I often receive inquiries about small or intimate weddings and love photographing them. Tanya and Zhewei had an Islington Register Office wedding before hopping into a limousine that took us to St Pancras for a family lunch. They had cleverly planned going to Paris on the Eurostar, so had only to cross a platform to be on their way.
While Zhewei waited in the council chamber, Tanya saw the registrars before arriving on her mother’s arm. It seemed that Zhewei and his father like to pace the floor while his mother appears a little calmer.
Zhewei’s talented brother played the entire Mendelssohn’s Wedding March while the signing of the register took place, which is quite a bit longer than the excerpt I’ve heard previously. He also played the more whimsical waltz from Amelie.
Here is one proud mother.
Tanya and Zhewei had asked for portraits that showed off the architecture of Islington Town Hall. It has some stunning original features and its steps are the centrepiece of the building.
Do we need any more reasons to celebrate?
Nicoletta and Steve’s photographs from their wedding at The Dorchester have now been edited and I’m so excited about them. In Nicoletta and Steve’s working lives with a design company, they’re used to briefing photographers and sent me references of the kinds of photographs they most liked as well as explaining which of my work they felt would capture their day best. It meant I was able to best tailor their photography.Â Here is their day, with their baby daughter Ava.
Venue: The Dorchester
Dress: Elizabeth Todd
At Michelle and Obi’s wedding yesterday at The Barbican Centre, Obi paid tribute to the impact that the great parents he and Michelle had on their lives.Â His toast was “to family” – and that warm and loving atmosphere was evident all yesterday.
Michelle arrived at The Barbican with her father, four bridesmaids and three flower girls.
Obi had been whisked upstairs to The Garden Room to make sure that Michelle’s arrival on her father’s arm was a surprise. Obi’s nephew Lewis was ringbearer, doing a brilliant job with a little help from his dad and the registrar.
Obi and Michelle wanted some non-traditional wedding portraits showing the Barbican’s atmosphere and architecture.Â We went outside into the brilliant autumn sunshine and used this domed pavillion by Heather and Ivan Morison which is installed until next month for some portraits. Surely the pavillion was inspired by Toblerone?
Speeches mixed with dinner. Michelle’s father’s speech set her giggling.
And all too soon it was time for me to go home.
Karin & Kevin married today at Westminster Register Office, followed by drinks & lunch at the Goring Hotel. Karin looked totally stunning and Kevin was suitably sharp, and their daughters Laura and Olivia in a girl’s favourite colour – pink.
One of the most wonderful things about photographing a wedding is the opportunity to capture the joining of two families and the generations and friends around them.
It’s great when, despite no shared language except smiles, this young woman understood where I wanted to shoot this portrait.
And some family portraits.