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: November 1, 2006
We met in November 2003. I had just moved to Cardiff and my best friend was in the same social group as him and decided to set us up!
I’m 24, Rich is 25.
He proposed in our local pub five days before Christmas 2003. We had only been seeing each other for six weeks but both knew it was right. The pub was really full so he didn’t get down on one knee but it was still romantic.
Yes, but both were quiet occasions. I had a meal and cinema night with my closest friends and he went to the pub with his mates.
Not so much, which was a good thing. I did the research and he picked his favourite!
I used the cafe daily. I really couldn’t have done it without the help and advice I received there.
I wore “Audrey” by Hollywood Dreams.
I had three bridesmaids. Rich’s sister, Sarah, my brother’s girlfriend, Emily and my best friend, Sue. They all wore red long dresses from the Debut collection at Debenhams.
The best man was Rich’s best friend, Rhodri. The ushers were my eldest brother, Stephen, and Rich’s eldest brother, Colin. The ushers wore black Prince Edward suits with a pewter/silver cravat and waistcoat. Rich had a different waistcoat in burgundy with a gold cravat.
We had a religious ceremony.
At St Mary’s Church in Whitchurch, Cardiff.
Miskin Manor, nr Cardiff.
We had two Vanden Plas Princess cars.
There were 60 guests in the day and a further 20 for the evening.
Our colours were ivory, burgundy & silver.The theme ended up being Welsh!
We had burgundy flowers for the table centre pieces and sheep toppers for the cake.
Yes, mini chocolate love spoons and they were delicious!
My bouquet was gorgeous – black baccara and grand prix roses, with a few diamantes tied by an ivory ribbon. The bridesmaids’ bouquets were ivory roses with foliage. The florist was Flowerlodge in Rhiwbina.
The venue catered. Salmon for starter, followed by Welsh beef and all the trimmings, for dessert we had Welsh whiskey cheesecake with a grand marnier ice cream.
It was a “traditional” three tiered white wedding cake except the pillars were made from sugar sheep and the bride and groom toppers were sheep too! It was made by Dragons & Daffodils.
There was a disco for the evening.
The gift list was with Argos.
The first night was at our venue -Miskin Manor. We had two glorious weeks at the Rendezvous hotel in St Lucia booked through Virgin.
There are so many but I think my favourite moment was just after Rich and I got married and we were in the wedding car on the way to the venue. It was so nice to have some “us” time and reflect on the day so far.
None on the run up to the wedding, but on the day only one of the wedding cars turned up. My dad and I arrived to the church 20 minutes late and in a taxi!
I wouldn’t do anything differently (except maybe book a different wedding car company!) My advice would be to stay calm and just enjoy the run up to, and on, the day. No one could believe how relaxed I was, and on the morning of the wedding I was even making cups of tea for everybody!