Photograph courtesy of Quendon Hall
Emma and Jason’s story begins in April 2013, when they first contacted The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation and entered their application. Like so many other couples who contact the Foundation, Emma and Jason’s lives had been turned upside down by illness – in this case, on both sides of their family.
Naomi says, “Emma and Jason are a fantastic couple with three wonderful children. They have been through a really tough time in the last few years and, with both families plagued with illness, really deserved to have a little happiness in their lives. The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation was so excited to be able to make their dreams come true.”
Emma and Jason were quickly accepted by the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation, and a date was set; Friday 10th January 2014.
The Wedding Day
The morning of the wedding dawned; and what a beautiful day it was for a wedding!
Groom Jason arrives at the venue in an Essex Rolls Royce Phantom from the Park Ward Carriage Company
Kevin Masters, a member of the Executive Guild of Toast Masters, oversaw the proceedings for the Kemps’ special day. What a fantastic master of ceremonies!
Flowers by the Traditional Vintage Flower Company
The Ceremony; saying, “I do”
A beautiful entrance, provided by Wedding Aisle Runners
With the guests in place, it was time for the ceremony to start; and what a stunning, emotional day we were about to be a part of.
Harpist and singer Charlotte Dennis accompanied Emma down the aisle
Jason’s wedding ring was supplied by Taylor and Co Jewellery
Emma’s stunning gown was by Mori Lee/Madeline Gardener, with shoes by TLC Creations
Naomi, who was present at this stunning wedding, says, “Obviously, with every wedding we do, there are a lot of mixed emotions. In fact there has not been one wedding that has gone by where there has not been a tear shed by me! Some more than others! I do try and busy myself as soon as the day starts, but for this wedding I was just drawn in to watch the whole ceremony. Emma looked out of this world. Her dark hair against her ivory dress made her the elegant bride that she said she desperately wanted to be on the day. Jason looked handsome and so proud. Together they looked into each other’s eyes and the love they had for each other was clear for everyone to see. They both spoke their vows so clearly despite the nerves, and so did those giving readings. Seeing them walk back down the aisle as husband and wife was a really proud moment for the team and myself. We had worked for so many months on this wedding, and it was our first wedding that wasn’t because of cancer. We wanted to try something different to see if we got the same response from suppliers, which we did. It also gave us just as much pleasure knowing that Emma and Jason have time now to enjoy each other as husband and wife.”
Framed Sayings by Melissa at A PaperCut Above
Words of wisdom for the new Mr. and Mrs. Kemp
Wedding stationery was provided by Inspired by Lisa
The table numbers, which included fun facts about the Bride and Groom
For the reception, guests were seated at tables inspired by Emma and Jason’s relationship. The couple’s eldest daughter gave an emotional musical performance, and there were plenty of tissues at the ready for Jason’s speech. Guests were kept amused with trivia cards, and also ‘words of wisdom cards’ , which Emma and Jason had provided for their guests to write for them. The final treat was a tasty Ferrero Roche; lovely!
A delicious cake baked and decorated by Cakes by Sarah York
Guests were entertained by tableside magician Richard Parsons, whose tricks went down a storm; his illusions certainly fitted in with Emma and Jason’s magical day. Garden games from Dream Occasions provided a little outdoor excitement. In fact, this stunning wedding day was full of fun, laughter and love; everything we could have hoped for, for such a special couple.
The evening’s entertainment
As the sun dipped below the horizon, magical fairy lights and glowing lettering created a stunning backdrop for the night’s entertainment.
Sparklers lit up the night’s sky
All you need is love: LOVE sign provided by Glow Love Lights
Gorgeous lighting and decor into the evening
The DJ, Wayne of Spotlight Discos, kept everyone dancing into the early hours
The fantastic DJ, Wayne of Spotlight Discos, ensured that everybody got up to dance; the perfect ending to Emma and Jason’s perfect wedding.
The tiniest details: Pashminas and flip-flops from Dazzle Me Décor
Of their special day Emma and Jason say, “Thank you again for everything. When Jay and I had time to finally sit down today and reflect on yesterday, we became quite overwhelmed. We’re finding it difficult to actually come to terms with the fact it has actually happened, as it’s like something from a dream! Nine months ago we thought marrying each other was a distant reality, and now here we are as husband and wife! We could not have wished for a more perfect day from start to finish; All thanks to Naomi and her and wonderful team. We’ll never forget what you’ve done for us.”
Congratulations, Emma and Jason – You are a gorgeous couple and we would like to wish you so much love, and many a happy memory in your new married life together.
To our suppliers: THANK YOU!
The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation would like to say a massive thank you to everyone involved with Emma and Jason’s wedding; each and every one of you played an amazing part in the Kemps’ special day. We couldn’t have done it without you.
Thank you to Suzi and the team at Quendon Hall; Eliza Mabel for the beautiful infant shoes; The Laurels Beauty Centre for the bridal party’s eyelashes and nails; Pudding Bridge for the fabulously fun photobooth in a box; The KVS Flower Group, and Claire and her team from The Traditional Vintage Flower Company for their equipment hire and extreme generosity in covering the flower bill and providing additional supplies at a fantastic cost; Kady Eliza for her fantastic video coverage of the Kemps’ special day; Kevin Masters, a fantastic toastmaster for the day; The Vow Sheffield for the wonderful CD sleeves and covers; Inspired by Lisa for the sensational stationery; The wonderful Stevie C Photography, who has helped to immortalise Emma and Jason’s special day; Hairdresser Dawn Taylor from Dawn Taylor Beauty; Bespoke Confetti for their gorgeous confetti; Harpist and singer Charlotte Dennis; Wedding Aisle Runners for the fantastic wedding aisle runner; Bride and Groom Direct for their novel matchbooks; The Park Ward Carriage Company for the stunning Essex Rolls Royce Phantom; Donna at Donna’s Bespoke Handmade Gifts for her gorgeous ring cushion; Melissa from A PaperCut Above for her beautiful paper craft gifts; Charlotte Doyle from the Jacques Vert Group for the mother of the bride’s beautiful outfit; Dessy for the gorgeous bridesmaids’ outfits; Sarah York for the delicious cake; Claire Pidwell from Pretty Little Ladies for the cute flower girl outfits; Mori Lee/Madeline Gardener and TLC Creations for Emma’s gorgeous outfit; Taylor and Co Jewellery, who supplied Jason’s ring; London Bride for the bridal alterations and fittings; The brilliant seamstress, Victoria, for her tireless work; Essential Events Hire for their wishing tree, chair covers, sashes and sweet jars; Dream Occasions for keeping the children amused with their great games; Glow Love Lights, who supplied the dazzling LOVE lights; Dazzle me décor for the pashminas and flip flops, which were greatly appreciated; Richard Parsons for adding a little magic to the occasion; Wayne of Spotlights Disco for keeping everyone entertained; and Giddy Kipper for their gorgeous plaques.
To all of those fantastic suppliers; Thank you once again. You came forward and offered your assistance and services when it really mattered; we are sure Emma and Jason will be forever grateful.
Naomi would also like to thank Wedding Wishing Well Foundation volunteer Claire, who assisted her on the day, as well as all the other volunteers who work daily to make the each and every wedding as special as it can possibly be.