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 20, 2007
In July 2003, we initially met at a nightclub and I was instantly attracted to Pas. Our friends actually got together that night and after I returned from holiday two weeks later (during which I am told Pas nagged his friend to get us to meet up when I returned!) we all went on a double date bowling…we hit it off straight away
I am 26, Pas is 30
Pas proposed on my 24th birthday. I was totally spoilt with presents and was not expecting a ring as well but my last present was a little teddy with a ribbon around its neck with my ring on it! Of course I said yes and then I was wisked off to Dublin for a romantic few days away
We both had fairly relaxed hen and stag do’s. I went to Sandown horse races then into Esher for a meal and a few drinks which was perfect. Pas went Go-Karting during the afternoon then also out for something to eat and a drink.
He was honestly great – he helped with all the big desicions and left me to choose the more girly things!
Yes, I found loads of ideas and companies through Confetti and bought our table decorations and small favours from the website.
Yes, the chocolate hearts we had as part of our favours (we also had traditional Italian favours) and the paper hearts which were sprinkled on the tables.
I wore a White Princess cut dress with a fitted strapless bodice with sequins and tiny beading and it had a full skirt also with sequin. The dress was from Love Me Do Brides in Walton who were exceptionally friendly and helpful. I wore white satin shoes, a white veil with sequins and a heavy-jewelled tiara
Yes, I had three bridesmaids and one flower girl. The bridesmaids were in fitted dusky pink dresses with similar shaping and sequins to the top of the dress and the flower girl wore a plain white dress with a dusky pink ribbon to match the bridesmaids. All the dresses were from Belles.
The groom, best men, fathers and ushers all wore grey with silver waistcoats and pink cravats and hanker chiefs. The groom wore a slightly different style of waistcoat to the other men.
We had a religious ceremony as we are both Catholic but had a very short 30 minute service without the Mass.
The ceremony was held at Our Lady in West Byfleet, Surrey.
The Reception was held at Oatlands Park Hotel in Weybridge, Surrey.
As my brother works for BMW he kindly arranged for three silver BMWs for us.
We had about 120 to the day and a further 30-40 guests in the evening.
We had a very simple grey/silver and pink theme.
We had pink floral table arrangements and pink and silver paper heart confetti and pink and silver chocolates on the tables and pink and silver balloons around the room.
We had a chocolate heart for each guest, Italian favours in pink and silver and for the children a selection of small toys wrapped in silver tissue paper
The bouquets were roses with diamantes – I had pink and the bridesmaids had cream. The flowers in the church and on the tables at the reception were pink gerberas, roses and lillies. The florist was already arranged by the hotel but I was so happy with the beautiful flowers that they arranged and again how friendly and helpful Simon was and would totally recommend him – the company is called Simons Flowers in Chessington, Surrey. Our little flower girl had a small pose of roses on a ribboned-wand.
We had canapes to start. For the sit down meal we had parma ham and figs to start, roast chicken, potatoes and vegetables for the main, a delicious and sickly chocolate dessert. Then in the evening we had a hot and cold buffet – the food was again all arranged by the hotel and was fantastic.
We had a simple three tiered- white iced fruit cake with perfectly matching pink floral and berry arrangements. Again I can really recommend the cake company – Alexander Taylor Cakes in Woking Surrey – brilliant!
We had a DJ in the evening which was already arranged by the hotel but was great and played all our favourites as well as a few traditional Italian songs.
As we’d already been living together for a while we didn’t have a list and asked for vouchers.
We spent the first night at Oatlands in the complimentary honeymoon suite and then went for an absolutely blissful 5-star honeymoon in the Maldives – paradise!
I can honestly say I loved every single minute but looking back I guess seeing my dad’s and my husband’s reactions the first time they saw me in my dress will always stay in my memory.
No nightmares at all – everything was so well organised by everyone and we had luckily chosen companies that knew what they were doing and knew what we wanted.
It’s a cliche but enjoy every single second as it will go by so so quickly. Try to stay calm and take everything in. I was so relaxed in the morning and I think that really helped – all I can remember is smiling and laughing the whole day and evening – I wouldn’t have changed a thing.