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SS Great Britain wedding - Laura & Alex

SS Great Britain wedding photography

ss great britain wedding photography

As a recommended SS Great Britain wedding photographer, I photograph weddings at this venue on a regular basis. Launched in 1843 as the world’s first luxury ocean liner, the SS Great Britain is a truly unique venue for wedding ceremonies and receptions. This unique wedding venue is also the first wedding venue in Bristol where couple could get married outside the Bristol register office.

Laura and Alex didn’t only have perfect weather for their wedding at SS Great Britain; they had an incredibly unique day all together. It was a spring wedding with summer weather. A dream wedding on board one of the world’s greatest historic ships, creating memories to cherish and last a lifetime.

SS Great Britain Wedding Photography

The bride with her bridesmaids got ready at her parents’ house near Bristol. Her hair was made by Broad St. weddings, her make-up done by Kathryn from Powder & Paint. Abigail Westrup Bridal handled the Dress alteration while the bride’s gorgeous head piece called Maui was handmade by Abigail Grace design. On the other hand, the groom with his groomsmen arrived at SS Great Britain in style by ferry from the city center.

The ceremony was lovely and I especially loved the unique flowers supplied by Emma Petersson. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed the sunshine on the weather deck where drinks reception was held. It was lovely to have a quick chat with parents of one of my brides whose wedding I photographed few years back, it turned out that there are bride's parents friends.

The speeches were downright hilarious! Right after the speeches, we manages to catch the last rays of Sun and took some portraits just before the sunset. The wedding at SS Great Britain wouldn't be completed without some evening portraits as the ship looks incredible at night. After that, it was back to the party to spend time with friends and family to celebrate the happiest day of their lives. The Jacks through Warble Entertainments serenaded the guests with good music.

"Dear Martin, thank you so much for the amazing pictures you took on our wedding day. We are so grateful to you - the day goes by in such a blur, but we have a fantastic set of pictures memories. You captured key parts throughout the whole day and we are so pleased. We will be singing your praises to anyone and everyone. Thank you Laura & Alex"

If you are considering wedding at SS Great Britain (or anywhere in Bristol) please don’t hesitate to contact me to discuss your SS Great Britain wedding photography requirements.

Recently their lovely wedding was also featured on The English Wedding Blog.  Click the link to see my previous wedding at SS Great Britain.

ss great britain wedding

SS Great Britain wedding


I’m delighted to say that Sarah & Jon's SS Great Britain wedding has been featured  in Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding magazine.

The couple opted to wed on board the ss Great Britain due to their shared nautical interests - Jon is keen sailor and Sarah has ancestors who worked on the pilot cutter vessels in Pill near Bristol.

Sarah explains: "We love being by the sea so it was an easy choice for us. It also provided me with plenty of ideas for the wedding theme. As I am a graphic designer, I designed all the stationery items myself". "Also, all the profits from the wedding are reinvested into the upkeep of the ship in it as well," adds Jon.
Sarah's dad drove her to the ceremony in his lovingly restored 1953 Sunbeam Alpine Roadster. "Arriving at the ship in dad's car was amazing", she recalls. " There were lots of people waiting outside which helped set the scene".

The couple exchanged vows on the Promenade Deck surrounded by 90 of their friends and family. Sarah made her entrance to Pachebel and the exit music was Handel played by harpist, Claire Dibble.
The couple chose a live swing band Gary Grace for the evening and their first dance was Beyond the Sea by Bobby Darin.

They chose their photographer Martin Dabek because he had experience of shooting on board the ss Great Britain. "We were shown a portfolio of his work taken at a wedding on the ship, which was amazing. He's really creative and we were really keen on having reportage-style photography to capture people enjoying the day," says Jon. Sarah adds:" Martin and his assistant Simon were great on the day and they made sure we got the most out of the venue. They captured the spirit of the day beautifully and I would definitely recommend them"

If you are considering SS Great Britain Wedding please don’t hesitate to contact me to discuss your wedding photography requirements.


What advice would you give brides who are planning their wedding?

1. Do what you both want to do – it’s a great reflection of your personalities and you don’t have to follow suit.
2. Relax. Take it all in and take a moment to look around you.
3. Plan. Fail to plan, plan to fail! He he… oh, and it will help with point 2.