Asylum Peckham Wedding Photography – Laura and Pascal

My last wedding of 2014 was a long-awaited return trip to Caroline Gardens Chapel in Peckham, otherwise known as Asylum. Last time I was there it was the middle of a July heatwave and the building became a huge sauna. This time there was the gentle red glow, and not so gentle roar, of a pair of industrial heaters keeping the gathered guests from freezing solid.

First of all I had an adventure that began in London Fields where Laura and her bridesmaids were preparing themselves. Once ready we all climbed into the huge vintage limo and set off on the journey south of the river. As we sped through the Limehouse Link Tunnel there was a wisp of smoke from the bonnet. “Nothing to worry about!” the driver reassured us. As we headed out of the tunnel the wisp turned into a cloud, and then started coming through the dashboard, and finally the car juddered to a halt and fell silent. Luckily for the people of London we were out of the tunnel. Bridesmaid of the year prize goes to the girl who (very) quickly commandeered the car behind us to transport Laura and her crew. Unfortunately there was no room for yours truly, so I had a slightly stressful walk/run for a mile down the Old Kent Road.

Thankfully I made it in time for the ceremony, which was followed by a drinks reception, and then possibly the last meal I will shoot at Asylum as it becomes a ceremony-only venue later this year. After a few speeches it was time for possibly the most haphazard and out of control ceilidh I’ve ever seen. This wouldn’t happen in Scotland, or would it…

Assembly Rooms Bath Wedding Photography – Nicki and Simon

Just time to squeeze in a couple of Christmas weddings before summer gets going properly! It was my first time in Bath for Nicki and Simon’s wedding at the very grand Assembly Rooms. Preparations took place at a fantastic boutique B&B by the name of Grays. Then, after wrestling with parking in central Bath on one of the last Saturdays before Christmas, I met the rest of the wedding as they were gathering in the Octagon room for the ceremony. There was music from some theatrical friends of the couple, and then the guests gathered in the bar for drinks and nibbles.

The meal and evening party took place in the Tea Room, with the bride and groom introduced by a family member on toastmaster duty (red coat and everything). The meal was followed by the usual speeches, with some performances from an adolescent Simon courtesy of his best man’s media presentation. With the cake cut, the band struck up, and the dancing began.

Just one more 2014 wedding to come!

Stock Manchester Wedding Photography – Lucy and Matt

My last wedding of 2013 was just after Christmas, and it was good to get out and get some fresh air after a few days of loafing around stuffing my face and watching rubbish television! Lucy and Matt were married at their local church in Prestwich to the north of Manchester, and then headed into the city centre to Stock, a restaurant in the old stock exchange building. A meal in the very grand main hall of the building was interspersed with speeches, before the tables made way for a dance floor and as you might expect, dancing. I’ll leave the final words to Lucy:

“Thank you so much for taking such fantastic photos of our wedding and capturing the day perfectly! Both Matt and I are so pleased with them and they are exactly what we wanted – thank you too for your help and advice when getting ready! MANY THANKS!”

Hintlesham Hall Wedding Photography – Emily and James

I had a quiet November, so it was good to get back in the saddle for the first of three Christmassy weddings. In Suffolk once again, I got to spend the whole day at Hintlesham Hall, home to more Christmas trees than I’ve seen in one place for a while!

Emily seemed very relaxed and composed, right up until the time came to head downstairs for the ceremony, at which point the emotion got the better of her. However, as usual all the nerves and stress lifted once she had James by her side and the ceremony was underway. Like most winter weddings, the light was very low and as darkness fell the atmosphere built, helped by lots of sparkling fairy lights.

Keythorpe Manor Wedding Photography – Claire and Ross

So, to my last wedding of 2012 and appropriate that it should have a link to the Olympics and the events in London this year. As I previously mentioned, Ross Davenport became a third-time Olympian this summer and many of his colleagues in the British swimming team were present to celebrate his wedding to Claire.

It was my only real Christmas wedding this year, although the weather didn’t provide a winter wonderland. Just a lot of rain!

Town Hall Hotel and L’Anima Wedding Photography – Emma and Paul

Last wedding of the year, and my third trip to one of my favourite venues, Town Hall Hotel in East London. Emma and Paul were hoping for snow to complete the Christmas card scene started by their horse and carriage, but it wasn’t to be. Emma took a ride around the block with her dad anyway!

An army of young bridesmaids preceded the bride into the council chamber for the ceremony, then everyone jumped in taxis over to City restaurant L’Anima. Having first met Emma and Paul a month earlier at their tasting, I knew the southern Italian delights that were in store from chef Francesco Mazzei. The best risotto I have ever tasted, and a Sicilian lemon sponge wedding cake to name but two.

So two Christmas weddings, in venues as different as can be, to end the year. More great 2012 weddings coming shortly!

Carlton Towers Wedding Photography – Alison and David

A welcome return to the fantastic Carlton Towers for my first Christmassy wedding of the season. This venue looks great all the time, but with some of the biggest Christmas trees I’ve ever seen inside a house it’s something else.

Frosty conditions made for a nice wintry start, then mulled wine all round following Alison and David’s ceremony. After the wedding breakfast the guests were treated to a pub quiz about the happy couple, along with some wedding general knowledge. I’ll confess to helping here and there, but I don’t think I affected the outcome!

The Lanesborough Wedding Photography – Kate and Mark

Kate and Mark had a very simple and low-key (but still very glamourous) wedding at The Lanesborough hotel on Hyde Park Corner. It was the day following the shortest day of the year, at 5pm, by candle light. So dark that I couldn’t really see a great deal through the viewfinder!

After their short civil ceremony they had a drinks reception before heading into the dining room, to be seated at my second ‘one table fits all’ table of the year, and enjoyed their wedding breakfast, followed by a couple of speeches and then quiet drinks at the bar to end the evening.

Chavenage House Wedding Photography – Gill & JJ

With snow forecast in Gloucestershire for Gill and JJ’s wedding, I decided to hire a 4×4. This turned out to be a very good decision indeed.

The journey to Tetbury where Gill was getting ready was easy enough, but as we headed to the slightly more rural setting of Holy Trinity church in Amberley things got a little bit trickier. The vintage Jag that the couple had hired to drive them around just about made it to the church, but as we left the ceremony at almost 5pm on one of the shortest days of the year, the compacted snow turned nasty. I watched the Jag in front of me sliding around as it tried to make it’s way down the hill, but it was going nowhere. So, my trusty steed became the wedding car!

Once we reached Chavenage House it became clear that a lot of the guests hadn’t made it, and so a quick reworking of the table plan took place, overseen by some of the hardest working bridesmaids known to man. The already dark venue was lit only by a few candles and fairy lights, and was possibly the darkest reception I have ever photographed. Lots of atmosphere, but tricky work!