What's the perfect way to start a week?? Well for me it would be photographing a wedding of an awesome couple....
Oh hang on a minute that's exactly what happened this past Monday with the wedding of Fay and Wesley at The Fennes in Essex, The Fennes is a lovely wedding venue and is only 15mins from where I live so it's nice to do a wedding so close to home.
On arrival at The Fennes I was presented with a beautiful crisp day, frost on the grass and a temperature that seemed to good to be true for mid November. After photographing the grounds I made my way into the main house to meet up with Fay, within a few minutes of being in the bridal suite unpacking my kit to photograph her dress I heard one of the best one liners from her Nan which had me in stitches. From that moment on it was non stop laughter, fun, great food and taking awesome photos - I was made to feel really welcome and I feel blessed to have been given the honour to capture their wedding photographs.
"If anyone is thinking of booking you as a photographer, I would not hesitate to recommend you! You made our day truly fantastic, you felt like another guest and I wouldnt have changed that for the world, thank you so much" - beautiful words from Fay and Wesley - thank you!
Leading up to their wedding I asked Fay and Wesley a handful of questions about their particular wedding theme and other wedding details, here's their answers;
1. What is the theme and colours of your wedding?
There isn't really a theme in particular!
2. How did you come up with your theme?
My partner had fallen in love a blue Ted Baker suit and I opted for a champagne over ivory gown so added gold hints here and there, But opted for wintery flower arrangements.
3. Please list the name and website of the wedding pros you’ve hired:
(You need to check these suppliers out because they're AWESOME!!)
Wedding Venue(s) - The Fennes
Photographer - Gavin Conlan (gavin conlan photography Ltd)
Entertainment (DJ/Photo Booth) – Peter Gibbs Fennes DJ
Florist - Jades Flower Design
Wedding Dress Designer - Maggie Sottero. (Chesney)
Bridal Hair Stylist - Abi Cutter. Halstead
Bridal Make Up Artist – Emma Brooks Make-Up
Wedding Cake - A friend of my grandmothers.
Bridal Shoes - Irregular Choice (Mrs Lower)
Wedding Planner - Sharyn Warner
4. How did the two of you meet?
We met through a mutual friend, Kiel. Who suggested we add each other on facebook as he thought we were pretty similar , within a matter of a few weeks we were seeing each other and within the year we lived together!
5. How long did you spend planning your wedding and have you any budget advice?
We actually booked it one year in advance, but spent probably one week condensed solid booking everything! Although I did leave the ceremony music to the night before - however it paid off well as I found, what I thought to be the perfect music! Budget wise - you'll spend more than you think, there will be more things pop up to pay the closer it gets to the wedding! My advice is don't let anyone (venders/venues) talk you in or out of anything you do or don't want! Know your mind and stick to it :)
6. What are you most looking forward to on your wedding day?
I was most looking forward to actually seeing my partner waiting at the aisle for me! I wasn't nervous until I saw him at that moment! But soon as he held my hand I felt relaxed and took everything in.
7. Any other details I should know about?
First Dance Song - Sam Smith - Lay me down.
Whilst I'm editing their wedding I wanted to share a selection of my personal favourites with you to enjoy, feel free to use these images on your social media profiles (as long as you do not remove my watermark) and feel to leave Fay and Wesley a lovely comment below!!
All the best, Gavin