I love Faye & James’ sumptuous Elmore Court wedding with all my soul and I am delighted to finally be sharing it on the blog today. That it has taken me this long to get round to blogging it is basically a reflection of a mad year. A year in which I myself got married and blogging slowed to a standstill, while other things, like getting finished edits out the door, took top priority!
Faye & James were married at the stunning Elmore Court in March on a weather-rich day that alternated between brooding and glorious. Faye & James both work in the entertainment industry, Faye as an actor and James in production and the verve and understated glam that they brought to their day was a joy to behold. Besides being unfairly good looking, these two have been blessed by the style gods – the whole day just gleamed. Faye started her day at The Falcon in Painswick with her family and bridesmaids before making the short trip to Elmore Court to finish the bridal prep and jump into her absolute corker of a dress. Elmore Court has some really magnificent bedrooms that are perfect for getting ready in. The mixture of big windows and dark hardwood was a photographer’s dream – so good! Faye’s Vicky Rowe gown needs a special mention. It suited her perfectly; a show-stopping beaded column dress with a spectacular 20s vibe and a plunging v-neck. James also pushed the boat out, rocking a maroon velvet smoking jacket with matching bow tie – Tux-Deluxe basically – it was sharp.
Elmore Court is probably the best wedding venue I have ever worked at, bar none. It has everything, plus the team are GREAT. Faye married James in Elmore Court’s central hall. Filled with white wooden camelot chairs and flowered by The Bespoke Flower Company the room looked superb. A flash thunderstorm struck moments before Faye walked down the aisle (cue much hilarity from the groomsmen about omens) but it was gone as soon as it started and the sun shone through most of the ceremony. Once Faye and James were man & wife, their guests spilled out into the surrounding drawing rooms, full of great old furniture and interesting nooks and crannies for a few hours of reception drinks. We then crossed to the Gillyflower which is a slice of wedding venue genius. Conceived as a purpose-built dining and dancing space it’s constructed from timber and earth to be environmentally friendly. It is really rather beautiful and works wonderfully well. Few venues can sport such a combination of heritage and beautiful functionality.
I need to take a moment to tell you the incredible tale of how these guys got together. It’s my all-time favourite ‘how we met’ story. Faye & James went to school together, and, on the last day, in time-honoured fashion everyone wrote on everyone else’s shirts. Most were fairly standard scribbles, name plus a kiss, remember when etc, ‘stay in touch’, etc etc. Faye on the other hand, perhaps harbouring a soft spot for James, wrote ‘Miss u hubby, C U on our wedding night!’. While teenage Faye & James were friends, there was nothing overtly amorous between them at all. Fast forward seven years, and James bumps into Faye at that noted romantic location, the bus stop. After this chance and unexpected meeting, one date led to another and then another and eventually at Elmore Court the ‘school shirt prophecy’, as it shall now be known, was fulfilled! After nearly a decade of shooting weddings this is one of the most astonishing stories I’ve ever encountered. Truly amazing! Needless to say the famous school shirt took pride of place as part of Faye & James’ day; it was the background for their table plan.
Anyway, enough chatter from me. I can’t top that story, so I won’t try. In short, Faye & James’ wedding was a blast and it was an absolute pleasure to shoot for these lovely people. Here’s a selection of my favourites from their day, I can’t wait for my next Elmore Court Wedding!
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