How To Have a Luxe London Elopement

How To Have a Luxe London Elopement


This glamorous couple had a luxe, laid back elopement in London. They simply married at their nearest town hall with just the two of them and two witnesses. Then I met up with them for a two hour photo shoot. We drove around town in a chauffeur driven white Roll Royce, stopping to shoot at some iconic London landmarks. Then we headed back to the luxury of their incredible suite at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. They were the first to stay in it after it had been redecorated so everything was brand new. It is such a sophisticated and elegant space with gorgeous light. We drank champagne and then shot around the hotel before they went off to meet their friends for dinner.

They kept all the planning low key but ramped up the glamour and spent their day together, laughing and kissing and making the most of their time together. They didn’t have to please anyone else or rush about. It was very fun and very chic.

And so it is, just like you said it would be. Life goes easy on me, most of the time. And so it is, the SHORTER STORY, no love, no glory, no hero in her sky …


Alternatives To Wedding Dresses | Rock n Roll Bride Magazine

Alternatives To Wedding Dresses | Rock n Roll Bride Magazine

Not every bride wants to wear a big white dress, or even a dress at all. The good news is that there are some killer alternatives around. The theme for this editorial shot at The Town Hall Hotel for Rock n Roll Bride magazine was Androgyny – it’s a celebration of non traditional, alternative bridal wear.


You LIKE ME and I like it all, we like dancing and we look divine. You love bands when they’re playing hard, you want more and you want fast …


Art Direction – Kat Williams at Rock n Roll Bride Magazine

Styling – Erica at Mr + Mrs Unique

Make Up – Louise Lerego

Hair – Cimone Cheveux

Flowers – Lib at Bettie Rose

Assistant – Sam Luck

Location – Town Hall Hotel, London

Wedding Portraits in McDonalds

Wedding Portraits in McDonalds


Winter weddings – they can be challenging for photos. Even if you don’t mind the cold, it gets dark so early that unless you have your portraits early in the day or you have your ceremony by 1pm at the latest, then chances are that you will be having your wedding photos after dark. I don’t mind having to think creatively about where to shoot. Take this sweet, intimate winter elopement with Lewina and Carwen. They kept everything nice and easy, got ready together at home, called an Uber and married in their local registry office in London. When it came to their portraits, they thought that a local church might work as it would be lit up. To me it seemed a little weird as they hadn’t got married there. Then I saw some golden arches and you know those fast food places are always lit up as bright as day!? So we popped in for a McFlurry and took some photos. The McDonalds was packed but nobody seemed to think it too weird that a bride and groom rolled in.

You were sorta punk rock, I grew up on hip hop, but you fit me better than my favourite sweater …

St Etheldreda’s and the Crypt, City of London Wedding

St Etheldreda’s and the Crypt, City of London Wedding


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?

dance with me, I want my arm about you, THE CHARM about you will carry me through to heaven …



Drinks Reception at Marylebone Town Hall

Drinks Reception at Marylebone Town Hall

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 …

London Warehouse Wedding | Tien + Kenzo

London Warehouse Wedding | Tien + Kenzo

When Tien and Kenzo first got in touch about booking in the photography for their London Warehouse Wedding at Dilston Grove in London, here is what they said. ‘We love your style of photography. A really good mix of awesome highly editorial group shots coupled with some really great reportage style ones. In my head, I would like to shoot all the couple and group shots before all our guests arrive so we can spend as much time having fun with them as possible. We want our wedding to be a helluva party.’

Well that sounded perfect to me. So I went to where Tien was getting ready with her bridesmaids and my second shooter, Sam met up with Kenzo and his groomsmen. We all came together at the amazing Dilston Grove and started with group shots and their portraits. This did make everything after that point very relaxed and they could spend all their time with their guests. It also did make me wonder why more weddings don’t run this way?! ( Big thanks to Laura at Devine Bride – their wedding co-ordinator)

 

It’s the way that you know what I thought I knew, It’s the beat my HEART SKIPS when I’m with you …

 

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