There is something about a London wedding that’s like no other anywhere in the world, not even elsewhere in the UK. I’m not talking about the obvious landmarks or the swanky London hotels, it’s more of a feeling about the place – the lighting, the crispness in the air…the rain!
Agata and Stefan, although not British (she is from Poland, he from Bavaria) did have a quintessential London Wedding – from her dress by British designer Jenny Packham to their transport on a traditional red London bus (supplied by This Bus) to their swanky, intimate reception at Claridges…the whole thing exudes London charm.
Beth and Ian had a London winter wedding. Despite being massively pregnant at the time, I think Beth looks like a celebrity from the 60′s…added to by the fact that she and wore her hair in a beehive and sported a cute short wedding dress, with a jacket made of big white sequins and some gorgeous shoes from LK Bennett (I actually knew that myself as I have lusted over them many a time - plus they are called the Akira shoe - for those of you that don’t know, that’s my kitty’s name too!)
After a civil ceremony all the guests piled on a traditional London routemaster bus to the London Eye for a ride in 2 private pods. Then it was back on the bus for a scenic tour of the capital before finishing up at The Ritz.
This really was a family affair with the incredible stationary being designed by Beth’s creative father – a beautiful etching incorporating all the parts of their wedding date their names and rings - and her stunning vintage style necklace? Well that was made by her Mum!
I’m so totally and completely biased when it comes to my friend David McNeil’s photography and I don’t care…the thing is, he is just so amazingly talented for which I am more than a little bit envious! Plus he’s lovely and all that jazz…which just makes his work even more fantastic. In fact when we met our competition winners, Vana & Damien a few weeks ago, whilst looking though David’s portfolio, Vana said ‘It really seems like you know all the people you photograph‘ and that’s just it, that’s why he is so great, none of his images seem staged or forced or awkward – and you know what, now I’m a little bit annoyed now that I didn’t coin that phrase myself!
Anyway, David has got a super busy month coming up so I’ll have plenty of wonderful weddings, engagements and bridal shoots to share with you, starting with this gorgeous, intimate afternoon tea wedding in London. Isn’t her dress just to die for? (edit: her dress is from Candy Anthony)
If someone said to you ‘quintessential English wedding’ the images that pop into your head would be those of spring time, sprawling gardens, garden roses, strawberries & cream, tea & cake, posh hats, Laura Ashley, paisley and Cath Kidston Well I’m here to blow those ideas out of the water!
An urban English wedding is just as British as the traditional pretty countryside one, in fact maybe more so as a wedding in the city enables the photographer to show off London’s fantastic landmarks at their best…aww makes me come over all patriotic! The Gherkin, The London Eye, The River Thames…these are the things I think of when I think of England…but maybe that’s because I am just a city girl at heart.
Just call me the Carrie Bradshaw of weddings!
A huge thank you to Christian & Susan of CKP Weddings for taking the time to share these with me.
So after we left Vana & Damien yesterday, David (hard working as ever) headed off to London’s Southwark for a fabulously moody pre-wedding shoot! The rain may have been pouring, but David was able to capture the couple and their most glorious…and I have to say, the rain water on the ground does make for some amazing light.
David said: After a pretty dismal day, some sun made it through the clouds, before clouding over and pouring with rain as we started the shoot.
However, I’m never one to be defeated, so after we arrived in Southwark I found a rather interesting empty car park, a rough round the edges theatre bar, a nicely lit railway tunnel and grimy door to use as backdrops.
I usually reschedule if the weather looks bad, but as you can see from tonight’s shoot, a bit of rain doesn’t mean the images have to suffer!