So this was a bit special. Step forward Becca and John and one hell of a day in London. All the sun, all the laughter and all the love. John found me after we’d chatted a bit on Twitter. He’s a professional photographer himself, and it’s always a massive vote of confidence when a fellow professional books you. Let’s hope I’ve done them both justice!
I’ll begin at the beginning, and today that meant Becca’s prep at The Goring Hotel in Belgravia. Becca was there with their lovely daughter Lillibette, and her sister and bridesmaid Claire. I was working alongside ace videographer Sjoerd Versluis who’d flown in from Holland that morning and a massive thanks to him for being huge fun to work with.
Prep done and we headed over to a venue I’ve wanted to shoot in for a very long time, namely The Asylum (or more correctly Caroline Garden’s Chapel). This is the sort of place us photographers dream to work at and when you see it and the light it offers below you’ll understand why. Sublime is not the word. Just look at that light. I. Die.
Unexpected surprise of the day – walking in to see Beth and Zak, who’s gorgeous wedding I’d shot in Richmond a few years back. That was a real treat!
More thanks. To Natasha and her team at the venue for all their help, and to the registrars for being perhaps the most chilled and accommodating I’ve yet to work with. These things all make a difference, and when you’ve a couple like Becca and John who are equally laid-back it really helps give them the day they planned for. I should also thank John’s Best Man, Sam, for his effortless help, and a damn fine speech.
So, ceremony done and we all hopped onto a Routemaster for a cross-London trip to Vauxhall and yet another absolutely stunning venue, this time Brunswick House. Dripping with works of art and antiques, all for sale, this was the perfect partner to The Asylum. As the afternoon heat cooled off we were left with an exquisite setting for the speeches and evening.
Today was all of these things – exquisite, sublime, elegant, warm, loving, generous, funny, family, meaning, depth, substance, real.
When those words collide to give a wedding like today, it’s really just a case of photographing what’s in front of me. I had before me all the necessary ingredients, all laid out by the incredible team that are Becca and John.
An honour and privilege? Yes. This job is both of those things. To meet the people you see below is simply another layer that means so much.
Becca and John. This is your story.