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Gemma and Richard’s Real Wedding by Sansom Photography

Written by    Last updated: March 21, 2014

As soon as we got this week’s real wedding we knew we had something special! From the beginning Gemma and Richard’s wedding delivers a sense of fun, warmth and love. Every loving moment is beautifully captured; and we just can’t get enough of the shabby chic theme and the personal touches they added. Bang on trend for this seasons bride.

Gemma and Richard's Real Wedding

Bride and Groom… Gemma and Richard

Wedding date… Saturday April 27th 2013

We met… At Morrisons, when we both worked there.

The proposal…  Was on the 15th October 2011. It was the perfect surprise. After a romantic night spent at Fountains Abbey lit by floodlight, we went back to our log cabin. Relaxing in the hot tub I said it couldn’t get any more perfect than this. But I was wrong; Richard made his excuse and left the hot tub as I chilled out looking at the stars above. When I opened my eyes Richard was on one knee at the side of the hot tub proposing. My response was “Oh My God, are you being serious?” Then of course said “Yes!”

I knew he was ‘the one’… When he managed to make me laugh even on my darkest day. He is always there for me and I would like to think I am always there for him too.

Length of engagement… 18 months

How did help in your big day? We went to Confetti for inspiration and I loved the magazines for my creative mood boards. We changed our minds on details so many times.

Burlap handle wrapped brooch bouquet

White rose and brooch bouquet

Lilac rose button hole

Bride getting ready

Silver diamond and pearl bridal necklace

My dress was… by Madeline Gardner New York. I tried on so many dresses in so many different styles. I liked them all but they didn’t wow me. Even when I first tried on my dress I wasn’t sure but I walked out of the changing room and my maid of honour cried! My mum wasn’t sure but after a tweak with the feathers, a change of hair style and a magical veil it felt perfect and I knew when I didn’t want to take off the dress, it was the one.

Bridesmaids helping bride in to her dress

Our bridesmaids… Were perfect. I couldn’t have walked down the aisle without my girls! They were stars helping out the day before the wedding especially. Maid of honour, Nicola was amazing, she organised my Amsterdam hen do, helped with the table plan and place settings. Bridesmaid, Jessica created all the bridal parties beautiful hairstyles. Jessica’s sister Florance was our make-up artist on the wedding day and I would highly recommend her. Bridesmaid, Kaye saved the day in the morning by fixing my bridal jewellery. Bridesmaid Leah made everyone cry at the start of the ceremony leading the way for the bridal party and her perfect throwing of the petals.

Bride in her Madeline Gardner New York

Bridesmaid helping the bride with her veil

Black 'Groom' socks

Personalised stop watch for the groom

‘She’s Mine’ sole print

Personalised cufflinks for the groom

Groom getting ready for his big day

Happily ever after card

This article was written by

Sahdia Qayyum
Sahdia Qayyum has over six years experience in the wedding industry as a planner and designer; she has a clear vision of what brides are looking for.
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