Full of the joys of Springs, Real bride Gemma shares with us her beautiful big day in Derbyshire – a sunshine-filled yellow real wedding…
How did Sean propose?
“Sean got down on one knee and proposed while we were on a walk around the lakes at Barton Marina. In the past, I’d thought it was going to happen when he took me to Paris for my 21st birthday, or when we moved into our own home, but it never happened. I’d almost given up and put the thought to the back of my mind, so when he did actually pop the question it was a big surprise!“
What dress did you wear and where did you buy it?
“My dress was ‘Divine’ by Anna Sorrano. I loved the lace heart on the back. When I put it on I felt like a princess! I loved everything about it – there was nothing that I didn’t like, but with it being such a big decision, I still wasn’t one hundred per cent sure. However, when I looked at Mum and saw her welling up, I knew it was the one. I bought it in Hinckley.“
And the accessories?
“I wore a veil because I wanted to look and feel like a traditional bride. I chose a short veil over a long one because (and this may make me sound weird) I felt it made me look slimmer! I also had a flower crown made of real gypsophila and wore blue earrings for my ‘something blue’. My shoes were Golly Gosh by Red or Dead. I fell in love with them straight away, but believe me, they hurt so much! It took me months to wear them in, but it was so worth it in the end. I lasted until about an hour after the first dance before I decided to take them off and switch over to a pair of trainers.“
What did the groom wear?
“Sean wore a blue three-piece, slim-fit suit from Next, with a yellow knitted bow tie and brown brogues. He also wore gypsophila and a yellow rose in his buttonhole that matched my bouquet. “
How did you feel when you saw him up the aisle?
“Everyone, including myself, was really surprised at how calm I was on the morning of the wedding. It wasn’t until the brass band began to play and I had to start the long walk down the aisle that my heart started to pound. Before the big day, I’d wondered if I might end up crying at this point in the ceremony, but it was almost the opposite – I just couldn’t stop smiling! After all the planning and hard work we’d put in, I was so excited to actually get married.“
Who were your bridesmaids and what dresses did they wear?
“I had two bridesmaids – my cousins, Megan and Katie. I had decided I wanted yellow dresses, which turned out to be tricky, because not many places seemed to do the dresses I wanted in this colour. When I bought my wedding dress I saw exactly what I wanted in their bridesmaid section, but when I came to order them they no longer stocked them, which left me feeling glum. However, my mum managed to find some dresses that were extremely similar online. I wasn’t sure at first, but Mum ordered them anyway. When they arrived I had to admit they were really nice. Megan and Katie both looked great wearing them!“
What was your theme and how did you create it?
“I wouldn’t say we had a set theme, but I would describe it as vintage, rustic and British. We put up bunting, and flowers were placed out in hessian and lace jam jars. We had photographs of our parents’ and grandparents’ wedding days hung up on fairy lights, while the wedding cake and cupcakes were displayed on a wooden table with logs. The aisle was decorated with rose petals, candles and flowers, all in milk churns. I arrived in a Volkswagen camper van, and as I mentioned earlier, walked down the aisle to a brass band! Later, we had afternoon tea for our wedding breakfast. Very British, indeed!”
What’s your saving tip?
“Get creative! There are certain things it’s worth paying people to do, but there are other things that you can do yourself, if you’re willing to get arty. We designed our table plan and even made our own personalised guest book.”
What was the highlight of your day?
“It was all so wonderful! My highlight was probably straight after the ceremony. We’d just become husband and wife and we were having our canapés and Bucks Fizz in the sun, chatting to everyone. The brass band was in the background and it was perfect – exactly how I’d pictured my wedding day.”
Date: 5th May 2017
Venue: Donington Park Farmhouse Hotel, Derbyshire parkfarmhouse.co.uk
Photographer: Gareth Newstead Photography garethnewsteadphotography.com
Gemma’s dress: Anna Sorrano annasorrano.com
Sean’s attire: Next
Accessories: Red or Dead redordead.com