Trafalgar Tavern wedding | Jane + Ian

It’s always lovely to shoot a wedding within walking distance of home – and that was the case for Jane and Ian’s Trafalgar Tavern wedding, on the Thames riverside in Greenwich.

Ian arrived on schedule for a pint and his interview with the Greenwich registrars in the Nelson Banqueting Rooms.

Guests on the balcony for a summer Trafalgar Tavern wedding in Greenwich
Pink roses decorate the Trafalgar Tavern for the summer wedding of Jane and Ian.
Groom Ian is interviewed by the Greenwich registrars before his summer Trafalgar Tavern wedding to Jane.

Jane also arrived in good time with her bridesmaids and flower girls.

Bride Jane arrives in her full-length white gown and veil for her summer Trafalgar Tavern wedding to Ian
A flowergirl has her corsage put on before Jane and Ian's summer Trafalgar Tavern wedding
Jane's father gives her away to groom Ian during their summer Trafalgar Tavern wedding
A bride and groom during their summer Trafalgar Tavern wedding, officiated by Greenwich registrars

Married!

A newlywed bride and groom kiss during their Greenwich civil wedding ceremony at Trafalgar Tavern.

Jane and Ian celebrated their wedding with some champagne and greeting their guests, followed by some portraits along the Thames and in front of the Old Royal Naval College to make the most of the brilliant summer weather.

Newlyweds Jane and Ian in front of the Old Royal Navy College (ORNC) Water Gate after their summer Trafalgar Tavern wedding

After that, it was back to the Trafalgar for some chilled casual photographs of guests relaxing on a hot Friday afternoon by the river.

Many of the guests asked me to do portraits of them, quite often with their nearest and dearest. I love doing portraits – and we had some beautiful afternoon light.

Children play on the Trafalgar Tavern's piano during Jane and Ian's summer wedding reception
Bridesmaid waves during a summer wedding at Greenwich's Trafalgar Tavern on the Thames.
A bridesmaid does cartwheels across the Trafalgar Tavern's banqueting suite at a summer wedding.
A young guest at a summer Trafalgar Tavern wedding
Summer Trafalgar Tavern wedding portraits of guests
Summer Trafalgar Tavern wedding portraits of guests
Summer Trafalgar Tavern wedding portraits of young guests and couples
Summer Trafalgar Tavern wedding portraits of guests and family

One of Jane’s flower girls was very keen to keep her dress safe from the dirty floor.

Jane and Ian’s speeches took place after their meal in the traditional way. There must have been quite a bit of grit in the air judging by the moist eyes of those on the top and surrounding tables.

Bridesmaid carries train of bride to wedding breakfast at the Trafalgar Tavern wedding reception in summer
The bride's father wishes the bride and husband all the best during his speech at a Trafalgar Tavern wedding reception.
The groom cheers during his speech at his Trafalgar Tavern wedding reception.
The bride claps and giggles during her new husband's speech at their Trafalgar Tavern wedding reception.

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Star of the Sea Church wedding | Louise + Charlie

When Louise and Charlie planned their Star of the Sea Church wedding in Greenwich, they chose a red and white Christmas theme, but could not have imagined how much snow would fall, in keeping with the ‘white’ part of the theme.

Devonport House

Louise started her day getting ready with her family and bridesmaids at Devonport House, just a short distance from the church. Louise’s red rose bouquet was by Rachel Morgan Wedding Flowers. And her fascinator was by talented milliner and similarly named Rachel Trevor-Morgan.

Devonport House wedding preparations: wedding shoes ready for the big day by Star of the Sea Church wedding photographer Rebecca Portsmouth
Devonport House wedding preparations: a bridal gown waits ready for the bride to step into it
Devonport House wedding preparations: a bridal bouquet of red roses awaits a snowy wedding day
Devonport House wedding preparations - the finishing touches of shoes during the getting ready
Devonport House wedding preparations: the bride in her customised towelling dressing gown has her make-up done
Devonport House wedding preparations - a bride has the finishing touches done to her make-up
Devonport House wedding preparations - a bridesmaid finishes getting ready
Devonport House wedding preparations - a bride has her headpiece with net attached as a finishing touch

Star of the Sea Church

A 15-minute snowstorm (OK, a blizzard, in Greenwich terms) had Charlie sheltering under an umbrella outside Our Ladye Star of the Sea Church so he didn’t get too wet or cold and ushers busy with brooms, clearing snow from the steps.

Star of the Sea Church wedding in the snow on Crooms Hill
Star of the Sea Church wedding where the groom Charlie shelters under a golfing umbrella from the snow
Star of the Sea Church in the snow - ushers welcome wedding guests with golfing umbrellas
The bride and her bridesmaids arrive for her Star of the Sea Church wedding in a red London Routemaster bus.
Ushers help the bride navigate Crooms Hill in the snow before her Star of the Sea Church wedding
Bride and her father in the doorway before her Star of the Sea Church wedding
A bride and her father enter her Star of the Sea Church wedding, flanked by ushers
Star of the Sea Church wedding ceremony - Crooms Hill Greenwich, otherwise known as Our Ladye Star of the Sea by Greenwich photographer Rebecca Portsmouth
The Our Ladye Star of the Sea wedding ceremony of Louise and Charlie by Greenwich photographer Rebecca Portsmouth
Star of the Sea Church wedding photographer Rebecca Portsmouth: a photo of Louise and Charlie leaving their winter wedding ceremony .

Louise and Charlie had arranged for a dog walker to bring along their boxer Lily for some photographs outside the church – very carefully, so Lily didn’t jump up on Louise’s dress.

The Routemaster vintage bus that Louise and Charlie had arranged to transport guests to their Trafalgar Tavern wedding reception backed down Crooms Hill beautifully without slipping in the snow and made its way carefully through Maritime Greenwich and past the Old Naval College.

Our Ladye Star of the Sea wedding photographer Rebecca Portsmouth shows photos of the ceremony of Louise and Charlie - outside with their dog and guests throwing confetti in Greenwich

While we had such crisp snow and clear skies, Louise, Charlie and I went for a walk along the river for some wedding portraits. We also sneaked a few couple portraits inside while guests were filing through to the Christmas-themed reception, complete with presents for the children.

The Trafalgar Tavern and Nelson in the snow
Bride and groom Louise + Charlie outside the Trafalgar Tavern in Greenwich on their snowy winter wedding day
Bride and groom Louise + Charlie walking along the Thames near the Trafalgar Tavern with the O2 of North Greenwich in the background, during their wedding portraits.
Bride and groom Louise + Charlie framed by the Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) Water Gate in the snow during their winter wedding portraits
Greenwich Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) winter wedding in the snow - Louise + Charlie with their red and white themed wedding (by Greenwich wedding photographer Rebecca Portsmouth)
Winter bride Louise on the stairs at the Trafalgar Tavern, with a white winter fur keeping her warm
Winter wedding celebrations with a Christmas Theme inside the Trafalgar Tavern, Greenwich
Winter wedding portraits of Louise + Charlie at the Trafalgar Tavern
The Trafalgar Tavern wedding venue in Greenwich lit up at night in winter, with snow on the ground.

Louise + Charlie | Greenwich wedding | A single

When Louise was getting ready in Greenwich yesterday morning, there was a snowstorm that only seemed to be getting thicker. I walked through it for 10 minutes to get up Croom’s Hill to Our Lady Star of the Sea Church and the ushers got busy with shovels and brooms to clear the church path for guests. By the time Louise arrived, the storm had cleared and all that was left was a fairytale setting for her to arrive on an old Routemaster bus.
Greenwich wedding in snow with routemaster bus

London engagement portraits | Greenwich | Raelene and Kevin

Raelene really, REALLY wanted her and Kevin’s London engagement portraits to be taken when cherry blossom was out – a two week window. Luckily, they live close by and we were able to take time out at short notice to catch the blossom. The portrait session was great fun and definitely cherry blossom makes a wonderful back-drop.

They are just so lovely together.

London engagement portraits | Kate and James

Spring FINALLY appears to be here and I could work with the door open for most of today. It was also a chance to get together with Kate and James, who are marrying in August, for their engagement portrait session. We were able to capture some fun photographs of them and find out their favourites, so time we spend together on their wedding day is fine tuned. During our session, we walked around Greenwich market, which is usually crowded at weekends, visiting the old fashioned sweet shop (which Kate & James revisited later!) and using one of my favourite cake shops as a backdrop. The church you can see at the end of the lane in several of the portraits is St Alfege Church, designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor.



Snow!

It’s weird that a few days I thought spring was on its way (the daffodils are in full flower) and this morning when I woke up, everything I could see out the window was covered in thick snow. I took some photographs, then dressed and went to Greenwich, which was even more stunning.
Sir Walter Raleigh seemed distinctly unimpressed.

This local lovely couple was taking the opportunity to photograph themselves.

Water features were frozen.

Plants had a shock.

Snowballs were thrown.

The view was silent.

But you could hear a flautist at Trinity College of Music practising Peter and the Wolf.