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 at work in 1999. He was very good at fixing my PC!
On Christmas Eve at Gatwick airport at 6am in the morning when we were late for a flight. I was so suprised it took me five months to say yes!!
The boys went for curry and to a club in London. The girls went to Brighton for a spa day, cheesy strip show and club.
I wouldn’t let him! We chose the venue together and went on a booze cruise and he arranged his own speech!
Yes, we got lots of ideas and tips of the site for suppliers as we organized the whole wedding ourselves from start to finish.
Yes, both I bought the favour boxes and petals and card for the invitations.
My dress was by Suzanne Neville. It was the first dress I tried on and I had to have it. She is an amazing designer and it was worth the money.
Yes, my sister and best friend they both wore ‘sex & the city’ style silk organza tea-length dresses by Watters & Watters which I purchased direct from the US.
Andrews best mate was the best man and the ushers were chosen together – brother-in-law, cousin, friend and step dad.
We had a civil ceremony at Upwaltham Barns, near Petworth, West Sussex.
In a barn in the middle of nowhere (it’s ok, we didn’t wear wellies!). It was really personal and the registrar was really good.
In another converted barn on the same site. We decorated it ourselves and hired table, chairs, caterers, a band etc.
We had a horse and carriage which my step dad booked as a present. It really completed the day and I’m glad we had it – even though the journey took nearly double the estimated time and I was 40 minutes late!
80 to the day and 25 to the evening. We only catered food in the evening for the additional guests and there was still plenty left.
A country theme in green, pinks and purples with lots of ivy.
The centre candles were purple and had a green ring of flowers around them. The favour boxes matched.
Yes, we gave jelly hearts to the ladies and bon bons to the men.
We did all the flowers ourselves apart from the bouquets. We ordered wholesale and collected the day before the wedding.
Our caterers were amazing and worth every penny and more. We had hot and cold canapé’s for a starter which were lovely, lamb for the main and three small desserts per person for the pudding – one chocolate, one lemon and one meringue so you could swap with the person next to you if you didn’t like one of them!
My mother-in-law makes cakes so she did the cake as a present. I left it completely to her to decide.
We hired a band in the evening, they were really good at getting everyone one up on the dance floor and the drummer and guitarist were amazing.
Yes, with John Lewis.
We spent the first night at the barns in a cottage room which was very romantic, and we honeymooned in Grenada and Tobago.
Walking down the aisle and the ceremony. It’s scary but you never forget it.
A few but I don’t think it ever goes with no problems. The main problem was my hair didn’t go according to plan which made us late then the horse and carriage made us later because it kept stopping and getting too hot! I thought everyone had gone.
I might have had my make-up done professionally because it’s hard to keep a steady hand but apart from that I wouldn’t change a thing. The only advice I can give is to do exactly what you want to do – then you won’t regret any of it.