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 canapés 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.