• Tewin Bury Farm Hotel Wedding, Welwyn, Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire wedding photographer Zoë Cooper

“I can’t thank you enough our photos are stunning – Zoë captured all the laughter, personality and love on the day! I had strong ideas about what I liked/ disliked and Zoë just got it spot on! She is lovely and talented!”

From my first meeting with Helen and David they had a clear vision of what they wanted their wedding day to be. Helen knew the type of wedding photos she liked and didn’t like – great guidance for me, and I left our first meeting knowing exactly how they wanted me to capture their day.

Helen and David wanted their Autumnal wedding to have a laid-back informal feel, with very few posed photographs allowing me to document the day candidly.

Tewin Bury Farm was an ideal choice for Helen and David with its close proximity to St Peter’s Church where they had chosen to exchange vows. Helen and David had hoped that weather permitting they and their guests would walk from St Peter’s Church back Tewin Bury Farm following the service.

Tewin Bury Farm is a firm favourite for couples looking for a Hertfordshire countryside wedding venue. The hotel sits between Hertford and Welwyn alongside the River Mimram in Hertfordshire. With several wedding venue choices within its grounds, the most impressive of them being The Stable and the Tythe Barn.

The Day

Helen’s wedding morning was spent with her bridal party in the Farmhouse at Tewin Bury.

Guests (with sensible walking shoe changes at the ready) met with David and his Groomsmen for the short walk up to the St Peter’s Church ready for the ceremony.

The history of St Peter’s Church in Tewin dates back as far as the coming of the Saxons in 449, and is surrounded by rolling countryside. Helen very sensibly arrived by car, saving her feet and heels for the walk back to Tewin Bury from the Church.

After the ceremony guests enjoyed bottles of cider in the sunshine, and mingled within the Church grounds before heading back to the Farmhouse Gardens at Tewin Bury Farm for garden games and more cider.

I was aware of the presence of a toy monkey that I had seen being chaperoned throughout the drinks reception. This I found out was Helen & David’s guest of honour, a monkey that had by all accounts accompanied them to lots events and occasions.

Knowing this I made a point of photographing the monkey up to many tricks throughout the day, a bit of fun for Helen and David to look back on when they got their wedding photos.

Things got competitive as the garden games got underway, and bean bags used to attack an over-confident Groom. The bean bag board also served as a handy bouquet holder for Helen.

The cake cut was due to take place at the Stable Barn where their wedding breakfast was held. But with such a great Autumnal sunset everyone (and the cake – tactically transferred by the Groomsmen) went back to the Farmhouse Gardens for more drinks until the band were ready to get the party going.

The Cuban band The Swanvesta Social Club got everyone on the dancefloor, and carried the summer vibe way into the night.

Thank you Helen & David for having me as your wedding photographer.

The Details

Wedding Ceremony held at:
St Peter’s Church

Wedding Reception:
The Stable, Tewin Bury Farm Hotel, Hertford Rd, Welwyn, Hertfordshire AL6 0J

Wedding Reception Band:
The Swanvesta Social Club

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