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Elegant vintage wedding in Bath

Beccy and David, Church of St. James the Great, South Stoke and The Park Resort, Wick near Bath

Beccy and Dave – Y&YW Winners!

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Jo Hansford photography

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Beccy and Dave are Y&YW winners! They scooped  the top prize in our Jan/ Feb 09 issue – wedding videography by innovative company Reel 60. “The film is amazing – we love it! Damo was so discreet on the day – and managed to capture so many touching moments. It’s been particularly lovely to share with people who couldn’t join us on the day and make them feel included,” says Beccy.

Beccy and Dave – Contemporary Style

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The couple went for a classic, vintage look for the day to complement their gorgeous choice of venues. “We live near a little village in Bath called South Stoke and often said that we would love to get married in the cute little Church of St. James the Great,” says Beccy. “And The Park Resort is a Jacobean house set within beautiful grounds – the décor is contemporary and it was big enough to accommodate our hundred guests yet small enough to feel intimate.”

Beccy and Dave – The Dress

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“My dress was Vera Wang made from fluid silk with vintage lace in a shade of oyster, adapted by dressmaker Paula from Camilla Brides in Norwich.

I decided to go for pearls on my veil and for jewellery – my bracelet was from Pearl Magpie, my necklace was from Bath’s antique market and earrings by Clare at Clifton Rocks in Bristol, who also made our gorgeous wedding rings.” Bridesmaids Lucy and Emma wore gold Karen Millen dresses, while groom David wore a charcoal Paul Smith lounge suit.

“My family and I were lucky enough to stay at the Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath the night before the wedding – I felt surprisingly calm,” adds Beccy.

Beccy and Dave – The Ceremony

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Rachel Lilley created a gorgeous over-arm bridal bouquet of amnesia roses and eucalyptus and the church was elegantly decorated with lit candelabras and gold wired ribbon. Beccy and David enjoyed every moment of their ceremony. “We felt peaceful, happy and excited all at once!”

Beccy and Dave – The Reception

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“I like to keep things simple and uncluttered,” says Beccy of her reception decor. “We used potted cream orchids plus the candelabras from the church, decorated with peonies, amnesia roses and eucalyptus.” Morley Press (07771 661 377) created the simple black and cream invitations, orders of service, place cards and menus. “Guests’ favours were Green & Blacks chocolate miniatures tied with gold ribbon for ladies and black ribbon for men, decorated with black and white photos of Dave and I,” adds Beccy.

Beccy and Dave – The Cuisine

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The Park created a stunning menu for the guests – mushroom risotto, followed by braised shoulder of beef with Claret and thyme sauce. Dessert was chocolate cupcakes with raspberry coulis by Country Cupcakes in Bath. “I found lovebird cupcake cases at Squires and decorated the tiers with flowers.”

Beccy and Dave – The Evenings Entertainment

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The Moonloungers kept the guests entertained all evening. “We also had Chinese lanterns on the lawn as night fell – it was magical to see them drifting into the distance,” says Beccy.