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Saturday 29 October - Letchworth Hall Hotel

Faye and Gavin

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 coloured leaves.

hotel exterior

wedding dress and shoes

bride makeup and hair

bride in mirror

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.

ceremony set up

groom

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.

piper and bride exits front door

bride entrance

ceremony

ceremony tears

exchange rings

exchange rings and signing the register

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 other.

bridal party

couple in the gardens

guest drinks

all guests

bride and groom with kids

bride and groom at columns

bride and groom walking in hotel grounds

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 all jealous.

table decorations

wedding breakfast

wedding cake

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!

first dance

first dance

 
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