Saturday 29 October
- Letchworth Hall Hotel
Even though I've photographed at Letchworth
Hall multiple times, Faye was my first bride who got ready
in their ground floor bridal suite and it's huge! Two bedrooms
and a massive lounge area that looks out into the back gardens...
which at the end of October featured a real mix of autumnal
With the ceremony in the Great Hall I
met up with Gavin in the gardens for a few pre-wedding photos
... although I got slightly distracted by the kilt and associated
elements he was wearing. Bringing in the couple's Scottish
roots with the inclusion of thistles into the buttonhole and
bouquet was a nice touch and I believe led to the whole colour-scheme
of the day.
With it being a dry day, Faye had a quick
tour around the hotel before making her piped entrance down
the aisle. She had already warned me that there would be tears
and true to her word, the vows were an emotional experience,
even for everyone who was there as witnesses.
With kids needing to be in photos I took
the opportunity straight after the ceremony to round up a
few groups. This means they still looked smart and presentable
(otherwise it all goes downhill quite quickly). This also
applies to couples as to be honest, wedding dresses do tend
to get quite dirty!
Faye and Gavin aren't a couple comfortable
with huge displays of public affection (the ceremony kiss
was a concern for both of them). So it wasn't until I took
them away from all their guests for a quick shoot at the hotel
columns that I asked them to get a bit more 'cosy' with each
The blue colour-scheme went through into
the wedding breakfast where bowls containing orchids and lights
took centre place on each table. I think the light up drape
behind the top table really works in this room. With the wedding
being so close to Halloween, each child was given a pumpkin
bucket full of games and sweets, I reckon the adults were
The last formality of the day came with
the couple's first dance before the evening party kicked in.
Whilst Faye and Gavin had hired a nanny to help look after
their two children, things didn't go quite to plan when neither
would go to bed or sleep!