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Gemma and Richard’s Classic Manor House Wedding with Alive Network

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What do you do when you’re a glamorous Sky News broadcaster and you decide to tie the knot? The (ahem) sky’s the limit! When SWIPE presenter Gemma Evans (née Morris) said yes to her former colleague Richard, the day was set for no compromises. The. Most. Beautiful. Proposal. Ever set the tone for Gemma and Richard’s elegant Cain Manor wedding, filled with joy, laughter, far-flung friends, family and affection. Richard Galloway Photography expertly captured their effortless style.

Proving that sophistication and fun can co-exist in one perfect day, Gemma and Richard’s wedding entertainment featured harpists, pianists, toastmasters, a must-have magician, and a special French Jive first dance performed by their amazing live wedding band. Here, the couple share their ‘treasure forever’ moments with you…

The Toastmaster
To ensure everything ran smoothly on their big day, Richard arranged a toastmaster. “We’d done loads of prep and planning, but we didn’t want to be organising things on the day. One of our better decisions was having a toastmaster. He was amazing – he orchestrated everything and essentially ran the day so Gemma and I could just enjoy it.

The Ceremony
Amour Harp provided the musical ambiance for the ceremony and drinks reception, performing a mix of classical, contemporary, and traditional Welsh music to cater for all the guests. “I felt like a harpist was the right mix of entertainment with subtlety… a harpist just seemed beautiful and harmonious. I thought it would be a good fit for our wedding.

The Reception & Wedding Breakfast
While Gemma and Richard went off to pose for the camera, they were determined their guests wouldn’t miss them too much during the drinks reception. Richard explains, “We wanted our guests to be enjoying themselves and having fun.” The harpist continued her set and close-up magician, Martin Reed, joined the celebrations, wowing the guests during the drinks and into the breakfast.

Gemma was amazed by his close-up magic, “Martin came to our top table during dinner and we loved it! So many of our friends have said ‘that magician is phenomenal’!” Richard agrees, “Yes, loads of people said how amazing he was. In terms of entertainment, he was one of the most talked-about things at the wedding.

The Band
The happy couple opted for a varied musical style for their evening party, as Gemma details, “We chose a mix of pop and dance and Motown, going right back to ‘60s hits and a bit of rock and roll too.

The Colts were only too happy to help create one of Gemma’s favourite musical moments, “My 3-year-old nephew, Morgan, had been looking forward to dancing to Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk all night.

Richard recalls, “He was dancing to every song, and he was literally falling asleep on the dancefloor, but he wouldn’t go to bed until he’d heard that track.” The band moved it forward in their set and Morgan’s fave song brought him back from the land of nod. “I didn’t think he was going to be able to stay awake much longer,” admits Gemma. “But he loved it and he danced away to it, which was so lovely!

The crowd really enjoyed The Colts’ performance. “We loved the way The Colts played our requested favourite songs and did such a great job of keeping our guests on the dancefloor,” said Richard. “You know you’ve booked a good band when the crowd starts chanting ‘10 more songs!’ after their finale!

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Photo: Richard Galloway Wedding Photographer

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