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 on a drunken Christmas Eve in 1999. It took Andy two months to ask me out on an official first date, which happened to be on 29th February.
We had a couple of days off last year in August and spent the day down the coast at West Witterings. We then came home and went to the restaurant where we had been for a first date and go every year around that date. Andy started to tell me that we could not go on the way we were anymore. He was leading me to believe that he was going to finish the relationship and then explained that what he was trying to say was that he didn’t want to be boyfriend and girlfriend anymore and thought we should be fiancee & fiance. He got on one knee and gave me the ring.
I spent a drunken weekend in Bournemouth doing the traditional hen party night with a caberet, a pamper session and a party restaraunt. With 13 girls together it was a very memorable and funny weekend. Andy went to Newcastle for his stag weekend with 15 other guys and appararently had fun, with lots of beer!
We discussed everything together, but a majority of it as done by me.
I did, and there was some good advise and tools on there.
It was a one piece that looked like a two piece. It had beige and gold embroidery and diamante around the neckline, waistline and train. I had a gold and burgundy tiara.
I had two adult bridesmaids -my sister and a friend. My five-year-old neice was a flowergirl and my seven and four-year-old nephews were ushers. My 18-month-old neice and Andy’s 20-month-old nephew were dressed in matching outfits.
Andy’s twin brother was his best man, and his older brother and a close friend were ushers. They wore gold waistcoats and cravats with grey pinstripe trousers and a black tails. Andy had the same suit, but a burgundy and gold waistcoat and burgundy cravat.
We had a religious ceremony.
Holy Trinity Church in Bracknell.
Coppid Beech Hotel in Bracknell.
We had a Daimler Limosine, which was fantastic.
We had 78 to the day and then an additional 90 to the evening.
Gold and burgundy.
Yes, sweets in gold pouches for the ladies, alcohol miniatures for the men and goodie bags for the kids.
I had a teardrop bouquet with ivory ang burgindy roses with gold netting. The bridesmaids had fans with ivory roses, and my flowergirl had a basket of ivory roses.
The venue did the catering. We had melon to start, followed by chicken in a peppercorn sauce, and tiramisu for pudding.
We had a Marks and Spencers cake, with matching flowers and ribbon and an ornament on the top.
We had a disco in the evening.
We spent our first night at the Coppid Beech Hotel and then flew off on the Sunday to Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong.
Walking down the aisle and seeing Andy all dressed up and looking extremly handsome.
I wouldn’t have rushed to get everything done the minute we got engaged, and would have saved some things to organise closer to the time. In the last three months, I didn’t have a great deal to do and time seemed to drag. Choose bridemaids and their outfits as late as possible, unless you’re having just family. Do what you want to do and don’t worry about what other people will think – it’s your special day and if they care about you, they will go with what you want. When choosing the supplier, choose carefully and go on recommendations.