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Gemma and Gordon’s vintage theatre wedding in Kent with Duntons Photography

I almost pinch myself whenever I see Gemma and Gordon’s wedding photos – they’re just so incredibly beautiful. And what an amazing venue – Finchcocks Musical Museum is as cool as it sounds and then some. Gemma told me their theatrical wedding venue had “old style pianos everywhere, amazing walled garden and wild gardens, high ceilings and wooden floors…” and the images show musical ephemera everywhere – just. wow.

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I adore Gemma’s dress, her hair and her pretty bouquet. The images of today’s gorgeous bride in a disused room at the venue are eerily beautiful – you’ll love them.

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There are so many little nooks and crannies around Finchcocks for beautiful photos, and I owe huge thanks to Steven from Duntons Photography for sharing so many of those with us today. Please do look at his website, Kent brides and grooms especially!

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Our wedding report: Gemma + Gordon

Wedding photographer’s website:

Duntons Photography http://www.duntonsphotography.co.uk/

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

YES, very much so!

Wedding venue:

Finchcocks Musical Museum, Goudhurst, Kent

Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?

The most magical day, everything we had dreamt of, with so many happy memories.

What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?

Amazed!! Our photographer had captured so many special moments that we did not even realise occurred.

Your wedding style and theme:

Civil ceremony, with a vintage theme.

Any happy tears on the day?

Yes, the speeches were amazing and my father was emotional when walking me down the aisle.

How did the two of you meet?

At work

How long did you spend planning your wedding?

18 months

Best bit of budget advice?

Be set on putting a little bit of money away each month. Try and get a bargain too! Design stuff yourself where you can.

Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:

A good friend created our invitations. They were very simple, with our colours – natural pinks, green and cream.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

YES! When I first put it on 🙂

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

La Sposa ’Master’ brought from Isabella Grace – Tunbridge Wells

Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:

Diamond sash and diamond/pearl hair grip.

The groom wore:

Light grey suit, ivory shirt, pale pink cravat with matching pocket handkerchief. All from Moss Bros

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

My twin sister wore a long, pale pink maxi dress with sweetheart neckline.

2 x young bridesmaids wore ivory dresses, with beading and bow on back. And flowery/diamond head bands.

Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?

Recommended – Jade Hickman, who is a freelance hair and make up artist did my hair and make-up, and my sister and mum’s make up.

Wedding flowers:

From my husband’s mum’s florist “Belle” in Robertsbridge. I loved them. Ivory hydrangea, pink peonies, ivory roses and gypsophila.

What do you remember most about the wedding ceremony?

Saying our vows and how emotional it was. Realising that all your friends and family are there for you, to share the moment.

Wedding readings?

My husband’s sister and young nephew did a reading. It was light hearted and made everyone laugh.

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

No, it was amazing as it was. Wooden floors, high ceilings, old style pianos everywhere, amazing walled garden and wild gardens

The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?

Traditional, 3 layers, lace iced piping, roses on top. Vanilla, chocolate and Dissaronno sponge flavours. Yum!

Entertainment:

We had a live band in the evening. The owner of Finchcocks did a piano recital for guests after our wedding breakfast.

On the day tips and advice:

Relax and enjoy it! Take a step back and take in everything going on. It all happens so quickly. Remember every moment.

What’s the best thing about being married?

Feeling like part of a team and that no one can come between you. Doing everything together and having that person to speak to about anything. Planning a future together is exciting 🙂

Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:

Photography – Duntons Photography by Steven Dungate www.duntonsphotography.co.uk

Cake – Delicious Occasions (Claire) www.deliciousoccasions.co.uk

Venue – Finchcocks (Tyna Carter – organiser)

Dress – Isabella Grace Bridal Boutique, Tunbridge Wells.

Hair and Make-up – Jade Hickman freelance stylist

Flowers – Belle Flowers, Robertsbridge

Band – Festival Anthems – From www.alivenetwork.com

 

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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