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Gianna + John

How did you meet?

John and I were high school sweethearts - we met age 12! We were in the same class yet did not speak until our last year of high school when our friendship groups merged. John finally plucked up the courage to ask me out when I was 15 and him 16. We got engaged on our 9 year anniversary in 2016 and married two years later.

Tells us about your wedding...

Our wedding theme was elegant yet modern. We chose a palette of golds, pale pinks, white and greenery to fit in the with the feel of our reception venue - a beautiful country manor house modernised with a conservatory room for wedding breakfasts.

We married in our local church (with my wonderful mum walking me down the aisle to Pachelbel's 'Canon in D') and travelled to our reception in a white vintage wedding car. Whilst we had some photographs taken on a  stunning nearby bridge, our guests were entertained with a 'Pimp your Prosecco' bar, a vintage ice-cream tricycle and a magician. After arriving at the venue it started to rain a little but this actually made for some lovely photographs!

Instead of a traditional Toast Master, we hired a Host for our wedding - he really brought the wedding breakfast to life, first of all with separate dancing entrances for the bridal party (including my now Mother and Father-in-Law coming into the Prodigy's 'Firestarter'!) and then with some amusing games in between meal courses. After our wedding breakfast, guests were entertained by a brilliant duo who also played our first dance song, Kodaline 'The One'. Taking pictures in the photo booth was lots of fun and we further treated our guests to a doughnut wall too! We then had a sparkler send off before the Host/DJ took over the music for the evening.

What made your wedding unique?

We didn't have canapes, we had ice-cream instead! We also tried to put our personalities into the wedding as much as possible! We had a personalised cocktail menu,  a personalised beer keg (complete with our faces on the clip!) a Latin band to reflect my passion for Latin music growing up and little touches within our decorations that gave a nod to our professions. I love candles too and so our table plan was a wisteria tree with hanging plans and candles!

What was the most heartwarming moment of your wedding?

The most heartwarming moment of the night was having our first dance to a song that my now-husband had told me a long time ago that it reminded me of him. The funniest parts were the bridal party entrances and the marriage advice cards that were read out to us during the wedding breakfast!


Wedding Date

17th August 2018


Gemma McAuley


Big Bear Wedding Films

The Bride wore

Gown CZ2451 from Brides at Charnock Farm

The Groom wore

Brides Gallery

Ceremony Venue

St Gregory's Church

Reception Venue

Mitton Hall


The Hair and Makeup Lady

Make up Artist

Kathryn Farrington MUA


101 Carnations