After months and months of what seemed like never-ending rain the weather decided to buck up its ideas up in time for Yasmin and Alex’s spring Ecology Pavilion wedding in Mile End, London.
I had Heather along shooting with me this time so that we could cover Yasmin and Alex’s wedding prep simultaneously. In fact Heather has already worked with Alex on a few of her own photography projects so we felt incredibly privileged to be chosen to shoot his wedding to the gorgeous Yasmin.
Yasmin and Alex’s wedding was a day of two halves: the first was an intimate morning ceremony with just close friends and family at Stoke Newington Town Hall and then a lovely brunch at a nearby florists café.
Later in the day we headed over to the Ecology Pavilion in East London to join over 100 more guests for a more formal Nikkah (an Islamic marriage ceremony that lasts for about an hour with readings, prayers and wisdom from an Imam.)
I’ve covered many weddings from a variety of different cultures and religions, including Indian Weddings, (and we’ve recently added indian wedding photography and videography packages to our offering – exciting times!) – but Alex & Yasmin’s day was such a beautiful blend of east & west – it was truly awesome to be a part of. Combining elements from both cultures created the most unique day, from the more relaxed morning at the town hall through to a more formal religious ceremony – the day was all about Alex and Yasmin coming together and really captured both of their spirits beautifully.
Such a colourful wedding, full of touching traditions, happiness and spring sunshine.
So far, we’ve not mentioned the food – but it needs its own section – it was incredible, such a wide range of flavours and spices – a real treat (all put together by the wonderful Jada, whose wedding we also photographed!) I’m not normally a spicey food eater, but the balance of flavours and the combinations were just amazing – Of course, we had lots of photography work to be doing, so we couldn’t sit for too long to enjoy it – but its probably a good thing, as we would have ate ourselves into food comas!
Alex and Yasmin – huge congratulations. You’re both beyond lovely and it was an absolute pleasure to shoot your beautiful wedding.
Arni and Mark were blessed with glorious sunshine for their wedding at Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park in London.
Pembroke Lodge is a stunning venue in one of the loveliest areas of London, Richmond. We get to go to Surrey for a lot of weddings, but Pembroke Lodge is a new one to us – something special for sure – situated right in the middle of the park surrounded by acres of gorgeous countryside and an abundance of curious deer – and with the most beautiful wisteria growing over the main entrance to the house – Its idyllic and a truly perfect spot for a wedding!
Arni and Mark are a lovely relaxed couple, Mark is the Head Chef at the nearby Bingham Hotel, so they filled their day with wonderful food, and clearly have a keen eye for details. Arni was keen to ensure that their friends and family, many of whom had travelled far and wide to be a part of their day were all well taken care of, and treated to a variety of delicious hand-picked hors d’oeuvres and wonderfully selected wines.
Arni’s bridal prep took place in the Richmond Hill Hotel, just a few moments drive from Richmond Park and Pembroke Lodge, where the ceremony and reception took place.
After the most beautiful, intimate and emotional ceremony, I managed to steal Arni and Mark away for some couple shots up on Richmond Hill and a few around the park, before we headed back to join the rest of the wedding party at the Lodge for the rest of the day’s celebrations.
Arni had told me about her plans for the evenings entertainment, it was a big secret from everyone else – she had hired a singing waiter to surprise Mark by performing during the evening. Shortly after their meal had finished had everyone was ushered into the lounge for drinks and music, and whilst the ‘waiter’ was serving drinks – he suddenly burst into song! Half the guests were delighted and half confused – but everyone was laughing and having a great time! Surprise successful!
After this Arni and her friends treated everyone to a Bollywood inspired performance, and by the end everyone was joining in and having an incredible time!
All in all, a beautiful wedding, a stunning venue and a wonderful couple – congratulations Arni and Mark!
One thing about English summer weddings is that you can’t guarantee sunshine, but the heavy rain clouds did nothing to dampen spirits at Natalie and Warren’s lovely wedding in Richmond upon Thames.
Heather and I spent a bit of time with Natalie and the girls for the bridal preparations, before heading over to meet Warren at the ultra plush Richmond Hill Hotel right next to Richmond Park.
Warren is probably the most relaxed groom I’ve ever met, and happily chatted away to us while calmly going about his wedding preparations. Check out the shots of his wedding shoes in the post below: utterly amazing!
After the wedding ceremony at the majestic St Mary Magdalene church in central Richmond, we headed on to Ham Polo Club for the wedding reception. The wedding party was treated to plenty of fizz, a sumptuous wedding breakfast, much laughter and Natalie and Warren’s amazing first dance to Billy Ocean’s Caribbean Queen, complete with outfit change! Good times!