Gemma and Adam Smith enjoyed a vintage garden party theme for their August wedding

Gemma and Adam met five years ago when they found themselves camping next to each other in Newquay, and it didn’t take long for romance to blossom. Her big, pretty eyes were what attracted Adam straight away, he confesses, while his dark features immediately caught her attention. Two years on, Adam popped the question while on holiday in Cyprus as the couple took an evening stroll along the beach. “Adam chose the ring but he knew I wanted a classic engagement ring. He even got the correct size by matching it to his little finger!” Gemma says.

Gemma admits that she wanted Adam’s proposal to be a private moment between the two of them, with Cyprus being the perfect location, but for their wedding ceremony, they opted for a family affair at St Mary’s Church in Langford. “I grew up in Langford and wanted a traditional wedding so our local village church was the perfect choice!” Gemma explains. It was also important to them both that the location of their reception ticked all the boxes of “accommodation, beautiful grounds for all our photos and a great terrace area for the drinks reception,” which they found at the Aztec Hotel in Bristol. “Lauren, the hotel’s wedding planner, was very helpful the whole way through. Everyone loved the food and we were able to go to a taster evening to help pick our menu,” Gemma adds.

Planning the rest of the day went very smoothly. “We are very similar so agreeing things was easy!” Gemma happily admits, which also included a desire to design and make all their own stationery and favours. The theme for the day was a vintage garden party, which was enhanced with a classic, car from Triggol’s Vintage cars. Gemma’s sister, Katie was maid of honour, her best friend Charlotte was a bridesmaid, her cousins Ruby and Hannah were flower girls and Adam’s nephew, Danté was a page boy. To choose their dresses and accessories, Gemma visited Future Brides in Bristol and was made to feel like royalty by their friendly staff. “I would highly recommend Future Brides. The staff are lovely and my bridal party and I loved the whole experience of picking our dresses.”

With some unexpected sunshine just in time for the ceremony after predictions of all day rain, Gemma and Adam’s wedding was off to a spectacular start and the day was expertly captured by Martin Dabek Photography. Although everything went to plan, there were a few unexpected moments that the happy couple took in their stride and were pleased to have documented by their photographer. “Whilst having photos by the Suspension Bridge, my garter had fallen down to my ankle and it was sometime before either of us noticed,” Gemma recalls. “In the evening, the band — and a few drinks! — helped everyone show off their moves on the dancefloor,” she adds. “Both of these moments were captured by Martin which made it even better!”

“The whole day went perfectly, but walking down the aisle as husband and wife was my favourite moment – followed closely by putting my slippers on for the evening reception!” admits Gemma. With a honeymoon in Cyprus to look forward to, Gemma and Adam couldn’t wait to return to where it all began. “It only felt right to go back to Cyprus where we got engaged — plus, it’s the island of love!”