and train, which was a semi cathedral length.
The bridesmaids were Jenn, who is my younger sister and she was my chief bridesmaid and Andy’s sister Rachael. They both wore cranberry coloured dresses from Clarice. I also had my niece Hollie, who is 2. I bought her a cream dress from BHS and had to have the cumberbund altered to suit my colour scheme.
Andy chose his dad as his best man as he has too many close friends and didn’t know who to pick; his 4 close friends were his ushers.
We had a beautiful church ceremony at our local parish church.
The church is called St Pauls in Nuneaton.
The reception was held at the Royal Court Hotel in Coventry.
Two vintage cars.
We had a 100 guests to the wedding and 175 to the evening reception.
Cranberry and gold was the theme.
I mainly used gold as the bridesmaids were in cranberry but the napkins were gold and cranberry alternated around the table.
Yes, I bought little ivory chest-like boxes from Hobby Craft in the sale, put 5 chocolates in each and finished them with little gold bows from Confetti.
I had a long teardrop bouquet with ivory roses, ivy, eucalyptus and leather leaf. The two adult bridesmaids had hand-tied freesias and Hollie had a fairy wand with a freesia corsage on it.
We had pate to start, bangers and mash for the main and hot apple pie and custard for dessert. The hotel took care of the catering for us.
I had a stacked 3-tier fruit cake in ivory. My mum baked the cake and Andy’s Mum’s friend iced and decorated it with sugar paste flowers that she individually made. Around the centre tier of the cake I had written "to have and to hold from this day forward"
Andy, his dad and one of his ushers who sings for the Sid Lawrence Orchestra did a set for the first half of the evening and then Andy’s friend from school who is a DJ played until the early hours.
We asked people for gift vouchers for various different places and we also had cash and cheques given to us.
Our first night was spent at the hotel we held our reception in and then my dad took us to Gatwick the day before our honeymoon to Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe.
The whole day – I remember it all. I think that has something to do with the amount of photos my mum was taking from the moment I opened my eyes in the morning!
On the day, the photographer turned up at my house instead of at the hotel in the morning so he was an hour late and the catering got a little messed up, but these were only small things and they didn’t ruin the day.
The whole day was like the dreams I had been having leading up to it. It was beautiful; the only advice I would give is enjoy being the centre of attention and do some facial exercises beforehand as I woke up the next day with face ache!
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