Gemma, the bride, is the wedding co-ordinator at the Hundred House Hotel, the amazing midlands boho wedding venue where this wedding took place. So to say it was well-organised is a complete understatement, and I will admit, I did have high expectations of how the day was going to be. I think it’s safe to say that Gemma & Matt’s day absolutely blew the roof off those expectations, they absolutely nailed it, their day was absolutely amazing, for them AND their guests – Gemma really did know what she was doing!!
Seeing their two flower girls being pulled down the aisle in a little wagon by one of the bridesmaids was off-the-scale cute, and witnessing Gemma’s and Matt’s reaction to seeing each other was just a joy. Plenty of emotion from them, their bridesmaids, their family; I know it’s a cliche but there really was SO much love in the room, with the staff equally invested in making sure their close friend had the wedding ceremony of her dreams (“Today, Gemma, it’s all about you”) Gemma & Matt had personalised their vows and they were absolutely brilliant, really romantic with a large dose of reality (“I promise to be grateful when you do what I’ve asked the second time, rather than the eighth”!) was just confirmation of how perfect these two are for each other.
After being announced as Mr & Mrs, Gemma, Matt and their gorgeous daughter were showered with confetti outside the barn and then it was time for a drinks reception and photos while the amazing team transformed the room from a ceremony set up, to the amazing detailed wedding breakfast set up (seriously check out the detail shots for amazing wedding inspiration!) But this was no ordinary drinks reception – Gemma & Matt had really gone all out for their guests, putting on a full on country fair for them to enjoy in the sunshine around the grounds of the Hundred House. Hook-a-duck, splat-the-rat, hoopla, pineapple shay, mini golf, ‘test your strength’ hammer, buzz wire to name just a few of the activities the guests could have a go at, as well as helping themselves at the drinks and popcorn bar!! If that wasn’t enough, they also had a Bucking Bronco (or Bucking Ram if we are being technical!) and honestly I could have filled the whole wedding gallery with images just from that – absolutely brilliant for funny faces and embarrassing poses!! And if THAT wasn’t enough, the newlyweds had also devised a whole sports day run of events, with races including egg & spoon, bouncy hoppers and sack racing – again, LOADS of photo opportunities here…think the race with Gemma & Matt in sacks is one of my favourites – kudos to Gemma for managing to fit her wedding dress into the sack, and luckily, no-one was too badly hurt at the rather competitive end to the race where Matt was shoved over, (to Gemma’s amusement!)
Leaving their guests to enjoy the games, and to head in for the wedding breakfast, Matt & Gemma had some much needed alone time in the beautiful gardens at the Hundred House. Here we were able to capture some gorgeous couple shots, and the midlands boho wedding venue really came into its own. Gemma, with her gorgeous hair loosely plaited with a flower crown, looked like a forest fairy in and amongst the trees of the enchanted garden and I absolutely love the photos we took there. These portraits are always a real opportunity for the couple to take stock of what has happened so far and share stories about their morning too. Gemma & Matt are both so photogenic (as were her Ted Bakers…her “other love”!) and we had lots of fun creating shots capturing memories.
It was then time to head back to the barn to see it literally transformed into the most beautiful boho-chic wedding breakfast you could imagine. Literally nothing had been left to chance and everywhere I looked there were beautiful details! Gemma & Matt had their own sweetheart table (quickly gate-crashed by their gorgeous daughter!) which was a lovely focal point of the venue, and from there, the speeches were made. Gemma’s dad, Matt, Matt’s brother, and Gemma’s stepdad all made emotional and humorous speeches; it really was such a privilege to hear them all.
With the weather being just amazing, after the meal everyone went outside to enjoy the rest of the evening while the wedding party headed to the fields for some awesome shots. There was just so much laughter, it was so much fun just to capture the group of friends and family having the best time. With some additional couple shots taken in the dwindling light, Matt & Gemma then headed back to cut their cake, have their first dance and also, importantly, announce the winner of their ‘Great Wedding Bake Off’ competition – guests had entered their own cakes and voted anonymously for the winner…I think it’s safe to say Gemma’s stepdad was rather pleased with his trophy!!
Gemma & Matt and their guests then partied the night away to the live band. Before I left, I was able to capture Gemma in her wedding dress, running through a field flying a kite, as well as some gorgeous silhouette shots of Mr & Mrs Johnson. Matt & Gemma, your wedding day was absolutely incredible. I was absolutely knackered at the end of it, not from having to work hard but from having so much fun, with you two amazing people, your wonderful family and friends AND the wonderful staff at the Hundred House. You planned one hell of a wedding and it was executed to perfection. If anyone wants their own perfect day, they should look no further than this most amazing midlands boho wedding venue at The Hundred House and their incredibly talented wedding coordinator Gemma. If she can do this for her wedding day, just imagine what she could do for yours! Massive congratulations guys!!!
Venue – Hundred House Hotel
Make up – Colette Bailey
Florist – Ginger Lily
Rings – H Samuels
Dress- Champagne & Roses
Shoes- Ted Baker
Cake – Sweet Cupcakes Cakery
Decor – Ginger Moon
Midlands Boho Wedding Venue Photography – Gareth Newstead Photography