I met Glenda and Daniel at Granary Square behind King’s Cross for their engagement shoot. I’m photographing their wedding in November so it was great to take some pictures before the big day. We walked along the canal and found our way to Camley Street Natural Park which is run by London Wildlife Trust. I’d been past this spot many times but had no idea there was a garden inside. We wound up the shoot on a benched jetty that sits on the canal – a lovely secluded spot right in the heart of London.
Buster wore this beautiful custom made silk flower collar for a styled shoot I worked on recently. The collar was made by https://www.cupidcollars.com/ but at the end of the shoot we didn’t want to take it off! So, we took him on walkabout and made this little bit of fun.
Thank you to Siph_System for filming
Andrew got off to a swinging start with a round of golf at the glorious Denham Golf Club http://www.denhamgolfclub.co.uk/ He was joined by his groomsmen for 6 holes before changing into his McTavish kilt and heading for to St Mary’s Church in Denham.
Rachel arrived at the church in a splendid car on the sunniest of July days wearing a dress from http://www.purecouture.co.uk/. I had spent the morning with her and her two bridesmaids, catching all of the excitement and nerves.
This was a really beautfiull day with a lot of laughter. After the service everyone went on to Denham Golf Club for drinks on the lawn to the accompament of bag pipes before sitting down in the magnificent dining room. Speeches first and more laughter, then time to cut the very unusual cake which was actually a selection of small cakes arranged beautifully in layers. These were pounced on and quickly demolished in time for the first dance and I left shortly after just as the party was really revving up.
After a ceremony in the magnificent Hackney Town Hall everyone walked to http://pubonthepark.com/ and spread out on the roof terrace for drinks. Such a nice venue with views over the London Fields and the perfect spot to throw a bouquet. Yes! my bride threw her bouquet! woohoo! Then Auntie nipped over the road to fetch the cake she’d made. What a cake! and look where it sat. I hung about until they went down to eat but I did get to slope off with Mr and Mrs Taylor for some pics around the park and we went as far as Broadway Market where the jolliest fish monger http://www.finandflounder.co.uk/ you could ever meet dangled an octopus in front of their noses. I was assisted at this wedding by Siph System who did a great job again. You got some great shots, thank you Bert.
Doesn’t get more romantic than this!
Chris took Rebecca for a lovely lunch then suggested a stroll in the park ….where me and the team from The One Romance were secretly waiting by the band stand!
Rebecca was overwhelmed when she saw that Chris had written her a huge love letter and the band stand was filled with her favourite flowers, and photos of their baby boy. I think she must have guessed what was going to happen next…! Chris got down on one knee and asked her to marry him.
I was standing at a discreet distance trying not to wobble my long lens with the emotion of it all then we all went over to congratulate them and crack open the champagne. Neither of them could stop smiling and we were so happy it went well and the rain held off.
Even baby Louie enjoyed himself and looked very sweet in his special T-shirt.
All organised perfectly by the romance planners The One Romance
Rachel and Andrew chose Greenwich for their pre wedding shoot. We pretty much covered all the sights and even made it up the hill to the Royal Observatory.
After a lukewarm start as is often the way on this type of shoot (camera shy guys usually!), I think you can see that they got into the spirit of it..
Our action packed morning included the following: running through the Greenwich Foot Tunnel, walking on the Thames beach and getting covered in sludge, climbing a tree, acting out the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet, throwing Rachel in a skip, trying to steal an ice cream cart, walking precariously on a high ledge of the Royal Naval College, being shooed away by a security guard because my lens was too long, lots of kissing, and discovering that Rachel likes butter. The morning was rounded off very nicely with a beer and chat and talk of the big day. I had a blast and I think I got some nice pics. I have to say I am so looking forward to the wedding as it will be my first opportunity to photograph a kilt!
Bev and Donal’s wedding at the Woodland Park Hotel, (https://www.handpickedhotels.co.uk/ ) was wonderful to photograph. This 19th Century mansion was the ideal setting with it’s beautiful wooden interior and mature gardens out the back. And the sun shone all day which also added a touch of magic. This is one of the most relaxed weddings I’ve ever photographed. Even the groom didn’t mind me taking pictures of him after being rather camera shy at the pre wedding shoot.
Wedding dress from http://www.flourishingtemple.co.uk
Bridesmaid’s dresses From http://www.thismomentbridalstudios.co.uk
Music True Tone Band
This was a very musical day with a three piece jazz band throughout the meal which turned into a dance band later on. And before the evening kicked off Bev joined her choir http://www.cherrypiemusic.co.uk/choir and lifted the roof before Donal took her onto the floor for the first dance. Oh, and the cake was made by the bride herself! Have a look, it’s spectacular.
And not forgetting toastmaster Graham Dorward http://www.gdtoastmaster.netwho made sure everything went without a hitch.
Also not forgetting the fabulous and debonair Gigi Giannella who was photography assistant on the day
Gigi Giannella Photography http://www.gigigiannella.net