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: July 20, 2007
We met on a website – makefriendsonline.co.uk That was in February 2006. I started chatting just as friends – or so we thought.
I was off sick from work – in July 2006 – and was sitting watching the television and chatting to Rob via email. I just had the urge to ask him to marry me there and then. I emailed him and asked him straight away and luckily he said yes.
No we decided we didn’t want any hen or stag parties.
He helped make the invitations and the “Our Wedding” booklets. He also helped in looking for ideas that I had and to see if we could get them off the internet instead. He found my tiara for me – what an angel. He also planned the honeymoon without me knowing where we where going.
I used confetti for some of our table decorations and the “Our wedding” templates.
We bought a few bits and pieces online through Confetti. We got some candles for part of our centrepieces along with silver tinsel centrepieces.
My dress was a pink Justin Alexander inspired dress. I saw a picture of the dress in a bridal magazine and decided that that was the dress for me. I actually had it made in Thailand via a company called Beau Monde Bridal. It was a fraction of the price of the one in the magazine and I cried when I received it in the post and saw how gorgeous it was.
I had one bridesmaid. She was my 7 year old niece. Couldn’t have had anyone else really. She wore a gorgeous ivory dress from Debenhams which had pale pink flowers underneath the netting with a netted bow around her waist. Her tiara was from Claire’s Accessories and my friend created her bouquet for her.
Rob chose his best friend Lee to be his best man. They both wore suits from a company called Formally Yours. They where grey suits with pink cravat and handkerchief and cream waistcoat.
We had a civil ceremony.
We held the ceremony at the Village Hotel in Liverpool which is part of the Devere Group of hotels.
We held the reception at the same hotel. It was lovely.
No as we where staying at the hotel both of us got ready at the hotel.
We had 53 guests for the day and no extra for the evening.
Our theme was silver, cream and pink which showed in everything from my dress to the cake to the mens accessories to the table decorations.
Our table had cream tablecloths and the table centrepieces were silver with candles around them with pink table confetti scattered around
Yes, we gave our guests favours. We had little pink boxes filled with Jelly beans and dolly mixtures.
My bouquet was made up of calla lilies and delphinium and light foliage. It was made of cold porcelain by a wonderful company in Scotland. The company are called Perfect Petals – and they where – Rob’s buttonhole was made the same way.
When we went to book the venue we decided to have a buffet style wedding menu. The venue helped us decide on what we had on the menu. But we had no complaints.
My friend Karen makes wedding cakes so she was the ideal person to make our cake for us. We sat down with her and told her what our colour scheme and flowers were – what we liked and what we disliked and then she made it – we never saw the cake until the moment when we went to cut it at the wedding reception.
We had background music on all day and during the evening – we wanted people to be able to sit and chat and get to know each other – it was just perfect.
We didn’t have a gift list – we asked for vouchers for either Debenhams or M&S.
We spent our first night as man and wife at the hotel and then we started our honeymoon. Rob had organised the honeymoon so we started off our honeymoon officially on the Monday night at the Kilhey Court Hotel in Standish in a suite.
The most memorable moment of the day was when I walked down the aisle and saw Rob for the first time with both of us in our wedding outfits – it still makes me smile thinking of it.
No, not at all – we were very very lucky apart from the weather – it rained the whole day – but hey, if that is all that went wrong we were lucky.
Just relax on the day – step back every now and then and try and remember things – it goes so fast. And if it rains who cares – as long as you, your husband-to-be and the registrar or minister is there, what else matters.