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St Paul's Cathedral wedding in London

Wedding at St Paul’s Cathedral In London

When you think of this country’s famous buildings or land marks, St Paul’s Cathedral is high on the list. The cathedral is one of the most recognisable sights of London. Its dome has dominated the capital city’s skyline for more than 300 years. 

Saint Paul's Cathedral Wedding

Historic venue

It’s positioned on Ludgate Hill, the highest point of the City. Services have been held at St Paul’s for Admiral Nelson, the Duke of Wellington, Sir Winston Churchill and Baroness Thatcher. There have been jubilee celebrations for Queen Victoria, peace services marking the end of the First and Second World Wars. Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer were married there and it has hosted the thanksgiving services for the Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees and the 80th and 90th birthdays of Queen Elizabeth II. The history is mind boggling and I felt greatly honoured as Sussex based wedding photographer to be asked to photograph Maggie and Alex’s wedding day in the capital. To be able to use my photography skills at one of the most iconic buildings was an absolute delight.
St Paul's Cathedral wedding in London

Groom’s pictures

Weddings at St Paul’s Cathedral present with a tight schedule for the wedding services. Hence I had to to be creative and work fast. I had arranged for the groom, best man and ushers to arrive nice and early. This enabled us to take shots while the outside of the cathedral was reasonably crowed free. The pictures taken certainly enhanced the overall wedding photography package. The bowler hats proved to be handy addition. I used them as props for the shoot and and images produced were nice and relaxed on the steps of St Paul’s. As a wedding photographer, it does not get much better. St Paul Cathedral weddings are just stunning!

One of my favourite images of the groom is where I placed three of the hats on top of his head against the backdrop of the wooden entrance door. It’s nice to be creative and have some light-hearted shots alongside my artistic and classic style.

Arrival of the bride

The bride and bridal party arrived by Mercedes at the North Tempest wearing a beautiful bridal dress with stunning red designer shoes – not your everyday wedding shoes. But as I found out it is a tradition in the family.

Service at St Paul’s Cathedral

When you are married at the OBE Chapel, you are entitled to access the main Cathedral to take pictures prior and after the service. I could not have asked for a more perfect backdrop for that first kiss, it provided a great sense of grandeur to the occasion.

The photographer is only able to access and shoot certain areas of St Paul’s. I was able to photograph Maggie and his father while they were walking down the aisle from the back. This was also the case during the first hymn, signing the registry and walking out the chapel. It was a challenge so I had to be very quick and creative. I used multiple lenses to give a verified perspective for the newly weds. The indoor shots are available to view privately.

Group pictures

The wedding party were really open and fun during the short group shot session and enjoyed the occasion to the maximum. The party departed on a London double decker bus and headed towards the wedding reception venue, to the Ognisko Restaurant in Knightsbridge. The photo shoots and wedding group shots were all taken to schedule and we were on time. Soon after, another wedding party arrived at the Cathedral. It is a very popular and magnificent wedding venue after all!

Couple’s pictures

The Cathedral’s garden provided a fantastic backdrop for the couple shots. But to top these, and to ensure we captured the dome of the Cathedral, we hopped over to the One New Change shopping centre’s roof terrace for those unique images with St Paul’s in the background.

It was a truly memorable wedding and the fine couple were delighted with the results. Warm congratulations to them both and their family! The feedback they provided meant so much to me. “Fantastic pics Ria…. we are absolutely delighted…..a wedding at St. Paul’s cathedral is special enough, but to have such wonderful pics as a memory tops it all off… xxxxxxxxxx”

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Are you also looking for a London wedding photographer to capture your St Paul Cathedral wedding? Please contact award-winning wedding photographer. I would love to take pictures of your special day too! Last but not least, with a first class Fine Art university degree and an Associate qualification from the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (SWPP), you can be assured your portrait and wedding photography is in safe hands. The qualification means I am among the elite 5-10 per cent of photographers in the country :-). 

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