I’ve done a few weddings on boats before, but nothing on the scale of Brunel’s famous ss Great Britain. Sitting in a dry dock in the centre of Bristol, this ship was revolutionary when designed, built and launched in 1843 by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Made of iron and with a very powerful steam engine and screw propellor, it changed maritime history.
Before arriving at the ship Carina and Nathan got ready together at home in the Brislington area of the city. They then jumped in a classic Rolls Royce stopping off at Brunel’s other major landmark in Bristol, the Clifton Suspension Bridge, for a quick wander and a glass of fizz. On arrival at the ss Great Britain the wedding guests were lined up on the stern to greet them before taking their places below decks for the ceremony. Musical accompaniment for proceedings came from a sitar player, and there was a reading from Carina’s bridesmaid.
It was a gloriously sunny day, so after the ceremony everybody headed to the deck for the usual drinks and nibbles and a brief guided tour of the ship. Then it was back below decks for the wedding breakfast. There were Brunel-style sideburns and top hats everywhere, and an amazing volcano cake (Carina is an expert in geology!). After the meal there was a second tour for guests under the hull of the ship, then back inside for dancing.
Come back in a few posts time for more wedding boat action, on water this time!