Satin, Lace and a Vintage Fur Cape ~ An Atmospheric Roman Baths Wedding…

Hi everyone 🙂 I'm totally in love this latest real wedding feature – submitted by Bristol Wedding Photographer, Albert Palmer.  These photographs capture the intimate and atmospheric wedding day celebrations of Giles and Fi, who tied the knot on 30 December last year at the Roman Baths in the City of Bath, followed by a traditional English breakfast in the adjoining Pump Room

Fi told me, "we knew that at that time of year, and so early in the morning, the Baths would have a mystical feel to them. We weren't disappointed! The steam rising from the water and the lit torches created a magical experience.

Our photographer was Albert Palmer and he was lovely to have around on the day – calm, unobtrusive and confident. His passion for photography shows in the quality of his work. We're delighted with his pictures and highly recommend him!"

Love My Dress Wedding Blog – Photography Copyright (c) 2011, Albert Palmer

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Fi's dress was made by "the very talented" bespoke dressmaker, Jessica Charleston, based in Bath

"I have a fur cape that was given to me by my mother (and given to her by her Auntie) and I knew that I wanted to wear it on my wedding day. The cape was the starting point for me in thinking about the dress. It had to have a vintage feel. I had an idea of the kind of shape I wanted, relatively slim fitting but not too slinky. I wanted a nipped in waist and a skirt that had a bit of drape to it. 

I also knew I wanted to have some lace included in the design.  Jessica came up with a few sketches and we worked together to create the final design. I absolutely loved my dress and didn't want to take it off at the end of the evening! It felt incredibly comfortable and I loved the luxurious feel of the satin and I particularly loved the lace details and bolero.

The only jewellery I wore were some pearl earrings. I wore long ivory satin bridal gloves by Samantha Peach and I also had a lucky sixpence in my left shoe from my Granny, Ivy. In my right shoe I had a Russian coin that was given to me by my paternal grandmother, Tamara, who is no longer with us, but is still very special to me."

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Fi purchased her bouquet form Angels Interiors… 

"I wanted something that I could keep and that had a vintage feel to it, so went for a beautiful bouquet of ivory silk and organza roses…"

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"We wanted a small and relaxed wedding. Our ten guests were our parents, grandmother, two sisters, brother and nephews. Although we wanted to keep it relaxed and informal, we still wanted there to be a sense of occasion. Our choice of venue definitely provided for that! And coming back to the farm for a lazy lunch and then off for the night to a fabulous hotel all made it a perfect day."

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"Giles's suit was bought from Moss Bros many years ago. His tie was an old favourite. He borrowed his father's waistcoat and wore cufflinks that belonged to his grandfather…"

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"It felt very special to me that my mother, Jenny, made the accessories for my hair. She used some pearls and scraps of lace to create three little flowers to pin in my hair…" 

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A super beautiful shot below…  I love these kind of photographs the best – the ones that capture the pure love between a just wed couple.  So beautiful…

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"A surprise horse and carriage were waiting for us after the wedding breakfast. Wrapped up in blankets we were driven around the city and through Victoria park. It was a lovely way to start our first day as Mr & Mrs!" 

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"The Pump Room provided a traditional English breakfast. We all had lunch back at our farmhouse, which had kindly been prepared by both mothers, Val and Jenny. In the evening, Giles and I went to Lucknam Park for dinner and stayed one night in a beautiful suite before returning to the farm the next day to celebrate New Year's Eve with our family…"   

The couple had ivory roses, doves and butterflies to style their reception venue and Fi's mother made the delicious chocolate wedding cake, sending samples in the post to try until she hit on the right levels of chocolatiness.

The beautiful cake topper was a gift from Fi's sister, Katrina

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I just love those long gloves!

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Words of Wedded Wisdom…    

"We decided to please ourselves and have the kind of wedding that we felt comfortable with. We would recommend it!"

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Brides DressJessica Charleston
Brides Fur – Bride's Mothers
Brides Hair Accessory – Made by the Bride's Mother
Long Satin Ivory Bridal GlovesSamantha Peach
Grooms Suit Moss Bros
PhotographerAlbert Palmer.
Venue Roman Baths in the City of Bath + The Pump Room
Silk Flower Bouquet Angels Interiors
Horse & CarriageCourtyard Carriages
Cake – Bride's Mum
Cake-topper – Brides Sister/Halinka's Fairies

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What a beautiful suite of photographs. Huge congratulations to Giles and Fi on their wedding and thank you also to Bristol Wedding Photographer Albert Palmer for so kindly supplying these lovely photographs.

You can see more Albert Palmer Photography on the Love My Dress Wedding Blog here.

Much love,

Annabel xXx


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Founder of Love My Dress. Passionate Podcaster and Editor. Annabel lives in rural North Yorkshire with her husband and business partner Philip, their two daughters and menagerie of furry hounds. She loves photography, meditation, walking, being outdoors and star gazing. She is fierce when it comes to championing talent within the wedding industry and when she's not working on Love My Dress, she supports her husband Philip in the running of the family's sustainable flower farm and floral design business, Moonwind Flowers. In 2013, she became a published author.