Real Groom Bobby Peliza
PHOTOGRAPHY JOHN ARMSTRONG MILLAR
Groom Bobby Peliza
Bride Tracy Hanson – Peliza
Best Man Michael Milsom (unfortunately he passed away before the wedding but I was always going to have him as my best man so asked his father Ken Milsom and another good friend George Hider to say a few words in his place.
Ushers George Hider, Tim Grant, James Miles, Channing Nunn, Tom Pickering
How did you propose? We were sunning ourselves in the lovely St Lucia on the beach. Looking back now it was a rather relaxed moment of holding her hand whilst both lying down – I figured at least she couldn’t say no and run away! I had to take my chance when I could, using a ring bought from a shop over there that wasn’t quite as good as the shopkeeper said it was…
What can you tell us about your stag do? Because the wedding was abroad I didn’t want to make people pay for much more, so I opted for a good ol fashioned pub crawl around my hometown of Bristol, all dressed as characters from Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas (and some turned up dressed as me). It was fun whilst I lasted…lets put it that way. Activities included staggering and being carried home. Oh, and apparently we went bowling at some point.
Where did you get married? We got married in France at a venue called Domaine d’ Essendieras in the Dordogne region of France. Beautiful estate that catered for pretty much everyone in terms of accommodation: villas, chalets & camping with a bar and all sorts of facilities/activities. Just looked pretty magical really. We did look into several ideas in England but realised for the same, if not less money, we could do it there in much more beautiful surroundings.
What did the men wear on the day? My outfit was mixed ‘n’ matched from all sorts of places. The hat was from a hat shop in Bath; waistcoat was from Absolute Vintage in Brick lane; shirt and shoes from House of Fraser; trousers were from All Saints. I just didn’t want the usual penguin suit, as they never fit me properly, hence why I chose things like smart but low waisted trousers etc. The added accessory was a pocket watch from eBay.
The ushers’ suits were completely sourced by my wife (she loves Etsy, ASOS and eBay)
and it all seemed to fit together perfectly – we were very lucky with sizes as none of the ushers tried anything on until we were in France!
What advice would you give to future grooms? Don’t underestimate the time it takes to sort out the little things, especially if you have mates like mine that take roughly a couple of months to tell you what shoe size they are. Luckily for me I wont deny I took a backseat for a lot of planning, just make sure you’re there when needed! Just don’t let the planning turn into a chore, try and set aside time for certain things, one at a time, as it’s supposed to be a great day… you want both of you to turn up.
A word for the lady… If you’re reading this website then clearly you’re gonna get married soon; if you’ve chosen the right lady, then there isn’t any problem you can’t sort out. Fortunately I have chosen the right lady and I get to call her my wife for life.
Staggered says ah yes, the little things. It’s the little things that make up life and when it comes to shepherding a large group of men into any kind of unprecedented activity, be that getting dressed for a wedding, paying in advance for a stag do or whatever else, expect to do some legwork on their behalf and don’t expect them to be organised.
We’re really impressed at how uncompromising Bobby has been with his style (albeit with the help of a tenacious Tracy’s eBay skillz) and we think both bride and groom look fantastic.