South Bank Centre + Hayward Gallery wedding | Helen & Mattie

Possibly my dream venue combination – London’s South Bank Centre and the Hayward Gallery – were where Helen and Mattie celebrated their wedding a couple of weeks ago.  I’ve been going regularly to both for the past 20 years and am strangely fond of the grey concrete buildings that have undergone a facelift in the last few years. Helen and Mattie held their ceremony in the South Bank Centre’s St Paul’s Roof Pavilion, then took their guests to the Hayward Gallery for a private view of Ernesto Neto’s exhibition The Edges of the World before returning to the roof pavilion for dancing and more partying.
Helen was walked into their wedding ceremony by her brother.

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south bank centre wedding guests outdoorsWe started Helen and Mattie’s portrait session by waiting for the lift – and making the most of this red counterweight that floats onto the St Paul’s pavilion floor when the lift is on a particular floor (no idea which one).

South Bank Centre wedding couple portraits Wooden panels, the Thames riverside and sunlit balcony also came into play.

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ernesto neto hayward gallery sculpture The wonderful thing about the Neto exhibition was its emphasis on fun and interaction – including a funky pool on the Hayward’s roof. Guests had been invited to bring their swimming costumes and this is most definitely the first time I’ve ever photographed a bride and groom in a bikini and trunks – and the first (& hopefully last) time I’ve had water splashing towards me and the camera.

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Helen and her family really got into the swing of the exhibition.

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Helen and her new mother in law – how sweet are they!

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Helen, Mattie and I LOVE the Hayward’s concrete stairs, although they don’t usually have such stunning light fittings as this.


Outside, the light was fading and it was time to return to the South Bank Centre for partying … and a few more portraits on the way.Hayward Gallery wedding couplesouth bank centre bride and groom South Bank Centre wedding photo of bride

Guests who had gone ahead await Helen and Mattie.


Helen does a quick check that Mattie is choosing something suitable … Mattie is thinking perhaps Duran Duran. south bank centre wedding first dancesouth bank centre wedding first dance photo And the party is properly underway.

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South Bank Centre wedding | Helen & Mattie | A single

I’m not going to say much because I’m so tired I’m almost dribbling … except that here is one from Helen and Mattie’s wedding a few hours ago. It features the South Bank Centre’s distinctive 1951 net and ball carpet designed by Peter Moro and Leslie Martin, which Helen and Mattie very much like.
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