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 November 2002 at a mutual friends engagment party. We liked each other straight away but it was down to my friends intervention (shouting: ‘aren’t you going to take her number?’) that we saw each other after that night.
Rob proposed at my parents house (where I was living) on 21 June 2004. He plotted with my mum and my little sister to get to there before I got home from work. He decorated the stairs leading to my room with red ribbon and red rose petals and left love notes along the bannister. There was one final note on my desk saying ‘will you marry me?’ with the ring next to it. He came out from behind, while I was laughing hysterically, took the ring and asked me.
He went out for quiet drinks (so he says!) with a few friends in central London. Me and about ten of my girlfriends went to a friends place for dinner. I was then made to get dressed up like Mrs Incredible (gloves and eye mask included) and went to a pub.
He helped LOADS! He arranged to see venues and went to vet venues to save me wasting time with unsuitable ones. He helped me with table decorations, went on numerous shopping trips for favours, bridesmaid outfits and the like, picked up the wedding cakes, organised the music. The list was endless. He was fab!!
A little. I got lots of tips from the girls on the forum – thanks girls! We also used the budget planner at the beginning.
We bought cameras, favour bags and bubbles from the store on Tottenham Court Road.
It was a silk ivory strapless dress, with embroidery and beading on the neckline, down the sides and on the train. I loved it and didn’t want to take it off! I got it from a local bridal shop in South East London. They were so helpful. It was the first shop I went to and I found the dress straight away. I had an ivory organza wrap, deep red suede shoes and a red feather clip in my hair.
Two – my sister and a friend. They wore deep red/plum taffeta strapless dresses which another friend made. She also made them matching chiffon and velvet shawls.
The best man was a friend of Rob’s who he’s known for ages and we had two ushers – a couple of Rob’s other friends. Rob wore a light/mid brown suit, white shirt and striped pink and red tie with brown shoes. He chose it himself – I was impressed!
We had a religious ceremony.
The Blackheath Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in south-east London.
Haberdashers Askes Hatcham College in south-east London.
A silver Mercedes.
We had 180 guests in the end. We didn’t have a separate evening list, we just wanted everyone to be a part of the whole day. We still could fit everyone in though!
Just simplicity really. We wanted the tables to be as uncluttered as possible. I guess the accent colour was deep red.
Each table had a small clear square vase with four red roses in it. The roses were tightly bound with green ribbon.
Just the children! They had bubbles, sweets and pens in burgundy favour bags.
Myself and a few friends were the florists! I had a bouquet of tightly packed deep red roses. I think there were about 16 stems. The bridesmaids had tightly packed off-white roses. The heads on the white ones were larger than the red ones, so they had about six stems in their bouquets. We had three large arrangements at the ceremony – two with red roses and one with white.
My friends and I did the catering. It was a buffet with a real variety of hot and cold food. We had chicken and lamb, rice and pasta, salads etc. Everyone was pretty happy with the food. For pudding there was the wedding cakes (chocolate sponge), strawberries and cream, and individual lemon cheesecakes.
We had two chocolate cakes, and also a large fruit cake for all those crazy people who don’t like chocolate!
We had a complialtion of mine and Rob’s favourite tunes which we played throughout the reception.
We had a gift list with John Lewis which I would recommend.
We spent the first night at our new flat. It was my first night staying there at all. We went to Malaysia for our honeymoon and spent three nights in Kuala Lumpur and ten days in Langkawi.
Dancing with my grandmother for ‘Follow da leader’. Everyone cleared the dancefloor for us. She hadn’t seen me since I was three and she flew over especially to be there.
I’d do it all the same! Relax and enjoy the day. It all works out on the day and the miniscule things you could spend hours worrying over don’t really matter anyway. Chill out and enjoy!