It was an absolute honour to be invited to what was a lovely wedding, in the centre of Warwick at Merchants, with a warm atmosphere and super friendly guests. Faye & Tom’s wedding was a joy to photograph, as it was stress free and fun. This makes for the perfect scenario for great photography! I hope you enjoy this Warwickshire Wedding and congratulations to Faye & Tom! A lovelier couple you won’t meet!! 🙂
Your Love Story
1) Please tell me how you first met?
We first met and started going out in school, at just 15. I finally got the courage to talk to the boy I fancied, only to find out that Tom was going to be off for a while having a knee operation. I had to be even more brave and ask one of Tom’s friends for his number, to send a get well soon text. A few twists and turns later we were both living in Leeds at university and here we are today getting married! 2) When was it you knew they were the one?
After Uni Faye went off with friends to Sri Lanka, when she came back we rented together and from then it was very clear we were meant to be. 3) Could you give us the story of the proposal?
Tom’s proposal was perfect and completely unexpected! Tom and I were about halfway through our 6 months in India, which was part of our bigger trip across Asia. It was Christmas in Kerala and we had treated ourselves to a bungalow overlooking its private cove. We spent Christmas with the most wonderful family who ran the property and their other guests, the food was amazing and the days were long and quiet on private beaches. Late afternoon on Christmas eve Tom suggested we went down to the cove. The sky was turning orange and purple with the sunset…but we weren’t alone. For the first time the beach wasn’t quiet, loads of Indian children were playing in the waves. I was happy just chatting and watching them play, I didn’t realise they were interrupting any plans. The children left and we started talking about our trip so far and what it had meant to both of us. Tom asked if anything could have made our trip or Christmas any better, I said no because everything was perfect. Tom then said…”What if you woke up on Christmas morning engaged?” Tom then dropped to his knee and said lots of wonderful things but I was a blubbering mess with happiness. We stayed on that beach until the tide really meant we had to leave. 4) If you don’t mind sharing, can you tell me something quirky, funny or silly about your partner?
This is hard to answer…I guess it’s just that we always end up laughing, we laugh together so much! 5) What is your perfect day together?
We had so many perfect days travelling together. At home a perfect day would be a trip out to somewhere with animals or long walks and Tom’s amazing cooking with wine in the evening. We do a lot of food planning, cooking and wine drinking!6) Apart from the obvious, what are you most looking forward to on your wedding day?
It has to be spending the day with those closest to us, it must be one of the few occasions where you can have everyone who is important to you in one place. 7) What was it that inspired you to go for the theme or the decor you chose for your wedding?
We’ve tried to be quite minimal in decor as Merchants has the most gorgeous furniture and it’s a really intimate venue for our small celebration. Our decorations and the touches we put in are themed around our amazing trip across India and Asia, but we haven’t gone over the top with it. 8) Please tell me one thing you wish you had known at the beginning of your wedding planning process, that you could pass on to future bride’s reading this blog?
Don’t buy into all the Bulls**t…do you really need it or even want it? Will YOU actually notice it or care when you’re swept up in your day?
Don’t worry too much about everyone else’s arrangements, if they’ve committed to come they will be there to share your day. 9) When searching, what were you were looking for in a wedding venue?
Tom and I had lots of deliberations when thinking about what our wedding should be, we knew a lot about what we didn’t want but couldn’t seem to find what we did want. We don’t like being centre of attention, we’re conscious of consumerism and we hate waste. This meant finding somewhere that didn’t market wedding functions, or didn’t add on the extra costs because the word wedding crept up!
Location played a part, Warwick is a beautiful town and there were many options close to Pageant House where the legal ceremony was. We chose Merchants because they are a small independent restaurant that had a private room with beautiful furniture and the go ahead to decorate as much or as little as we pleased. Charlie and Jason at Merchants listened to what we wanted for our day and didn’t push anything else onto us. They were so imaginative with our menu and created fantastic dishes that were influenced by our trip. I couldn’t be happier with them!
10) Could you tell me the process you went through when you were looking for a wedding photographer?
Close friends of ours used Duncan Cox and were very happy with his work and the final outcomes, but also said how great he was throughout their wedding day. We were looking for a photographer who would capture reactions, as we didn’t want lots of formal posed shots. Duncan’s work captures stories of the day and is full of moments and reactions, so this fitted with us perfectly.
Photography | Duncan Cox Photography
Ceremony Location | Pageant House, Warwick
Reception Location | Merchants, Warwick
Florist | Gemma Leigh – Echo Designs
Dress Designer | Modeca
Wedding Dress Retailer | True Romantica Bridal – Kenilworth
Other Details/Vendors | Lots of DIY!