I was delighted when Chris and Zoe chose me to be their wedding photographer – not only because they are such a fun and lovely couple but because London weddings can look very stylish when the city’s iconic symbols of black cabs, Routemaster buses and red phone boxes are used as backdrops. I was very happy when Chris and Zoe told me they were going for that cool London style as I knew we’d get some great shots.
The bride and groom both spent the night before the wedding in the Thistle Hotel Barbican, a vibrant area near the centre of London. Chris enjoyed chilling with his best man Tom while Zoe spent time with her mum.
I arrived in the morning to capture the excitement of Zoe getting ready while she had her hair and make-up done. She’d chosen a beautiful, classical wedding dress, and I got some great shots of how happy she looked.
Then it was time for me to head to Chris’s room to photograph Tom helping him get ready. When they were suited and booted with bright yellow roses in their lapels, we took a black cab to Camden Register Office, and by the time we got to the wood-panelled room, most of the guests had already arrived.
Zoe also arrived in a black cab and when her dad led her up the aisle she was radiant. I used reportage photography when they said their vows, and after the ceremony everyone took the traditional red Routemaster bus to the wedding reception venue, St Bart’s Brewery in Farringdon near the famous Smithfield’s Market.
St Bart’s Brewery has a modern yet classic decor and is a great choice for people wanting an industrial-chic pub for their wedding reception. There’s a large space for a dance-floor and a gallery for the guests to watch the action below.
Just before the reception got underway, we took some group photographs, and then everyone sat down for the meal. I used a reportage photography style again to capture the guests enjoying themselves in a natural way.
Chris, Zoe and I then headed back outside for some couple shots. It was a very rainy day, so I had to be creative. I used my photography umbrella to get a fun shot, and I also got them to pose in a phone box which meant they stayed dry while we got some great images! I used an off-camera flash through an umbrella for a dynamic yet soft light. For some of the other outside photos I used a long exposure which helped show the vibrancy of London at night and reflected the excitement of the wedding.
I stayed until after the first dance, and left as the party was getting into full swing with everyone dancing. I can really understand the appeal of an urban wedding – it’s easy to get around, you have a choice of fantastic venues and great backdrops and landmarks. Thanks Chris and Zoe for such a fun and happy wedding, which helped remind me why I love my job so much!
If you’re planning a wedding at these venues and like the look of my relaxed and natural style of wedding photography, please get in touch for a free consultation.