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The first wedding of this season fell very early this year – on January 14th in fact, only one day after I returned from my yoga retreat in Morocco. But it was from one winter sunshine to another as Bath was bathed in gorgeous frosty sunlight on the morning of the wedding. The early drive there was quite spectacular with the sun rising up over the bare trees and a white covering across the hills. It took my breath away and had me smiling in anticipation of what I knew was going to be a beautiful wedding at the majestic Bath Abbey.
I remembered Jess from the wedding of my friends’ Tom and Emily – she had sung so beautifully for them, and now, two years later she contacted me to photograph her wedding after seeing some shots I had taken at their wedding. Singing would prove to be a highlight of her wedding as she had the full choir with whom she performs with on hand to sing during the ceremony – an unexpected but moving performance for the guests.
Her entrance was inadvertently intimidating as a large crowd had gathered around the abbey door to see the bride, and an even larger crowd was waiting as the wedding party departed the abbey and Jess and Adam led their guests, crocodile fashion, across the roads and down the slope into the gardens.
Jess had always planned for a winter wedding and the setting was to be Bath Abbey with the reception a short way across the road to Parade Gardens where she had chosen to host the party in a Kata teepee style tent from Papakata dressed in candle light, fairy lights and heated with central open fires. Long bench style tables seated the guests who enjoyed beef bourguigon followed by pot luck fruit crumble served at the table from caterers Tu Mangetout.
As I prepared to creep away into the night the dressing up box had just come out and one of my favourite pictures from the end of the evening is Jess and Adam in their oversized comedy glasses, dancing and singing the night away and having the best day of their lives.
If you were a guest at Jess and Adam’s wedding, you can view the full gallery and purchase prints here. The password is Adam’s surname.