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: March 19, 2007
We are both long haul airline crew and met through friends at work! In March 2002. By December of the same year I had moved to Holland and we bought our home together.
I am 35 and Ed is 32.
It was so romantic to me. On my birthday last year, in bed at breakfast time! Just the two of us and it was so beautiful and emotional! My parents were also staying with us at the time, for a few days and they were elated!
Ed had a stag do with his friends which involved paint-balling and bowling, getting very drunk and playing cards until the early morning hours. I went to London to stay with my best friend. Many of my good friends stayed with her too. She treated me to a treatment at the hair salon and then we got glammed up, drinking champagne! She has arranged a limo to collect all of my friends to go to a trendy Italian Restaurant in the heart of Chelsea, London. We got chatting to some ex Chelsea football players – Zola and a few others too! It was so special with all my pals…following that, the limo took us to a cool club in Kensington where my brother joined us! It was so much fun!
Eddy is amazingly creative and worked on the table plans in a completely unique way, plus the table cards. He made a special surprise DVD about me, for us all to see on our wedding evening. He was involved from the beginning to the end, with everything and really shared my excitement.
Confetti was fantastic and I was constantly going on the website to see what else I could find out to help us with our planning!.
I did order various items from Confetti. I loved the blank cards and confetti to pop inside. The stickers we used on each envelope too for every invite that was sent out.
My dress was from Monsoon and fit me like a glove. It was an empire style dress in cream and with beautiful beading so simple and stylish.
No, I did not have bridesmaids but my sister was my witness.
My husband chose his best friend, Jasper, to take on the role of best man.
We had our civil ceremony in the morning of the Tuesday and the following day we had our Anglican Gazebo Wedding Blessing. It was breathtaking and in the Island of Cyprus.
Our ceremony was held at Zucchinis in Peyia, near Paphos, Cyprus. Out of this world!
Our reception was also held in the same place and just fantastic setting, with flowers everywhere and a view to die for!
I arrived with my father in a white Mercedes and my husband and the guests arrived in an air-conditioned bus.
We had 40 guests.
We chose hot pink and lime green as a particular favourite theme of ours.
On a backdrop of white there was the most amazing burst of colours from the flowers and decorations.
My husband is Dutch and I am British and so we incorporated Dutch and English gifts, including sweets, seeds and for the men – Dutch gin or Tanquerey Gin and for fun we gave them English or Dutch funky hats to wear(football hats. We were married around the few weeks of the World cup!
We used hot pink gerberas and lime green roses and lime green and hot pink orchids mainly.
Zucchinis are amazing and our menu offered our guests three choices for starter, main and sweet.
We chose three layers – chocolate, lemon drizzle and tropical rum.
We chose Greek dancers for an hour which was great fun and our good friend Esther is a professional singer and she sang ‘You’ve got a friend.’
We had no gift list. Most of our guests gave us money to put towards something nice for the future.
Our parents booked us in at The Elysium hotel in Cyprus, in the top suite, with a king sized bed, private bar, jacuzzi and more…it was awesome. Oh, and a vintage bottle of champagne arrived 10 minutes after we arrived into our room! Perfect!
It was all so memorable. Being with the man I love, our daughter Lucie and all my family and close friends in one place, all celebrating our love. It was magical! Oh ,and our sunset photos were stunning too.
Not really, although I could have been more organised with booking my toe nails to be pampered at an earlier date. By the time I called the salon in Paphos, it was a day before and in the end she couldn’t see me so I had to do my toes myself…they looked okay though.
Check, check and double check all your arrangements and just relax and enjoy every single moment as the day passes quickly!