Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding - October/November 2023 (Issue 97)

JOURNEY Sentimental Michelle and Paul said “I do” at the breathtaking Leigh Court and added a touch of travel to their styling Images courtesy of Interlace Photography Michelle and Paul found each other online and met up in Bath for their first date. It was intended to be coffee, but it soon turned into a small walking tour of the city followed by dinner. “From the outset, I liked Paul’s positive demeanour and confidence,” Michelle says. We fast forward and find the couple on holiday in Barbados. They were invited to Michelle’s best friend’s wedding there, but decided to turn it into a longer trip since they’d been cooped up for so long thanks to Covid. They hired a car and decided to explore the island, picking Farely Hill National Park to visit, which offered incredible views over the Atlantic and the East Coast. Paul suggested they take advantage of this remarkable photo opportunity and when Michelle turned around to face the camera, she found him on one knee. “My initial thought was that he’d somehow fallen over, but then I noticed the ring. It was a total surprise! He’d bought a temporary one and I received the real engagement ring when we got home. He’d worked with a company to design it. It’s so special,” Michelle shares. The couple decided on Leigh Court as their location for the big day, a stunning venue bursting with history and elegance. “The ceremony room is beautiful and gave us the wow factor we were looking for when we first saw it,” Michelle explains. So, the date was set for 20th May, 2023. Read on as the bride tells us more... 31 REAL WEDDINGS