Take two: re-run of wedding at Dunchurch Park Hotel after photo ‘shambles’

Tom and Anneka Geary.
Tom and Anneka Geary.
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THEIR nuptials were ruined by ‘Britain’s worst wedding photos’ - but Tom and Anneka Geary have gone back in time to recreate the day of their dreams.

The couple hit the headlines earlier this year when some of their original photos were published as examples of how not to photograph a wedding.

Tom and Anneka Geary.

Tom and Anneka Geary.

The couple got married at Dunchurch Park Hotel in August last year and booked Westgate Photography of Warwick to take the photos. They ended up with blurry shots, poorly composed and a badly edited memory of their wedding day. The photographers even forgot to photograph the groom’s parents and failed to use flash in low light. At the time Anneka said it was an ‘utter shambles’ and the photos were dubbed the worst wedding photos in Britain.

However nearly a year on Jems Photography in Rugby has stepped in to recreate Tom and Anneka’s big day. Jems, run by John Fox, offered the couple an album package and reshoot free of charge. To recreate the day as realistically as possible John also enlisted the support of a network of wedding suppliers including Salter’s menswear, Black Orchid Florists and Mix Disco who all donated their services free of charge.

Dunchurch Park Hotel provided the setting for the shoot plus canapés and reception drinks for the re-invited guests. One of Rugby’s registrars also agreed to attend. The Great Hall was decked out with chair covers and sashes provided by Millhouse Events to match the original colour scheme, whilst Sticky Fingers Cake Creations baked a new wedding cake. Make -up artist Sarah Yeo provided make up and hair extensions to reproduce Anneka’s original bridal look.

Anneka said: “We’ve finally got the wedding pictures we wanted. We are on cloud nine and are so grateful to Jems Photography and all those who helped us to relive our special day – it’s great to see local suppliers working so well together and with such kindness.”

John added: “Tom and Anneka have finally got to experience wedding photography as it should be. This was only made possible however by all the hard work of the local suppliers and Rugby Register Office who rallied round to help. Without them we couldn’t have recreated their day so accurately.”