Afternoon all and welcome to today’s real wedding. The back of Gemma’s dress stole the show for me (sorry Terry!) it looks so gorgeous on her. One of my other favourite things about this wedding is how much personal detailing has been added, Gemma and Terry have truly made the day their own and used the incredible Broughton Hall as the backdrop. I know you will enjoy this one. Dance offs, Game of Throne quotes and Manolo Blahniks. What more could you want?!
photography | Paul Joseph Photography
Joanna Leigh Couture – the best dress designer ever! I fell in love with Anna Campbell dresses but the Gossmer collection was only available in Australia and I liked the idea of taking inspiration from these dresses and fitting it to a fishtail shape. Jo took all of my ideas and created an absolute masterpiece! Better than I could of ever wished for. I’ve had countless messages and comments on THE DRESS! I’ve even had a few strangers approach me to buy the dress.
Shoes – the amazing Manolo Blahniks! <3 them! SATC inspired.
Headpiece – Joanna Leigh Couture. It was the perfect accessory to the epic dress.
Suit – Moss Bros, it was a modern, skinny fit blue suit with a bow tie. Very Terry! It was the perfect colour and fit.
These were a blush mix and match to suit their different personalities. These were from For Her and For Him.
Roses & China – I wanted to have a country style bouquet. Nothing too neat. We had peonies, roses and sweet peas with lots of ribbon.
This was the first place that we looked at. Besides looking at over 12 other venues – we knew this had to be the one. When we viewed the venue, we saw that Broughton is an exceptional house, steeped in history and loved the grandeur of the estate. We knew it would be the perfect fit for our special day and the ideal venue for our close family and friends to stay over for the whole weekend. We loved the spectacular views and the contrast between the formal Stately Home for the reception and the contemporary feel of Utopia, for the evening (when the party really started).
The Little Cake Shop – For the wedding cake we didn’t want anything too fussy. Neither of us are big fruit cake fans so we had a raspberry and white chocolate sponge, lemon sponge and ginger sponge! It was delicious.
We also had a Wedding Bake Off! As Gemma has a sweet tooth, loves the GBBO and lots of our friends and our family members love to bake – we decided to run a mini contest. There were prizes for the best bakes and the grandparents were the judges of soggy bottoms.
As I’m from Grimsby and Terry’s from Yorkshire we tried to have a Grimsby and Yorkshire theme with little bits throughout the day. We had Yorkshire crisps and Cleethorpes rock in the guests rooms. We also had canapes which included: Posh Fish and Chips and Mini Yorkshire puddings with beef & horseradish mousse.
The wedding breakfast included:
Grassington House Tasting Slate to share: Goosnargh liver pate, potted ham shank, Pork & chicken spring rolls, seared scallops & Tiger prawns, Olives, humus & naan bread
Roast Best End of Pateley Lamb, Rosemary Infused Baby Vegetables
Raspberry &Almondine Tart, Ripple Ice Cream
In the main house it was all about the gold – gold candelabras, candles pots, photoframes and sparklers! In Utopia it was all about the lights – love lights, festoon lights, and fairy lights. We also had the obligatory bunting!
We made the stationery! I think the thing that took the most effort was the ‘Meet the Guests’ guide. We created one of these for each of the tables. Within it were a few sentences about our most favourite people with a little photo. It told a bit of a story about each of the guests and was used as a talking point for people that hadn’t met.
Having the time together after the wedding ceremony, before the guests arrived back at the house. Celebrating with a glass of champagne and realising that this was the moment we started our new lives together.
For me it was Gemma walking down the aisle, I wasn’t nervous at all until one of my groomsmen said I had to go to the front as Gemma had arrived. I got really nervous and my legs went a bit weak, once the flower girls started walking in I calmed down a bit and seeing all the girls followed by Gemma looking absolutely incredible is a memory that I will cherish for the rest of my life.
Paul and Kel are so grounded, such good fun and completely held things together for us. They are absolute stars. They manage to capture the very best moments of the day (and night!). They are so much more than photographers though. They kept the day together – ensuring we got things done at certain times. Calming and reassuring us. They were brilliant. The photos are unreal. We couldn’t of asked for anything more.
For the day time we had a fabulous pianist – Carolina Garcia-Cox
for the eventing we had the bridal party – and the band, The Warning Tones as well as a DJ. The Warning Tones were absolutely fantastic! They brought the party.
Try not to get too carried away. Try to do as much as you possibly can in the lead up to the big day but give yourself the week before time to relax together and pamper yourselves.