London. Mayfair. The Connaught. Italy. South Korea. Sunshine. Elegance. Radiance. Family. Friends. Warmth. Love. Laughter.
Angela and Stefano. The best of days.
An effortless journey in from Hampshire. The early morning cool would soon give way to the start of this crazy heatwave. A just-about-bearable tube. Serendipity meant bumping into Stefano outside. We’d only spoken via Skype previously, with the entire call held as Angela and Stefano were in the back of a cab. Technology win. I came off the call knowing that yet again I’d lucked out with a couple this lovely. Today proved it. Stefano introduced me to The Connaught’s wedding co-ordinator, Ernesta, and massive thanks to her and her team for being absolutely brilliant all day. This might well be one of the best hotels in London but I was made to feel nothing but welcome by everyone there. Also, the best club sandwich I’ve ever had. Happy photographer.
Even happier once I made my way upstairs to see Angela and her family. The loveliest of people, and Angela looking absolutely stunning in her Pronovias dress. Downstairs to be married, and Stefano looking as cool as ice. A truly gorgeous ceremony with moments of real tenderness and emotion. Smiles throughout. Outside into the London sun and tourists agog at the couple they saw before them. We sought out shade and soft light and then were back inside for the reception and some stunning food at the wedding breakfast. Into the speeches and, for me, time to leave. A shorter wedding than I usually shoot, but the equal of anything. Quality, not quantity. Angela, South Korean. Stefano, Italian. Both have made their home in England and found love here. Their families came together today and once again showed how we are fundamentally all the same. Boundaries are arbitrary lines on maps. Today those lines vanished.
Quality is a good word for this couple. They exude class, elegance and an easy grace. Their first thought is always others. Family means all to them. They mean all to each other. In this job I meet people from across the globe, and from all walks of life. It’s a great leveller. It’s people like Angela and Stefano who make it incredibly interesting, emotional, fun. It’s easy to say that each couple brings something new to the table, but it’s true. Every one of these days allows me a glimpse into another life, and I leave the richer for it.
Angela and Stefano, thank you. You were both beyond perfect. I loved being there with you. This is your story….
The Connaught wedding photography – Angela + Stefano