Happy Almost Friday everyone! As we near the end of the week, I have an AMAZING wedding to share with you all today. Just fun, classy, beautiful, and PERFECT! Side Note: ANY wedding that includes a Westie is an instant hit with me!
The talented photographer who shot this stunning wedding was awesome enough to share some words about the lovely day and couple.
Here’s Charlene Morton…..
Morning preparations began at home in Bristol, champage was flowing, the kitchen table had been overrun with masses of makeup pots, hair tools and products, as the bridesmaids hair was curled, plaited and sprayed into place. Baiba had been to the salon to get her hair and make-up done, so arrived looking glamorous as the perfect bride.
There was a flourish of bright yellow tones throughout the day, from the bridesmaids dresses and seasonal daffodils to the flutes of bubbling champagne waiting to be sipped.
The ceremony was held in St Mary the Virgins Church in Leigh Woods, Bristol. A small, relatively secluded church which had been decorated with masses of fresh flowers, whilst the 7 strong groomsparty welcomed in the sunshine, the church pews slowly filled with excited guests from all countries of the world. Not only a blend of British and Latvian, but guests from Russia, Estonia and Lithuanian gave the day a vibrancy and multinational buzz. Groom Adam had been preparing at his parents house all morning, and was quickly ushered inside out of sight as his bride to be Baiba arrived with her father to greet the vicar.
The British traditions were more prominent at this precise moment, with guests sneaking in just before the bride, after, lets just say, not arriving early!
With beautifully laces fishtail wedding gown, complete with underskirts, simple pearl necklace and floor length veil, Baiba was the perfect bride. Her simple lilly of the valley bouquet was delicate and fragrant and she walked the aisle, preceded by her three bridesmaids who were dressed in Yellow Zara dresses, with cap sleeves and cut out back detail. The ceremony was simple and emotional, the love and excitement between the pair could be felt by all. On exiting the church as newlyweds, Baiba and Adam were almost instantly greeted by their little dog, who, smartly dressed in a tuxedo dog suit, had been waiting patiently outside the church gate. A bus had been organised to take the guests to the reception, whilst I whisked the couple, best man and bridesmaids off for a few pictures. We convoyed through Clifton, and after a quick stop off in a Tesco Extra to buy a bottle of bubbly and some plastic cups, we headed over to the Clifton Suspension Bridge in the bitter cold for a group shot. With the cold and wind making even standing still a chore we made it quick, and soon returned to the warmth of the cars to head to Coombe Lodge.
Just before arriving at the entrance driveway at Coombe Lodge we spied a small turning across a bridge into a little village (in Latvian tradition it is customary for the groom to carry his new bride across 7 bridges usually!-phew) Whilst the bridesmaids popped into the local pub to powder their noses – much to the amusement of the locals who I’m sure didn’t object to three beautiful ladies popping in! I took Baiba and Adam around the corner and found some lovely rustic backdrops for the couple to pose against.
The newlywed Mr and Mrs Brown were welcomed by the guests in the beautiful grounds, the hints of Latvian traditions could be found throughout the day, including Adam carrying his new bride across the threshold of the doorway whilst smashing a plate! A string quartet welcomed the guests into Coombe Lodge, and drinks, canapés and nibbles were passed round to chattering guests.
Baiba and her maids had such fun throughout the entire day, I just had to capture them together! These are some of my all time favourite bridal party shots, they are full to the brim with personality, fun and friendship! fashion, editorial photographs of some very glamourous girls!
It was quite a cold day, but before the evening sun set Baiba and Adam embraced the cold once more. The entrance to Coombe Lodge boasts a stone balcony which over looks not only the beautiful grounds and gardens of the building, but also the entire surrounding hillsides and towns. A very romantic spot, prefect for the kiss shot!
The dining hall in Coombe Lodge had been decorated and set out in cream tones, personalised ribbons were used as place settings, and diamond encrusted chair ties, a solo harpist set up in the far corner to provide some delicate background music. The evening dinner was a three course delight, with laughter, talking and singing throughout, one of the favourite latvian traditions to begin chanting ‘kiss’ ‘kiss’ , until the entire room was chanting together, and the bride and groom had to stand up and kiss! (this happened a lot!) The speeches were full of tears, laughter and an unnatural amount of jigging, thanks to Adams grooms party! There was even the ‘stealing of the bride’ in which Baiba popped to the toilet, only to be replaced by a man (who happened to have very lovely long blond hair) in her veil! A randsom, in the form of alcohol had to be paid before Adams bride was returned! It was wonderful to learn and see in action a variety of different Latvian wedding traditions and customs, which made for a highly entertaining evening!
The glamourous guests danced the night away in true wedding style, and it was lovely to see the blending of nationalities, languages and ages seamlessly enjoying each others company! Adam and Baiba opted against the traditional first dance, and instead opened the floor to all guests.
Baiba and Adams wedding was the perfect blend of British and Latvian tradition, and was a day full of laughs, smiles and friends, just what a wedding should be! It was a huge pleasure to be a part and photograph the day, one of the perks of being a bristol wedding photographer is the variety I get to encounter! I wish Adam and Baiba all the luck in the world for their future together!
Congrats to Baiba & Adam on such a beautiful wedding and a lifetime of great memories. A special thanks to Charlene Morton Photography for her amazing work and for sharing this wedding with us!
Photographer: Charlene Morton Photography