A colourful family real wedding – Jemma and Matt

Ladies and gentlemen, feast your eyes on this colourful, vibrant real wedding. I don’t like to go on too much, so I’ll let these beautiful pictures (shot by Jay Watson of All Seeing Eye), and Jemma (the gorgeous bride) do the talking! Enjoy!

All photos © Jay Watson at All Seeing Eye

“We met at university where we lived in the same halls of residence. Matt appeared at my door one night and asked if I would like to go for dinner. He had a keg of beer in his hand for moral support …… how romantic! Matt proposed in Polzeath (Cornwall) on a summer holiday. We went for a walk along the coast and stopped for a picnic at a place called Pentire Point – a beautiful location with panoramic views. I really didn’t see it coming! I don’t think I actually ever said ‘yes’ I was so excited I spent the next half an hour ringing all my friends and family.”

“I did most of the planning, I’m a little bit of a control freak but that suited Matt down to the ground. Family and friends helped with lots of the preperations so we didn’t put ourselves under too much pressure. My aunt made our yummy wedding cake, Matts Mum and the lcoal villagers helped to decorate the church, Matts sister made the invites, my Mum made bunting and most importantly my bridesmaids kept me calm!”

Jemma had a whole host of favourite details to choose from: “I loved my headpiece. I had tried one on in a bridal shop that I fell in love with but it was nearly £400 so I decided to have a replica made which cost less than half that price. I tried it on a couple of times during the process of it being made so that I could see it’s progress. I won’t lie, I was a little concerned as it didn’t look exactly as I had imagined it. However, the end result was that I preferred it even more than the one I had tried on in the shop! I also really loved the flowers that I had chosen. Not many people would dare to go as bold as we did! We had yellow sunflowers, pink gerberas, orange gerbaras, red berries, celosia and purple lisianthus. They could have been a disaster but they made a real statment that lots of the guests commented on.”

“For favours I made homemade jams and marmalades with Matt’s Mum, which I then deorated with my bridesmaids in mini jars with labels which read ‘9th July 2011, with lots of love Jem and Matt’. It hardly cost anything but had a great effect – they looked pretty on the tables and guests were seen filling up their handbags at the end of the night with any that had been left on tables! I also loved the bunting that my Mum made. Bunting is really expensive to buy or hire so I bought some cheap material in colours to match my flowers – it looked great! We made all the flower arrangements for the church ourselves. We bought the flowers from a wholesaler, so they weren’t too expensive. It was also really fun to do and got friends and family together the day before the wedding.”


- Dress, Bride of Ledbury
– Venue, Lyde Arundel (Karen Watkins)
– Food, Lyde Arundel (Lydia Watkins)
– Flowers, Posies of Hereford
– Suits, Bill Child Formalwear
– Headpiece, Stick and Stitch in Ledbury
– Band, Speaker Box
– Car – Wyvern Wedding Cars
– Make up , Rachel Maclean
– Hair, Sheila Powell
– Jewellery, The Little Things in Life
– Cake, Crrie Winger – Allendale Bakery

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