Wedding planner: What nobody tells you about planning your wedding

Wedding planner: What nobody tells you about planning your wedding

Their eight-month-old son Charlie was the guest of honour at the wedding of Jared Marshall, 40 and Gemma Lloyd, 32, in the Barrel Hall at Sirromet Wines by the lagoon at Mt Cotton, southeast of Brisbane, in February.

The Bulimba couple, who met online more than three years ago, opted for a semi-formal/smart-casual dress code for their 60 guests as it was too hot for people to be in their full suits.

Their honeymoon was a relaxing break in Byron Bay at the 28 Degrees hotel.

The wedding of Jared Marshall, 40 and Gemma Lloyd, 32. Photos by Ivy Road Photography
media_cameraThe wedding of Jared Marshall, 40 and Gemma Lloyd, 32. Photos by Ivy Road Photography

The proposal?

Gemma: It was at home during a quiet moment while we were getting ready to go out. It was very sweet, he just looked me in the eye and said, “You’re everything to me”.

Hen’s and buck’s nights?

Gemma: My sister and maid of honour Danielle Lloyd organised a night out/away for me and my best friends. The men had afternoon drinks down in Melbourne with Jared’s brother and his groomsmen.

What was the standout moment of the day?

Jared: Seeing Gemma appear for the first time in that dress as she walked down the hill

towards the ceremony. She looked incredible!

Gemma: Standing up in front of everyone in that location on the lagoon was magic.

What would you do differently?

Honestly, there’s not a lot, other than maybe getting some fans for cooling the guests as it was quite warm.

The wedding of Jared Marshall, 40 and Gemma Lloyd, 32. Photos by Ivy Road Photography
media_cameraThe wedding of Jared Marshall, 40 and Gemma Lloyd, 32. Photos by Ivy Road Photography

What would you spend more or less on?

We were very happy with everything but if we had to be picky we could have hired a

videographer and maybe added a few more guests.

One thing you wish people had told you about planning a wedding?

Gemma: How time consuming it could be! I did most of the planning except for the

photography and car. We knew it would be expensive but the time planning is quite

important to factor in.

First dance song?

If I Had A Gun by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

Best advice for other couples planning a wedding?

Gemma: Shop around and get some different ideas from suppliers. Go to a few cake makers, wedding florists and talk to a few celebrants as well.
It will really make you feel more comfortable and that your day is heading in the right direction.

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