Rutland Wedding // Gemma & Ben

What to 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 day with their 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! Not the easiest of fusions to pull off in this country but they perfectly chose the picturesque county of Rutland and what a magical day it was. 

They married at the breathtaking Normanton Church, which is part underwater sitting within the lake itself. An emotional service was followed by a stunning river cruise, 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 Launde Abbey, a beautiful place nestled in the heart of the 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’ 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 dance to their own tune. It was a huge privilege to meet Gemma and Ben and be part of their day. 


Venues: Normanton church, Rutland and Launde Abbey, Leicestershire

Wedding dress: Alice Temperley, Noble and Wright (veil)

Flowers: The Flower House, Stamford

Make up: Ruth Elizabeth

Music: Children of the Revolution