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”
Please say hello to our stand at the SS Great Britain Open Wedding Day on the 7th of October 4:30-6:30
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.