Meet our third Blogging Bride - Gemma
I am Gemma, a twenty eight year old teacher born and bred in Suffolk. I have been teaching for six years and love my job, working with children and young people. Outside of my classroom, I also volunteer in a cadet force with young people aged ten to eighteen. This is a slightly surreal experience, I was encouraged by a friend of mine to apply to ASTW and share my thoughts on getting ready to be married and planning the wedding.
I studied at my local university and stayed at home, I’ve rarely left the UK (not that I’m complaining) … but had I left home I probably wouldn’t have met my husband-to-be. Living at home has meant I’ve spent a lot of my youth on the Suffolk and Norfolk coastline. One of my favourite places to be is Great Yarmouth, especially the Hippodrome as I’m into circus arts and love watching the music, lights and costumes that combine to make the magical show that allows the audience to escape for a little while from the hustle and bustle. But before we get too excited, I’m not going for a circus themed wedding as much as I would have loved it!
I have a small family, my parents who have been happily married for the last thirty-eight years as well as my brother and his wife who have been married for almost a year. My parents are a living testimony of how a partnership should work – they’ve faced some epic partner battles but they have had some great triumphs in there too.
If anything, watching my parents has made me highlight the importance of making memories, happy or sad, big or small … memories are what build up your history, the story through life that you can record. This leads me onto one of my biggest loves – photography. I am usually behind the nearest camera lens, not in front of it, a battle I will have to face before my wedding day I’m sure but it’s emphasized the importance of having “perfect” photos to preserve those memories and share them with those that you love.
My husband-to-be is an amazingly understanding man and so far, we’ve had very few arguments about what we want from our special day. Hopefully it continues but I guess you guys will find out! We are aiming for a nautically themed wedding. We are both part of the Sea Cadets and it seemed like a natural thing for us to use as our inspiration. The only thing he’s requested so far was to use the colour blue as homage to his beloved Ipswich Town (Someone has to support them!) – I like vintage fashion and styles and hopefully will be crafty enough to maybe make my own bunting. We aren’t that formal a couple and we will definitely be having a child-friendly day.
I’m hoping that my blog posts will help, encourage and re-assure that maybe I have felt the same things that you are feeling or have felt too. I look forward to seeing how this journey goes and what directions we’ll go on the way. Bring on August 2016 and becoming Mrs M!