I've know Gemma and Ben for at least 5 years, having first met them when I went to a pub that Gemma was working in, within the wilds of Cumbria to take newborn photos of their first daughter Khloe. Gemma and Ben had first met in the pub and became friends. One day whilst out with the horses Gemma told "Ben the horse" that she loved him, Ben thought Gemma meant him and it blossomed from there. They now how two beautiful children Khloe and Holly and I was so pleased when two years ago Gemma and Ben chose Keltic Rose Photography to capture their wedding day.
The wedding day started with so much rain that if you stood outside for a few minutes you were soaked. Not a good sign for the day but rain never really dampens a wedding day, it just changes the plans slightly.
I went to Gemma's house where Gemma, mum and dad, bridesmaids, brother and children were all getting ready. I started by taking some photos of the wedding dress and accessories along with images of them all getting ready for the day ahead, then as Gemma and Dad got in the car to leave I rushed to Arthuret Church.
The second photographer for the day was Joshua and he went to the a very damp church to get photos of Ben and the groomsmen arriving in the two specially cleaned tractors for the day, along with all the guests arriving.
Gemma, her dad, along with Khloe and Holly arrived in a horse drawn carriage having swapped their mode of transport on the outskirts of Longtown.
There has been a church on the outskirts of Longtown at Arthuret since 1150 but the current church dedicated to St Michael and All Angels was built in 1609 so will have seen many weddings over the years. The history of the surrounding area means it has also seen a number of wars with the battle of Solway Moss taking place between England and Scottish forces in 1542.
After the ceremony Gemma and Ben left in the horse drawn carriage whilst everyone else went off to the Roundthorn country house hotel near Penrith. Once again the horses were spared a long journey as they swapped to a car for the rest of the trip.
On arrival at Roundthorn the sun was trying to show its face, and the longer we were there the warmer and sunnier the day got, such that we managed to take quite a few photos outside.
The Roundthorn is a privately owned, Grade II Listed Georgian Mansion, set in its own beautifully landscaped grounds, with panoramic views of the Eden Valley, Pennines and Lakeland Fells and overlooking the busy market town of Penrith. I can vouch for how good the food is with one of the countys' best Sticky toffee puddings, and I always find the staff to be very really helpful.
Joshua and I took photos of the speeches and then everyone enjoying themselves until just after the first dance, then we said our goodbyes and went away and backed up all the images before editing.
I recently asked Gemma and Ben what they loved about each other. Gemma said "I love Ben because he's kind and loving and a great dad, honest and willing to help anyone." Ben said "I love Gemma because she is gorgeous and sexy she can make me feel like I'm the luckiest man alive, she is an amazing mum and she is my world".
If you haven't already seen Gemma and Ben's pre-wedding photoshoot blog then do go and have a look at http://www.kelticrose.co.uk/blog/pre-wedding-photo...
Florist - Anne at Cochranes Nurseries Longtown
Hair and Makeup - Debs at Vanity Hair, Carlisle
Cake - Claire at Mama Cakes
DJ - Sophie from Stardust Parties Carlisle
Church - Arthuret Church and Rev'd John Higgins
Second Photographer - Joshua Wyborn from Joshua Wyborn Photographic