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 10, 2006
We met three years ago through his sister who I worked with.
Simon proposed after three weeks in the pub after we had been out all day on my leaving do. It was brilliant, all my friends were there and my mum was even there so he asked her first.
I had a drunken weekend in my home town. It started with a Friday night in the pub. On Saturday we shopped in the morning, had an Ann Summers party in the afternoon and then we went out in the evening.
Simon went to Blackpool and had a brilliant time. We both found it quite strange being the centre of attention though. It’s very different to being the noisy one on a night out!
Simon was a very calming influence and he pretty much let me get on with it. I had very set ideas. My mum was fantastic as well. I organised most of it and handed the lot over to my mum in the last couple of months for her to deal with – bless her!
The website was great to get advice from other brides.
I think I bought everything there whether I needed it or not!
My dress was beautiful. It was ivory and strapless with a really long train. It has some embroidery on it but was really quite understated. I felt like a princess when I put it on.
I had my two oldest and best friends as bridesmaids. They wore lilac dresses which complemented the flowers and my dress.
Simon had his best friend as best man and one of his friends and one of mine as ushers. They all wore lovely suits.
A civil ceremony.
New Place, Shirrell Heath, Hampshire. It’s an old mansion house, so it was perfect to hold the whole day there.
I had a horse and carriage and my mum and two bridesmaids had a classic car.
We had 60 guests in the daytime and around 150 in the evening.
The colours for the day were ivory and lilac.
We had ivory and purple flowers on the tables and purple petals strewn around. It was absolutely beautiful.
No, I couldn’t decide in the end!
My flowers were ivory roses with other lilac flowers. I had a tight bouquet and my bridesmaids had smaller ones. The table decorations were the same colour and were just stunning. My father’s partner arranged the flowers and they really made the room.
The venue handled the catering which took away a lot of stress from us. We had melon and parma ham for starter followed by chicken breast wrapped in bacon or salmon served with vegetables. We had our wedding cake for pudding.
We had a four tier white cake with purple piping and flowers to match the colour scheme. The filling was madeira cake and chocolate.
We had a fantastic string quartet in the daytime and a disco in the evening.
I had my gift list with Allders.
We spent our first night in New Place and then we went on honeymoon to Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Dubai.
All of it was magical, but I think it would have to be the look on Simon’s face when he first saw me. It was just lovely.
I wouldn’t change anything. But my advice would be not to worry too much or get too wound up over little things. Delegate to other people because everyone wants to help and it takes the stress off you. Enjoy it – on the day nothing matters except you two!