Joanna & Tristan’s Romantic Country House Real Wedding At Guyers House Hotel

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Singing chef at a romantic country house wedding? Why not! That’s what Joanna and Tristan had at their crystal and ivory themed real wedding at Guyers House Hotel. You’ll love this splendid large celebration in a glittering marquee set in lush gardens.

Joanna and Tristan photography bride and groom in garden

Bride and Groom…  Joanna and Tristan

Wedding date… Saturday 9th April 2011

Length of engagement… Ten months.

We met… We had met as teenagers at schools in Bath 15 years ago, but had never really got to know one another.  University, travel plans, ensuing careers and lives out of Bath had meant our paths had not crossed again until we spotted each other across the lively Greek bar, Opa, in our home town of Bath. It turned out that the year before, Tristan had tragically lost his 29 year old wife, Nikki, to breast cancer.  Their daughter, Sophia, had been born just a few months before Nikki died.

The proposal… Ten months later Tristan flew me out to New York for my 30th and there at the top of the Rockefeller Centre, overlooking the Empire State Building with amazing New York skyline in front of us, he produced a beautiful diamond ring and proposed.

We knew it was ‘the one’… After our initial meeting Tristan invited me out for our first date. We went to a cosy wine bar and pizzeria and spent the evening laughing and chatting about anything and everything. Neither of us wanted the night to end. We went on to a couple of other bars, shared a passionate kiss and then Tristan walked me home again.  It was the start of something very special.

Wedding photographer… Jessica Beveridge at

Bride's Hotel White Flowers on the Carved Stone Doorway Arch

White Bridal Dress And Shoes

Bride's Jewellery And Bag with Flowers and Pearls and Silver

Bride Getting Ready Make-up Hair and Accessories

Bride Getting Ready Monochrome Photography

My dress was… The beautiful, traditional and romantic venue we had chosen was such an important feature in our projected ‘feel’ for the day that I even based the style of my dress on it.  My chosen dress had to be pretty, like Guyers House and its gardens, and a trip to London with my sister, Mel, soon found me the ivory lace and taffeta Ian Stuart ‘Babette’ creation. I knew it was the one as soon as I put it on. I found a stunning set of South Sea pearl and diamond earrings and matching necklace to complement the dress and a pretty hair piece. Both of my grandfathers had passed away in recent years and so to keep them part of the day I had each of their (old) wedding rings stitched into my dress lining with (blue) thread.  I ‘borrowed’ a pretty veil with dainty Swarovski crystal from one of my friends and wore a lucky sixpence in my new shoes.

Tristan and Joanna Bride Photo with White Flower Bouquet

Bride And Mother-of-the-Bride

Bridal Party Mother and Father and Bridesmaids

Our bridesmaids were… My best friends Ruth, Lucy, sisters Melanie and Kimberley and niece Arabella. They all  looked so beautiful in Grecian style pewter coloured dresses from the Monsoon wedding collection.  Sophia was our gorgeous little flower girl, wearing a pretty lace dress.

Bridesmaids Monochrome Photography

Bride And Bridesmaids

White Vintage Wedding Car with Flowers and White Ribbon

This article was written by

Sahdia Qayyum
Sahdia Qayyum has over six years experience in the wedding industry as a planner and designer; she has a clear vision of what brides are looking for.
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