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I thee wed – Jemma & Joff


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I thee wed – Jemma & Joff

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Firstly, where and when did you get married?

East Lodge Country House on Saturday 21st July 2012



What made you decide on your venue?

From a little girl I always wanted an outdoor wedding, dreaming of flowers, sunshine, a beautiful back drop and spending it with the people that matter, family and friends. This was the most important thing to me. Needless to say that was exactly what I got, the sunshine was out, the flowers and backdrop were beautiful and I got to spend it with the most important people in my life… one lucky lady!


Believe it or not East Lodge was the first and only venue I looked at. I didn’t need to see anywhere else, it was just what I was looking for… my dream wedding. I took the DVD home to show my family and felt myself welling up while I watched it. I just knew that was the place where I was meant to get married. In my head I had already got married there, imaging what everything would look like. We got the venue all weekend which meant the Friday was also a great day and the wedding felt longer. I got to spend the entire weekend with wonderful family and friends!




What was it like choosing your dress and had you always had your
heart set on that style?

I had no idea what style, colour or type of dress I wanted. I went to different bridal shops and tried on many different styles and liked a lot of them. But obviously the dress you wear for that special day you need to LOVE. Then I found it, a vintage gold lace dress by Charlotte Balbier. I was with my maid of honour at the time and her face said it all! Not only did I love the dress but I felt amazing wearing it. I chose a birdcage veil which made the dress very 40s which I loved so I decided on the bold red lips and dark eye makeup.
I found the most gorgeous vintage shoes which were lace with pearl detail, but what definitely sold them to me was the date of our wedding printed on the sole.



Talk us through the theme and decor of the wedding

When I chose the venue I imagined ‘Vintage Garden Party’ but then my dress was more ‘40s Glamour,’ so I went with a little bit of both. My bridesmaid dresses were Audrey Hepburn style and a mint green to go with the outdoors. My wonderful husband chose the suits which were grey with cream accessories and brown shoes. With help from Kerry at Tineke Floral Designs I had peonies and hydrangeas. My bouquet was very simple but elegant and looked beautiful. The tables were decorated with vintage birdcages and candles. On the top table there were candelabras and little vintage jars with individual peonies and candles. I made my own place settings using old buttons, I bought jars and filled them with vintage sweets and I used hessian, wooden and wicker hearts to make my table plan.


My cake was white with a lace and pearl trim to fit with my dress and decorated with a few white peonies and hydrangeas.



Anything quirky and creative we should know about your wedding?

I actually plucked up the courage to do a speech at the wedding. I always knew what I wanted to say but to make sure I wrote it the night before. No one knew I was going to do a speech so as they were coming to an end I stood up. Let’s just say they started with laughter and ended with a fair few tears. It was a heart wrenching speech to those that couldn’t be with us and a thank you to everyone that was. I was very proud of myself and if nothing else it was a memorable moment.



The team behind the wedding
VenueEast Lodge Country House
Flowers Tineke Floral Designs
The DressCharlotte Balbier

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