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 in October 1993 during my first term at university. Stephen was in the third year doing the same degree as me. We met a college formal hall and then later in the bar.
In my bedroom at my parents’ house on Valentine’s Day 2004. How – drunk!! For brevity apparently.
Yes. The hens spent a weekend in cabins in the Peak District. We went rock climbing then out in Matlock in evening. The stags spent a weekend in Nottingham – go karting, strip club, bars, then golf on the Sunday.
I delegated the mens’ suits, mens’ presents and honeymoon currency, printing the invites and envelopes. We decided the big things together – venues, honeymoon, wine, menu, invite design, overall budget.
I used it for ideas on table decorations, speeches, flowers and contacts for hair. Used shop for table decorations and gifts.
I looked online but bought from the Birmingham store.
I wore a fishtail skirt by Linea Rafaelli, in a cappuccino crushed silk type material. I bought it from Pantiles Bride in Henley-in-Arden – fabulous service. I used their dressmaker to design and make a corset style top to go with the skirt (fabric from Linea Rafaelli) – laced up the back with matching ribbon.
Yes – two. We chose together (mostly they chose) – picked a tea-rose red "Adrianna" dress from Monsoon with matching shoes. We paid half each.
Stephen asked his best friend to be best man and had my brother and his brother for ushers.
We had a civil ceremony.
Maidstone Register Office (Archbishops’ Palace).
Chilston Park in Lenham, Kent.
1935 Austin in a deep red colour.
48 to ceremony and meal, 100 to evening.
For the colour theme we had the red of the bridesmaid dresses, pale pink generally and cappuccino / browns for the cake. The general theme was our honeymoon destination (South America). The cake was in the shape of suitcases, and the invitations and thank you cards (designed by bridesmaid) were of us running with suitcases.
Yes – red and pink.
Yes – the ladies got a Lush bath bomb in a red (confetti) sachet bag.
The flowers were red gerneras, cream freesias, lisianthus and other delicate looking flowers.
We started with salmon mousse. The main course was fillet steak and we had raspberry syllabub trifle for pudding.
It was a chocolate sponge in the shape of three suitcases, made by Doreen Dodds who is a family friend.
We had a DJ in the evening, and during the meal we had background CD’s playing swing (Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Robbie Williams etc.)
Yes – John Lewis and Debenhams.
We spent our first night at Chilston Park. For our honeymoon we went to South America (Peru, Bolivia and Rio de Janeiro).
The speeches – hearing my new husband (!) and giving my own speech. The whole day was totally amazing and two months later I’m still on a high.
Two days before I woke with an almighty crick in my neck. Luckily the bridesmaid was a personal trainer and other the bridesmaid’s sister is a physiotherapist, so I was mostly OK on the day. And… I got my period the night before the wedding! Finally, my father stood on and ripped my dress before getting into the register office (not noticeable thank goodness!).
Once it’s the day itself, forget about all the planning and things going wrong, just try and enjoy yourself. Let others worry about things. Something always goes wrong, but it’ll only spoil things if you let it.
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