The Marylebone Room wedding of Tas and Ravi in Mayfair Library was on one of January’s cold but stunningly beautiful winter days, allowing us lovely portraits in the adjacent Mount Street Gardens.
Tas and Ravi’s wedding ceremony was with their closest family and friends. Tas wore a beautiful red sari and carried a bouquet of red roses and gypsophila or baby’s breath and Ravi had a red rose buttonhole on his blue wedding suit.
Ravi and Tas walked into Mayfair Library’s Marylebone Room together to meet their family and friends. Ravi’s mother held a box with their two wedding rings for safekeeping, bringing it forward at just the right moment in the ceremony.
See – married! Tas and Ravi show off their shiny new wedding rings and their witnesses sign the register while other family members congratulate them on their marriage.
Tas and Ravi walk down the period staircase at Mayfair Library while their guests are outside with confetti.
Tas + Ravi walk several blocks to Atul Kocchar’s Michelin starred restaurant Benares for their wedding breakfast. They had a portrait next to the water feature they love before I left them to celebrate with their guests.
Rice throwing and readings in Greek reflected the groom’s family heritage at the Cambridge Register Office wedding of H and C.
Their story starts with a waiting room full of friends and both their family, through their English and Greek readings, with rice throwing and onto their reception venue with home-made bunting and table names of Beatles songs.
I’ll let their wedding photographs tell the story of their day.
Ruth and Stephen are just the sweetest couple with the kindest of hearts, so it was a huge pleasure to shoot their wedding at St Andrew’s Thornhill Square, Islington, and Kings Place wedding reception. This is the main post from their wedding; there were so many hand-made and thoughtful details, I’m going to put those in a separate post.
Ruth and her bridesmaids were very well organised and their preparations ran to time, so we were able to get some great portraits of them beforehand. Ruth’s father ‘fiddled’ while he waited.
Then it was off to St Andrew’s in a taxi.
Stephen was in place, waiting, along with a church full to bursting with their guests.
After Ruth and Stephen were married, there was Pimms, pealing bells, a brass ensemble, bunting and an array of home-made cakes.
Ruth, Stephen and I snuck away in a taxi to their Kings Place wedding reception while most of the guests walked, many carrying flower arrangements with them.
We did a few portraits before Ruth and Stephen mixed with their guests and some champagne on the canalside. A high wind kept carrying away Ruth’s veil.
One of Ruth and Stephen’s requests when we were talking through their day was a photograph of everyone. It is a popular request but there are two drawbacks with any more than about 50 people: one is the time it takes to get everyone together and facing vaguely in the same direction, even with ushers with military or teaching backgrounds. The other is that once 100+ people are gathered in one place, it’s difficult to spot everyone, even on a very large print. So I suggested doing table photographs between courses and in the lull before speeches, which don’t take any time out of the wedding day schedule and we can see everyone, which is rather the point, don’t you think?
Ooh – bottles being opened; that can mean only one thing? Yes, that’s right, the speeches. And jolly funny and touching they were too: with a stockbroker MC, who had done more than his fair share of stand-up comedy and a BRILLIANT choice to introduce speakers as well as the open mic time after, when any of the guests or family could tell stories about Ruth and Stephen.
After a small break, where the cake did the rounds with tea and coffee, Ruth and Stephen had their first dance, to “When I’m 64” and it was time to party.
Emine and Richard’s wedding at Westminster Register Office and the Roosevelt Room wedding reception at Brown’s Hotel was a beautiful and classic day. Emine chose a tea rose dress with gold shoes, a ribbon headband and roses from Scarlet and Violet.
Richard may have been more nervous than a typical groom; this was the first wedding he had ever attended.
Married! Now, time for photos, lots of photos!
Some family congratulations and then confetti.
Emine and Richard headed in a London black cab to Brown’s Hotel, giving them time to look at their shiny wedding rings.
Friends were waiting to congratulate them outside Brown’s.
Emine and Richard’s wedding reception was in one of Brown’s private dining rooms – the mirrored and classic Roosevelt Room, named after former American President Theodore Roosevelt, who first stayed at Brown’s for his marriage to Edith Carow.
Emine had arranged iced biscuits by Biscuiteers as her wedding favours.
And flowers by Scarlet and Violet decorated the table and mantlepiece.
We took some portraits of Richard and his mates … and Emine and her mother.
Guests were having a rather lovely time with champagne before they sat for the wedding breakfast.
The London register office wedding of Anita and Christian at Westminster’s Yellow Room and Duke of Wellington‘s private room was a relaxed event. They arrived at Old Marylebone Town Hall together in a London black cab giggling and kissing.
Anita and Christian love the Old Marylebone Town Hall and wanted their wedding photographs to reflect this. I photographed the architecture as they were checking their details with the registrar.
Their ceremony started with Christian having to list Anita’s many Christian names. He got them right!
Their families were beaming at this point.
Who has the rings? Is that a Vulcan salute?
I now declare you husband and wife! Have you ever seen a bride look as pleased as this?Happy chats after Anita and Christian’s London register office wedding in the Yellow Room.
We walked to the Duke of Wellington a couple of blocks away.
Anita and Christian posed for some portraits on the way. I love the way London’s architecture changes so much in such a short distance, while walking to their Duke of Wellington wedding reception.
Guests drank Pimms and beer.
Anita and Christian’s rings with a tulip from Anita’s bouquet. Vintage handkerchiefs, tiny clothes pegs and photos decorated Anita and Christian’s wedding breakfast table.
The Duke of Wellington’s private room, overlooking St Mary’s Church: after everyone had sat down, I left them to settle in for the wedding breakfast. Congratulations Anita and Christian!
You know the bride and groom aren’t a conventional couple when the bride arrives at Westminster Register Office in a short and chic grey cocktail dress. Â Lynsey and Matt also saw each other on the Old Marylebone Town Hall‘s famous steps before sharing a cigarette and walking into the building together.
Lynsey and Matt check their wedding details with Mark and Emma while Lynsey’s son watches. He also walked her into the Blue Room.
As the Blue Room was full, Lynsey and Matt chose to have their family sit in the front row while they exchanged vows.
Lynsey and Matt are given a miniature chimney sweep for good luck, before driving away in a white London wedding cab to their reception drinks.
We found this gorgeous newly-painted grey wall for their wedding portraits to tone with Lynsey’s dress. Â We also found a less freshly-painted wall next door – a perfect contrast. The front door green is one of my favourite colours.