When Gemma and Ben first got in touch with their plans for a Bali inspired wedding and asked us to be their Rutland wedding photographer, let’s just say we were pretty excited!
Why a Bali inspired day? Well…what do you do if you desperately want to marry on the other side of the world, but can’t bear the prospect of family and friends not being there to celebrate with you? This was Gemma and Ben’s predicament, they both had a deep connection with Bali – Ben even proposed to Gemma there. Needless to say, it ended up being an easy decision, being with their family and friends came first! Bali wasn’t going anywhere and they wanted to enjoy every moment of their wedding day with loved ones. So…unable to take everyone to Bali, Gemma and Ben decided to bring Bali to them with an exotic Bali inspired summer wedding in Rutland! For any Rutland wedding photographer this was going to be a unique day and it’s not necessarily the easiest of fusions to pull off in this country but they certainly succeeded. It was magical!
Their Normanton Church wedding, was breathtaking. The church is partly under the water, sitting within the lake itself on the south shore of Rutland Water. An emotional service was followed by a stunning river cruise on the Rutland Belle, marking the start of the celebrations with sun, music, beer and prosecco! It may not have been Bali but on the top deck of the boat with blue sky and the sun beating down, drinks flowing, it didn’t need to be. They couldn’t have bettered this experience, it was such an intimate party, full of fun and laughter. So them and just perfect!
The day moved on to a marquee reception at Leicestershire’s Launde Abbey wedding venue, a beautiful location nestled in the heart of the Leicestershire countryside. Gemma and Ben continued the Bali feel by incorporating tropical flowers and succulents. They even brought back sand and shells from their favourite Bali beach, where Ben proposed, for the centrepieces. Even a surfboard had been transformed into their table plan. Wonderful!
Oh and Gemma’s ‘Goddess’ Temperley wedding dress has to be mentioned, it was incredible. Embellished with exquisite neck and hair jewellery, Gemma looked amazing and her look was perfectly offset by Ben’s dapper look in a check suit and shades.
There were no compromises here. This day was their day, no need for Bali, they made it their own from beginning to end. In fact, their ethos couldn’t be better summed up than with their own words: “Stay true to yourselves and what you want your day to be, it’s your special day”. Two amazing people who very much danced to their own tune. It was a huge privilege to meet Gemma and Ben and to be their Rutland wedding photographer.
Here are a few favourites from their day! If you’d like to see more then take a look at our latest post from Niamh and Alex’s Derbyshire wedding.