Stunning Winter Sunrise Wedding at The Roman baths

When super easy going couple Olivia & Andy contacted me to photograph their Sunrise Wedding at The Roman Baths I was, as they say “all over it”. 

They described their plans for an intimate ceremony in the historic setting with the ancient baths as the backdrop subtly illuminated by fire pits and only the sound of early morning birdsong. The fact that this most atmospheric of Weddings was  to happen only one week before Christmas made it sound even more appealing. 

The plan for the rest of the day was super chilled. A short walk into the beautiful city of Bath with breakfast and coffee at a local cafe, a walk around the Christmas market and the local sights before everyone would head off the The Manor House a few miles away to have a couple of hour’s rest before regrouping for a party filled with wonderful food and drink.

Wedding at The Roman Baths

I’ve been lucky enough to shoot weddings at some amazing weddings but for the pure “Wow” factor, The Roman baths in Bath definitely take some beating. To somebody who is not a morning person the 6am rise in the dark of winter at my nearby accommodation I’m no longer used to but the lovely certainly added to the excitement of the day. On arrival at the venue it was still very dark with no hint yet of the sunrise for the ceremony at 8am. As I enjoyed capturing images of the venue with nobody yet around, guest slowly began arriving, all looking as if the felt something unique and special was happening in a wonderfully unique and awe inspiring venue.

A friend of the couple who is a piper had been asked to play the pipes as Olivia arrived and the acoustics of the buildings, the sea from the baths in the cold morning air really did make it a hairs on the neck standing up moment as Olivia made her entrance.  After the short, intimate and personal ceremony with readings from 3 of the couple’s friends we took the opportunity to get some couple shots around the site before everyone went out into the streets and made the short walk to the nearby cafe for a very welcome warm coffee and breakfast.

Wedding Photography in Bath

With everyone refuelled we took the opportunity to grab a confetti shot in front of a nearby Christmas tree before myself and the couple went for a stroll, a chat and some really relaxed couple shots in the city centre as it was just starting to spring into life for the day. Bath’s beautiful architecture perfectly complimented Olivia and Andy’s stylish attire. Once we’d had a walk and grabbed  some relaxed and informal portrait shots we headed over to the Manor House to prepare for the rest of the amazing day ahead.

The Manor Holcombe.

The Manor Holcombe, is a stunning country home in the Somerset countryside. The magnificent Georgian manor house has been a family home since 2015. It ’s not only been scene of many happy gatherings but is and actual family home. The Wedding party had exclusivity for the weekend but today was all about the wedding celebrations.

While guests took some time out to relax in their rooms the newlywed couple and I had a lovely walk around the house and the grounds, capturing a few informal portrait shots as we went. Their little terrier dog “Peanut” joined us and featured regularly in my images from the day, she’s part of the family and was an integral part the the overall relaxed and non-traditional vibe of the whole occasion. 

Everyone who was staff on the day were friends of the couple. Drinks were provided in the bar by …… and a close family friend of Olivia’s was head chef who carefully crafted the canopes and all of the delicious food for the wedding breakfast. The room for the meal was breath taking an incredibly festive. 

Olivia had said there would be no speeches but, as often happens on these occasion some impromptu speeches from Bothe the bride and groom took place and were even more genuine and heartfelt than they ever would have been had the been pre-prepared – it was a wonderful thing to witness.

The rest of the day was spend informally enjoying drinks and dancing to tunes provided by another r friend who had brought along a sound system and decks to provide the evening entertainment. 

A special mention just also go to Lucy the Live Event Artist who spent the entire day working alongside me. Lucy spent the whole day working tirelessly creating wonderful art with painted portraits of all of the guests. It was a joy to watch her at work and the art she produces in stunning – all of the guests at the beautiful wedding were bowled over when the saw the paintings she had created. 

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If you’re panning a Wedding at The Roman Baths I would love the opportunity to re-visit and capture some stunningly ethereal Wedding Photos for you Non-traditional Wedding. Please have a look around my site to get a feel for my style and my love of both traditional and non-traditional weddings.