When Hannah and Justin first got in touch about their wedding at St Etheldreda’s and The Crypt in London, they told me “Neither of us liked the fairytale summer wedding idea so we decided to go for something a bit different by having our wedding in the winter in the slightly gothic atmosphere of the Crypt”
The ceremony was at 4pm so everything felt cosy and as it was just before Christmas, very festive too. They share a love for old Fred Astaire movies and I have to say the bride was most definitely giving Audrey Hepburn vibes. Her look was so reminiscent of her and indeed she even wore the same Givenchy perfume that was created especially for the original Audrey.
The whole day was all about good old fashioned romance and who doesn’t love a big old dollop of that in the depths of winter?
When I was over in LA, I took a trip up to the mountains where my friends have a cabin. I kid you not, the village is actually called Twin Peaks. Another couple that we know well joined us and we spent the weekend unplugging, doing jigsaws and drinking beers. I know Amy as she used to edit for me but she’s now a big time interiors photographer in LA. While we were there, she asked me to shoot her and Jonno just for the hell of it so we took a little hike just before the sun set. Posting these is making me want to book another trip now.
The lovely fellow wedding photographer, Rebecca Carpenter posted in our Facebook group that she was heading to Las Vegas with her husband to renew their wedding vows and was looking for a photographer. As chance would have it, I was going to be in LA at the same time and usually pop up to Vegas for a few days. So I put myself forward and luckily she liked the idea.
They had a drive through ceremony in a pink Cadillac at The Little White Chapel because Britney had got married there. ‘Elvis’ was on hand to serenade them and I cannot tell you how much fun it was. Teaching Elvis how to do boomies on his phone might just be a life highlight for me!
We did some shots around the chapel and then jumped in their convertible with no particular plan but then in the most serendipitous manner we found ourselves on the road that leads to the Seven Magic Mountains. It’s normally packed with selfie takers but we had it all to ourselves. It was all truly magical so thanks for agreeing to have me along Rebecca + Jon, you two lovers are the best!
Let’s face it, weddings are expensive. Every single part of them so here’s an idea that one couple used to have the best value drinks reception in all of London. Rose and Rohan are New Zealanders currently living in London and they wanted a super low key but fun wedding. They booked me for just a few hours for their wedding at Marylebone Town Hall, one super rainy October afternoon. I met them at the venue, shot the ceremony and some pictures inside and then confetti on the steps – the usual kind of thing.
They bought some bottles of champagne and disposable flutes and held their drinks reception right there, on the steps of the Registry Office. It was the cutest thing. I love working with laid back couples and this pair must be right up there with the most relaxed I’ve ever shot. I have to say, it was super fun and proves that you don’t have to have a fancy venue to have a wedding. I should point out – They did only have a handful of guests and they did head to a nice restaurant afterwards.
Funny but I always seem to wind up here with you. Nice to know somebody loves me. Funny but it seems it’s the only thing to do. Run and find the one that loves me …
What should you do if it rains on the day of your engagement shoot? Should you postpone it, hoping for some better weather? Well you could do but here in the UK, you could be postponing forever trying to get the perfect day. I’m all for going ahead even if there is torrential rain like there was on the day that I’d arranged to meet Hannah and Justin for their engagement shoot in London. We met in a cosy pub and they confessed that having a drink was going to calm their slight nerves anyway.
They both said that being in front of the camera isn’t one of their favourite things but that they’d like a couple shoot before the wedding. I like using these sessions as an excuse to hang out with my couples anyway. When it looked like the rain was going nowhere, we asked if we could use the empty function room for the shoot. Most pubs have one and they are often unused in the daytime. It was fun shooting in the small space and using the cosy, dark pub corners.