Painted Hall Wedding Photography – Julia and Sean

This was the first of two lots of wedding photography at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich in the same year, starting off at the Painted Hall. Firstly, I found myself in a department store in Bromley where Julia had her make-up done, before heading to her nearby home to finish the preparations. Julia (pronounced and spelt Yulia in her native Russia) had both her own family and friends, and Sean’s family present to help her. The ceremony took place at another venue I was making the first of two visits to in 2015, nearby Eltham College. Sean’s two sons attend the college and so they chose a familiar setting. After some (surprisingly common) taxi trouble Julia finally arrived and proceedings got underway.

Afterwards, we all boarded a pair of Routemaster buses for the short journey across south east London to the ORNC. Drinks and canap├ęs were served in the colonnade next to the Painted Hall, before a receiving line welcomed the guests into the impressive surroundings of the Hall itself for the meal and speeches. There was a brief interval between courses to enjoy the sunshine on the lawns, as the band set off the fire alarms with their smoke machine! Julia’s Russian father managed a very passable speech in English despite it not being his mother tongue, with possibly the best speech backdrop I’ve ever had.

The day came to a close with dancing down in the basement, and the band more than made up for the lack of artificial haze with some pretty awe-inspiring outfits. Light-up codpieces not pictured. It’s not that kind of blog.

Hospital Club and Asylum Wedding Photography – Lucy and Richard

My third visit to Asylum, and my third different season. After doing summer and winter weddings it was time for a spring one, complete with the most amazing blossom on the big tree out front. This was my first ceremony-only visit to Asylum, and Lucy and her entourage were based at the reception venue for their preparations, The Hospital Club in Covent Garden. A perfect pair of venues for Lucy, a doctor.

With beautification complete and fancy rags (and very fancy shoes) donned we had a much more straightforward journey to Asylum than my last one! The amazing light in Caroline Gardens Chapel didn’t disappoint, and we even had a gospel choir to liven up proceedings. After the ceremony we all headed outside to add some confetti to the layer of fallen blossom, and then a short drinks reception back inside the chapel with more singing.

Then it was time for everyone to return to The Hospital Club on a pair of Routemasters, with a short unplanned walk thanks to a police roadblock. Time for cocktails before the wedding breakfast, and post-dinner J├Ągerbombs for the grandparents, before the speeches. Finally, everyone headed upstairs for some late-night dancing on a very full dance floor.

1 Lombard Street Wedding Photography – John and Gez

I’ve done weddings at Islington Town Hall, and at The Drapers Arms, and weddings with gospel choirs, and Choccywoccydoodah cakes (the wedding before last!), and Routemaster buses, and bagpipes, and grooms in kilts, and grooms with a best woman. However, John & Gez’s wedding was the first time I’ve seen all of these things together at the same wedding!

New things: It was my first ever wedding with two grooms, my first wedding at 1 Lombard Street (lovely venue, lovely food) and the first time I’ve taken family group shots in the middle of a London street.

So after getting ready at the Threadneedle Hotel in the City, John and Gez and their respective best people travelled up to Islington for their ceremony, which was accompanied by the London Youth Gospel Choir in fine voice. Then after a quick pint the couple joined their guests at The Drapers Arms for Pimms and nibbles before jumping on to a pair of buses for a quick tour of London. The tour ended in the City again at 1 Lombard Street where the florist had left a serious mark, Choccywoccydoodah had left a serious cake and the kitchen served up some serious food.