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London Wedding Photography – The Swan at Shakespeare’s Globe Wedding {Lora & Nick}

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At the end of October I photographed Lora and Nick’s wedding – just in time before the clocks went back, so we still had that extra hour of sunlight for photos! Nice planning, you two. Plus it was a gorgeous balmy day – we all went outside in short sleeves quite happily, and my second shooter, Paola, was even wearing sandals!

The main thing that stood out to me about this lovely wedding was just how happy Lora and Nick were. I don’t think I got a single photo of Lora without a huge smile on her face, and Nick wasn’t far behind. They were BEAMING their faces off, and I loved it! And the other thing that struck me was the close relationship between Lora, her sister Claire, and their Mum. The sweetest trio of ladies – and the latter two spent the day going from tears to huge smiles and back to tears again. They were so happy for Lora and Nick.

The ceremony was held at The Swan at Shakespeares Globe wedding venue, which got geeky me very excited, because, well, Shakespeare. 🙂 After the ceremony we headed out for photos on the river bank, where Nick and Lora didn’t let the hundreds of tourists put them off one bit, and Claire managed to hold off the crowds on the Millennium Bridge so we could get a photo of the couple there!

Quick explanation of the well-loved Tiggr toy you’ll see in a few photos – he was Nick’s favourite stuffed as an animal as a child, so Lora sneaked him out of their house and delivered him to Nick’s mum, who made him a suit and bowtie, and brought him as a surprise wedding guest! I LOVED him, and it made me wish someone had brought my favourite toy, Carrot (a purple bunny) to my wedding in a little tuxedo!

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South London Wedding Photography – London Pub Wedding at the Butcher’s Hook & Cleaver {Beth & Geoff}

East London Pub wedding

London Pub Wedding

Beth and Geoff were married last Saturday in a lovely, laidback, family-orientated London pub wedding, with the emphasis on fun! I started the day at Beth’s house, where a remarkably calm Beth was having her hair and makeup done while family and friends popped in and out, and then it was onto The Camberwell Arms pub, where Geoff and most of the guests were having a few drinks before the ceremony – also very chilled out and stress-free!

After that we all walked down the street to the Southwark Registry office for the ceremony, and then finally it was onto a routemaster bus to take everybody to The Butcher’s Hook & Cleaver in Smithfield near the Barbican, for the meal and PARTY. The rain also held off beautifully until we were all inside – thanks, weather!

Things I need to mention: Beth and Geoff are just the sweetest, no fuss, no stress, just happy to be in love couple! Their tiny daughter Thea and the rest of their family are clearly so important to them, and they just loved having everyone together to celebrate their wedding! I totally felt the love; I might have mentioned before (a few hundred times) that feeling the love at weddings is why I do this job. I  got more than a little teary when Geoff referred to Beth in his speech as “heart-burstingly wonderful”. It might have been heart-burstingly amazing, or incredible, or beautiful; I don’t remember, and they’re all true anyway. But it was the loveliness of “heart-burstingly” that got me right in the feels. Well done, Geoff.

And well done both of you for finding each other and being so lovely together. Thank you for having me along to capture your love!

Oh and special shoutout to The Butcher’s Hook & Cleaver for feeding me the most delicious lamb pie and mash – I’m not surprised your food is award-winning! I’m definitely going back there!


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London Wedding Photography – London Rowing Club Wedding, Putney {Holly & Jason}

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London Rowing Club Wedding Photography

Holly and Jason’s wedding has to go down in history as one of the happiest, smiliest weddings with the most weeping ever! Holly has the most radiant smile I’ve ever seen, and she couldn’t stop it on her wedding day, of course. But then there were the vows and heartfelt speeches which left most of the guests in pieces (me included!), interspersed with so many hilarious, joyful bits that everyone was going from crying to laughing to clapping and back again within a matter of seconds. Such a great day!

I started off with Holly getting ready in Wimbledon, and when she arrived at the London Rowing Club wedding venue in Putney on the river bank, the best thing happened. I’m used to guests sighing and going “ooh!” in appreciation as the bride walks in on her Dad’s arm, but when Holly’s friends and family saw her looking so beautiful, there was an actual GASP, followed by full-on applause as she walked down the aisle to Jason, who was applauding too. Freaking amazing moment. And then, after having everyone tear up during the ceremony, they ended with a group singalong of “Higher and Higher”, which was just the most fun ever! I think I’m going to start suggesting that to couples – everyone should have a rock song crowd singalong at their wedding. I wish I’d done it!

Afterwards there were incredible, funny, warm, emotional speeches  – one thing I loved was that anytime anyone got mentioned by name in the speeches, they had to stand up and take a bow and be applauded, even if it was just “Holly’s friends from school!”. And I have to give a special mention to the food, which was INCREDIBLE. Possibly the best wedding food I’ve had this year. Yum. I’m certainly going back to the London Rowing Club wedding venue! (thank goodness it’s not just a wedding venue).

Thank you so much, Holly and Jason, and also to my 2nd shooter, Paola, for your awesome support. Oh and special mention to Holly and Jason’t bear puppet, Bob, who travels round the world with them, and featured in the table names as well as getting up to a bit of wedding fun on his own! 🙂

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East London Wedding – Wedding at the Asylum Peckham {Lucy & Dan}


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Wedding Asylum Peckham

I was so bloody excited when I got Lucy and Dan’s enquiry, asking me if I was available to photograph their wedding at The Asylum in Peckham. Was I heck! The Asylum is – was! – on my list of Bucket List Wedding Venues to shoot at,so I was bouncing off the walls just a little. 🙂

On the day of the wedding I arrived at Lucy and Dan’s house, where Lucy was getting ready with her family and matron of honour, and got a bit overexcited again when Lucy showed me her wedding dress – a gorgeous, bright yellow, satin gown from Belle & Bunty. When I photographed Helen and Sam’s Peckham wedding last year, I was thrilled with Helen’s yellow wedding dress, wishing that more brides wore bright dresses! And here was another one, with pale yellow art deco style shoes to match. Swoon.

Lucy also had henna done on her hands and feet, and wore deep blue nails, which I realised later matched beautifully with Dan’s suit!

The wedding ceremony at The Asylum chapel in Caroline Gardens was lovely. Lucy and Dan had done “the legal bit” two days earlier, so they’d asked one of their friends to officiate the ceremony, which made it so beautifully personal. After the ceremony we slipped away for some couple photos, and then afternoon tea, with sandwiches and biscuits, was served in The Asylum by The Vintage Sisters, who looked fabulous in their retro 50s outfits!

After tea and speeches, everybody left to go to the reception at the Bermondsey Social Club, where dinner arrived by food truck – what a fun idea! Pies or curry were the order of the day, after which there was dancing galore – and thanks to the first song played for everyone to join in with, I’ve had “Peaches” by The Presidents of the USA stuck in my head ever since! 🙂 I’m not complaining.

Thanks, Lucy & Dan, for having me along, and thanks to Paola De Paola for second shooting for me!

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Clerkenwell Wedding at the Museum of the Order of St John {Benedicte & Jonathan}

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Clerkenwell wedding photography

Bénédicte and Jonathan were married in front of just their closest family and friends at The Museum of the Order of St John, a beautiful, historical Clerkenwell wedding venue. I’ve photographed a wedding there before, two years ago, and it was just as lovely as I remembered! (See Mandy and James’ wedding).

The wedding took place the day after the Brexit results were announced, so I loved seeing the happy union of French Bénédicte and English Jonathan the day after all the gloom and doom in the news! And they are the sweetest, most fun couple. One thing that really stuck in my head after I first met Bénédicte over Skype, was her telling me that of course she was excited about the wedding day, but what she was most looking forward to was actually being married to Jonathan! I loved that – that’s totally how it should be! So on the wedding day it was lovely to see them laughing and enjoying the ceremony, and not taking themselves too seriously. There’s definitely a lot of laughter in their household!

After the ceremony and post-ceremony drinks, we popped outside to do some couple photos in the rain, which of course stopped immediately after we finished! Oh, life. Then it was off on a double decker routemaster bus for the cocktail reception at Hawksmoor pub in Spitalfields – where everyone sampled the specially-designed cocktails made just for the newlyweds!

It was a short but gorgeous day – I do love shooting these small, intimate weddings, so if you’re planning a small wedding do give me a shout!

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