A barn owl played a special role in Gemma and Nicholas Davies’ Gloucestershire celebration
They say never work with children or animals, but this certainly wasn’t the case for Gemma and Nicholas’ wedding! With rings delivered by an owl and their three children Ellis, Bunnie and Abrey playing a large part in the day, this Gloucester celebration was “the wedding of my dreams!” declares Gemma.
A whirlwind romance followed the couple’s first meeting in March 2010 and their family expanded rapidly; Bunnie was born the following July and Abrey the following October, joining Gemma’s son Ellis. They also bought their first home together in February 2012, so by the time that Nick proposed at Christmas 2012, Gemma was definitely ready!
The couple were married at St Laurence Church in Longney, Gloucester, which held special memories for them already, as Gemma’s parents live in the village and their children were christened at the church. There was a twist on the traditional service, however; one that took their guests a little by surprise. “I had always dreamt of a church wedding with a wow factor, and that for me was having our wedding rings delivered by Molly the barn owl in style down the aisle. Our guests were not at all expecting a flying visit during our vows!” laughs Gemma.
The festivities then moved to the Walls Club, whose location next to a large green meant that the wedding guests could enjoy a bucking bronco as part of the entertainment. In fact, the arrival of this was one of Nicholas’ highlights of the day – “it meant I could finally relax and begin to enjoy the rest of the evening. Up until then I couldn’t as I was a bit nervous about my speech!”
A lot of thought went into the wedding party’s clothes, with both Gemma and Nicholas wearing bespoke shoes – for Gemma, a one-off pair of pearl and bead encrusted heels, and for Nicholas a pair of mint green brogues. Both were also customised with diamante words on the sole – Gemma’s declaring ‘I Do’ and Nicholas’ stating ‘She’s mine’! Their flower girl, daughter Bunnie, modelled a specially imported feather dress, gloves and bespoke tiara from America. “As she loves dressing up in fancy dresses on a daily basis, I knew this role would suit her perfectly,” says Gemma. “When she tried on her outfit for the first time she refused to take it off as she was admiring herself in the mirror, and she loved all the attention on her that day.” Gemma’s ring was also custom-made to match the wedding colours of mint and pink, featuring pink sapphires and diamonds.
A highlight of the day was the cake created by Anne Gliddon of Pretty Amazing Cakes, who Gemma found through this very magazine! “The attention to detail was superb and it really did taste as good as it looked. It was a real talking point and everyone couldn’t wait to tuck into it.” Guests also enjoyed sweets, candy floss and macaroons, personalised with mint and pink labels, which were displayed on a cart made by Gemma’s father.
Carissa and Paul from Capture Every Moment were the couple’s photographers, a father and daughter team who are based in the Cotswolds. Gemma praises their communication in the run up to the wedding. “We had a pre-wedding photo shoot a couple of months prior to the day, and it was easy to relax and feel comfortable with both of them.”
Nicholas was a little nervous when Gemma was half an hour late in arriving at the church, but the rest of the day went without a hitch. “I really loved seeing all my plans come together on the day; there was a great sense of achievement. I was so happy to tie the knot and to marry the man of my dreams after waiting for him for so long, and I must say that all my wants and wishes came true on our wedding day!” says Gemma. “I didn’t want the wedding to come to an end,” admits Nicholas, “although that’s partly because I knew our home building renovations were commencing a few days later!” And the happy-ever-after for this couple didn’t stop there, as just a few weeks after the wedding they discovered Gemma was expecting another baby. The arrival of Lenny in May this year has meant they’ve had to postpone their family honeymoon to Florida until next year, but they’re thrilled their “added extra” will be able to be a part of it.