Tewkesbury Abbey wedding – Gemma & Craig.
When I heard that Gemma & Craig were getting married at Tewkesbury Abbey I knew this would be a special wedding. The Abbey is a beautiful grand building being the second largest parish church in the country. The couple had dreamt about getting married there as it is literally a minute walk from their home.
As with all church weddings I always urge my couples to check if there are any rules for the ceremony. Some churches are very strict in what they allow to be photographed, others not so much. Civil weddings tend to flow in the same order but church ceremonies are all different.
Having been to Gemma & Craig’s rehearsal I knew that this service was different again from other weddings I had been to. For starters the couple had a choice of where they would like their Tewkesbury Abbey wedding to take place inside. The building is so large there are actually three different sections to choose from.
The couple opted for the top part which is really the heart of the abbey. This meant that their guests got to sit where the choir would normally be. Making it feel a very intimate ceremony despite the Abbey being open to the public at the time.
The Reverend had already advised me where he would like me to stand and had instructed I could take photo’s throughout the ceremony as long as I didn’t move about and interrupt in any way. This also meant no flash was allowed which seems to be pretty standard with most churches now.
Dark churches are never ideal but with professional cameras and lenses it’s not too much of an issue. However it is something to bear in mind when planning your wedding.
Unusually the bridal procession remained standing throughout the ceremony until after the couple were married. They could only be seated when the couple sat down themselves for a reading.
After the blessing, witnesses were taken into a small room for a mock signing of the register. I then left so they could sign it officially. The Reverend brought out the marriage certificate afterwards to show to the guests which is something I hadn’t seen before.
By the time the ceremony had finished the weather had perked up. The bride had had a rather wet entrance with some kind passers by trying to shield her from the rain with their umbrellas. Now with the sunshine out we were delighted to be able to take the formal photographs outside in the grounds.
Moving on to the reception venue at Gupshill Manor, the couple took some time out from their guests allowing them to have pictures alone. The grounds aren’t as big as the abbey but there are still plenty of photo opportunities to capture the couple.
Guests ate food before the speeches. Gemma’s dad led the way followed by Craig’s father and then Craig. John’s best man speech turned out to be a surprise song he had written about the couple titled “Poka dots & sideburns”. It put smile on every one’s face and I’m sure will be remembered for many years to come.
The evenings entertainment kicked off with karaoke a favourite with the locals. First dance followed with dancing and karaoke continuing into the night.
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