I’ve been itching for awhile to blog Eve and Ben’s urban wedding, which was fab in every sense. I had met them before at Eve’s sister’s wedding at Marylebone Town Hall a few years back. Lucy and Christian had an intimate gathering and although I was only with them and their families for a couple of hours, I left thinking how lucky I was to have met the most genuinely lovely people. So I was thrilled when Eve and Ben contacted me about their wedding, as it meant I’d have another opportunity to see everyone again.
You can learn a lot about a couple by what the best man says in his speech and I’ve heard enough of them to suss out which parts are true and which have had their share of embellishments. There has never, ever been a bad word said about Ben, a statement that was met with big whoops and rapturous applause. And after spending the day with him and Eve, I know that must be absolutely true.
Here are just a few of many faves from the day:
I met up with the girls at The Zetter hotel in Clerkenwell before heading off to the beautiful St Etheldreda’s church in the City, and the oldest Catholic church in England, which is tucked into a pocket of a private road off Hatton Garden.
Gorgeous flowers by Rebel Rebel in Hackney:
If my lip reading skills are any good, during the service I caught Eve mouthing “I am so happy!” to Ben.
After the ceremony we jumped in a black cab driven by their pal, Dave, and headed to Smithfields, one of my favourite parts of London, to do a few portraits around the historic meatmarket.
The reception was at Smithy’s near King’s Cross, a cozy and friendly wine bar along a quiet street amidst one of the busiest hubs in the country – a great secret in Central London.
I was eyeing what I deemed “the party table” most of the evening where various games and antics were going on.
Eve’s dad told me that she’d been planning this day since she was a little girl – all she needed was for Ben to come along. I’m pretty sure that the day exceeded all her dreams, I have no idea how it could have been better!
Fab tunes by The LowDown kept the dancefloor (and tables and chairs!) well oiled all night. There is definitely something in the water as people are giving it large this year! Either that or I’m lucky to have clients who love letting their hair down and rocking the night away.
I always leave each wedding with a tinge of sadness, kind of like the same feeling you get when you finish a good book, you just want to open it and start all over again. I’ve photographed over 150 couples over the last five years, and while I can’t recall the colour of the bouquets or the designer of the dress, I can still remember the connections each one of them had – those moments just don’t leave my head. I’m just so very happy that the universe decided to bring Eve and Ben together to give me a little gift to add to my memory box.