Greenwich couple Raelene & Kevin set up their wedding itinerary yesterday so that I could capture the moment when Kevin set eyes on Raelene. I had known they were arriving at Marylebone Town Hall together on a traditional red double-decker bus with Kevin on the top deck and Raelene on the bottom. Relatives shielded Raelene from Kevin with a pashmina until he had made his way to the top of the town hall steps and was looking away. Raelene could then walk up behind him, ready for him to turn around.
Raelene on her way to meet the registrars.
Raelene and her father Alex enter the ceremony.
Raelene and Kevin had composed their own vows to each other – and could not have looked happier when they were pronounced man and wife.
Raelene’s two bridesmaids Michelle and Pam had handed out cones of confetti to the guests, who had arranged themselves very neatly down the steps of Marylebone Town Hall to wish Raelene and Kevin well.
Kevin’s first duty as husband was to hold a compact mirror for Raelene to touch up her lipstick. He was a huge success … and wonderfully, the compact matched Raelene’s Jenny Packham dress as if it was made to order.
We stopped off by Lambeth Bridge to get some photographs of the bridal party with the Houses of Parliament in the background – a very London scene. This is one of my faves and includes the distinctive Thames lights with fish details that Raelene very much wanted included.
The bus then took us all to The Guildford, a Greenwich brasserie close to Raelene and Kevin’s (and my) home. After canapes and Pimms in the sunshine, I took Raelene in the street just outside The Guildford for some portraits. Kevin joined us for a few more before it was time for them to sit down for dinner.
Charlotte and Christopher married yesterday at Marylebone Town Hall with a very London theme, complete with a Routemaster bus history tour and drinks at one of London’s oldest pubs.
I met them at the Landmark Hotel, where they were getting ready. Charlotte wore a stylish black and white dress and jacket.
Christopher looked smart as he distributed champagne to family and friends.
Buttonholes were handed out, which matched Charlotte’s bouquet.
And then some family portraits … starting with Christopher and his mum Johanna.
Christopher and his dad Brian.
And then Charlotte and her mother Kay, who had a major hand in organising the day.
We crossed the road to Marylebone Old Town Hall for their ceremony, complete with dots of light snow. Charlotte and Christopher welcomed their guests at the door of the register office. While Charlotte found part of the ceremony hilarious – which hand does the ring go on again? – Kay and Johanna were a tad emotional.
After the ceremony, guests piled onto a Routemaster bus with Andrew, a guide, who gave passengers a hugely detailed history of the journey we took from Baker Street to the Prospect of Whitby, in Wapping. Apparently London has four Cathedrals, of which St Paul’s is one, and the Tower of London now has 23 towers.
When we arrived at the Prospect, it was very familiar territory, as I used to live about 100 metres from the pub – and seemingly nothing has changed. We took advantage of a lit sculpture outside the nearby Wapping Project for a portrait of Charlotte & Christopher before they went into the warm. Andrew the guide, meanwhile visited WP, a former hydraulic pumping station, which he thinks used to provide power for such things as lifting curtins in the West End theatres.
Charlotte & Christopher overlooking the Thames, with a fog-covered Canary Wharf in the background. Just off the balcony is a hangman’s noose, referencing the Prospect’s quite bloodthirsty history.
After drinks, nibbles and lots of chatting, there were some speeches, before I finished, leaving the group to hop on the Routemaster again & head off for a three-course meal and the remainder of the evening.
After a long time away from the blog due to my shoulder injury, I’m catching up on weddings, starting with Nicola and Anthony, who married in the Purple Room at Westminster Register Office purple last month. Waiting for Nicola were her and Anthony’s daughter Ava in the safe arms of grandma and Anthony himself.
Ava’s special dress and shoes were everything a little girl could wish for.
Supporting Anthony while he waited were his two best men.
Stunning Nicola, on the arm of her father, wore a vintage ’60s bridal gown.
Some of the ceremony was serious … some was not!
Chatting on the way out.
… and more confetti on the steps of Westminster Register Office.
Spirited to their reception in a Phantom, Nicola & Anthony arrive.
We took some time to make the most of the atmospheric lighting.
A few yards away, we found this lit window, brilliant for the kind of funky portraits Nicola and Anthony had in mind.
And for a photograph of them with their friends, they wanted to recreate the Quadrophenia poster.
And our session finished for them to join their family and friends in celebration.
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.
Hibiscus flowers coloured the champagne today of Lisa and Alan to celebrate their wedding. They arrived at Westminster Register Office ready for their morning ceremony ahead of time. Lisa’s dress was made by her friend Allison Rodger and looked stunning. Her orchid bouquet was arranged by her sister-in-law Marion and she had iced a cake with wonderful details – just right for their eight guests and themselves at the Reform Club, where Alan has been a member for more than 20 years.
When head registrar Alison Cathcart handed over the wedding certificate to Lisa, she said she had something for Alan too … Lisa’s bouquet, which had been next to the register for its signing (not quite what he was expecting!)
Once outside, their family and friends threw heart-shaped confetti, with Lisa’s brother David waiting to check the wind direction before throwing his handful so it exactly hit the couple. We photographed some portraits including the girls and the boys.
Lisa, Alan and their guests travelled to the Reform Club in a limo.
Once there, everyone was offered a very special drink: Lisa had found bottled hibiscus flowers which were placed in the bottom of the glasses, ready for champagne. When the drink was added, it turned pink and made the flower uncurl.
Lisa, Alan and their guests had their wedding breakfast in a room with an eclectic mix of books.