I shoot a lot in Islington, but this was my first wedding at the Emirates Stadium. I know what you’re thinking. “That poor bride” or “that must be one of those ‘Don’t Tell The Bride’ weddings”. Well, the choice of venue was completely in the hands of Aisling who (along with her sister) is a massive Arsenal fan. Matt doesn’t even support Arsenal! Aisling even had special ‘football’ shoes for the occasion.
Preparations for the day took place at mum’s house just up the road from the Emirates Stadium, before the action-proper started in the Woolwich Suite. For those in doubt as to the bride’s allegiance, she had red and white balloons at the house, red roses for all the flowers, red ties for the men and Gunnersaurus on meet-and-greet duty.
After the ceremony the couple were directed to a private box where, along with a few canapés and a glass of fizz each, there was a surprise waiting for them. The actual FA Cup just sat there on a plinth. After the obligatory ‘portrait with FA Cup’ Aisling and Matt got to wander the stadium for a bit before returning to the fold for more drinks and nibbles. Then it was time to eat before speeches and straight into the dancing. And I managed to get through the whole day without letting on to anybody that I’m a Newcastle supporter.