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Adly contacted me after a recommendation about photographing his wedding in November, having photographed an Egyptian wedding before I knew what was involved and whilst they are a lot of work they are also full of energy and really rewarding. Whats more I knew from our first conversation they would be really in to the photography 🙂

The reception venue they chose for their wedding was Fanhams Hall in Ware in Hertfordshire and I was delighted to return here again, it’s a venue that I enjoy every time, the gardens are amazing as is the interior!

I started the day (very early I should add!) photographing some preparations for both Monica and Adly at the Novotel Hotel in Stevenage. There was a lot of excitement with family coming which only added to the atmosphere! Adly seemed really calm, nothing but excitement and certainly no nerves, that I could see anyway!

Monica and Adly tied the knot at The Coptic Orthodox Church Centre Uk with a beautiful ceremony amongst family and friends. I’ve only included a few photos of the ceremony to give an insight, but a Coptic ceremony has many elements including 

  • Matrimonial prayers & hymns
  • Readings from the Bible
  • Exchange of Rings
  • Anointing with Holy Oil
  • The Blessing of the Crowns
  • Priest Admonition

It’s really quite special!

Aterwards it was a short trip back to Fanhams Hall for the wedding reception where we took a ride on the golf buggy to the sunken garden and took a walk back up, creating some portraits on the way!  It was a small intimate reception with a lovely atmosphere thanks to Tom Ryder providing the music, everyone really enjoyed themselves!

Winter weddings are always amazing weddings to photograph and I made sure to make the most of the venue during the portraits. It was a mainly cloudy day, but clouds aren’t a bad thing on a wedding day as they create soft light, and that really helps create flattering photographs. Later in the day before I left we created a few night images too, a great way to end an album!

Thanks to Monica and Adly again for having me, you pulled off an outstanding wedding with the help of the Fanhams Hall team and I wish you the very best for your future together!.