Great Yarmouth Town Hall Wedding // Gemma & Bully

19 January 2016 / Real Weddings/ Wedding Planning

I am so thrilled to be finally able to feature the wedding of Gemma & David Bull who won the competition of a free venue hire at the Great Yarmouth Town Hall back in 2013. With our 3rd wedding fair at the Great Yarmouth Town hall just days away, it is delightful to see how Gemma & David ( Bully) celebrated their nuptials with the loved ones.

Gemma & Bully met at a local pub years ago and this year it will not only be their 1st wedding anniversary, but also their 10th anniversary of being together:

We met 10 years ago in our local pub where I (Gemma) worked and Bully was a customer. We will have been together 10 years on August 1st 2016 which is why we chose August as the month to marry. This year will be our 10 years together and then our 1st wedding anniversary.”

The Proposal

We love the proposal stories and Bully did well!

It was Christmas day 2013 and I had opened all my presents from Bully but hadn’t had a ‘main’ present as such from him which was unusual! In the kitchen a little while later he said to me if I was after my main present it was hanging on the Christmas tree. Near the top of the tree was a gift bag with an engagement ring in!”

The Wedding Planning

Gemma tells us how she did it.

“We started planning the wedding by choosing the dates and looking for venue straight away. I went to Norfolk Brides wedding fair at Great Yarmouth Town Hall, which I fell in love with as a venue. I was amazed at how beautiful it was inside. I entered my name into all sorts of things to try and win money off and prizes.

A few weeks later I got a call from Great Yarmouth Town Hall to say I had won their venue for free in the competition I had entered at the fair. We loved the venue and jumped at the chance! We set the venue and the date for 22nd August 2015 at 2pm.

We then booked the photographer ( JMA Photography) as she had done some photos for me and I had seen her at other shows. We also liked her work - she is brilliant at making you look natural in photos!

I really enjoyed working on the invitations as we had them made for us and they looked beautiful. It all became real, having seen our names and the word ‘wedding’ written down on an official wedding invitation.

My mum was the main person who helped with the planning and we made check lists of what we had done and what we needed to do too which was actually quite a lot of fun."

The Wedding Theme

The bridesmaids had champagne coloured dresses, so the colour theme came from there really, which worked really well as the assembly room at the town hall gold and neutral tones. Gemma also added a dusky pink for a splash of alternative colour. The Groom, best men (he had 2) and page boys all wore black and white converse baseball boots. According to the bride, Bully was never going to wear a full suit and had a jacket made especially to tie in with the baseball boots.

The Wedding Dress

The dress is most definitely the best bit about planning a wedding!

I got my dress from the first shop I went to ( Catrina’s Bridal) and it was the 3rd dress I tried on! I absolutely fell in love with it and knew it was the one. It was a Ronald Joyce wedding dress which had a vintage feel to it with all the lace and I loved the buttons that went down the back. I felt like a real bride in it!

Wedding Planning Tips

Definitely make a plan of what you need to do and tick it off as you go on.

Also make a list of dates for what deposits and other payments are due and the amounts that are outstanding, which means you don’t run the risk of losing your booking.

The Wedding Day

The day started with my bridesmaids and myself waking up at my house. The make-up artist arrived at 9am followed shortly by the hairdresser. All our hair and make-up was done by noon which was great as I felt relaxed. The photographer came to the house at 11am and took shots around the house of our wedding shoes, dresses etc. My maid of honour Dee kept tabs of the champagne so we didn’t drink too much due to nerves! One of my bridesmaid’s Karen did my hair which looked amazing and was still up the following morning! My mum and Dad arrived with our son’s Alfie and Freddie and my dad decorated his car as he took the 3 bridesmaids to the town hall. The bridesmaids left around 1.15pm and that was quite a surreal moment as I was left at home alone sat in my living room in my wedding dress and I realised I was about to get hitched.

My dad came back and we waited for our campervan to arrive to take us to the town hall. We arrived at the town hall and had some photos outside with the bridal party and then made our way upstairs. Waiting to go into the room was agonising as it seemed to take forever which I’m sure it wasn’t but I felt really nervous and really excited all at the same time. The page boys and bridesmaids went in first followed by myself and my dad.

Seeing everyone I knew was lovely and seeing Bully for the first time in his outfit was great, he scrubbed up well!

The ceremony was great and when Bully’s real name was said the whole room laughed as a lot of people never knew his name! Our youngest son Freddie was ring bearer as Alfie our oldest felt too shy to bring a ring. It was lovely having one of the boy’s do this and funny as my ring got stuck in David’s and he couldn’t get it out. Freddie is also convinced that he got married that day too and tells everyone he got married to mummy and daddy. When the registrar pronounced us husband and wife, it felt brilliant.

We went and had drinks and then the bridal party went off to Great Yarmouth beach in the campervan and taxi for some photos. We had photos under Britannia pier and on the main beach. It was fabulous day at 28 degrees Celsius and we could have been anywhere in the photos. We did get a lot of attention walking on the seafront in the height of summer but it just added to the fun.

We went back to the town hall where we had our sit down meal which was lovely followed by our speeches. The kids all went into another room where I had hired a kid’s entertainer so they didn’t get bored.

My dad speech was lovely and highly amusing as he tried to portray himself as more laidback than David who is very laid back. My dad is most definitely not laid back!

Bully’s best man Kriss did the speech which was brilliant and very funny listening to all the things they got up to when they were younger and lived together.

After the speeches we cut the cake which was amazing! My best friend Haley made it and she has her own cake company so I knew it would be a great cake.

Our evening guests arrived around 7.30 and we had our first dance which we had to share with our then 3 year old son Freddie. We had Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars as our first dance as it was in the charts when we met and always seemed to be on the juke box in the pub when we first got together and has been our song ever since.

We had a Ska band for the evening who were brilliant and the feedback from the guests was the same. It was very easy going music that anyone could dance to and they did an amazing job.

The day went really quickly and we loved it, it was definitely the best day of our lives aside from our boys being born!

Best Moments

Every couple has one or two moments that defines their wedding day and makes it the most memorable one.

Gemma:  “My favourite moment was when we were pronounced husband and wife and we signed the marriage certificate."

Bully: “For me it was when I turned around as Gem came in and saw her for the first time in her dress. She looked amazing! I turned around to my best man Mark and said ‘wow’” 

The Wedding Day Tip from the Bride & Groom

Stay calm and enjoy it, its over so quickly!

Gemma & Bully Recommends:

WEDDING VENUE: Great Yarmouth Town Hall

WEDDING DRESS: Catrina's Bridalwear

WEDDING RINGS: Aleks Jewellers

WEDDING CAKE: Haley’s Cake Kitchen 

WEDDING FLOWERS: Garlands

WEDDING CATERING: Whelan Bespoke Catering 

WEDDING ENTERTAINMENT: James D’s Party Time and Umgawa Kagooga 

WEDDING DECORATION: The Range

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY: JMA Photography 

BRIDAL HAIR: The Green Room 

MAKE UP : The Make-up Company 

GROOMSWEAR: Trojan Mindset

WEDDING FAVOURS: Rock shop on Regent Road

WEDDING STATIONERY: The Range

WEDDING TRANSPORT: The Vintage VW Experience 

I hope you have enjoyed reading all about this gorgeous wedding and if you would like to find out more about the Great Yarmouth Town Hall weddings and meet some fantatsic wedding business owners  - join us at the Great Yarmouth Wedding Fair THIS  Sunday, 29th January 2017 between 10am – 3pm.

We hope to see you there! 

Dalia Courridge

By Dalia Courridge

Owner of Norfolk Brides - the wedding guide, wedding blog and inspirational hub for couples planning their wedding in Norfolk; Wedding Fair and Wedding Show organiser. Editor to a FREE annual glossy Norfolk Brides Magazine.