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
Very unexciting! I rented a room from David’s cousin and there was another lad there who he was friends with. He used to come over a lot to see them when he got back from a year abroad, while he was still job hunting. The lads went on holiday to Bolivia for a month but David kept coming round..!
I’m 26 and he’s 28.
He proposed in a park in Belgium, on one knee on a piece of paper so he didn’t get dirty! We’d travelled there on the Eurostar for a day trip and it was lovely.
Only small ones … my sister arranged a ‘Derby Day’ and BBQ for me and about 20 friends and on the same evening David had a raucous BBQ and then played civilised golf the next day with his mates in Kent.
When he had to! I tried to include him but he wasn’t too fussed, which bothered me because I had no clear ideas about what I wanted and really needed his input. I ended up doing most of it on my own just getting his approval if I thought I needed it!
A little, the chat room became addictive towards the end!
Bought some petals from here and a lovely guest book.
It was a fab Sincerity dress in ivory with burgundy boning on the bodice, burgundy piping, buttons and roses on it. It was bought from a small boutique in Suffolk where I also got my tiara, veil and shoes.
I had… wait for it… six adult bridesmaids! Three of David’s sisters, two of mine and my cousin. My mum made the dresses – simple burgundy two-piece dresses that reflected my neckline and sleeves with beige/gold piping, buttons and roses.
He chose his best friend Nick as best man and they wore gold cravats, a smart waistcoat and tails. The ushers were our brothers and cousins and they wore beige/gold waistcoats, burgundy ruche ties and then wheat buttonholes!
A religious ceremony.
Lakenheath Baptist Chapel.
Culford School, near Bury St Edmunds… a lovely old manor house with gorgeous gardens where I went to school.
Special to us … my brother drove us in a friend’s BMW and a close friend drove all the bridesmaids in my parents’ VW Camper van that my Dad had done up over the summer.
160 guests all day.
Yes – burgundy was the main colour, wheat was the secondary colour and we tried for ‘simple but classy.’
We had wheatsheafs made from wheat from a friend’s farm with burgundy ribbon.
No, we didn’t.
I had passion red roses with liseanthus and wheat in a small shower bouquet.
The school’s head caterer did a sterling job and made us melon/prawn starters, a choice of beef stroganoff or chicken and leek with salads, rice and potatoes. For afters, we had our respective favourites – profiteroles or banoffee pie.
We had a huge cake – four tiers, again made by a friend. It had squares in a tower, with each layer getting smaller and being rotated slightly so it was in a slight spiral. It then had wheat and roses draped around one corner.
A friend played the piano.
We had a list with Debenhams and had absolutely no problems at all – our second delivery was last Monday.
Our first night was spent at our house as we’d not lived together before so that was special. The next night we stayed in a hotel in Heathrow before flying to Australia for three weeks. The honeymoon was booked through Trailfinders although David did a lot of it himself too.
David squeezing my hand when I reached him; him getting emotional during the vows and just looking into his eyes, saying mine, as if no-one else mattered.
Not really – I didn’t eat properly the day before and went to bed late which was a bad start. I woke up at 4am and was rough until about 9.30am which wasn’t good as the wedding was at 11am!
I wouldn’t do anything else differently – I would say a video and a mate with a digital camera are a must for those memories. Being able to relive the day makes it even more special. And eat well the day before!