A beautiful wedding at The Bodkin

Bristol wedding blog photo (25)I’m watching the rugby with Gareth as I type, so I can’t say Bodkin out loud. But I want to: what a wonderfully English-sounding name for a wedding venue! “Bodkin”. It’s from Middle English and means dagger, according to Wiktionary! Not enough? Jane Austen once stayed at this Bristol inn, according to the wedding venue website. She scrawled her name on the window with a diamond ring – “fashionably”, so I understand!

Laura and Nathan’s glorious wedding lives up to the quality and elegance you’d expect, not just from The Bodkin wedding venue (oh I love it!) but also from Martin Pemberton Photography. I’m delighted to feature such a beautifully photographed wedding on my blog for you today.

And last but not least, Laura and Nathan. We have a beautiful bride – a delicate beauty with flowers in her hair – and a handsome groom (watch out for Nathan’s beaming smiles throughout the day – he looks so proud to be a married man)!

Laura’s written a wedding report for you – so over to the bride!

Laura and Nathan’s Bristol (Bodkin!) wedding

Our wedding day was fantastic and couldn’t have gone any better. From start to finish everything ran smoothly and we couldn’t have asked for better weather which made for better photo opportunities. It was very satisfying seeing the previous 12 months of planning come to fruition.

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Jane Gilchrist is a family friend who offered to sing at the wedding as a gift. Jane is an operatic singer and she sang as the guests were seated and waiting for me to arrive and then sang as we were signing the register. Due to the church being small in size and the roof structure high this helped the acoustics sound amazing!
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My wedding dress: Veromia from Future Brides

My wedding dress was from Veromia (Style: VR61018 – ivory fishtail with lace up back). I bought it from Future Brides in Chipping Sodbury, Bristol. They offered a fun and friendly service and were always willing to go the extra mile to ensure that my day was special. After selecting ‘the one’, my seamstress and I added a halterneck to the dress as well to make it more suited to my individual style. I recommend Future Brides – they were brilliant and have a range of different stock from bridesmaids dresses to bridal dresses.

(Future Brides facebook page is
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I chose a classic court shoe by Rainbow with a 2 inch heel as I wanted to be comfortable throughout the day as I am so used to wearing trainers being a P.E teacher. My veil also purchased and recommended from Future Brides, was a ¾ length veil and had a silk trim which was simple and elegant that complimented the dress perfectly. My mum had given me her garter which she wore on her wedding day to my dad. The garter had sentimental value as it has been passed down through the family as a tradition. It was also lucky as it happened to be old and blue!

My jewellery was very minimal and apart from my diamond engagement ring and wedding ring I only wore white gold diamond droplet earrings.

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Bristol wedding blog photo (12)Nathan wore a Prince Edward brown morning suit complete with ivory waistcoat and taupe cravat, handkerchief and brown shoes. This was to help him be distinguished from his other groomsmen who wore the same but with an ivory waistcoat and ivory handkerchief.

Each Groomsman wore cufflinks with their title for the day so either groom or best man etc. The groom being an avid Tottenham Hotspur Football fan wore his Tottenham watch which was his special accessory given to him by me that morning before the wedding.

The groomsman suits were hired from Tux and Tails in Bristol, they were very helpful with choosing which colours would work best with the colour scheme.

Bristol wedding blog photo (3)Our football theme was memorable: All the tables at the reception were named after the Groom’s favourite Tottenham players past and present. They all had a quiz relating to that player or to Tottenham Hotspur history for the table to amuse themselves with before the 3 course meal was served.

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Bristol wedding blog photo (1)Our wedding breakfast was memorable: Looking around the room and sharing our memorable day with friends and family and feeling the fun and laughter that immersed the room.

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Bristol wedding blog photo (8)Martin Pemberton, our wedding photographer understood that we didn’t want to have the traditional wedding photos, so he managed to capture some great relaxed shots of the day where we were having photos taken by various features that our reception venue had to offer.

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Wedding day advice: what one piece of advice would you give?

After you are married, take a moment alone just the two of you to have a moment of reflection and just be able to share a moment in private.


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Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



  • Brett Harkness
    8 years ago

    Hey Martin, great work mate! Lovely light, lovin the flare shot! Some great details and use of daylight also, well done kid. The couple I am sure will be very happy. cheers, Brett

  • Martin Pemberton
    8 years ago

    Thanks for featuring this wedding Claire, it’s one of my favourites

  • Hannah Webster
    8 years ago

    That pic of the bride having a proper laugh holding a glass of wine in the sunshine looking all happy and wonderful…that’s what wedding photography is all about for me. Love it! x

  • Becky Male
    8 years ago

    Nice work Martin – really lovely photographs. It looks like a really happy day.

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