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It’s always refreshing when couples throw the rule book out of the window when it comes to planning a wedding. A wedding can be whatever you want it to be. Make it your own. Like Gemma & Olly did…

 

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They were married at Holy Trinity Church in Sutton Coldfield before jumping in their VW camper and heading to The Waterfront at the Water Ski Centre near Tamworth. The venue suited them perfectly and they made it their own with amazing attention to detail.

 

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Gemma wore a dress by the lovely people at The Couture Company. And Olly looked super-cool in his salmon (not pink!) suit.
This was less about a legal document and more about a party and a celebration. As it should be…

 

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We asked Gemma to tell us the story of how she met Olly and how she planned such a unique wedding….

 

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“I first met my groom to be in Sutton Coldfield in our local pub five years ago. He proposed to me on my 30th birthday as I blew out the candles on my cake, in front of all my family and closest friends – it took nerves of steel! From the very beginning of planning our wedding we knew we wanted a traditional church service and we were married at Holy Trinity Church in Sutton Coldfield. This was followed by a far from traditional festival themed reception with guests camping overnight – if they were brave enough!

 

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I found my dress very early on, I had decided I wanted a dress I could be comfortable in all day so decided on a short 50’s inspired dress. On my first day wedding dress shopping accompanied by my Mum and Mother in law to be – we found it. My beautiful dress was made by the Couture Company based in the Custard Factory, Birmingham. It was only the second dress I had tried on but I knew it perfect and I had found ‘the one’. We also found our perfect photographer here at the Custard Factory too – Steve Gerrard Photography. Steve had photographed a school friend’s wedding and his creative eye was just what we were looking for in our wedding photographer. After meeting Steve, I knew he was the man for us and I could not recommend his photography skills highly enough, we were over the moon with the finished result.

 

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As we didn’t want anything too fussy, English country garden flowers were chosen for me and my nine bridesmaids bouquets! Yellow and pink roses, sunflowers, fresias and thistles were all included.
We are both very close to our family and friends and wanted them to be a part of the whole day – guests were asked to attend all day and all night! We tried to incorporate lots of reminders of them into our wedding, past family wedding photos were displayed proudly above our head table.

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Lots of handmade projects formed a big part of our day. My Mum handmade all the bunting and table runners. The table flowers were picked the day before the wedding from the fields surrounding our beautiful venue – The Waterfront near Tamworth. The vases were jam jars decorated with lace and ribbon, which the bridesmaids spent hours decorating and friends and family spent months collecting.

Our beautiful wedding invitations were designed and made by the grooms creative cousin Emma Kilvington from The Branding Experts, they perfectly represented the look and feel we wanted for our big day.

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The wedding cake was a Victoria sponge and was baked by the groom it was topped with custom wooden pegs, painted to look just like us by the very talented Kate at Love on Top. The wedding cake was complimented by a cake made completely of cheese from a local deli in Sutton Coldfield – The Cherry Blossom Bakehouse, perfect for those who did not have a sweet tooth. Table place names were origami paper heart made by myself and the groom and the favours were personalised guitar plectrums made by my super talented friend Abigail from AbiLu Creations which tied in with our festival theme.

 

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The venue was decorated by my family and friends the day before the wedding and we were very proud of what we achieved. The wedding car was a vintage VW Camper van and instead of the traditional sit down meal we opted for a more relaxed BBQ and ice cream van – which was a massive hit with all the guests. Three different bands played at our wedding, providing live music throughout the day and into the night. The guests retired to our own personal camping field and most returned for a full English breakfast the morning after! All in all our day was perfect and was exactly how we wanted it – celebrating our special day with loved ones and friends with a massive party.”

 

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Big thanks to Gemma for sharing her story and to Birmingham wedding photographer Steve Gerrard for the photos.

 

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