Gemma and Robin
COUNTRY COTSWOLD STYLE | STEWART PARVIN DRESS | EBONY ROSE BRIDESMAIDS | FRESHWATER PEARLS | SPRINGTIME PALETTE
How did you both meet?
We first met through Rob’s sister when we were 12, but, aside from taking me to the school leaver’s ball when we were 16, we didn’t start dating until 12 years later!
How did the proposal happen?
We went away for three nights over the New Year to Port Eynon, near Swansea, with our puppy Tassu, staying a stone’s throw from the sea. Unfortunately for Rob, he was ill during most of the trip, so Tassu and I enjoyed the beautiful coastal walks while he stayed in bed! On New Year’s Eve, Rob came out with us and got down on one knee! I wasn’t expecting it at all as we had just bought our home together and got a new puppy so I wasn’t expecting a proposal on top of all that!
My ‘Hang on to your love’ gown by Stewart Parvin came from The White Room in Minchinhampton. It featured an Italian lace overlay, a strapless sweetheart neckline and a gorgeous scalloped hem. It was the first time I actually felt like I was in a wedding dress and looked a million dollars. Lesley and Rachel at The White Rooms were just amazing, I didn’t think I’d ever find my dream dress after trying a few disappointing dresses, but they did it!
The White Rooms also supplied my full-length veil and vintage belt, which complemented the lace on my gown and added a subtle sparkle. I added my mother’s diamond bracelet for ‘something borrowed’, wore my nan’s wedding ring and added a pearl and glass bead tiara. My shoes came from Bicester Bridal and were made by Pink.
Rob wore the Peter Posh ‘Burford’ charcoal grey, lightweight tails suit, teamed with a sky blue waistcoat and cravat. He looked completely amazing! We hired all the groomsmen’s outfits from Pakeman Catto & Carter in Cirencester.
Three of my maids wore the ‘Halle’ dress by Ebony Rose in dark powder blue, in keeping with our spring themed wedding. Jane, my fourth bridesmaid, was pregnant at the time but luckily one of my other bridesmaid’s is very talented and was able to make a slightly different dress for her. They all wore pearl hair grips to match my tiara, sourced from Posy and Pearl, Cirencester.
Our religious ceremony took place at the church where I grew up which meant a lot to me. My dad walked me down the aisle, despite usually needing crutches or a wheelchair following a motorbike accident 10 years ago. It made us so proud.
What did you have for your wedding breakfast?
To start, we dined on baked mozzarella wrapped in Parma ham with a rocket and sundried tomato salad, followed by corn-fed chicken breast with creamed leeks for the main and a gooseberry fool and lemon meringue pie for dessert!
We had a spring wedding, so opted for a simple country Cotswold style.
My bridesmaid and I made 80 metres of bunting that we hung around the barn and added three large wicker hearts to hang from the balcony. The florist put display flowers into vintage jugs for us and we put tea lights in the nooks in the barn wall. It was such a beautiful venue as it is, we didn’t need to add too much decoration. I loved using the pages of ideas and real weddings in Wedding Ideas for tips and advice.
All our flowers were from Roses in Cirencester – they provided our bouquets, buttonholes and decorative arrangements.
The Cake Chemist made us the best tasting cake I have ever had! It was three tiers with white icing and blue hydrangea flowers flowing down each tier, with cake toppers of Rob, Tassu and I on top. It looked fantastic.
We chose Tiddly Pots from Hotel Chocolat as the favours for our guests.
We hired the Revue Duo band after seeing them play after a pub dinner once – they completely changed the atmosphere that night and were phenomenal at our wedding, too. We also had a DJ and a simulated duck shoot with a Champagne prize, in keeping with our Cotswolds’ country style theme.
Our honeymoon was at The Watergate Bay Hotel in Cornwall, where we relaxed and enjoyed the fantastic facilities, as well as enjoying long walks and dining at some of the best restaurants. While we tucked in at Jamie Oliver’s 15, we were spoiled by the great food and good service and had amazing views of pro surfers practicing for an upcoming event.
If both of you attend the menu tasting, order different dishes so you can taste as much as possible during the one session. It was one of our favourite parts of the wedding planning.
We also booked vintage buses to transport our guests from where they were staying to the church and then back to the reception venue. It really kick-started the festivities and solved the issue of limited parking at the church as fewer people had to drive.
Brides, don’t be afraid to ask for help from your bridesmaids and grooms, don’t leave writing your speech until the night before!
CEREMONY VENUE | All Saints Church, Crudwell Wiltshire RECEPTION VENUE | The Great Tythe Barn, Long Newton, Gloucestershire DRESS | Stewart Parvin at The White Room, Minchinhampton BRIDESMAID DRESSES | Ebony Rose GROOM | Peter Posh and Pakeman Catto & Carter, Cirencester ACCESSORIES | The White Room, Minchinhampton and Bicester Bridal FLOWERS | Roses, Cirencester CAKE | The Cake Chemist FAVOURS | Hotel Chocolat ENTERTAINMENT | Revue Duo PHOTOGRAPHER | Capture Every Moment
VIDEOGRAPHER | Mr and Mrs Productions