A personal Bath Wedding Guide

Having seen several wedding guides published in the papers, I thought it would be fun to write my own! Most of the companies who helped us with the wedding were Bath-based and all were great!

It’s also a good excuse to post some of our wedding photos, which I’ve been meaning to do for ages.

What we wore

My dress was by Allure Bridals from Victoria Park Bridal. Luisa, the owner, is really friendly, kind and patient – even when I had to come back a couple of times. VPB has a great selection.

My shoes were from LK Bennett, thanks to Rachel who found some white ones in the stockroom.

My sister, my mum and I all got our hair done at Bobby Mak, where the ladies did a brilliant job interpreting our various requests; we all did our own make-up.

My Mum’s outfit was from Phase Eight and my sister’s bridesmaid dress was tailor-made by a friend; she made her own headpiece: crafty!

The guys had morning suits from Moss Bros (the Bath branch, who were so helpful with sizes) and all different ties from Tie Rack.

Our lovely flowers were from Pulteney Bridge Flowers. I had no idea what to choose but Angela was an excellent guide and they turned out beautifully.

Where we stayed

Brooks Guesthouse on Crescent Gardens: modern and handy for the city centre (and the kids’ playground!) Michael, the manager, and his team went above and beyond with all my queries and especially with all the comings and goings on the day. Fantastic breakfasts too!

Transport

A black cab is highly practical for wedding transport – plenty of space for dresses!

Mike was brilliant on the day – he had flowers and ribbons on the cab, a smart suit and plenty of patience!

It wasn’t till we got the photos back that I realised the number plate reads SNOG!

We also had minibuses from the very-reliable South West Mini Buses.

The wedding

We were married at St Michael’s Without of Bath. It’s a beautiful church with a very friendly and welcoming congregation and ministry team.

Charles and Caroline, who were some of the first people we met at St Michael’s, arranged for the bellringers and the lovely flowers.

We designed our own orders of service, which were printed by Minuteman on Walcot Street – they were very helpful, especially when I spotted a last-minute typo!

Our rings were from Nicholas Wylde – another fantastic local company where they really know their stuff (unlike the big chains). Philippa was really helpful when we were being indecisive!

The reception

The Bath Assembly Rooms is an absolutely beautiful venue and Searcys, the in-house caterers, were amazing. They took care of all the set-up and lots of extra bits and pieces. Everybody commented on how delicious the food was (including the special diet meals!)

My Mum made the cake – wasn’t it fab?

Wines were supplied by Averys of Bristol, Tom’s favourite wine merchant. They very kindly stored the wines we chose and delivered them over to Bath.

We had two brilliant bands during the reception. Smoochy jazz by the lovely James Lambeth during the arrival drinks:

Love the tail coat!

And high-energy party band The Hitlist (previously ‘Anthem’) after dinner:

They really went all out, and were incredibly entertaining, despite having to work with the sound level restrictions at the Assembly Rooms.

Photographer

Last but not least, all the photographs in this post are by Steve Watkins, our lovely photographer, who is based in Bristol. I think you can tell he did an amazing job – we were really delighted!

Many of the photos in this post are among my favourites from the day, but here are a couple more!

Thank You!

We’ve been writing this blog to say an extended thank you to our family and friends who were so generous in contributing to our honeymoon fund. We really are very grateful and we hope you have enjoyed reading about our trip of a lifetime. Thank you again!

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Love from,

J&T xxx

Hello

On 29 October 2011, this happened:

We’ve set up this blog to share photos from our amazing Californian honeymoon with friends and family – particularly those not on Facebook!

To read the posts in order, please start with “Day 1: San Diego” and then click ‘Next’ after reading to move to Day 2, and so on.

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Love from,

Jenny and Tom