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: September 19, 2008
5th July 2008
Paul and I met through an on-line dating agency. I joined on a bit of a whim, encouraged by some girls at work. Paul emailed me and we got chatting via email, and after a couple of weeks arranged to meet up for a drink. We hit it off immediately, and have never looked back!
I’m 45 and Paul is 42
Paul proposed on Christmas morning 2006 in his mum’s holiday apartment in Mortehoe in North Devon.
Yes, I met up with some girlfriends for a few drinks in a local pub, followed by a meal in an Indian restaurant. My sister who was my Chief Bridesmaid had bought everyone pink or white cowboy hats covered in sequins, and I had the obligatory veil and ‘L’ plate to wear! She really made a huge effort and had bought me lots of funny presents that I had to open throughout the evening. Paul and his friends went racing at Lingfield Park racecourse at one of their evening meetings.
Yes he did. We both visited and chose the reception venue, and he even came with me to all the wedding fairs. He also did all the printing of our invitations, order of server, place names etc that we made ourselves.
Yes I used it a lot to get ideas on what type of invitation to have, and it also helped with ideas for attendants gifts.
Yes, but I didn’t really update it with much detail to be honest.
Yes we bought all the cards for our invitations, order of service, favour boxes, disposable cameras mainly online but we did visit the Tottenham Court Road store to get the sweets to fill the favour boxes.
My dress was by Amanda Wyatt. It was an ivory, strapless organza gown with crystal beading on the bust and back. I also had a small jacket made from the same organza material of the dress. I bought it from a small shop in Reigate called The Bridal Room
Yes I had 2 adult bridesmaids, my sister and my cousin who both wore orange strapless dresses made from material by Amanda Wyatt. I had 2 flower girls who wore ivory dresses with organza skirts and orange sashes, and 1 page boy who wore the same suit as the rest of the male wedding party.
Paul chose an old school friend, Phil, as his best man. Even though Phil has lived in Bermuda for almost 20 years, they have remained close friends. His ushers were his 2 sisters’ husband and partner. They all wore dark brown suits with ‘Edward’ jackets, ivory waistcoats and scrunchy orange ties which were hired from Dickies in Horsham.
We had a religious ceremony
St Mary’s Church, Caterham on the Hill, Surrey
Coulsdon Manor Hotel & Golf Club, Old Coulsdon, Surrey
Yes we had a beautiful old 1951 black Rolls Royce.
We had 78 guests to the day, and a further 30-40 to the evening reception.
It was quite a traditional style, with orange as the accent colour used throughout.
We had orange rose petals scattered on the tables, the flowers were mainly orange and peach colours.
We gave our guests favour boxes filled with sweets and they had orange personalised ribbon tied around them with our names and the date of the wedding on.
My bouquet was a shower bouquet with orange gerberas, peach roses, ivy and other foliage. The bridesmaids and flower girls all had ivory rose posies with beargrass loops. The guest table decorations were distressed white wooden birdcages filled with green foliage and orange and peach flowers.
The hotel did all the catering. We had Smoked Salmon & Scrambled Egg Tartlet to start, Slow cooked confit should of Lamb with potato cake for the main course, and Strawberry cheesecake with a mixed berry compot for dessert.
Our wedding cake was a four tier fruit cake from Marks and Spencers. Our florist put flowers on each tier, and it looked much more expensive than it was!
Yes we hired a ‘Rat Pack’ singer who sang during the arrival drinks reception and again during the wedding breakfast, and he went ‘down a storm’!
Yes we had a list at John Lewis
We spent our first night at the hotel where we had our reception so that we could meet up with everyone the following morning for breakfast. We booked our honeymoon independently which was a 3 centre holiday visiting San Francisco, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
Definitely the church service – especially the vows. Also listening to 2 of our close friends read lovely readings.
The flowergirl dresses were HUGE when they arrived, and had to be reordered and they arrived on the Wednesday before. The smallest dress was still too long, so my mum had to alter it to fit. It looked perfect on the day, but I could have done without the ‘stress’ to be honest!
I don’t think so – the day went like clockwork in the end. I would definitely recommend that you take the time to stand back and watch everything going on during the day. I am also so glad that we booked a professional videographer to capture all the moments that when you look back you have either forgotten, or didn’t see at the time.