St Bart’s Brewery
Harriet & Steve
Here is Harriet and Steve’s winter wedding from March. I knoi, I know March was 7 months ago I know but the thing is….it’s been a bit of a busy year this one. By the time I was ready to blog this I was full on into the wedding season.
Now though, the weather and the light is about the same so I guess I can show and tell this lovely couple with you.
I started their day at Malmaison in Smithfield. This is a pretty hotel with lots of neat decor everywhere. Harriet was getting ready in one of the suites and due to it’s proximity to their reception venue (St Barts Brewery) I was able to go back and forth for photos. I did fall a little bit in love with the old fashioned tungsten bulbs they had in the suite. You know, the ones with the glowing elements rather than the bright as the sun types.
Their guests were all congregating downstairs in the lobby of Malmaison ready to take a couple of routemasters to St John’s church in Hampstead where Steve was patiently waiting.
The first bus took the majority of the guests. The second one was taking us. But before then Harriet’s Dad had to come and get her, brolly in hand before they walked downstairs to the bus.
St John’s in Hampstead is beautiful. I loved the arches in the roof and the sense of space all around, the walk up to the doors is nice too. It was immensely helpful that I was able to move around a considerate amount in order to get the photos I needed to – the aisle Harriet walked down was lovely and long too.
After the ceremony a VERY happy Harriet and Steve walked out into their confetti and onwards to the buses where champagne was served for the return journey to St Barts Brewery.
Once back, we did some family photos in the shelter of Smithfield Market and headed off for Harriet and Steve’s couple shots.
Now the saying goes that statistically there is a greater chance of it snowing on Good Friday than on Christmas Day. So… as you can see below, it was absolutely freezing in the first week of March, and windy, and London is pretty unforgiving. So what we did was deliberate, necessary and most importantly…QUICK. We nailed the photos, used the narrow alleys, the white shutters and the urban feel before making back to the pub at speed for warmth and booze.
St Barts was set up with three rows of tables in a communual / banquet style and after dinner they cut their chesse and pork pie cake with cheese wire before heading off to their first dance.
Sometime during the course of the evening we went outside for a cool shot with the bridesmaids and groomsmen which involved setting up some flashes in the phone booths before enjoying the rest of the evening undisturbed.
The whole day was a lot of fun to shoot, I love these types of weddings, they’re relaxed, diverse, everyone usually gets smashed and sure, while there was a lot of red wine floating around the personalities really made their day the special one that it was.
Here are some more photos for you….