THORNTON MANOR CHESHIRE, UK
GEMMA + JORGE
Jorge and Gemma are a wonderful couple; Their personalities are every photographer’s dream, making this photo experience memorable. Jorge took their relationship to the next level when he asked for Gemma’s hand in marriage in November 2013.
In April 2014, Gemma and Jorge traveled from England to Orlando - Florida, to shoot their engagement session. Dani and I were fortunate enough to travel with Gemma and Jorge to 12 different Disney resorts in two days – capturing some incredible photos.
Usually, guys are shy and reserved when it comes to photoshoots, but Jorge did his homework to surprise Gemma at this photoshoot, and she loved it!
Since Gemma was a little girl, her parents always brought her to Walt Disney World. Since then, she knew that her wedding had to as any Disney fairy tale story. That fairy tale came true in England in July 2014.
The Getting Ready session was held at Gemma’s parent’s house on the Wirral Peninsula. The mood was very calm as Gemma’s family and her beautiful bridesmaids had everything under control. Gemma and her father (Richard) traveled in a horse and carriage, which led them to St Peter’s Church, Heswall. A beautiful church with a view of the River Dee, forming a boundary between Wales and England. http://www.ashcroftcarriages.co.uk
Jorge and his family, who came from Colombia and the USA, were waiting in the church, and when the bride entered with her dad, the emotion that Dani captured on Jorge’s face was priceless. One of my favorite shots. After an emotional ceremony, friends and family enjoyed ice cream cones; Meanwhile, we took a small portrait session of the newlyweds surrounded by the beautiful grounds of the church. Then, the carriage transported the couple to the reception at Thornton Manor (http://www.thorntonmanor.co.uk/), a charming country house in Cheshire, England. A dream location – perfect for a fairy tale wedding celebration.
The decor was very tasteful and detailed. Each table had been named after a different Disney resort and decorated with themed props and photographs from the engagement shoot.
Gemma wanted to have everyone invited to the wedding captured in a single photo. It was our first time trying to put together a hundred plus English and Colombian guests together, but we found a perfect spot where we could see all of them.
With Jorge being from Colombia, it was not a surprise that their first dance was “Eres mi sueño” by a Colombian singer Fonseca, but Gemma impressed everyone with her Latin moves. They had a great time dancing, and we captured their friend's and family’s reactions. Jorge’s “worst man” Simon (he called himself that!) gave a heartfelt but funny speech, as did Gemma’s father, Richard.
As the night ended, we took the last shot of them wearing their Disney wedding ear hats. A nice touch and a fitting end shot for the day!
On Monday morning, Gemma and Jorge decided to do the “Trashing the Dress” session. Not a common practice in England. Accompanied by their families and her dog Gipsy to Caldy Beach. A beautiful place, with lavender flowers and an unbelievable view. Dani and I had an incredible time. Thank you very much for entrusting us with your big day. We also feel very grateful because we felt so welcomed by your families during our stay. Here is a little taste of this beautiful wedding.