A week ago on Saturday, I had the pleasure of photographing Erica and James’ wedding in Bath. They had had such a sunny day for their pre-wedding shoot I was really hoping the day would dawn sunny and dry and as luck would have it – it did! I drove over to Norton St Philip to meet up with Erica and her mum Christine and bridesmaids Mairead, Jessica her Sister and friend Donna. I have been in touch with Erica since last May when we first met up and it has been great to see all her plans coming together. She decided on a medieval theme, to fit in with the setting of Bath Abbey and her venue – the George in Norton St Philip which was a 14th century coaching in – so very atmospheric! The girls’ bridesmaids dresses were a medieval style and in a deep red colour – which looked gorgeous with the reds and oranges of the flowers. Erica’s dress and veil had been made for her by her Mother and was a beautiful cream silk gown, also in a medieval style.
I then headed into Bath to the Abbey and met up with James and his best man Dave and ushers Phil and Nick. Although the Abbey is a spectacular building for a wedding it is also surprisingly intimate as they close it an hour before the wedding and it is so peaceful and tranquil inside despite crowds of tourists outside watching the street performers. Erica arriving created quite a stir as all sorts of visitors to Bath were keen to see her and I think she must have felt a bit like a celebrity!
Erica is a musican and had written her entrance music – which was quite amazing. She has quite a musical family as her cousin sang a beautiful aria during the service and at the end, a favourite piece of mine, John Rutter’s The Lord bless you and keep you – after which there wasn’t a dry eye in the whole Abbey!
After the ceremony, Erica and James greeted guests outside before we all headed off to the George.
Here are a few of my favourite shots from the first part of their day: