The Jane Austen Festival in Bath, England opened on Friday, September 18th and runs for nine days until Sunday, September 27th, 2009. This year, the Grand Regency Costume Promenade began on Saturday the 19th as ladies and gentlemen in Regency finery walked through the streets of Bath, from the Roman Baths to the Assembly Rooms to Queen Square and into the record books, breaking the Guinness World Records™ for ‘The Largest Gathering of People Dressed in Regency Costume with 409 participants.
Local photographer Owen Benson snapped these lovely photos of the promenade in progress, and also had the honor of being the official photographer for the real-life Regency inspired wedding of Kelly Walpole and Ian Charlesworth who tied the knot at the Guildhall at 4pm on Saturday. Wow, what a day for celebration!
A big thank you to Owen, who very generously shared these wonderful images with us. I am also happy to report that I can now brag that one person in this world has actually taken my advice! After the success of last years stunning photos of the JA Festival 2008, Owen has taken the leap and gone semi-professional. Next year, I expect him to be no less than the official photographer of the Jane Austen Festival 2010! He can now blame Jane for his jump start on his career.
Cheers, Laurel Ann
P.S. If you are impressed with my ability to add a high tech slideshow to my blog, don’t be. It only took 7 hours of sweat and 3 geeks to make it happen! I was the blonde screwing in the lightbulb backwards. ;-)