Wedding Photography

Ash & Mel

London city for a modern day of wedding celebration…

Ash & Mel started their day together in the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London.  This is a listed building built in 1867 and boasts one of the most stunning staircases we have ever seen at a venue. Though the exterior looks more gothic meets imperialistic and is surrounded by the noisy streets you would expect, the interior is calm and offers beautiful shooting. Hair and makeup was completed in their room, overlooking the hustle and bustle of St Pancras station (which made for some interesting people watching). In a slight twist on convention the girls opted to have their portraits started before the marriage to take advantage of this incredible staircase.  The images speak to the renaissance style and opulence.

The formal ceremony took place at Islington Town Hall which allows the Council Committee Chambers to be used for the registry.  It is a beautifully light and airy space with classic English woodwork recognised instantly up and down the country for being the archetypal example of chambers throughout the land.  With two registrars who positively support the use of cameras during the service it was a wonderfully unrestricted experience. A surprise reading of song lyrics from one bride to another there was barley a dry eye in the house. Even unprepared for this, the wedding photography didn’t miss a trick and we successfully caught all the important moments without letting the little tears get in the way :-).

Their style

Once the wedding was complete the brides took themselves and their guests to a local pub in The Angel to begin the celebration. We joined them on their traditional, open backed big red bus which they had hired for the day!  Champagne was served throughout the journey, which had a lovely informal feel with the guests all sat together chatting. The wedding meal was a hot buffet served by the table and finished with a beautiful chocolate mousse, hand delivered to the table.

A cake cutting and brides first dance opened the entertainment for the evening after some well read speeches from family members.The private venue went well into the the night with a generous amount of alcohol to lubricate the guests! With the girls going on honeymoon a couple of days after the wedding I wanted to get on the editing quickly and chose the shots from the hotel to showcase the style; warm tones in the colour images and a blue tint for the black and white shots.

I sent the girls a sneak peak of their wedding photography using these shots and was very pleased to receive a heartfelt reaction. They loved them! From here I took to completing the edit of the wedding photos to a similar style.  Using colour and soft blacks to bring back the emotion of the day and more vibrancy in the evening.  We used some of the London streets near the reception venue to play on their leather jackets and show a bit of the city grit and urban style.  This went down well and added a different element to the imagery.

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