This week’s Behind the Bride is with Gemma, who write’s Mummy’s Waisted.
Hi Gemma, first of all, congratulations on your marriage! When was the big day?
10th October 2009, I had to wait until after the Ashes had finished that year!
Tell me a bit about yourself and your partner. When and where did you first meet?
I was 14 and he was 15! He was best friends with my boyfriend at the time, so we became close friends, I broke up with the boyfriend and then a couple of months later we got together (or as much as you do when you’re teenagers!).
That was April 1998. 20 years and two children later, we’re still together.
How did they propose? Or was it you who popped the question?
My husband popped the question when we went for a break to Paris (July 2008). He had to smuggle the ring through the X ray machine in his pocket (so that I wouldn’t find it in the bag).
He was going to propose at the top of the Sacre Coeur, but it was full of drunks! So he waited until we were at a nice riverside restaurant on our last night and asked me then.
Tell me a bit about your big day. Where did you tie the knot? Did you have a theme or a colour scheme?
We got married at the Goodwood Park Hotel which is in the Goodwood Estate in West Sussex. We had the ceremony and reception in the hotel so that guests didn’t have to travel.
Our colour scheme was autumnal, dark oranges and browns with gerberas as the main flowers and the motif on the invites / place cards etc.
What was your favourite memory from your day?
It was lovely and sunny, so all of the guests stayed outside whilst the photos were being taken, it was really nice being able to mingle in the sunshine.
Was there anything that didn’t go to plan? Or that you would perhaps have done differently?
My husband was really worried about doing his speech, and only wrote it the night before, on a scrap piece of paper! I wouldn’t have put so much effort into the favours (personalised pots of local honey and jam), as our guests weren’t really fussed about them and we bought loads home with us!
Do you have any advice for future brides to be?
Have a plan for the cake! We ended up with lots of cake left over, and because we were going on honeymoon we didn’t know what to do with it. It would have been nice to be able to share it out with friends / family or donate it somewhere worthwhile.
Thanks for taking part in the series Gemma.
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