I had my first chat with David and Nadia while I was sitting in Edinburgh and they were in their apartment in Toronto. They were planning a London wedding (David is English) and wanted to book me as their wedding photographer.
They wanted a traditional London wedding as David’s parents were married in the same East End church, and many of Nadia’s relatives hadn’t visited the city before. Her hotel room had the perfect view of Big Ben and I’m sure really gave all her family an amazingly fantastic London experience. After the lovely ceremony at St. Dunstan and All Saints Church in Stepney, we headed back into the city for a reception at the decadent Royal Exchange by Bank station. We managed to stop for some portraits by the Thames South Bank where the sheer joy of their faces made me realise how much I enjoy being a happiness-catcher as a wedding photographer!
After their engagement shoot in Richmond Park I knew I was going to have a great time at Tim and Ellie’s wedding in central London. I love when couples respond so well to the directions I give them and it was fun to switch so quickly between fun and serious shots with them!
The wedding was held in Hammersmith just down the road from my old stomping ground in Chiswick. I’d never been inside St Paul’s Church but I had seen the top of it many times from the Hammersmith flyover! It was so grand inside and very impressively lit. After the ceremony we headed into central London for some shots around St James’ Park, and then on to the Haymarket Hotel for the wedding reception. It was such a grand hotel and the perfect venue for such a lovely couple!
One of the biggest compliments I can be paid is to be asked back to shoot another wedding in the same family – and I’m lucky that it’s something I’m often asked to do! I’ve shot sisters, brothers and cousins of the same family, so when Graham’s sister Laura asked me to shoot their wedding at Blake Hall I was delighted to be able to say I was available. Arriving at a wedding like this is just like seeing old friends and it was lovely to catch up with everybody.
Laura asked for a recommendation for a make-up artist too so I was ecstatic she booked the most wonderful Katy who is not only a great make-up artist but the most fun person to spend a morning with! Laura and Scott chose Blake Hall for their venue as it offered the relaxing vibe of a barn but also the option of having an outdoor ceremony. It was a bit touch and go in the morning with a few spits of rain but when the sun came out the decision was made and guests began assembling outside the barn to see the bride and groom. It is such a lovely way to have a ceremony more couples should consider it! I love it when couples get emotional and this was no exception – however the real tears came during the speeches when Scott made such a lovely speech that included different guests holding up lines from their favourite film, Love Actually. I even had a little tear too!