Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding - June/July 2023 (Issue 95)

Eleanor and Alex met on the daily commute, as her office at the time was just down the road from his apartment. Being punctual people and following the same morning routine, they crossed paths quite a few times. One particular day, Alex decided to stop Eleanor on the pavement, much to her delight. “It’s fair to say it was an utter movie moment,” she shares. Alex proposed in an idyllic spot in Santorini. He’d been carrying the ring around Greece for a while by this point tackling security and hiding it in his bag away from Eleanor. After dinner he lead her down to a beautiful church terrace, asked her to sit down and got down on one knee. It was a huge surprise to Eleanor, which you may not believe if you’d seen her outfit that evening! “I opted for a long white dress that screamed: ‘Make me a bride!’ But yes, a surprise it was, and the absolute best,” she remembers. The vibe and aesthetic of Homewood Hotel & Spa in Bath matched the couple’s vision for their big day, and a huge plus for them were the rooms on site. So, they decided to make the most of it, hosting an al fresco soiree there the evening prior for close family, friends and guests who’d travelled internationally. Celebrations extended beyond the wedding day too, with the chance to enjoy a delicious breakfast with loved ones. Read on as Eleanor tells us more about their wonderful wedding, which took place on 22nd July, 2022... SETTING THE SCENE Since Alex is half Greek, it was important to Eleanor to reflect this part of his heritage in the day’s celebrations. For wedding favours, the couple chose Greek Koufeta, in keeping with the sugared almond tradition, in gold to complement the palette. They were beautifully presented in handmade white bags, tied with a ribbon. During the reception guests sat around nine round tables, with the bridal party at a long top table. The plan was presented on a gold-framed mirror with removable acrylic, meaning they could use it again at home post wedding. The spectacular centrepieces took the form of towering gold candelabras holding an explosion of white flowers. Eleanor explains, “I felt this fitted Homewood’s stunning chandelier room beautifully, which was important to me as I wanted the detailing to come together cohesively.” The flowers were stunningly executed by Laura at Cotswold Blooms – a glorious array of white florals accentuated with sprinklings of gold and tumbling leaves. The place names were written in elegant script in keeping with the order of service and invitations. A gold seal was included next to each guest’s name and delicately placed with their white linen. The tables were named after wine bottle sizes – Magnum, Methuselah, Nebuchadnezzar, and Salmanazar, alongside Roederer Cristol for the top table. “I asked my talented graphic designer uncle to do a drawing of Alex and I, which we used on our table names,” Eleanor shares. FOOD FOR THOUGHT The bride’s vision for the big-day bake was for it to include French touches, to honour the other part of Alex’s heritage. Such elements included a traditional croquembouche and a peppering of macarons. She also wanted to tie in the lace detail from her dress and Alex’s tie. “The Cake Architect 25 REAL WEDDINGS