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Lucy and Dimitri’s fun and relaxed wedding with Penguin Classic styling!

My boyfriend called me Bookworm once just after we’d met… and I secretly love the nickname! Nothing beats the smell of a book, the design of a cover, the nostalgia of old literary treasures or the excitement of new editions. So when two weddings with Penguin books influencing their styling come along all at once, I’m over the moon!

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Today I’m sharing Lucy and Dimitri’s wedding with you all. They married at the Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel in Bath and were keen to have a fun and relaxed wedding day. The conventional white wedding dress was nowhere to be seen with Lucy looking absolutely amazing in a stunning blue 1950s style cocktail dress. Dimitri makes a gorgeous groom in Hugo Boss – and together with friends and family today’s couple created a lovely celebration I’m proud to share with you today!

Congratulations to Lucy and Dimitri, and thank you for sharing your wedding report with me and my readers. You’re fantastic! Thank you to Becky Male Photography for submitting all the lovely images – I hope you love the feature and get tons of ideas from all the pics! Enjoy! Claire x
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A wedding inspired by Penguin Classics – Lucy and Dimitri

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Wedding venue:

Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel, Bath

Wedding photographer:

Becky Male Photography

Invitations and reception stationery:

Penguin Classic Literature book cover, Penguin logo table numbers and Penguin Classic cookbooks as wedding favours http://www.wedfest.co

What did you both wear?

Lucy wore a blue 1950s style cocktail dress

Dimitri wore a blue suit, white shirt, blue tie and brown shoes – all Hugo Boss

The wedding ceremony:

My Mum read a poem about ‘Who Wears the Trousers’ and my brother wrote a very entertaining piece about the two of us and marriage, including an off the cuff introduction about how he had decided against performing a rap, noting that Dimitri has 99 problems but Lucy isn’t one! Much laughter had throughout.

Wedding music and entertainment:

I walked down the aisle to Etta James ‘At Last’, signed the register to Stevie Wonder ‘Signed Sealed Delivered’ and The Turtles ‘Happy Together’. A Spanish guitarist joined us outside for drinks and canapés, and a band called Hat Box Mines played a live and then a DJ set in the evening.

Memorable wedding day moments:

Some of my favourites are:

  • running around a 5 star hotel in our PJs as we went to see how the wedding breakfast room was being set up
  • feeling totally absorbed in the ceremony and both of us slightly fluffing the vows
  • my brother’s reading and the speeches
  • the relaxed vibe in the sunshine
  • my 18 month old dancing to the Spanish guitarist
  • totally random evening on the dance floor with parents and friends dancing to the same music we all listened to at Uni!

We wanted a very personal wedding and nearly all our suppliers were people we knew and mostly setting out in the business world, so we wanted to help give them an opportunity to shine. It meant we had a really lovely feel to everything as everyone put their all in and the results were tangible. This aspect will always be a fond memory in itself.

Wedding day advice:

Just relax and let yourself participate, don’t focus on all the things you organised/arranged, what will be will be. Get into the spirit and go with the flow.

Everyone said to us ‘it’ll go in a flash’ but I think because we took this approach it really didn’t. At no point did I feel it was all happening to someone else which I know some brides get.

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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 www.byMoonandTide.com. 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.

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  • Scott Taylor
    6 years ago

    Looks like a gorgeous wedding and beautiful venue. Love the book inspired gift bags!

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