Gemma and John’s wedding was a mixture of Italian and Scottish traditions, and it created a truly elegant wedding…
Gemma and John first met on a night out and became close friends and even neighbours when John moved in next door! But not for long, he was relocated to Rome in Italy, and after being together for six amazing months he asked Gemma to go with him, “it was a no brainer, really!” says Gemma. John made a huge plan to whisk Gemma away on her birthday to Sicily where they were going to go to a Michelin star restaurant followed by a midnight walk on the beach… But he just couldn’t hold it in any longer and ending up popping the question at the couple’s local beach in Rome where he’d laid out a blanket and candles – he even managed to surprise her with it!
Gemma wanted her mum, maid of honour and mother in law to be there when she looked for her dress but with one in Devon, another in Lancashire and someone else in Casablanca, they decided London was best!
Gemma picked the beautiful ‘Anita’ gown by Augusta Jones from the London Designer Bridal Shop – covered in lace with tiny sparkles all over it with delicate lace cap sleeves and a peep hole back, it was truly stunning and as soon as this fussy bride tried it on she knew it was ‘the one’. She accessorised with a veil from the same London store, Badgley Mischka shoes and simple jewellery from family, including diamond stud earrings bought with her inheritance money from her nan who had passed away earlier that year. She also honoured her further by wearing her wedding ring inside the dress…
Because John is from Glasgow he wore a kilt in his clan’s tartan, ‘Bruce’ personally made by Geoffery Kilts in Edinburgh – including all the accessories! Her five pretty bridesmaids wore silver sparkly dresses all bought from Lipsy, matching the sparkle in Gemma’s dress perfectly. Because the couple got married in Rome they had a civil ceremony with an official translator so English guests could understand! Her dad walked her down the aisle and Gemma loved having those private few minutes with him after the bridesmaids had left; he said some lovely words that she will treasure forever. She surprised her husband by hiring the City of Rome Bagpipe Group to play her entrance music, “it was absolutely wonderful and went better than expected,” says Gemma. Italian weddings are big on food, so after the ceremony guests enjoyed delicious canapés, then a sit down meal and free flowing red wine that accented it all so well.
With a theme of simple elegance, Gemma and John had their big day at a huge white villa set in lush Italian hills – this is the place that made them decide on everything, from the dress to the food! In Italy the caterers provide all the décor, so Gemma worked really hard with them to get the white and silver look that she wanted right. The ‘real touch’ flowers were actually fake and made by a company called Song From The Garden on Etsy, which made them easier to transport in suitcases, too. This glamorous couple opted for a traditional Italian cake called Millefoglie, with layers of puff pastry and cream with fresh berries to decorate. It looked amazing and was topped off with a silver cake topper saying ‘always and forever’. Gemma and John had their first dance to Jason Mraz’s I Won’t Give Up. John had actually kept this as a secret from his bride – he’d always sent her songs throughout their relationship and so it was a lovely surprise on the day.
Ceremony: Casina di Poggio della Rotta, Italy
Dress: ‘Anita’ by Augusta Jones from The London Designer Bridal Shop
Shoes: Badgley Mishka
Groom: Kilt from Geoffrey Kilts, Edinburgh
Bridesmaids: Dresses from Lipsy
Honeymoon: Cancun, Mexico for a few weeks of cocktails, jet skies, wind surfing!
Photographers: Daniele from Jay-Studio