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: October 9, 2006
We were childhood sweethearts when we was 13 years old. But we moved away and lost touch but as fate would have it, we found each other 4 years ago and bought a house together. Now we are so in love.
He simply asked if I’d be his wife one day because he had waited so long to find me again. It must be fate. He was my first love.
Seven of us ladies got a minibus to Jailhouse Rock in Hornchurch. Fabulous night. Would definitely recommend it for hen nights.
He put my mind at rest that I was doing the right thing at 11 o’clock on the morning of our wedding day. He sent a red rose and pink champagne and a poem which made me cry. How romantic! That was all the planning on his behalf it needed.
Yes. I looked through their brilliant catalogues for help.
I found my dress on the Internet and got it made especially for me at Peaches in Harlow. I like to be different and I’d never seen a bride in sapphire blue and ivory so that’s what I chose. I’ve had so many people say how unusual it is. It made me feel like a princess.
Yes, three beautiful bridesmaids in ivory and blue.
The best man, Anthony, is very close to Paul and the work together. He was brilliant right there through the tears and happiness. He did us proud. Never seen a best man get so involved! couldn’t thank him enough. Luckily my groom and his best man wore light blue so it didn’t clash. How great was that?
Anvil Hall, Gretna Green. One of the most romantic places I’ve ever been. It was beautiful. Words can’t describe how amazing it was. The registrar made me feel at ease and how unusual it was. The pics on the website don’t do it justice at all. Its candlelit and just so unusual.
Gables Hotel, Gretna.
Horse and carriage. My gorgeous horse was named duke and he tried to eat my bouquet.
12 of us all went in a minibus. Bit like a jolly boys’ outing. It was great. Singing and eating our massive picnic we all took. We all were family and friends and it was a really good idea. The same people stayed for the evening with us in the hotel.
We had a meal then did speeches and danced. It was brilliant. No theme just pure love in the room.
I gave the table settings before we arrived at the hotel and they were perfectly laid when we got there.
No. I bought them all souvenirs from Gretna and gave them out instead.
Gretna Flowers made my bouquet fresh that morning. It had the Scottish blue thistle in it to match my dress.
Gables Hotel did all the catering and it was perfect. Chicken nuggets for the kids and roast beef for the rest.
Gretna did my cake. They rang to ask what colour and it was a perfect match for us.
Music played just for us by the bar staff.
No, we asked for money in cards so we could by photo frames and wedding certificate holder and so on.
Gables Hotel. It had everything we needed.
Walking down the aisle to my husband in Anvil Hall. I was behind the piper playing me in and I was in this long, flowing dress which matched the carpet of the church and doing it alone because I didn’t want anyone to give me away. Legs like jelly, biggest lump in my throat and a smile from ear to ear. Then as I got to the one I love so dearly he turned and saied “You look beautiful” with tears in his eyes. I couldn’t speak. It was like a dream.
My mum played up the night before. I don’t know why. We had a row but on the morning of the wedding she had a different head on and luckily it all went fine. We always clash. But she was there when it mattered. I didn’t know who I wanted to give me away so I broke tradition and said I’d like mum to come in the horse and carriage with me instead of dad. But I wanted my dad to witness it so that they both had an important part to play.
I wouldn’t change a single day. I really didn’t know how this wedding was going to be as I’ve never been to Scotland before and I picked everything through the Internet but it all went swimmingly. I would recommend Anvil Hall and Gables in Gretna anytime. Great day, great stay. So many great memories. We grabbed family and friends, hired a minibus, and went for three days it was just long enough. I’ll never forget it. It was the best day of my life.