By Louise Baltruschat Hollis
Photos by Bo Leray Photography
The joy-filled Bath city wedding of WWW followers James and Harriet is sure to steal your heart. Their day was relaxed and intimate with a guest list of 12. They kept their day a secret from everyone else until they returned from their mini-moon, so romantic!
They held their ceremony at Bath Guildhall followed by a private dining room reception at No.15 Great Pulteney. Their day was so happy, with so many laughs. Plus there were some lovely touches including a sweet heart veil, gorgeous pink blooms and stunning outfit choices. And, all on a £5000 budget which is no mean feat! Sensational.
Bo Leray Photography, thank you so much for sharing with us these absolutely gorgeous images of James and Harriet’s city chic wedding in Bath.
James and Harriet on WWW
I was very excited to get engaged and then quickly realised that I had absolutely no idea what I wanted our wedding to look like! I was completely clueless, so finding wedding inspiration was absolutely essential.
James had grand plans for a weekend away that would revolve around picking an engagement ring, but we ended up stumbling across my dream ring a few weeks before. It was the only one like it in the jewellers and fit me perfectly so it felt like a sign.
We wanted our wedding to be as relaxed and intimate as possible, which I think we achieved with our 12 guests! We also didn’t tell anyone outside of the guest list that we were getting married, so it was a big surprise when we came back from our minimoon!
The pressure of a big wedding wouldn’t have suited us, so coming as close to an elopement as we could was perfect. Whilst still being able to include some of our nearest and dearest.
We didn’t have a strict budget but wanted to keep it as low as possible! We ended up spending around £5,000 and feel so lucky to have had such a perfect day without breaking the bank.
We had our ceremony in the Jane Austen room at the Guildhall, Bath. As we had such a small group (12 guests!) it was the perfect room for our intimate ceremony.
We then walked through Bath to our reception in the private dining room at No. 15 Great Pulteney. We also stayed at the hotel and it was absolutely stunning. They upgraded us to a suite which made the stay even more special. Having a hot tub in our bathroom was quite something!
Molly, their amazing events coordinator, had set up the dining room beautifully for our relaxed dinner, with our own playlist on the speakers, and beautiful summer flowers down the long table. Looking out onto beautiful Great Pulteney street was so special.
The ceremony was so beautiful and surreal. The small room meant everyone really felt a part of it, and the two ladies who looked after us were so lovely and helped calm our nerves. Seeing James stood at the front waiting for me when I rounded the corner was such a moment, and we both cried our way through the ceremony.
My friend did an amazing job of reading Union by Robert Fulgam. We had spent a lot of time trying to find the right reading, and this one made us cry when we first read it – which seemed like a good pick!
Our photographer was the first thing we booked. It was so important to us to capture the day as we knew we would be keeping the wedding small (and secret!). We wanted to make sure that we captured our memories of the day perfectly, and to have something beautiful to share with everyone when we revealed our big secret.
I found Bo on Pinterest when I was searching for small city wedding inspiration. I went to save a picture of a couple running outside of Bath Abbey and it opened up Bo’s website. The photos turned out even more beautiful than I could ever have imagined. She did an incredible job of capturing the spirit of the day.
I wasn’t sure if being a traditional bride was for me, but really wanted the experience of trying on a princess dress. I visited a bridal shop with my mum and a friend and tried on some beautiful dresses but they didn’t feel like me at all.
After that experience, I ordered a few dresses online and the first one I tried ended up being the one! The simple slip dress from Coast with its tie-back felt just right and matched the relaxed vibe of the day perfectly. I absolutely loved my short heart trim veil from Gigi & Olive, it was a fun version of the traditional veils I had admired when trying on dresses.
James had seen the tweed suit he wanted at a tailor in Cheltenham the day that we bought my engagement ring. Once we had the date set we went straight back and bought it!
We went to Lisbon for a minimoon straight after the wedding which was so fun! We stayed in a cute little Airbnb and spent a few days walking, eating and drinking our way around the city. It was absolutely perfect.
We are now planning a big honeymoon for Easter next year.
We were very low-key when it came to styling! Luckily the bare bones of our venue were beautiful to start with, and they clearly have excellent taste in décor. We kept it simple with white table linens and candles and added pops of colour with the beautiful floral arrangements from Flowers by Passion.
Be really clear on what you want out of the day. It can be really easy to be taken off track by family pressures and expectations. At the end of the day, your wedding is about you and your partner and the day should reflect you both as best as it can.
Oh so romantic.
James and Harriet, thank you both ever so much for sharing your very special Bath city wedding story.
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Credit where credit is due
Photographer Bo Leray Photography
Ceremony Venue Bath Guildhall
Reception Venue Table Settings & Catering No.15 Great Pulteney
Dried Flower Bouquet Vanilla & Wild Skincare
Hotel Flowers Flowers by Passion
Wedding Dress Coast
Veil Gigi & Olive
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