Gemma & Rich’s classic, timeless Barton Hall wedding, with Esme Robinson Photography
Happy Friday, lovelies! I hope you’re doing ok, surviving the gloomy weather and looking forward to the weekend. Today we’re sharing a stunning wedding with incredible warm sunlight, sophisticated summer vibes and the most gorgeous couple. Gemma and Rich’s day features Gatsby-esque styling throughout with copper and hexagonal accents. There’s sparkle throughout, from beautiful bride Gemma’s dress to the gorgeous bridesmaids and gold leaf accents on the cake, while the boys look dapper in sharp tuxes… until that last photo of the night, with the unicorn. 😉 It’s all captured beautifully by lovely Esme Robinson Photography.
I know you’ll love this as much as I do. Enjoy!
How did you choose your photographer?
Esmé our photographer was recommended to us by quite a few close friends so we knew we had to choose her!
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
We met with Esmé and immediately we knew she was the photographer for us! Relaxed, humorous and also really professional, she answered every question and also came up with questions for us about the day that we hadn’t even thought about! Esmé listened carefully to the day we were imagining .. relaxed ‘captured’ photographs with a short list of the structured ‘must have’ photos (we weren’t keen on the traditional pictures but there were a few we knew we should get!) and told us how she would like to plan our photography to fit in with our day and wow did she do that.. and more!
People tell you that your wedding day is a stressful day but with Esmé around everything was a breeze! We literally couldn’t have done it without her .. cheesy I know.. but she really cares and is also so kind and passionate about people.
Esmé even helped me with my jewellery in the craziness of the last minute rush of getting ready and STILL captured every moment, crazy and calm, of those last few minutes before the registrar.
Esmé has a calm but authoritive voice to gather those important people for their photographs and even held drinks, got down on the ground multiple times that day to get awesome photos and subtly took us away at sunset to capture the most amazing photos! I could go on and on but the most comments we had at breakfast after our wedding were how amazing Esmé was!
Videographer details if applicable – and any thoughts for other couples about having a wedding video?
We didn’t have a videographer but were lucky friends and family filmed the main parts for us! I would recommend any bride to get a videographer though!
Tell us about your venue – what made this place special for you?
Our Venue was Barton Hall in Seagrave, Kettering. We had actually chosen another venue but we went to a wedding fayre and saw Becky and the Barton Hall orangery on their display and knew this was the venue for us! We booked in a visit there and then and paid our deposit without hesitation.
Did you love wearing your outfits? How was the dress / suit shopping experience?
I loved my wedding dress experience and my sister actually found my dress and we went and tried it on and bought it home with me that day! It was a few sizes too big but I was excited to have it altered exactly for me (I am a size 8-10 and 5ft 9) so I wasn’t expecting an off the peg dress! My husband had a bespoke made to measure tuxedo and he absolutely loved the experience!
Did you hire a florist? Tell us about any floral amazingness
We hired a local florist called Magnolia the florist in Kettering who I had a couple of calls with and sent a few pictures produced the most stunning bouquets and button holes exactly as I imagined and delivered them to the venue.
As cake lovers here at English Wedding we’d LOVE to know who made your cake, and how delicious it was?
Our cake was amazing! It was made by Sugar Blossom Cakes and was three tiers of bliss! Lemon, Victoria sponge and raspberry and white chocolate (we’re not a fan of the traditional fruit cake) I over ordered on the numbers by about 25 servings so that people could have more than one slice and we had a little leftover to have in the days after the wedding which was awesome!!
Tell us about any special personal touches, or creative projects you made yourselves
We actually hired a venue dresser (Sass wedding and Event Styling) and boy was it worth every single penny!!
Emily was amazing, we met at the venue and spoke about how we wanted everything to look and where we might want things, then Emily set up everything for us on the day and we didn’t need to lift a finger, we got to enjoy dinner and drinks the night before at the hotel with guests who were staying, which was perfect!
I still gathered some additional items that I wanted to play a part of our wedding day and Emily laid these out for me, including a gramophone, rose gold lettering for our cake display stand, sweet bar, favours, tables were numbered but also had gorgeous printed quotes, a personalised Instagram frame and a loved ones table with pictures of family including my mum who had passed away and so sadly couldn’t share the day with us, this meant a lot to me to see her face still on my wedding day so I would recommend everyone to do this!
It was wonderful spending the time gathering the pieces then Emily setting them out with her gorgeous flair.
My brother is a designer and designed and printed all of our stationery for us, my husband and I made our own monogram wax stamps to seal our invitations and the monogram theme ran throughout our wedding! It was lovely to hand make the invites together and post them. If time is on your side I would highly recommend adding a personal touch to your invites, we had so many comments on them!
Did you personalise your vows or have any wedding readings? What were they?
We didn’t personalise our vows but we got to choose ones that were most relevant to us, which was lovely!
We had readings and they were so memorable to hear on the day.
One we chose was;
Partners by Patience Strong
The first dance of all when they danced heart to heart
They knew, they both knew, it was only the start
Of something more wonderful than a mere dance
More than a thrill of a passing romance.
They knew without saying that Love, the real thing
had touched them that night with its shimmering wing.
No word had been spoken and yet they both knew
That suddenly all sorts of dreams had come true.
It’s many a year since the night that they met
But that first dance they will never forget
Then a boy and a girl and now husband and wife
Still happy, still dancing and partners for life.
What was your first dance song? Why did you choose it?
We chose a Boyce Avenue version of James Arthur – Say you won’t let go.
We chose this song because the words were really meaningful to us – we chose a Boyce Avenue cover as we used to play their songs over and over when we first started dating so we knew it would be one of their cover songs we would have as our wedding song one day!