I’ve lived in the Big Smoke for nearly 14 years so really, it’s home sweet home. Photographing a big city wedding in London is always a strange experience. So much seems familiar but on a wedding day, it somehow feels fresher. Perhaps it’s the traditional dress code sychronising with the imposing streets or the surreal way busy Londoners pause alongside the tourists to take in the spectacle.
Charlotte & Bertie married at the Brompton Oratory (Film geek tidbit – the very same place Alfred Hitchcock married Alma Reville!) Needless to say I have a soft spot for this beautiful church. It’s cavernous but somehow cosy. On a sunny day, the light streams in through the windows and creates a spotlight in the heart of the congregation. Charlie arrived with her father, wearing an elegant wedding dress and distinctive headpiece. They walked the long red mile together before hymns were sung and promises pledged.
Now married, Bertie and Charlie joined their guests for a big group photograph, complete with a sporty red getaway car! As I took the photo, there must have been twice as many well-wishers on the street behind me. All strangers!
The guests took their double decker bus to the venue while I detoured with the wedding party to get some intimate shots in Grosvenor Square.
We arrived at The Savile Club and delicious canapés paved the way for the speeches which took place on a swirling staircase. There were so many back ways and shortcuts I was really able to move around the crowd without being too visible – a really satisfying venue to work.
After the banquet, Bertie and Charlie dissected their beautiful cake with a sabre before burning off calories on the dance floor. The Dukes of Havoc oversaw the evening, keeping the energy going and then some. There was plenty of space outside for the older generations to regroup between their regular invasions of the dance floor. Such exuberance must run in the family!