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Claire & Andy’s classic, timelessly romantic Bristol wedding, with Martin Dabek Photography

Claire and Andy were one of those lucky couples who were able to say their I dos in 2020. They’re part of the ‘Married Now, Party Later Revolution‘ we’ve seen here on English Wedding – and their micro wedding is the loveliest thing. Proof again that #LoveIsntCancelled – and a real joy for us to see. The gorgeous pair married at Claire’s local church and hired Bristol Wedding Photographer Martin Dabek, who captured their day beautifully.

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Wedding photographer’s website

https://martindabek.com/

How did you choose your photographer?

Google search and reviews, we also loved his style

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!

Yes! He was so lovely on the day, really friendly and helpful and we are so pleased with the photos he took!

Tell us about your venue – what made this place special for you?

The church we got married in was beautiful. It meant a lot to Claire as it is the church she visits regularly.
We didn’t have a reception venue because of Covid. We will have that in 2022

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Did you love wearing your outfits? How was the dress / suit shopping experience?

Yes! Claire loved dress shopping, she took a few different groups of girls with her and it was always a great day out! – she loved the dress so much she broke the rules and showed it to people before the wedding! She felt like a princess on the wedding day and got so many compliments!
Andy enjoyed suit shopping, he treated himself to a nice one from Reiss that he will wear again for special occasions. Claire went with him to help him choose, he also looked great on the day!

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Did you hire a florist? Tell us about any floral amazingness

Yes, Bloomantic. She is such a lovely lady and is so creative, her work is amazing! She goes for a more wild and unstructured look and we were so happy with our bouquets! I would defiantly recommend

Did you hire a wedding planner?

We did originally when it was an 150 person wedding supposed to happen last April, her name was Zeleka from the wedding day co-ordinators.
Leading up to the big day she was great, she thought of everything we might need and kept us calm and on track – I’m sure she would have done an amazing job on the day too and made sure we didn’t have to worry about anything! I would defo recommend her for piece of mind

As cake lovers here at English Wedding we’d LOVE to know who made your cake, and how delicious it was?

Andy’s mum, it was very delicious!!

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Tell us about any special personal touches, or creative projects you made yourselves

We gave everyone a goodie bag, with hand sanitiser (not something I’d ever though would be in our goodie bags!), snacks for after the church and cups for mulled wine – to keep people warm for outdoor photographs. We also got everyone a homemade mask with our initials – again something I would never have expected!

Did you personalise your vows or have any wedding readings? What were they?

Our vows were the standard ones you say in a Catholic Ceremony, they were beautiful. We picked some lovely bible readings and hymns – my favourite was give me joy in my heart

What was your first dance song? Why did you choose it?

We didn’t have one as we didn’t have the reception – we had chosen ain’t no mountain high enough as we met climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa. We had also started having lessons to teach us a routine to the song – that will have to wait until 2022

Favourite wedding suppliers

https://martindabek.com/
https://theweddingcoordinators.co.uk/
https://www.bloomantic.com/
https://www.bristolbridalhair.co.uk/
https://www.angelicabridal.co.uk/
https://exclusivealterations.co.uk/

They were all great!

Real wedding in 2020 by Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek on English-Wedding.com

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Real wedding in 2020 by Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek on English-Wedding.com

Real wedding in 2020 by Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek on English-Wedding.com

Real wedding in 2020 by Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek on English-Wedding.com

Real wedding in 2020 by Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek on English-Wedding.com

Real wedding in 2020 by Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek on English-Wedding.com

Real wedding in 2020 by Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek on English-Wedding.com

Real wedding in 2020 by Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek on English-Wedding.com

Real wedding in 2020 by Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek on English-Wedding.com

Real wedding in 2020 by Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek on English-Wedding.com

Real wedding in 2020 by Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek on English-Wedding.com

Real wedding in 2020 by Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek on English-Wedding.com

Real wedding in 2020 by Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek on English-Wedding.com

Real wedding in 2020 by Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek on English-Wedding.com

Real wedding in 2020 by Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek on English-Wedding.com

Real wedding in 2020 by Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek on English-Wedding.com

Real wedding in 2020 by Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek on English-Wedding.com

Real wedding in 2020 by Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek on English-Wedding.com

Real wedding in 2020 by Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek on English-Wedding.com

Real wedding in 2020 by Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek on English-Wedding.com
Real wedding in 2020 by Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek on English-Wedding.com

Real wedding in 2020 by Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek on English-Wedding.com

Real wedding in 2020 by Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek on English-Wedding.com

Real wedding in 2020 by Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek on English-Wedding.com

Real wedding in 2020 by Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek on English-Wedding.com

Real wedding in 2020 by Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek on English-Wedding.com

Real wedding in 2020 by Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek on English-Wedding.com

Real wedding in 2020 by Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek on English-Wedding.com

Real wedding in 2020 by Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek on English-Wedding.com

Real wedding in 2020 by Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek on English-Wedding.com

Real wedding in 2020 by Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek on English-Wedding.com

Real wedding in 2020 by Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek on English-Wedding.com

Real wedding in 2020 by Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek on English-Wedding.com

Real wedding in 2020 by Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek on English-Wedding.com

Real wedding in 2020 by Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek on English-Wedding.com

Real wedding in 2020 by Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek on English-Wedding.com

Real wedding in 2020 by Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek on English-Wedding.com

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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