We love sharing our beautiful real brides with you and Today we are so excited to share the beautiful wedding of Gemma who wore bespoke Chanticleer. The wedding took place at her mum’s house, Surrey with stunning photos by Alex Tenters.
Tell us about finding the dress
Finding my dress was one of those ‘meant-to-be’ moments. Brides of Winchester was the first shop I visited and Laura was just fab – encouraging me to try on dresses of every style. I was drawn to a couple of Chanticleer dresses, but they were far too ‘bling’ for me. By chance the designer, Tracy, was having a designer day at at BOW the following day. Laura suggested I came back and had a chat to her about other options. While waiting for Tracy to finish chatting to another bride, I spotted a dress which had not been there before; in fact she had just bought it along for the day. I nabbed my opportunity to try it on… and there was no looking back – that was the one for me! I loved the rich Ivory colour, the low laced back, the buttons and the simple but elegant front. I also loved the way the lace cascaded out from my hips. I loved it every time I tried it on in the shop, and adored wearing it on my wedding day.. and now fondly looking back at it in the photos.
How did you choose your venue
We were incredibly lucky to be able to get married in the garden of the house I grew up in – no other venue could really compare.
How did you choose your photographer
We chose Alex, our photographer after seeing our friends’ wedding snaps – he was the perfect calming influence to have around on the day and has captured our day perfectly giving us photos to treasure for a lifetime.
What flowers did you choose?
My friend’s mum was our florist and we to be honest, not knowing much about flowers, we were guided by her suggestions. We wanted flowers that would be in season in June and create and English country garden look. She suggested an ideal mix, with Memory Lane Roses standing out with the gentle pink edge to the petals and Eucalyptus providing a more relaxed feel, and perfectly tying in the bridesmaids pale green dresses!
Tell us about the cake
I actually made my own wedding cake! I love baking and so felt it was something I could do myself. After hours of making icing roses, and a tense trip carrying the final artefact across the garden on the morning of the wedding with my sister, I was really proud of my hard work to see it sitting in the marquee and to cut it later in the evening.
How did you feel on the big day?
I felt surprisingly relaxed – getting ready at home surrounded by my bridesmaids and mum, seeing the final touches of the marquee coming together out the window. I had done a lot of prep ahead of the day itself, so by that point was ready to just enjoy the day. It suddenly felt real when the church door opened and I saw Ed at the end of the aisle. From that moment I did not stop grinning all day – I was so happy.. even the photographer told me to stop grinning as I looked like the Cheshire cat!!
What was your first dance?
Everywhere by Fleetwood Mac. The band learnt it for us and it was amazing
Band: The Indie Killers – they were absolutely amazing and the dance floor was full all night. We then had a silent disco after this
Top tip(s) for other brides
Plan well, love a spreadsheet. But from the afternoon before the wedding – STOP – by that point what will be, will be. From that point let other people sort any issues so you can enjoy the final run up to your big day and the day itself. Don’t ‘sweat the small stuff’.. no one else will know what was meant to happen, and at the end of the day they are there for you. The most important thing is that you are marrying the person you want to spend the rest of your life with! Following a friend’s advice I was conscious to be mindful throughout the day – pausing several times to just take it all in and treasure the moment – this helped the day to last a little longer, and means I feel I have some wonderful memories stored away!
Highlight of the day
Meeting Ed at the altar. The speeches – I always love the speeches at wedding, and while I am obviously biased I thinks ours were a particularly entertaining collection.. telling some wonderful and hilarious tales!
List of wedding suppliers not mentioned above
Marquee: inside outside
Caterer: Joe Keeley – the nice man ever who cooked the most tasty food in the most relaxed fashion! Nothing was too much hassle!
Thank you so much Gemma for sharing your beautiful wedding 🙂