The Loft Studios, London
Sarah & Oliver

My first excursion to the Loft Studios in London was for Sarah and Oliver’s wedding in March. This super cool urban venue ticks all the boxes for those after a clean canvas set amongst an industrial vibe.

Sarah and Oliver both got ready at opposing ends of the studios with the majority of their guest arriving by Routemaster bus.

Each space for the day was unique with the outdoor courtyard serving beautifully for the reception. The ceremony area, dinner and dancefloor were stunningly decorated.

Special mention must go to two people on the day. Jamie for being so exacting on lighting, prop and decor placement. For floristry, Lex Hamilton, who didn’t just put some flowers in place, she created works of art to a level that I’ve not seen anyone do before (not in 500+ weddings anyway)!

I loved every minute of the day and I’m pretty sure I had as much fun as everyone else did!

Here are some more photos from their day..

Christ’s Church, Dulwich College
Emily & David


Emily and David’s wedding was at two places I’d never been before, Christ’s Church in Dulwich as well as Dulwich College.

The church has a unique look to it, not very churchy at all but instead a gothic imposition which is nice to look at as you approach it.
Christ's Church WeddingDavid got ready at the Half Moon Inn while Emily was at the family home with her bridesmaids before meeting up as one at the Chapel. After some photos on the grounds, we left for Dulwich College a short trip down the road where the rest of the day continued.

This wedding stood out because everyone was so close and emotionally connected. Spirits ran high, free and it was an amazing experience to have.

Here are some more photos from their day:

The Banking Hall Wedding London

The Banking Hall London
Polly & Ben

It goes without saying that if I shoot a wedding on New Years Eve I’ll certainly be seeing in the new year with everyone there. What better place to do so that at someones wedding, (there’s usually a lot of free cheese around too).

This was the case last NYE when I was covering Polly and Ben’s wedding at the Banking Hall in London.

The venue is pretty much opposite the Royal Exchange in Cornhill so you couldn’t get any more London if you tried to.

It was black ties all round for their wedding and a lovely to experience to be a part of. Polly arrived with her family via London routemaster while Ben was waiting at the end of the marble aisle for her.

The venue is such that the walk to Ben was a long one and this started from the top of the staircase. The music played Polly in and they tied the knot a little past 4pm.

Straight after we had a big group shot on the stairs and some confetti outside before the usual photos and mingling took place.

Their band sang the night away as Polly and Ben danced together before the dj took over and saw the New Year in with a large number of confetti cannons fired from the DJ box when the clock struck midnight.

It was a lovely wedding and something that little bit more special because we saw in the new year with them.

Brunswick House and Mayfair Library
Amy & Dave

Here is Amy and Dave’s wedding from January – they got married at Mayfair Library with their evening reception at Brunswick House.

Shortly after this wedding they moved back home the Australia, but as they’d lived in Brixton for a number of years they wanted to have lots of photos in the area in order to have some great keepsakes for the future.

I started at their home and on the opposite side of the road their family was also getting ready in an air b’n’b. This meant I was able to bounce between both sides.

Once ready we walked to the skate park at the end of their road for photos, then towards town through the market and then onto the tube for Mayfair Library.

Between points we stopped in a local pub for a spot of lunch with their guests and made our way to the ceremony.

They also had their recent addition to the family, baby Josh who stole the show a lot of the time and it was really nice to see him included in so much (including the walk down the aisle)!

It was an early ceremony to allow for Josh and afterwards we went to Brixton Village for a mini reception and some photos there. Time was on our side today.

Afterwards it was on to Brunswick House were everyone was waiting for the dinner and evening do. There wasn’t any evening entertainment / dancing as they wanted to focus on their guests before leaving the UK and I loved Brunswick House for shooting in, it’s my kind of place.

Andaz Hotel Wedding in London

Andaz Hotel London Wedding
Elaine & Simon

Andaz Hotel Wedding Photography in the Masonic Temple

Elaine and Simon’s wedding in early October was the first time I’d been to the Andaz Hotel in London and what an epic wedding this was.This sprawling boutique hotel is full of subtle lighting and shiny surfaces which proved exceptionally useful for photos throughout the day.

 

I started off upstairs in the deluxe suite with Elaine, her mum and bridesmaids and after a short time I went downstairs to the gym area when Simon and the guys were getting ready. The gym was a great area to shoot in, you might not think it but the different textures and contrast really helped me to frame the photos before going back to the girls to finish up their prep shots.

Their ceremony was in the Fenchurch room and after the ceremony they exited to a wall of confetti from the guests with their reception drinks being held in the Masonic Temple.

Before they went there though I wanted to make use of the space so for five minutes set up a cool group shot (see above) as well as some photos of just Elaine and Simon using the ceiling above as well as the steps into the temple.

Andaz Hotel Wedding Photography

We then caught a cab to the Royal Exchange which took about five minutes and surprisingly there wasn’t a soul to be seen. It was completely still. Usually the Royal Exchange is a buzz of tourists but on this occassion there wasn’t anyone around so we absolutely made the most of the opportunity.

When we returned dinner was due to be served in the 1901 room. This space worked really well with one half being set for dinner, the other for the dancefloor and DJ. Elaine and Simon do win the best cake / sweet table of the year, it was so pretty to look at and the cake beng surrounded by a wall of white chocolate on each tier was pretty special too!

Before dinner there was the tea ceremony where gifts and regards were given, then dinner and speeches followed.

Elaine and Simon had some post wedding games before their dance. Their master of ceremonies helped to orchestrate these involving such things a ‘Can you identify each other by touch’ – ‘Can you kick an egg in a straight line with a tiny shoe on the end of a string’ and ‘Can you trace an egg from one trouser leg to the other’!

Andaz Hotel Wedding Photography

When it came to the first dance I wasn’t fully aware of what was going to happen. As in a top secret nobody told me full on flash mob with Simon and his groomsmen. It started off as a completely normal first dance, slow and steady, then the confetti went off and we thought that was it. But what actually happened was Elaine got led to a chair and a good 5 minutes of spinning, backflips, electric slides and blow up dolls took over.

The whole thing was amazing to be a part of, although I spent a lot of time thinking OMG OMG OMG to try and anticipate the next shot so I could nail it. Ha.

Lillibrooke Manor Wedding Photography

Lillibrooke Manor
Cecilia & Tom

Lillibrooke Manor Wedding

Here is Cecilia and Tom’s wedding at Lillibrooke Manor, Maidenhead.

Their wedding day had quite a few traditional Chinese touches spread around the venue. Cecilia’s brother put together a cake and sweet table (which looked REALLY good) and one of their friends gave the most slapstick reading of Dr Seuss’s ‘Oh the Places You’ll Go!’ with full on arm movements and tonality – It was a scream to watch.
Lillibrooke Manor Wedding

The day started for me at Cecilia’s parents and then we all made our way to where Tom was waiting at Lillibrooke Manor.

The ceremony Barn was nicely decorated with cartwheels on the walls holding lots of flowers and after the formalities we went outside into the sun for some photos and their drinks reception.

Their invites were based around Penguin Books in design and Cecilia’s love of Festoon lights was clear with how many were decorating the inside of the main barn.
Lillibrooke Manor Wedding

After dinner we scooted off to the adjacent field where there were some poppies growing for a few second stage photos (I like to split the couple shots into two smaller stages across the day) and these worked out really well. The weather and light was kind to us too.

University Womens Club Mayfair Wedding

University Womens Club in Mayfair, London
Cailah & Duraid

University Womens Club WeddingWhile many couples want to have a rural backdrop for their wedding, large towns and cities have some truly gorgeous venues too.

When Cailah and Duraid got married at the University Womens Club in Mayfair  I loved being able to easily find original and interesting shots at this cool and understated venue.

The club’s elegant drawing room and library are licensed to hold civil weddings, meaning everything can take place in the same building, which is what Cailah and Duraid decided to do.

University Womens Club WeddingInside the UWC was nothing short of a blessing to me because sometimes…it can be difficult to be original as a photographer so I made the most of things like the gorgeous shelving, books and ceiling in the library, and the London architecture outside, as well as things like street signs, to convey a good sense of where we were.

Even though I’m unhealthily addicted to colour the beautiful windows gave a great natural frame to Cailah and Duraid for a lovely black and white shot, which I think has a timeless quality to it.

Cailah looked beautiful in a three quarter length white dress, with long lace sleeves, a sweetheart neckline and a flared tulle skirt, while her new husband was dapper in a bow tie.

University Womens Club WeddingAs someone who was married this year I was completely digging Duraid’s tie and suit combo. (Loved the texture of the material  that made it up). Whilst there were the formal aspect to the day as all good wedding have, things like the Lego buttonholes for the guys and the Jenga guest book and the cutest wedding cake I’ve seen for while all added their personality and kept the day grounded and ‘real’.