Today I am thrilled to share this beautiful Somerset winter wedding with pretty white, evergreen, burlap and opal grey details at Priston Mill.
Images were captured by Martin Dabek Photography.
Martin Dabek is a Documentary Wedding Photographer based in Bristol, and covering Bath, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, South Wales and abroad.
His aim is to capture your day in a relaxed and natural style that produces beautiful, informal and emotional images.
I hand over to gorgeous Bride…
How did you meet?
We met abroad in Palma, Mallorca.
I was working there and Chase was on holiday with his friend from the United States. We bumped into each other at my local bar and instantly hit it off.
Chase was leaving Palma and heading back to America the following day. So, we exchanged numbers and kept in contact over the phone for 6 months.
Once I was able to get leave from my job, I flew to America see him – despite everyone telling me I was stupid to fly half way across the world to see someone I’d met for only a few hours.
However, my instincts were right as it felt as if we’d known each other all our lives.
A year and a half later we were engaged!
Tell us about the Proposal…
The proposal was absolutely magical and Chase planned the whole thing – but he made me work for it!
We were spending Christmas of 2017 in Estes Park, Colorado which was right up in the middle of the Rocky Mountains.
He had planned for us to do a 3 mile snowshoe hike up to Loch Vale (10,477 ft).
I had just come from sea level a few days before hand, so I was really struggling with the altitude and breathing. I sounded like a steam train, but I was determined to reach the top.
I was rewarded with the most incredible view of the Loch that had frozen over and it was snowing softly like something out of an idyllic Christmas movie.
Whilst I was taking in the view I hadn’t realised Chase had disappeared from my side. I turned around to look for him and found him on one knee behind me.
I immediately gasped with my hands to my face and started crying with happiness. He told me how much he loved me and that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me.
I could hardly let him finish asking his question before I said yes and wrapped my arms around him.
After a couple of minutes, he laughed and said “Can I give you the ring now?” – I’d totally forgotten about that part!
Tell us about your wedding planning journey…
I’m sure many people will say how difficult and stressful planning a wedding is, and believe me it’s true! But our circumstances were also quite tricky.
Chase is in the military over in the States and I am here in the UK studying at University. Both of these situations make logistics almost impossible.
The first issue was finding a date. Chase had limited leave and it was always subject to change due to his job. We had changed the date four times before settling on a Christmas time wedding when we were fairly sure it wouldn’t be affected.
Unfortunately for me, that put the wedding right in the middle of my final year of university (the important one). I would not recommend this to anyone who wishes to keep their sanity.
Luckily, my mother is an organisational wizard and helped me plan everything from start to finish. If it wasn’t for her, the wedding would NOT have happened.
She also took on some of the bridezilla role for me too so that I was able to stay relative calm throughout the whole thing. Chase appreciated this.
Any special touches/DIY?
The wedding was held at Priston Mill in Bath – a phenomenal venue in an old watermill and barn which had been beautifully restored.
The architecture was so stunning that it didn’t need much in the way of decoration. This was perfect for us as we had planned to make all our own wreaths, garlands and flowers for our Christmas wedding.
What was the theme /colour palette of your Big Day?
We wanted a Christmas feel to our colour palette but not overdone, so we chose a simple combination of white, evergreen, burlap and opal grey.
(Chase’s uniform threw in a curve ball so we had to include navy blue as well).
What was the best bit of your day?
The best bit of the day was of course saying ‘I do’! But, the most amazing part was when the entire room of 120 people were up dancing with the ceilidh band in the evening. I
’ve never seen such a great mix of people, from all over the world, dancing together and hysterically laughing. It was a moment I will never forget.
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
Delegate the responsibilities of planning! Don’t feel that you have to do it all by yourself.
Organising a wedding is a huge undertaking and if, like me, you can’t afford a wedding planner, make use of all your family and friends.
The most important thing is that the couple are free of stress in order to enjoy the day!
Venue – Priston Mill – Bath
Photographer – Martin Dabek Photography
Wedding Dress – Anna Sorrano at Wed2b
Bridesmaid Gowns – Maids to Measure (Maxi dress with satin belt and cowl neck in colour ‘Fig’)
Groom – Military uniform
Cake Maker – The Little Bakehouse – Devizes (Cupcakes: a selection of lemon, coconut, chocolate and gluten free chocolate)
Florist – Bramble and Wild
Rings – Gabriel & Co.
Hair stylist – Louise Alway
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