My blog game has been utterly terrible in recent months, but I am super excited to share with you all a beautiful Roman-inspired wedding that I had the pleasure of planning and designing earlier this year. For me, the standout elements (aside from the gorgeous bride and groom of course) were the jaw-droppingly beautiful venues. It was a weekend wedding celebration that kicked off with a fun, vibrant and Indian-themed Mehndi night at the totally gorgeous Holburne Museum in Bath. The following day was the civil ceremony and wedding reception at the glorious Roman Baths at the centre of this beautiful, bustling city.
The Holburne Museum
Night one was the pre-wedding and Indian themed Mehndi night celebration. The design concept for the event was wonderfully rich and colourful featuring bright pink and orange tablecloths, wild floral arrangements and curtains, handing ceiling lanterns and festoon lanterns on the outdoor terrace. The couple chose the modern cafe at the Holburne Museum for the event location with a glass exterior that provides such a beautiful contrast to the historical bath stone building.
All the guests looked sensational dressed in traditional Indian saris and this really made the electric and colourful atmosphere come to life. Mehndi artists were on hand to decorate guests hands and feet in henna art and Max Marcus Events had everyone on the dance floor dancing to a mixture of modern and Indian tunes.
The Roman Baths: Ceremony
The couple and their families were staying at the nearby Gainsborough Hotel over the weekend and this is where all the bridal prep took place. Just before sunset guests began to congregate around the historic baths where the ceremony was to take place. It is honestly one of the most magical settings I have ever seen – the gorgeous light reflecting on the water, the beautiful bath stone and the rawness had such an authentic and beautiful atmosphere. The bride and her team sure were dressed to impress and decided to carry simple white roses so as not to distract from the beautifully simple and natural surroundings.
The Roman Baths: Reception
Following the ceremony guests were served bubbles and canapés around the baths themselves to make full use of the wonderful surroundings. Dinner then followed in the Pump Room – a grand and historic space. We tried to compliment and blend with as much of the original furnishings in the room as possible choosing a rich red for the florals and stationery and continuing to showcase the roman theme in the paper goods and cake. Our wonderful florist The Wilde Bunch bought in 20 real trees to scatter around the room and help to enclose the space and decorated in fairy lights, they really added to the magical feel.
The evening entrainment followed in the main bar and terrace area – also grand spaces that need little in terms of decoration as the beauty is really in the rawness of the building and architecture. Zaza Marcelle, queen of cake making created a lovely desert table as well as making the most delicious cake and friends of the bride and groom contributed a gorgeous handmade postbox for cards.
The Bride and Groom had a wonderful celebration and were able to relax and enjoy the party with their family and friends. Some kind works from the happy couple:
“We just want to say a massive thank you to Charlotte for helping plan the aesthetics of our Mendhi night and Wedding and also for being our on-the-day co-ordinator for our wedding weekend! Charlotte really understood our vision and helped pull off a hugely successful two-day event, which our family and friends are still talking about even now! She was such a big help during a very stressful time (both my husband and I were extremely busy with work during the lead up to the wedding) and really went over and above her role to make sure that everything for the wedding was on track. We honestly couldn’t have done the final preparations without her. Charlotte – you are truly a star; we really want to say thank you for everything you did for us. Lots of love, Sheenal and Alex xxx”
A big thank you to the wonderful team of suppliers that helped to make this weekend such a wonderful event.
Planning & Design Charlotte Nichols Weddings
Photography Bhavesh Chauhan Photography
Videographer Andrew McCabe Films
Venues The Holburne Museum and The Roman Baths
Hair and make-up Keyury Desai and The Glamzo
Cake & desserts Zaza Marcelle
Indian Party Catering Spice Box
Wedding Catering Searcy’s
Flowers The Wilde Bunch
Stationery Confetti Designs
Decor & Lighting Cahoots and Enlightened
Ceremony Music Bristol String Quartet
DJ Max Marcus Events
Photobooth The Beautiful South Photobooth Company