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 while working for the same company five years ago.
Paul proposed to me a few days before my birthday (as he couldn’t wait) when we were on holiday in Turkey three years ago.
As we were getting married we just stayed local (in the North East) for our hen/stag do’s. I went to Newcastle with my fiends and family on the usual pub crawl and Paul had a night at the Sunderland Greyhound’s before going clubbing.
Yes, where he could anyway. There’s only so much they can be involved with.
I did use confetti for ideas, but didn’t actually purchase anything.
I wore a bodice and skirt by Amanda Wyatt. I tried over 20 dresses before I decided on this one, as I just avoided the ‘slim’ fitting styles at first, but was quite surprised with this one!
I had one bridesmaid, my one and only younger sister Ann. Kept thing’s simple! She wore a three-quarter pink satin dress from Coast as I thought she could maybe wear it in the future to a nice party.
Our best man was Darren, a friend of Paul’s for nine years.
We had a civil ceremony, but with some religious reference’s i.e. having our ring’s blessed etc.
We got married in Central Park, New York City. It was Amazing!
We hired a room at a Irish Restaurant/bar just off Times Square for our 16 guests. We had a beautiful meal, then the traditional speeches etc.
Yes a Limousine.
We invited 16 people to New York, then had a party in Sunderland for 150 people when we came home.
Yes. Pink was the theme, but it was only subtle.
I made all our wedding invitations which were brilliant white card with the text printed on a pearl pink paper, then each one had a pink flower attached. So for the tables at our party, we placed four candles per table, clear glass holders, with pale pink candles and the same flower from the invitations stuck onto the outside of the holder.
In New York we gave our guests a scroll each, which had a nice poem, basically thanking them for being there, how much it meant to us.
As we were married in NY, I only got to pick my bouquet four days before our wedding. Therefore I selected a simple posy made up of cream and pink roses. All our guests wore cream buttonholes.
After the wedding our guests had selected from a menu, and for our party in Sunderland the venue handled the catering.
We had a two tier (stacked) sponge cake in NY and at home we bought four fruit cakes from M&S and decorated them ourselves.
Our entertainment during the day was the speeches and at our evening party, we had a DJ.
No, we didn’t have a gift list. We’ve lived together for four and a half years, so have all essentials.
Our first night was in our hotel in NY, then we flew to Miami, and drove down to the Florida Keys for seven days honeymoon.
Arriving at the park with my dad and seeing everyone in the distance waiting for us.
Yes. I had planned to have my make-up done at Clarins in Bloomingdales but was running approx. 45 minutes late. I ended up in a cab (grid-locked) at 1.15pm on my way back to the hotel to get dressed and was due to get married at 2pm. I decided to pay the cab after half way and run the rest! I did it!
I wouldn’t change a single thing. My only advice would be to allow yourself plenty of time to get dressed on the day, and space out your hair and make-up appointments.