Weddings at Fanhams Hall will take your breath away!

WEDDINGS AT FANHAMS HALL

Weddings at Fanhams Hall in Hertfordshire will literally take your breath away. The variety will astound you and offer a surprise around every corner. The first thing you’ll notice as you drive up the long winding path is the beauty and grandeur of this Jacobean mansion. I’m Chris Woodman, a Fanhams Hall wedding photographer based in Essex and love going back to this wonderful wedding venue to shoot weddings.

Weddings at Fanhams Hall - Images of the exterior of the wedding venue
Sophie-and-Dean-celebrate-their-wedding-at-Fanhams-Hall at Fanhams Hall, Ware, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom on 19 5 2024. Photo: Chris Woodman

Sophie and Dean booked my services after discovering my work online and enjoyed the way I crafted a relaxed photography experience. Thy married this year in May and were lucky enough to have a sun soaked wedding day that really showcased what Fanhams Hall has to offer it’s couples.

My first port of call was to start with the groom prep in the medieval hall with it’s high ceilings and stunning decor fit for a King and Queen. This was also the room that my couple were to tie the knot later in the day.

Weddings at Fanhams Hall - The groomsmen get ready
Sophie-and-Dean-celebrate-their-wedding-at-Fanhams-Hall at Fanhams Hall, Ware, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom on 19 5 2024. Photo: Chris Woodman

Sophie got ready in the bridal suite (complete with a huge bay window overlooking the beautiful grounds). She had her nearest and dearest with her to help her get ready. The wedding dress she chose suited her perfectly. The detail and simplicity was on point and very much in keeping with the vibe of her surroundings. I had all the ingredients I needed to ensure that my Fanhams Hall wedding photography felt luxurious and timeless.

Weddings at Fanhams Hall - The bridal party get ready
Sophie-and-Dean-celebrate-their-wedding-at-Fanhams-Hall at Fanhams Hall, Ware, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom on 19 5 2024. Photo: Chris Woodman

CEREMONIES AT FANHAMS HALL

There are a couple of choices available to you if you choose Fanhams Hall to marry. You can have the Medieval Hall as featured today, or you could opt for the outdoor experience in the Japanese Gardens. Sophie and Dean fell in love with the long Hall and high ceilings inside the Jacobean Mansion and were all set to get the official proceedings underway.

It’s a long walk down the aisle, which is great for a wedding photographer. You could see that they were both understandably nervous but all smiles once Sophie had reached the altar. We had some tears during the ceremony to round off what was a stunning service that went along without a hitch.

Weddings at Fanhams Hall - The ceremony at Fanhams Hall
Sophie-and-Dean-celebrate-their-wedding-at-Fanhams-Hall at Fanhams Hall, Ware, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom on 19 5 2024. Photo: Chris Woodman
Weddings at Fanhams Hall - The bride and groom tie the knot at Fanhams Hall
Sophie-and-Dean-celebrate-their-wedding-at-Fanhams-Hall at Fanhams Hall, Ware, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom on 19 5 2024. Photo: Chris Woodman

The staff at Fanhams Hall had informed us that due to another wedding go on later in the day outside, we had to make use of the Japanese gardens straight after the ceremony so that we didn’t cross paths with the other bride and groom. We were taken over in a golf buggy to what is one of the highlights of the whole wedding venue to capture the love that Sophie and Dean clearly had for one another.

There are a couple of famous spots for wedding photography at Fanhams Hall once you arrive to the impressive Japanese gardens. One of them is the green bridge surrounded by lush greenery and colourful fauna.

The bride and groom share a kiss on the bridge
Sophie-and-Dean-celebrate-their-wedding-at-Fanhams-Hall at Fanhams Hall, Ware, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom on 19 5 2024. Photo: Chris Woodman

There’s a beautiful walk you can take in a carefully constructed area for hanging plants and we made good use of this to capture something classic and timeless for the couple.

Black and white images of the bride and groom walking and kissing
Sophie-and-Dean-celebrate-their-wedding-at-Fanhams-Hall at Fanhams Hall, Ware, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom on 19 5 2024. Photo: Chris Woodman

Once we had finished with the Japanese gardens at Fanhams Hall, we were free to use the rest of the wedding venue as we pleased. There are so many areas that you could use but you simply don’t have time to fit them all in. Below are just some of the areas that we opted for and the couple absolutely loved the results.

The bride and groom walking around the venue at Fanhams Hall
Sophie-and-Dean-celebrate-their-wedding-at-Fanhams-Hall at Fanhams Hall, Ware, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom on 19 5 2024. Photo: Chris Woodman
Black and white images of the bride and groom walking
Sophie-and-Dean-celebrate-their-wedding-at-Fanhams-Hall at Fanhams Hall, Ware, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom on 19 5 2024. Photo: Chris Woodman

 

Weddings at Fanhams Hall - The bride and groom kiss on the stairs
Sophie-and-Dean-celebrate-their-wedding-at-Fanhams-Hall at Fanhams Hall, Ware, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom on 19 5 2024. Photo: Chris Woodman

We finally got the couple back to their wedding guests who were enjoying drinks and canapes in the grounds. At this point, I’ll drift off into the background and go fully documentary so you hardly know I’m there.

It’s a great way to see real personalities of people and make the whole experience authentic and natural.

Weddings at Fanhams Hall - The bride and groom laugh with their wedding guests
Sophie-and-Dean-celebrate-their-wedding-at-Fanhams-Hall at Fanhams Hall, Ware, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom on 19 5 2024. Photo: Chris Woodman

Wedding receptions at Fanhams Hall are another thing of beauty if you’re lucky enough to secure this wedding venue. I had time to photograph the details while the guests enjoyed the sun outside. Again we see the high ceilings and dark wood that give Fanhams it’s character. The reception room is quite long and narrow with the addition of string lights that make this space welcoming and fitting for the evening festivities.

Weddings at Fanhams Hall - The wedding reception table decor
Sophie-and-Dean-celebrate-their-wedding-at-Fanhams-Hall at Fanhams Hall, Ware, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom on 19 5 2024. Photo: Chris Woodman
Weddings at Fanhams Hall - The wedding cake and table details
Sophie-and-Dean-celebrate-their-wedding-at-Fanhams-Hall at Fanhams Hall, Ware, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom on 19 5 2024. Photo: Chris Woodman

Once the details were captured, it was right about time for the confetti shot. We created two long lines close to where the reception was to take place. There was a snow storm of confetti that engulfed Sophie and Dean.

The confetti shots
Sophie-and-Dean-celebrate-their-wedding-at-Fanhams-Hall at Fanhams Hall, Ware, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom on 19 5 2024. Photo: Chris Woodman

As you can imagine, the wedding photography at Fanhams Hall just kept getting better and better as the day went on. The speeches looked amazing with the way the room was designed. There’s a balcony that you can reach to get an overall look of the layout. I utilised this during the speeches to offer variety in my coverage and it worked really well.

Weddings at Fanhams Hall - The bride and groom view the reception room for the first time
Sophie-and-Dean-celebrate-their-wedding-at-Fanhams-Hall at Fanhams Hall, Ware, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom on 19 5 2024. Photo: Chris Woodman
The speeches take place at Fanhams Hall
Sophie-and-Dean-celebrate-their-wedding-at-Fanhams-Hall at Fanhams Hall, Ware, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom on 19 5 2024. Photo: Chris Woodman

After going back out to the grounds for more drinks while the staff at Fanhams Hall turned around the room, we were all set for the evening events. We moved the cake out on to the dancefloor for a better photograph where the guests were more involved.

It was helpful because once the cake cut had been completed, we simply moved it out of the way for the first dance to take place. It looked incredible amongst the castle like decor as a backdrop.

The cutting of the cake
Sophie-and-Dean-celebrate-their-wedding-at-Fanhams-Hall at Fanhams Hall, Ware, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom on 19 5 2024. Photo: Chris Woodman
The first dance
Sophie-and-Dean-celebrate-their-wedding-at-Fanhams-Hall at Fanhams Hall, Ware, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom on 19 5 2024. Photo: Chris Woodman

We just had the party to follow to end a thoroughly enjoyable experience at Fanhams Hall.

The bride and groom dancing with their wedding guests on the dance floor
Sophie-and-Dean-celebrate-their-wedding-at-Fanhams-Hall at Fanhams Hall, Ware, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom on 19 5 2024. Photo: Chris Woodman

I’m honoured to be a Fanhams Hall wedding photographer and very much look forward to going back soon.┬áPlease do get in touch if you’ve booked Fanhams and are looking for a wedding photographer. I’d love to be part of your celebrations.

Feel free to explore more of my work on my website here. I also have plenty of blogs for you to gain more inspiration for your big day.

So there you have it, Weddings at Fanhams hall are wonderful and I can’t recommend this wedding venue enough for your big day. Thank you so much for reading and I very much look forward to creating more blogs in the coming weeks!

Until next time, take care

~ Chris

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