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“Thank you SO MUCH for our amazing wedding album and photos! As you know, we are absolutely thrilled with the photos, but when the album arrived it really blew our mind! You managed to include all of our favourite snaps of the day, and we look at it all the time. You really did manage to capture everyone’s personalities, just wonderful.”
Feeling cold out there? I’m sitting here at a local coffee shop on a cold January afternoon, daydreaming of warm, sunny days. It takes me back to Daisy and Richard’s wedding in Oxfordshire on the longest day of the year. Cold Harbour Barn (when I finally found it) is like something on a postcard: it’s nestled in between farmers’ fields like a little oasis, completely open to blue skies during the day and incredible sunsets in the evening. Once you’re there you feel completely cut off from the rest of the world, with just fields of wheat and the odd tree surrounding you. Something I learned about Richard is that a) he’s a fireman and b) at his young age, is already a pillar of the community, volunteering tons of time to helping the local youth. The world needs more people like him! As a surprise, he organised for a decommissioned fire engine to pick Daisy up from home to take her to the church in Sandford nearby – unexpectedly he also ended up being her wedding chauffeur for the day. It’s not often that the groom takes his bride-to-be to the church!
Weddings like Daisy and Richard’s are a great reminder of how enjoyable my job is. A terrific couple who are each other’s worlds having a ball in a gorgeous location is a sheer joy to photograph. If you are getting married in Oxfordshire and in particular, Cold Harbour Barn, please get in touch and let’s talk.
Thanks to the always-fantastic Oat, who tagged along with me for the day.
A guest hijacked Oat’s camera in the evening, seems to happen a lot nowadays!
Helen and Karish’s wedding at the Old Royal Naval College was the epitome of a low key, relaxed day. Neither of them like being the centre of attention, and while there is no real getting away with it at your own wedding, they focused on socialising with their guests, which included numerous nephews and nieces. They planned for mainly documentary coverage of the main parts of their day, starting with the ceremony in the college’s undercroft. Many of Greenwich’s historic buildings and quaint pubs, dotted around the village, such as the Trafalgar Tavern, are the scene for weddings most weekends. Beautiful architecture and stunning views of London make it ideal for weddings. It is however, also full of tourists! It can sometimes be a challenge working around them but my view for any situation that is out of my control is to use it to my advantage and not fight it. It is part and parcel of getting married in one of the most visited areas of London.
The Old Royal Naval College is an interesting building. The Queen Mary and King William Undercroft has been a place of entertaining and dining since the 1750s, when the ORNC was the Royal Hospital for Seamen. Now it hosts mainly private functions – it’s a huge, cavernous space that IMO is underrated. It’s not visible at street level and it’s easy to pass it by. If you happen to be in Greenwich, it’s well worth a look – there’s even an original skittles lane down there!
Here are some faves from the day. A big shout out to Felix who was my mini-lighting assistant during the evening!
One thing in common with all the couples I’ve photographed at the Royal Society of Arts throughout the years is their special affinity with London – although most live outside London or the UK, their hearts are very much in the city. Swiss gent Christian and New Yorker Sameera made London their home for many years and I think between the two of them could write a book on all the best places to dine in the City. Actually, it’s better than that. Christian’s new venture, Peckishly.com has turned dining in the capital into a new experience.
Christian and Sameera took great care to think about the meaning of every detail when planning their wedding at the RSA. Sameera wore possibly the first eco-friendly dress I’ve seen, custom-made by Lucy Tammam, finished off with a fabulous pair of YSL shoes, yum! Sameera got ready at the Corinthia nearby, with make-up by Lauren Hersheson of Daniel Hersheson salon in Harvey Nichols. Then it was a short hop over to the RSA where Christian was waiting. After laying a rose for her late mother, they walked together down the aisle to make everything official.
After the congratulatory hugs and kisses, we had a little break away from the guests to do a mini-portrait session in and around the Corinthia. Most couples who get in touch are not so keen on having a portrait session, but it’s well worth factoring in just 30 minutes to have a little quiet time together and drink in the fact that you’ve just got married, while I shoot around your interactions and give you some gentle direction. It really is as simple as that. Here are some of my faves: