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 August 1997, in a pub in our home town. We clicked instantly but it took us a month before we got together.
I am 27 (I was 26 when we married) and Paul is 29.
He proposed in July 2003, in my parents’ front room. He had already asked their permission, but waited until they had left the room before he actually did it!
I went to Brighton for a weekend, with 6 friends and also went to a Greek Restaurant with the mums and some family. Paul went to Nottingham with about 20 friends and also arranged a golf match for our dads and their friends who all play golf.
He was allowed a little say in what he wore. He chose the table names (football grounds) and did the play list for the DJ.
I loved the To Do lists! And the forums were WAY too addictive! Even now, I am known to lurk about and try my best to give advice to those still planning!
We bought ribbon, a guest book and some cufflinks. We bought them online and the delivery time was superb.
I loved my dress! It was the complete opposite of what I thought I would have picked. I bought it from Creations by Gail in Letchworth, Herts and she was a star. It was an ivory silk dupion princess line dress with beads and gold embroidery on the bodice and down the back. It had quite a long train, although not unmanageable. I had a waist-length veil and a tiara.
I had 4 adult bridesmaids: Anna (Paul’s sister), Jodie (my cousin), Sarah, (My Matron of Honour) and Naomi (my Chief Bridesmaid) and they wore gold Samantha Jane bodices and skirts. They were quite tight fitting, strapless with a split on the skirt to the knee. My 3 little bridesmaids wore ivory and gold dresses from Debenhams
Paul chose his best friend Stuart as best man. He had my brother Steven and two friends that he used to live with, Will and Garry as ushers. Will and Garry did the best man’s speech and were hilarious with props and everything!
A religious ceremony in my childhood church. I had done readings there at Christmas as a child.
All Saints Church, in Melbourn., in Melbourn.
Bluntswood Hall, Throcking, near Buntingford.
We used the car of a friend, a Ford Pilot and a stretch limo for all of the bridesmaids!
We had about 120 people to the church and meal and then about another 100 in the evening.
Our colour scheme was gold, burgundy and ivory. We tried to keep using hearts as these featured on our invites.
We had place names, menus and table names to match the invitations. We did goody bags for the kids and these were big burgundy and gold gift bags. We had low circular flower arrangements of burgundy gerberas (actually made up of plate splatter covers!)
ladies had little key rings and the men had bags of chocolate footballs.
I had deep burgundy grand prix roses in a posy and the bridesmaids had cream roses in a posy. The little bridesmaids had balls of red and cream roses on ribbon.
We had ‘homemade’ vegetable soup, roast lamb with roast and new potatoes, vegetables and mint and redcurrant sauce and then a dessert table featuring profiteroles, lemon cheesecake, raspberry pavlova and fruit salad. Our venue provided the catering.
We had a three-tier cake: one fruit, one chocolate and one lemon; it featured burgundy hearts and roses made of icing and had personalised people on the top. The groom was wearing a Man Utd. shirt and the bride’s dress was an exact replica of mine. The cake got lots of comments. It was made by a friend of a friend.
We had a guitar and flute duo playing as we arrived at our reception venue and throughout the meal. In the evening we had a fire juggler that my mum had arranged as a surprise to everyone (including my Dad!)
We had a gift list with Debenhams and they were superb.
We spent our first night in a local hotel and went to Tenerife for a week. My Aunt has timeshare and so we used a week for our wedding present from her.
Walking down the aisle, Paul was crying as I got to the top and that was a moment that I will never forget!
My car overheated on the way to the church and I was about 15 minutes late. Of course, my bridesmaids and my mum had already left so didn’t realise anything was wrong. They thought I may have changed my mind!
Enjoy every second, from the proposal, through all of the planning and savour the day as it goes so fast. I bought a new perfume just for the day and now every time I wear it, I am reminded of my fantastic wedding day.