Morning all! How does this Monday morning find you? I hope you have all had a lovely relaxing weekend.
I'd like to share the wedding of Mari & Phil with you this morning, who tied the knot on 8 June this year at the Bath Assembly Rooms. I love the laid back relaxed nature of it all – no fuss, just two people in love and a lot of pretty pink peonies.
"I love Jenny Packham designs, she really knows how to dress women. In the end I chose this one, because I just didn’t want to take it off and I’m told that’s a sign! I loved the way it moved as I walked and the Grecian feel.
Both my dress and veil were purchased from The Mews in Clifton Village. Gail and the girls there were fantastic and made it all a very fun and special experience…"
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"Phil designed all the stationary including a stamp that we used on the order of service, the sweetie bags and the notes for guests to type on…"
"My bridesmaids dressers were all different and all from high street stores. My bridesmaids were living all over the world, which made dress fittings tricky!
Each wore a vintage piece of jewelry (brooches mainly or a necklace) and all different pieces sourced from charity shops, vintage fayres etc. The older flower girls wore headpieces made by my bridesmaid Leah and the bridesmaids wore vintage net veils made by Natalie Chan (a kiwi designer)…"
"Our Florist was Lisa Elliot in Clifton village.
"Peonies are my favourite flower and I knew from day one I wanted to carry peonies at every stage – tight buds through to open flowers, they were a mixture of pale pinks and white. My Mum and I organised all the rest of the flowers for the day – which included a trip to Bristol flower market at 6 am to buy 600 peonies. And our friends were fantastic helping us with flowers and décor the day before.
As favours, we provided 600 peonies from Bristol flower market, greenery from our back garden and a little gypsophlia to all our guests.…"
"I always wanted an evening candle lit wedding with a vintage twist. I wanted the ceremony to lead in to the party seamlessly (with minimal waiting around), so we popped champagne and drank bubbles during the ceremony.
I wanted candles, peonies, antique pieces and lots of personal touches, such as my the hand made beautiful doily bunting my bridesmaid Leah made…"
"I wanted an eclectic look, nothing uniform. The evening vibe made it feel very romantic. We didn’t want a formal seating plan either, we wanted it to feel more like a cocktail party in style, with bowl food being served and live music playing…"
"We chose our wedding venue, the Bath Assembly Rooms, because we have always loved the City of Bath, the history, the colours, the architecture (and Mari grew up close by). We also went to Bath, for one of our first English dates.
The Assembly Rooms are right in the heart of the City Centre, surrounded by beautiful Bath stone that seems to glow in the dark…"
"My Mum and I collected hundreds of old medicine bottles, which we used for peonies. We also collected antique bowls and cake stands for the cake table and sweet station, (which had a mix of kiwi and British sweets). We brought lots antique lace, doilies and antique crystal cut glass candle holders, bowls and glasses (some were owned by my Grandmother).
We had candles burning through out the whole ceremony and party. (All bottles and candle holders sourced from charity shops, vintage fayres, my Mum and Grandma’s cupboards and car boot sales)…"
"We had a selection of our favourite cakes, chocolate guinness cake, carrot cake, millionaire shortbread and kiwi specialities – all home made by friends and family…."
"Phil and I met in New Zealand, Phil is a Kiwi, I am British. We have been together on and off for five years. It has been an unusual romance, crossing continents & fighting cancer together.
Most people wait until after married life to tackle their wedding vows, (sickness, health, richer, poorer etc…) but we did all of this whilst dating, so our wedding was indeed time to celebrate!"
"My Dad gave me away – he also married us, as he is a Church minister.
My friend Tina sang a song we both love called Beating Hearts by King Charles, and was accompanied by her son on guitar. She is Irish and has a lovely Celtic tone to her voice…"
"People were free to roam around, talk to who ever they wanted to and visit the sweet station or cake stand whenever they felt the urge for a sugar hit.
There were a couple of vintage typewriters for guests to type out notes for us and post them in to an antique birdcage…"
"Haynes Jazz band entertained our guests and they were fantastic – and also lovely guys to have around! Also one of my bridesmaids sang (an acoustic set) during the canopes…"
"The vintage photo booth was also a big hit! Guests were provided with a black board and chalk to write personal messages for us, or marriage advice."
Words of Wedded Wisdom…
Make the day as personal as you possibly can. I think the most beautiful weddings are the ones that are a true reflection of the couple and their story. We chose to keep some traditions, which were meaningful for us and abandoned others that didn’t hold any meaning for us.
Have lots of fun being creative crafting a beautiful day for all your loved ones. When planning, think about your guests & how to give them a special and unique experience.
Put your unique stamp on the day!"
Congratulations Mari and Phil on a lovely day and thanks to to Photographer Becccy Goddard for sharing these photographs…
"I love Beccy's style and attention to detail. She captured special, natural moments through out the evening – we did hardly any posed shots which was ideal for us because we wanted to be with our guests for as long as possible with out doing long photo shoots. She listened to what we asked for and was really lovely to work with through out the whole process. She was very sensitive on the day and made every one feel at ease."
By the way folks, you must check out this other wedding shot by Beccy Goddard on Love My Dress, it is out of this world!
I adore pink and I adore peonies, what about you people? What is your favourite wedding day floral?
Much love all,
Photographer – Beccy Goddard
Venue – Bath Assembly Rooms
Brides dress – Jenny Packham, via The Mews in Clifton village, Bristol
Brides headpiece – Jenny Packham
Brides Shoes – high street/Kings Road, London
Brides Accessories – Jenny Packham bracelet
Grooms suit – A collection of high street stores
Bridesmaids Dresses – various choices
Flowergirl Dresses – Monsoon
Florist – Lisa Elliot in Clifton village
Cakes – Made by family members
Catering Company – Searcys – bowl food
Entertainment – Haynes Jazz band
Makeup Artist – Annabella
Hair Stylist – Sadie at Maine in Bristol