Lucy and Gareths wedding | Japanese Tea House at Fanhams Hall

Fanhams Hall covid wedding

Titled – Lucy and Gareths wedding | Japanese Tea House at Fanhams Hall. A beautiful summer wedding at this wonderful Hertfordshire hotel.

Civil ceremony outside at the Japanese Tea House Fanhams Hall

Date – 12th June 2021

Bride – Dr Lucy Richardson BSc PhD

Groom – Gareth Dunn.

Ceremony  –  Japanese Tea House Fanhams Hall

Reception – The Great Hall Fanhams Hall

Hair – Thomas Tatam

Flowers – B’looms

Best Man – Gavin (Grooms Brother) and Dave (Best Friend)

Maid Of Honour – Amy (Brides Sister)

Flowergirl – Jessica (Brides Niece)

Pageboys – Jackson (Brides Nephew) and Charlie (Grooms Nephew)

Photographer – JP from John Paul ODonnell Photography.

Pianist – Bryan Edery

Harpist – Séana Davey

Magician – Harry De Cruz

Master Of Ceremonies – Paul Arnold

After a Corona Virus date change from June 2020 to June this year the day finally came and what a day it was. Everything started at Fanhams Hall at 11 am with Gareth and his two best men having a game of table tennis before putting their suits on. Then half an hour later I went over to see Lucy getting ready. Her hair was being done by her close friend and celebrity hair dresser Thomas Tatam. I photographed Thomas’s wedding 2 years ago and it was lovely to see him again in the flesh and not on his Instagram story. Flowers were by Lucy’s close friend Amy who owns B’looms in Bishops Stortford.

It was now time for Lucy to get into her dress with the help of her sister. Her hair and make up was perfect,  she looked beautiful.  We had lots of time left so we moved into the dressing room to really get some great classical shots using the huge windows and floods of natural light.  

The wedding ceremony took place down in the Japanese Tea House.  The civil ceremony was beautiful, the sun was out and Séana Davey started playing as Lucy walked down the aisle with her mum Janet.  After the ceremony the guests were all invited to go up to the formal gardens for drinks whilst Lucy and Gareth had some photos taken in the grounds. After about 30 minutes getting some beautiful pictures they then joined their guests for drinks and nibbles. Everyone then came in for a big group shot (30 people) and then it was confetti and a few group photos. Being a covid wedding there was only 30 guests so this didn’t take long.

Oliver and his team were now ready, Paul Bray Fanhams Halls Executive chef was ready and The Great Hall was all set for the wedding meal. The Great Hall looked stunning every table was set in a semi circle so that everyone was facing the top table “genius idea”!  Whilst the meal was on I took the opportunity to put the drone up and fly it around the grounds to capture the scenery.

After the meal Paul the toastmaster announced the speeches were about to begin. Gareth started, then his two best men, then Peter (Lucys brother). Peters speech was one of the best i’ve ever heard in all the weddings that I have been to. He described what I believe was the biochemistry of love in its medical and scientific form (I might have got that wrong!) and at the end he said that it was written by his sister Lucy, Dr, Author and Clinical Scientist as part of her PhD.  I was blown away by this speech as was the whole room.

It was now time to cut the cake and have their first dance together which was lovely. Then later on we went out into the low sun and shot some lovely low light golden hour images. Now it was fun time, having your picture drawn, or getting in front of the magic mirror with all the props on for the bride and grooms scrapbook.

Thank you for reading Lucy and Gareths wedding | Japanese Tea House at Fanhams Hall. IMPORTANT *   These Images below are low resolution. Anyone wishing to use them for social media purposes please make sure that the Logo is seen and that credit is given to John Paul O’Donnell Photography.

“Lucy and Gareth” What a totally amazing day it was. I really liked meeting all your close friends and family too.  Have a great honeymoon and talk soon. JPx 

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2 thoughts on “Lucy and Gareths wedding | Japanese Tea House at Fanhams Hall

  1. JP, we can’t find the words to do justice for our beautiful wedding pictures – thank you just doesn’t cut it. You’re so incredibly talented and we are so blessed to have you to not only photograph our wedding, but also to support us through our COVID cancellation. Forever grateful x

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