This lovely Exmoor wedding ticks all the boxes of a perfect day. Real bride Gemma reveals more…
How did Sam propose?
“Sam proposed quite unexpectedly the first day we moved in together. For years we had been long distance, for our whole relationship up until then, so we were both so excited to finally be in one place together. After a long day of moving boxes and driving, we went out for a couple of drinks to celebrate. We walked home in the dark under a full moon and when we got home, he proposed!”
What dress did you wear?
“I wore a dress called Vienna by Casablanca Bridal. It was from a shop called Somerset Bridal in Minehead. The guys there were great and so welcoming. They told me exactly what looked great on me and weren’t afraid to tell me what didn’t suit me. What I love about this shop, too, is that it has samples in larger sizes, so everyone can try on what they have in store.“
And the accessories?
“Given that the dress had such a high neck, my jewellery was subtle. I had pearl earrings, which were borrowed from my auntie, my nana’s St Christopher pendant pinned into my hair and Boden shoes.”
What did Sam wear?
“Sam had a casual but smart look in grey chinos, navy jacket and a bow tie. He wears a suit every day for work so wanted to feel different to normal.”
How did you feel when you saw him up the aisle?
“When I came down to the ceremony the atmosphere was electric. I was buzzing in a way I’d never felt before. I was so excited to see him.”
Who were your bridesmaids and where were their dresses from?
“I was lucky enough to have bridesmaids from different stages of my life. Lucy has been my closest friend since we were in school together. Amalee I’ve known for 13 years since my first degree. Alison and I lived together during my second degree, which was when I first met Sam. They chose their own dresses, I just gave them a colour and length to work to so that they were all comfortable and felt good.”
What was your theme?
“There was no theme as such but I just wanted a relaxed and homemade day. I wanted it to be fun and colourful and reflect us as people as much as possible.
What was the highlight of your day?
“We had a beautiful and very personal humanist ceremony (by the incredible Jo Bromley of Kith and Kin ceremonies) and I absolutely loved that we were able to tell our story as a couple and share the highs and the hilarious parts of it with all of our guests. I also really enjoyed the speeches. Sam nailed his and I loved watching my baby niece clapping along with everyone.”
Date: 10th August 2019
Venue: Nettlecombe Court, Exmoor
Gemma’s dress: Casablanca Bridal