So continuing with Jay and Greg’s beautiful Bath wedding, we left the church and walked along to the Parade Gardens which is right nearby, for some family photographs. There is something about a wedding party walking along the streets that makes people smile and particularly on a Saturday in July, there were lots of shouts of ‘congratulations!’ for Jay and Greg. It was very hot, so after we had taken their group photographs and the rest of the guests wandered along to the Guildhall, Jay, Greg and I found some shade for a while to do a few pictures of them together. The Parade Gardens has lovely lawns and also a Bath stone arched building which was perfect for some quiet couple shots and a very romantic background. We then had time for a wander along the riverside before Jay and Greg climbed into their carriage for the ride to the Guildhall. I always say you have to be quite fit to be a wedding photographer and this was put to the test as I ran along the road to get some photographs of them in the carriage!
Jay and Greg had some lovely touches throughout their wedding and one was a traditional Polish tradition, organised by Greg’s Mother of presenting the newly married couple with two glasses of clear liquid (one water and one vodka!). The bride gets to choose which drink she would like and they then both have to drink the glasses in one go. If the bride ends up with the vodka it means that she will definitely wear the trousers in their married life and all the ladies were definitely pleased that Jay did indeed choose the vodka and had no problem in drinking the whole glass! After drinks it was time for the wedding breakfast upstairs and then afterwards, they had their wedding cakes served on tiered stands as afternoon tea – a really nice idea. Guests enjoyed brandies downstairs while the room was prepared for the ceilidh and then everyone got their dancing shoes on! Here are some of my favourite images from the second part of their day: