Emma and Richard first met in 2005 when Richard was working as an estate agent; he was a customer looking to purchase an apartment in Cirencester. Richard had been given strict instructions by his boss that he couldn’t take Emma out until they’d agreed a sale and exchanged contracts!
It was the 8th September 2010 when Richard popped the question. Emma and Richard were at home, ‘which is my favourite place – I wondered why he’d gone to so much effort with breakfast and seemed very nervous that morning!’ Richard asked Emma, by getting down on one knee and presenting the ring which he’d chosen and kept hidden! He’d had some final assistance from his two sisters on which ring to go for, once he’d narrowed it down to two choices.
Emma spent the morning of her wedding day preparing with her three bridesmaids and her Mum at The Four Pillars Hotel, South Cerney. The bridesmaid dresses were from Rosella Gowns – they were Dessy Dresses in a beautiful colour called Icelandic.
The hand tied trailing bouquet which Emma carried was created using pale pink and ivory O’hara Roses, Lisianthus, Astilbe, and Gyp – all soft and flowing with a hessian finish. The bouquet also included a silver locket attached, which was given to my mother as a present from my father shortly after I was born – ‘my father sadly passed away back in 2001, so within the locket I had a picture of him to keep close to me and so he could be with me during the day.’
Emma’s wedding dress came from the fabulous Beryl of Rosella Gowns in Cirencester – literally just down the road from their home ‘I had a good idea of the type of style I was looking for, and Beryl helped make my dream a reality.’ Emma had tried a few dresses on in one other shop before finding ‘the one’ – ‘I was lucky, plus I’m not one to spend hours/days/weeks shopping! I knew the type of dress I wanted and so I went out with a pretty clear idea which helped keep my search focused - I wanted a lace A-line dress, with a sweetheart neckline but also with lace up to or near to my shoulders given that we were having a church ceremony. As soon as I put it on I knew it was the one – it was classical and elegant and lace!’
Richard’s suit and the Usher’s suits both came from Horace Barton in Cheltenham. Richard’s wedding ring was his granddads.
Cirencester Parish Church, in all of its grand elegance, is close to Emma and Richard’s hearts and a frequent location for them and their families. Richard’s father, Phil Kerton, founded and is a member of the Cirencester Male Voice Choir, who practices in the church each week and who sang during the signing of the register during the wedding ceremony.
Emma was walked down the aisle by her mother. ‘This was a huge occasion for her, especially given her typical shy nature and the fact that she was representing my father.’ A memorial candle was then lit during the church ceremony in memory of her father.
Emma and Richard absolutely fell in love with Cripps Barn as soon as they saw it! They loved its rustic charm, huge outdoor space and rural location – plus the amazing food! ‘Our guests are still telling us how amazing the wedding food was, in particular the BBQ sirloin steak and the HUGE bowl of Eton Mess for dessert!’
The theme, as described by Emma and Richard’s florist, was ‘an elegant, classic, chateau chic’ style using pale pinks and ivories. ‘For the wedding breakfast, we loved the candelabras with their chunky ivory candles, and the lace detailed table cloths over the hessian fabric.’
The amazing three tier cake with pink avalanche roses between each tier included two tiers of banana cake with rum butter cream and one tier of toffee cake with praline butter cream was created by Contemporary Cake Designs, Cheltenham.
Also by Contemporary Cake Designs, Cheltenham, the wedding favours were bags of pink and ivory macaroons, filled with rosewater butter-cream and sea salted caramel flavours.
In the evening Richard and Emma’s guests were entertained by The Abstracts ‘our fabulous wedding band, they are great and all such nice guys too! We are so pleased we chose them, and they’re local too!’
‘We loved our first dance although nerve-wracking to finally showcase our choreographed piece! We chose Tom Odel, Grow old with me for our first dance as the song and the lyrics were so appropriate for us – we then had a ‘mash-up’ mid-way in to Pharrell Williams, Happy to get the crowd laughing!’
It's so difficult to say what our favourite part of the day was! Being at Cripps Barn, spending time with our families and friends and seeing all of the plans coming together – it’s pretty mind-blowing. Richard’s sister Lizzie and her fiancé Wayne, had come all the way back from New Zealand to attend the special day.
'Don’t get stressed and bogged down with each and every tiny bit of detail – focus on the key parts important to you both and plan it out in advance to avoid any last minute panics! On the day, relax, have fun and enjoy it – it goes far too quickly!'