Wedding of the Week: Gemma Cowperthwaite and Michael Rutherford

15 Oct 2018

The sun shone on Gemma Cowperthwaite and Michael Rutherford's big day and taking advantage of the venue's riverside location, the happy couple even enjoyed a post-ceremony boat ride

Tell us about the proposal.

The proposal was in Wimpy in Billericay High Street; this happens to be next door to the jewellers, Sparklers, where Michael brought my engagement ring. He was so excited to pop the question.


What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?

The colour scheme was blush pink, gold and blue.


What venue did you choose and why did you choose it?

We chose Le Talbooth for our venue because it is just so beautiful. It was the first and only place we looked at; we walked straight in and fell in love with it immediately.



When did you know when you’d found ‘the’ dress?

I’d tried on a few dresses at one boutique in Ongar, so I’d narrowed down my choice to the sheath style as my preference. My next appointment was in Matchmaker in Brentwood; this was easy as I had already seen my dress in the window so knew I had my heart set on it. Luckily, the minute I tried it on I knew it was the one for me. It was a Stella York dress called Yasmin.


What did the bridesmaids wear?

We had the bridesmaids' dresses, flower girl dress and page boys' bowties made by the talented Kim Cannon from The Dressmakers in Leigh-On-Sea. They were brilliant; we showed them the colour we wanted and a couple of ideas and they worked their magic.


Where did you find your suits?

Michael’s suits were from Ted Baker in House of Fraser Lakeside.


Tell us about your floral arrangements.

Our flowers were arranged by Vicki Cowell and she did an amazing job. She was so helpful throughout the planning process, from our beginning meeting where Michael and I just had a vague idea of what we liked. Vicki helped convert our ideas in to the most beautiful displays on the day.

We had pale blue delphiniums, pale pink and cream roses with gyp, thalaspi and pink astantia to create the prettiest bouquet and table centres.


Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail – tell us about the details of the day.

Little touches that we included to make our day special included:

  • Hiring the boat at Le Talbooth to take us on a little trip straight after the ceremony, so we had one-to-one time together. It then took our guests for little trips throughout the reception drinks.
  • We had a beautiful string quartet play through the ceremony and reception drinks.
  • We had our favours made by my cousin (who also made our wedding cake). They were heart-shaped biscuits with G and M on them.             
  • We had a fabulous table plan made up by It had the best little quote from Dr Seuss on it that we just loved: “We are all a little weird and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it Love”.
  • We had a photo booth for the evening which was great fun.
  • We had a magician, Nick Crown, who was there during the wedding breakfast and was brilliant. Everyone loved his tricks. It was quite something looking across a room at your wedding guests smiling and laughing and enjoying your day.




How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?

Walking down the aisle was an amazing feeling; I was nervous, but I knew Michael was waiting for me and I just could not wait to see him.


What was your most memorable moment?

Michael's most memorable moment was seeing me walk down the aisle, while mine was going on the boat after our ceremony. I got to be alone with my new husband, just to have 10 minutes for us to reflect on the commitment we had made to each other.


What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?

The planning for me was OK as I love organising. I found the nerves and stress kicked in a month before the wedding when I had to trust all the suppliers we had chosen to create the vision Michael and I had wanted. Luckily for us, we were not disappointed.



What was the most important investment for you?

By far our best investment was the venue; not only is it a beautiful place but the staff are exceptional, so professional and nothing was too much trouble. Their reputation was above and beyond what we could have expected. From the wedding co-ordinators to the restaurant staff, all were outstanding and were a huge factor in our wedding day going so smoothly.

Also, our photographers - Bloomwood Photography, had a massive impact on our day. We can’t thank them enough for not only the beautiful photos, but also just being who they are as they made both Michael and myself very comfortable and at ease throughout the whole day.


What song did you choose for your first dance, and why?

Kygo – Firestone, we chose this because we love music and wanted to have a bit more of a unique song, and the words in this song really resonate with us.


Did you have any evening entertainment?

We had Alpha, a six-piece band for the evening entertainment, they were great. They really created a party atmosphere throughout the evening, they played a range of all music which meant there was something for all our guests.


Tell us about your wedding cake.

The wedding cake was made by my cousin, Lisa Ratnavel. We had a three-tier cake decorated with gold leaf and flowers. It was made up of a fruit cake tier at the bottom, then a lemon victoria sponge with lemon curd and cream in it, the top tier was chocolate.


If you could go back and change anything, what would it be?

I don’t think we would change anything, apart from trying to make the day last as long as possible, as it's true what they say... it flies by.


Did anything go wrong on the day?

Our best man did forget the rings (I know what a cliché), but luckily he realised before the ceremony began so disaster was averted.


Where did you go on honeymoon?

We have not been on honeymoon yet, we are planning a trip to the Maldives in the New Year.


Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?

Be ruthless, pick what you want and what makes you happy. You cannot please everyone and it’s YOUR day.


Steal their style:

Venue: Le Talbooth,
Florist: Vicki's Floral Designs,
Wedding cake: Lisa Ratnavel
Photography: Bloomwood Photographer,
String band: Sole Bay Strings,
Magician: Nick Crown,
Evening band: Alpha via Alive Network,
Lighting: Dreamwaves,
Selfie mirror: Propilicious,
Post box: Occasions Covered,
Hair: Sara Woolf
Make-up: Le Maison Spa,

For more Essex wedding inspiration, pick up the latest edition of Essex Bride magazine.

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