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I Thee Wed – Gemma & Chris


Issue 47: When Time Stood Still

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I Thee Wed – Gemma & Chris

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Today we bring you the English country garden wedding of Gemma & Chris.  Set at Whatton House, the tipi’s sit against the back drop of the elegant gardens.  We love the hanging hops amongst the brightly coloured pom poms and the vintage china and croquet complement the English country garden theme.

We now hand you over to Gemma to tell you her wedding story:
“We chose to have our reception at the stunning and unique Whatton House and Gardens. We dreamed of having Tipi’s and an English country garden wedding, and when we visited Whatton and saw how beautiful the gardens were we knew we’d found the perfect place. We loved that the gardens had some quirky nooks and crannies with loads of personality that showed additions by the owners through the generations, as well as elegant formal gardens. The wedding ceremony itself was at the local church of All Saints in Long Whatton. We fell in love with the church, it had loads of unique characteristics and was in the perfect village setting.




For my dress, I was determined to find something timeless, I didn’t want to look back and feel that my dress was stuck in time. So with that in mind I went for a simple lace and tulle dress. I was determined to try on a lot of dresses and really mull the decision over, as I didn’t want to rush in to anything, so with that in mind I bought a dress within half an hour in the first shop that I went to! They say when you find the right one you know, and when I tried on my dress I couldn’t see the point in looking at any others.




I’d never been the type of girl to plan her dream wedding, so after getting engaged it was pretty daunting to try and narrow down what we wanted. Our main priority was to make the look and feel of the day inviting and welcoming, we felt that the tipi’s offered a really relaxed atmosphere and looked stunning, and once we’d settled on this the whole style evolved from there.

Once we’d decided on the tipi’s and found the venue, we wanted to do a lot of the finishing touches ourselves and try to inject our own personality. For our table decorations we collected all of our families old china and asked our florist to use bight seasonal flowers in the cups and teapots, this was really meaningful for us as many of the pieces had come from grandparents who were no longer with us, so it was lovely to have a reminder of them on the day.

We chose to decorate the dining side with hops, which looked beautiful and added a really rustic feel, and in the dance floor area we chose bright paper pom poms to give a party feel.




Our suppliers were absolutely fantastic! We couldn’t find a fault with a single one. Our florist “Flowers by Rebecca” was fantastic and had the most amazing ideas, we hired a beautiful VW camper called Snowy from Beetle days and our Penguin books stationary was from Feel Good Invites. Amanda from Whatton House couldn’t have been more helpful and welcoming, and our caterer Maverick venues not only provided the most beautiful food, but helped to run the entire day so smoothly.


We had the Joe Strange band play the evening who got everyone dancing and Becky Ryan our photographer captured the most beautiful and amazing memories of our day. Peak tipi’s who provided the tipi’s were fantastic and bought festoon lighting especially for us, which looked absolutely fab when the sun went down.


My sister made our cake and although we bought our pom poms from eBay and our hops from the Hop Shop in Kent, we did all the decorating ourselves and added a lot of our own styling, which allowed us to add some personal touches. On our guest table we had a vintage typewriter which guests could use to type a message and an instant camera which guests used to take pictures of themselves and peg on to a line. On top of this our friend loaned us their croquet set, which was perfect in the glorious July sunshine. All of these were quite inexpensive and added a lot of character to the day.




Everything happens for a reason! Early on in our planning one venue gave away our wedding date and it seemed like we would not have time to get everything on track for a Summer 2014 wedding. However, we stumbled upon Whatton House and the venue could not have been more perfect, after that, everything fell into place and we were able to plan our perfect day in 10 months”.


Thank you to Gemma and Chris for sharing their beautiful wedding day with us.

Images courtesy of Becky Ryan Photography.

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