Today I’m thrilled to share a gorgeous wedding at The Como, a stunning Heritage Hotel in New South Wales & the pinnacle moment in a 33 year old Love Story.
Gerry and Bev, originally from the UK chose a palette of silver, blue and white to style their stunning celebration with family and friends.
Images were captured by Gemma Clarke Photography.
Gemma Clarke is a Sydney based Wedding and Portrait Photographer.
She now specialises in short coverage for smaller weddings.
Her ability to seamlessly blend with the guests helps her to capture natural and relaxed photos.
Gemma has a great love for small villages and especially loves making regular trips to visit the UK, Italy and Scandinavia.
She says of the couple and their day…
Do you remember your first love? Bev and Gerry do because it was each other.
However they did not really act on that love until 30 years after their first meeting!
After continually staying in contact Gerry decided to tell Bev he still loved her and came from the UK to be with her in Sydney.
Two years later they married and it was so wonderful to see the happiness, like teenagers in love, and the culmination of their 33 year old Love Story
Twenty five of the 70 guests made the long trip from the UK to help Bev and Gerry celebrate, and we certainly put on a great Aussie summer for them with temperatures close to 40 degrees on wedding day.
During the ceremony we were lucky to be in the shade, enjoying the glorious breeze off the Georges River from the balcony.
Heartfelt vows were exchanged and lots of cheers came from the guests as they kissed and kissed again!
We only had a few minutes to capture Bev and Gerry portraits across the road at the park and they could not stop grinning from ear to ear.
It made my job so easy and I was so happy for them that they had finally been able to tie the knot after all these years of being apart!
The joy was overwhelming, everyone knew this was a long time coming!
Happy tears were shed and lots of hugs given, and good vibes were all that could be felt all around.
How did you meet?
We were college friends back in the 80’s and we always had a ‘spark’.
We always stayed in touch but we were with different people and Gerry was still in the UK.
When we both split up from our partners we started talking more and Gerry planned a holiday to Sydney.
We met again in March 2016 after 23 years of not seeing each other and it was fabulous.
The rest you say is history…. and in hindsight we ALWAYS should have been together !
Tell us about the Proposal…
The proposal was on Christmas day 2017…
The ring was the last present I opened and it was a huge shock as I really thought it was earrings!!
Didn’t expect a proposal!
Tell us about your wedding planning journey…
Our wedding journey was very easy.
We wanted a relaxed atmosphere and to showcase Australia to our UK friends and family.
We were pretty organised too and did bits and pieces along the way.
Any special touches/DIY?
There were a few special touches.
We had cupcakes instead of a cake, had people sign hearts and pop into a picture a frame, and my niece and sister made a welcome board.
Both Gerry and I did wedding speeches, and Gerry bought me a blue dress that I had altered and surprised him and wore for our bridal dance
What was the colour palette of your Big Day?
Silver, blue and white
What was the best bit of your day?
ALL of it, it was a wedding at 4.45pm so the lead up to the day was fantastic.
We had friends and family arriving a week before so had catch ups and get togethers before the wedding so everyone knew each other.
Everyone said how relaxed, happy and fun the day was because everyone felt relaxed with each other
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
Enjoy the day, do what you want to do not what others say, dare to be different and ensure you get 10-15 mins to be with your beloved and look around at the fruits of your labour!
Thank you so much to Gemma for allowing me to share this amazing 33 year old Love Story.
A lasting love is about communication and Bev and Gerry never let go of this despite many years apart building trust, intimacy and a connection that was eventually to bring them back together.
Photography – Gemma Clarke Photography
Venue – The Como Hotel – Sydney – Australia
Celebrant – Coral Kortlepel
Wedding Dress – Phase Eight
Bride’s shoes: Jane Debster
Suit – Joe Black
Cake Maker – Brides friend
Bouquet and boutonniere – Brides friend Karen
Reception Flowers – Roses Only
Engagement and Wedding Rings – Prouds
Stationery – Paperless Post
Music – Divine Productions
Make up/Hair stylist – Eva Hair and Make Up
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