Gilgamesh wedding party | Amy + Luke

Amy and Luke’s wedding day started with their ceremony in Westminster Register Office’s Purple Room, moved onto a Routemaster bus and finished with dinner and their party at Camden Town’s Gilgamesh in Camden Lock, London.
The boys were first – checking in at Westminster Register Office’s reception – then checking the rings were in order.

Westminster Register Office reception at Old Marylebone Town HallWedding rings in best man's hand before Westminster ceremony


Amy and her father go through paperwork with Westminster registrar Anna in the Lord Mayor’s Waiting Room.Lord Mayor's waiting room with bride and her father

Lord Mayor's waiting room with bride and her father

Luke watches for Amy and her father entering the Purple Room.

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A personalised reading from a friend.

Guest does a wedding reading in Purple Room, Westminster

One wedding ring – successfully delivered to the groom – give that best man a prize.

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Now married, Amy and Luke head outdoors for confetti from their family and friends on the steps of Old Marylebone Town Hall.

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We stopped off along the way for some family and couple portraits.Westminster bride and groom couple portraits in park

Happy couple in Westminster park for wedding photos

Bride and groom get on board red Routemaster bus near Westminster, London


Arriving at Gilgamesh for drinks, an Asian banquet and speeches.Bride and groom arrive in Camden Town for wedding breakfast on Routemaster bus, London

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One of the younger guests was very keen to get the evening’s entertainment started, stealing the drumsticks of band Zagreb – friends of Amy and Luke.

Gilgamesh wedding reception and party photo

These chaps were also getting ready to party and wanted to pose for portraits in Gilgamesh’s State Room.

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Oaks Farm wedding | Michi + Chur

Michi and Chur’s Oaks Farm wedding was a really thoughtful day with a bringing together of European and Chinese customs and showing off Chur’s design talents and patience.
The day started with Michi getting ready at Oaks Farm in the cottage with her family and friends.

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Bride getting ready at Oaks Farm

Michi’s parents chose to sit calmly outside in the sunshine while most of the getting ready was going on.

Outside Oaks Farm cottageBride getting ready at Oaks Farm

Bride getting ready at Oaks Farm

Oaks Farm wedding bridal portraits

Oaks Farm bride and maid of honour

Meanwhile, in the Victorian barn, the harpist was practising Michi’s entrance music and Chur’s family were putting finishing touches to the floral arrangements.

Harpist plays Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon by Handel at Oaks Farm wedding


Oaks Farm wedding flowers

Everything was in place for the ceremony – a nervous groom and a nervous best man, who is also getting married this summer.

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After their ceremony, Michi and Chur went outside for confetti and family congratulations.

Family throws wedding confettiGroom's grandmother congratulates groom at weddingGroom and mother at Oaks Farm weddingGrandfather congratulates groom on marriageGrandfather congratulates bride on marriageChur’s Hong Kong family heritage came into play as he and Michi took part in a traditional Chinese tea ceremony.  In this, the couple show their respect for their elders by serving tea to their parents and grandparents.  It’s also a time for the older generations to give gifts – traditionally in red embellished envelopes and sometimes precious items – in this case a necklace and bracelet for Michi.

Chinese tea ceremony at Oaks FarmChinese tea ceremony at weddingChinese tea ceremony at weddingChinese tea ceremony at weddingChur’s mother mentioned at this point that she would like a grandchild – and a few seconds later, this wish expanded into wanting perhaps four grandchildren – hence Michi’s giggles.

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Another of the Chinese traditions at Michi and Chur’s wedding was a red tablelcoth that guests signed as well as a more traditional message book.

Red Chinese tablecloth for signing at Oaks Farm wedding

Michi and Chur took time out for champagne and chatting to their guests while I captured reportage photographs of their family and friends. Some of the youngest guests were especially keen on the garden games that had been organised for them.

Wedding guests play in grounds.Wedding guests play garden games at wedding reception.

Michi’s mother had made endless metres of bunting for the wedding, using many materials that were familiar from her childhood.  It was strung around the Oaks Farm grounds for drinks and the orangery throughout the day.

Home-made bunting strung around wedding reception in garden.Wedding guest father and baby

We spent about 20 minutes around Oaks Farm for some wedding portraits.

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Michi and Chur had spent countless hours working on their details, including a birdy table plan and using a combination of circus-style fonts for signage. Table names had a theme of childhood desserts.

Circus fonts on wedding signs

Chur’s mother put together this array of cakes and wedding cupcakes – teaching herself how to cook and decorate them especially for the occasion.

Home-made wedding cupcakes at Oaks Farm, Surrey

The day had its speeches before the wedding breakfast.

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Throughout the meal, Michi’s father kept a close eye on his sleeping grand-daughter.

Grandfather watches over grand-daughter

Chur jokes with his friends – he had written the Chinese part of his speech phonetically so he could read it easily.

Grooms chats with friends

The day was also Chur’s father’s 60th birthday – so it was time for more cake.

Oaks Farm birthday celebrations

Michi’s brother and sister-in-law sang “More than Words” as their contribution to the day.

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Bilsington Priory | Kent wedding | Rebecca + Ty

Rebecca and Ty’s wedding at Bilsington Priory near Ashford in Kent was full of sunshine, children and animals.  The day started with capturing some of the local characters including a very patient one-eyed cat (you’ll see why soon) which I think is called Orville.
Bilsington Priory's Cat Orville with one eye

Chickens in the garden

I joined Rebecca, her mother and her daughters getting ready.

Bridesmaid getting ready for weddingWhite Gucci wedding shoesBridesmaid showing off bouquetBridesmaid and flower girl at Bilsington PrioryRebecca getting ready at Bilsington Priory, Kent We went across to the Augustine Priory where Ty was waiting – a tad emotional – with the guests and lovely Kent registrars.

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Guests watch Augustine Priory wedding ceremony

Rebecca’s mum had set up a surprise dove release for Rebecca, Ty and their daughter Coco.

Wedding dove release photoBride and groom release doves at wedding Rebecca, Ty and myself took a few minutes for some portraits out of the bright sunlight, including a garden bench where Ty had proposed.

Kent wedding portraitsKent wedding portraits While they rejoined their guests for drinks, children were making the most of the gardens, including a tree-slung horse swing.

Bilsington Priory grounds

Bilsington Priory girl on swingGirls in a tree at Bilsington Priory, Ashford Boy portrait at Kent wedding venue Bilsington PrioryGuest at Kent wedding venue Bilsington PrioryCoco took a huge liking to Orville and spent much of the reception cuddling him, although when he decided to make a bid for freedom, there was child carnage left in his wake.

Orville and bridesmaid

Orville and children

Just as the sun was fading, the speeches and Rebecca and Ty’s first dance took place and I left them and their guests to celebrate.

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Great Fosters wedding | children as guests

At Emily and Marz’s wedding on Saturday, there were so many children being utterly themselves that I wanted to give them their own post. All were charming, busy making new friends and exploring. It can also be fun working with them, aside from the reportage photographs. One of the little girls was eating a packet of raisins when we wanted to do a group photograph with her in it.  I offered to put the raisins on my head while I took the photograph so she could keep an eye on them – something she did with a rather suspicious look. By the time we came to take another group photograph with her in it, the raisins had gone, but the packet still went on my head. After it ‘fell off’ to get  her (& the adults) to laugh, she raced over and insisted “again, again”. And yes, we did.

child pulling mum towards dinner