South Place Hotel and The Blueprint Cafe, London
Susanne & Fabien

London weddings are often fun but can sometimes be a logistical nightmare when you have some lighting and a set of backup equipment to keep handy ‘just in case’.
Fortunately, with their reception being at the Blueprint Cafe, there were plenty of parking spaces 2 minutes away…which is perfect. Although I was starting with prep and the ceremony at South Place Hotel on the other side of the river!


This wasn’t too much of an issue thanks to Uber and I travelled with everyone on the trip back. It worked really well for me and I found lots of cool places to take photos, even a white wall (as above) is sometimes all you need!

Here’s some more images from their day:

Nonsuch Mansion at Christmas
Amy and Chris


It may be cold outside but for those getting married, this time of year lends a sense of warmth to the month.

December weddings have a certain intimacy and closure to that separates them from those at other times of year…and not just because often we can’t go outside!


Amy and Chris had their candlelit ceremony at St John the Baptist in Kingston before heading to Nonsuch Mansion in Cheam for their reception.

It was a lovely, colourful Christmas wedding and here are some more photos from their day:

 

Wedding at the Gherkin London

The Gherkin, London
Laura & David

Weddings at the Gherkin, London

I love London weddings. Logistics can sometimes be a headache but from a creative standpoint (and once you’re there) you can find things, shapes, colours and perspectives which you can’t anywhere else and the contrast between country weddings is huge and something I love to embrace.

This is Laura and David’s wedding at The Gherkin. This was a top o’ the skyscraper gig with the view of London all around us on a crystal clear September day.

I started with a brief visit to Laura and her family at the Ned by way of Threadneedle Street before heading to see David and the groomsmen at the Slug and Lettuce opposing 30 St Mary Axe / The Gherkin.

Gherkin London Ceremony area

This was my first time at the Gherkin and I was taken by the sheer scale of the tower up close; I loved all the clean lines and glass. It allowed me to see in a different way while shooting.

We were at the very top of the tower and you need to switch lifts near the top to do the final leg up. Once there, you’ll find two levels accessible by stairs. The very top being for the ceremony and dancing with the lower level acting as the dining room.

Searcy's at the Gherkin

After the ceremony we headed down and out for photos and we really didn’t need to go very far at all as there was the imposition of The Gherkin, the neutral greys of the granite beside and enough space for a lovely falloff in to the background.

Dinner was the high standard that’s known from Searcy’s and this lead to some speeches, sunset photos and the evening do.

Some weddings lift your spirits in such a way as to be uniquely memorable and this was one of them. Both on an emotional level as well as the physical, being almost 200 metres up.

Laura and David were a dream to be around, always high spirited and just 100% genuinely lovely. Special thanks goes to Laura’s mum for the G n’ T at 8pm and for the chap who bought me a Guinness early on that made me feel so included. Small gestures of kindness are never forgotten, thank you, wherever you are 😀

Asia House Wedding Photography

Asia House & The Amadeus Centre
Clare & Sanj

Clare & Sanj at Asia House and The Amadeus
Ha, where do I begin with this one. Ok details. So here is Clare and Sanj’s wedding which took place at Asia House with their reception at the Amadeus Centre in London.

So those are the main details but here’s the real stuff. One of Clare and Sanj’s main requests from me was that they had a nice photo of each other as anything they had was taken years ago and we got plenty of them because of who they were and how much they gave me so much to shoot.

Good wedding photos are not just because of the photographer but the sum of the wedding itself. The couple, the guests, their personalities, the venue and so on.

I like to say to couples that the reality is I’m only 50% of the resulting photos. What goes on during the day, where people are emotionally, how much time I have to do everything and how I fit in with the crowd is paramount to what they’ll get at the end of the day.

Clare & Sanj at Asia House and The AmadeusEssentially I hold a mirror up to a wedding and go ‘This is what it looked like’ – I can’t tell fibs and make a wedding something it’s not. I’m fortunate in that the right couples book me and I’m given a huge amount of awesome each time.

At Clare and Sanj’s wedding it was clear I was welcomed and I had a lot of fun during prep as well as donning my seamstress hat to fix a small tear in Clare’s dress before heading off with them to Asia House where Sanj was waiting with his family greeting the guests on arrival.

I could tell Sanj was excited, as all great guys would be and because of the London traffic we had made sure we were there early. This meant there was a bit of a wait. It doesn’t help knowing the person you’re about to spend the rest of your life with is waiting downstairs!

Clare & Sanj at Asia House and The AmadeusThe ceremony went ahead, they kissed and we left for The Amadeus Centre where on arrival we took a 5 minute walk to Elnathan Mews which is one of those typically cute London back streets and had some photos there.

Hackney Round Chapel London Wedding

The Hackney Round Chapel
Becky & Andy

Hackney Round Chapel WeddingHere is Becky and Andy who were married at the Hackney Round Chapel.

I consider myself very lucky with Becky and Andy’s wedding, everything was turned up to 11 with there being so much to shoot, so much personality and pretty!

Hackney Round Chapel WeddingBecky was getting ready at their home in New Cross before I left to catch up with Andy at the Round Chapel.

Inside the chapel there’s a huge amount of space, you can fit hundreds in there and wherever I looked there was neat touches, paper cranes, flowers and lots of fairy lights, which for a photographer gives me a lot to play with as well as a huge amount of daylight that streams in through the windows too.

Becky arrived by Black cab before walking down the aisle to a patient Andy. The readings were very emotional bringing tears all round and there was a lot of love in the room between everyone.

After the ceremony we did the usual family and couple photos before heading to The Windsor Castle pub across the road for drinks and time out to allow the caterers to turn the space around for dinner and the evening do.

Hackney Round Chapel WeddingBefore the first dance Becky got changed into another outfit and burst back into the room, dancing with Andy straight away so the guests were caught off guard,  surprise and a great big dose of energy was there from the start which carried right on through until close.

Wiltons Music Hall Wedding Photography

Wiltons Music Hall
Laila & Chris

Wiltons Music Hall Wedding

I love weddings that are off the beaten track and challenging. When I get them I tend to run off the adrenaline and let go of the reigns to see where the day takes me. Laila and Chris’s wedding at Wilton’s Music hall was the perfect example of this.
Wiltons Music Hall Wedding
So colourful was this day and so spoilt for choice with details was I that I never ran out of things to shoot. From the bubble machine welcoming you, the Pinata that was used for receiving cards from the guests, the Pink Flamingo’s, the face masks on the tables, the US sweets on the candy bar that were there one minute and gone the next to the eclectic collection of balloons at the end of the aisle… this was no ordinary wedding.

Wiltons Music Hall Wedding

Because we were in central London a lot of the more formal photos were taken indoors yet this wasn’t a bad thing and the resulting photos lent themselves really well to the urban feel of Wiltons Music Hall.

The wedding at Wiltons finished at around 7pm but the celebrations continued until late a short walk down the road at Simmons Bar on Royal Mint Street. The party was still going when I left!

Royal Geographical Society Wedding

The Royal Geographical Society and St Barts Brewery in Smithfield
Wendy & Jack

Royal Geographical Society WeddingHere, let me introduce you to Wendy and Jack. You’ll like them a lot.

This dynamic duo made their vows at the Royal Geographical Society in London this October and had their reception at St Barts Brewery in Smithfield adjacent to the market there.

Wendy chose to get ready at the Montcalm in London City before leaving by cab for the RGS

Royal Geographical Society WeddingSometimes things go wrong at a wedding. Best laid plans can go to waste and despite your sincerest efforts stuff doesn’t go according to plan.

Wendy and Jacks wedding took a slight misadventure when a huge part of London was closed off due to a (SURPRISE!) protest march. So London being London on a Saturday it took Wendy’s cab 90 minutes to do 4 miles.

I was caught up in it too and at one point was SERIOUSLY considering dumping the car and using a Boris bike. I kid you not. A wedding photographer not turning up to the ceremony? Not. Going. To. Happen.

But I got there 10 minutes before Wendy’s cab. Result.

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE : 0

TWO SAT NAVS AND A SCARED PHOTOGRAPHER : 1

So we were well and truly back on track. Wendy and Jack said their vows in the beautiful Royal Geographical Society building and we used the other room for family photos and some nice shots of the couple after.

With the protest over and the route sorted we headed to St Bart’s Brewery.

Royal Geographical Society WeddingI’d not been to St Bart’s before and it’s a lovely space, wooden flooring, nice bar….good beer and I loved the upper level.

Wendy and Jack had goody bags for the guest on each table. There were masks, conkers, toy planes and some plasticine for the ‘Mould the best Wendy and Jack’ competition.

We all went over to the Smithfield Market for some photos with the groomsmen and bridesmaids and then they all settled for dinner.

Afterwards, when it was dark, myself Wendy and Jack headed back over to Smithfield Market for some more couple shots and then they returned for their first dance. The tune to which was sung by their friend and it was Crowded House’s ‘Fall at your Feet’.