Have you ever been so into someone that it made you miss your last train home? That's what happened on Gemma and Rory's first date. The couple met in a bar in Leeds almost six years ago and after hitting it off decided to meet again. “We went to the same bar and had a meal and it went so well that Rory missed his train home and had to stay with friends,” Gemma remembers.
A few years later during a holiday at Lake Como, Rory proposed. “We were collected in a private boat that took us around the lake whilst the sun was setting,” Gemma remembers. After a lovely meal, the bubbly started to flow. “The waiter poured our champagne and I just started drinking without realising there was a ring in mine,” Gemma says. “After Rory pointed it out to me, I finished my drink and he got down on one knee. It was the most romantic evening I'd ever had,” she says.
“I always wanted to get married in the countryside and the outdoor space at How Caple Court suited our fête theme perfectly, plus we had plenty of space for skateboarding!” says Gemma. Here she tells us more about planning their big day...
My dress was simple and elegant. I knew I didn't want a classic big gown and only tried a few on before I found the one.
My country-style bouquet was made up of eucalyptus leaves, peach germini, white and peach roses and greenery. Our bridesmaids carried a simpler version.
I loved the skateboard arch that we walked through when we came back down the aisle, it was really fun and quirky.
Everyone commented on how beautiful the venue was. There were so many options for our special photos.
To add an outdoor chic feel to our décor, we used jugs filled with wild flowers as our centrepieces.
The barn looked just how I'd imagined it on the day, elegant and with a rustic countryside feel.
We didn't want a church wedding so being able to hold our ceremony outside on the terrace was amazing. There were even peacocks roaming around.
We hardly noticed that our photographer was there, which means we've lots of natural pics to look back on.
As well as the traditional option, we also had a novelty cake made for us. Our cat, Willow, took centre stage sat on a skateboard on top [in icing of course]! Our cake stall also went down really well.
Our fête was brilliant and included traditional games like whack the rat, giant Jenga, skittles, a lucky dip and how many sweets in the jar?
Rather than asking guests to sign a book, we used skateboards. We received some lovely messages and they now take pride of place on our wall at home.
I decided to go for a boho-inspired look and wore my hair in soft wavy curls so my lace and flower crown sat perfectly.
Abigail's Bridal Boutique
Sarah Jane's Joy of Flowers
Groom's and groomsmens' suits
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Shepards Ice cream
How Caple Court
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