St Paul's wedding
St Paul's Cathedral, this Grade 1 listed building sits on Ludgate Hill at the highest point of the City of London. It’s a stunning wedding venue in the heart of London for a unique service and nuptials.
I felt honoured as a Sussex wedding photographer to be asked to photograph Maggie and Alex's special day in the capital. To be able to use my wedding photography skills at one of the most iconic buildings in London was an absolute delight.
The bride and groom, Maggie and Alex were referred to me via a friend and they took up my wedding photography offer at the time. They booked me after reveiwing my work and talking to me on the phone. The actual pre wedding meeting took place a few weeks before the wedding.
On the wedding day we had a very tight schedule for the wedding service, so I had to work very fast and creative with the camera and lens. I asked the groom, best man and ushers to arrive early in order to take some fun shots while the cathedral was reasonably crowed free early in the morning. They deserved a medal for getting up so early but the pictures taken certainly enhanced the the overall wedding photography package. The bowler hat proved to be handy as I used them as props for the shoot and helped to relax the groom’s party completely. 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 of Sussex wedding photography.
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 shoe. But as I found out it is a tradition in the family and every bride wears red shoes on their wedding day.
I visited the cathedral a few times prior to the special day to ensure I knew the light conditions of the venue and the best angles to capture their wedding day. I also soon realised that certain areas of the St Paul’s were quieter than others and I was able to continue shooting outside after the ceremony. I just adore the faces of the two page boys throwing their bowler hats high into the air. What a joy for them and it certainly provided a few laughs for the wedding party.
When you are married at the OBE Chapel, you are entitled to access the main Cathedral to take pictures prior and before the service. I could not have asked for a more perfect backdrop for that first kiss, it provided a great sense of granduer to the occasion.
At St Paul’s the photographer is limited on where they may stand during the wedding ceremony. 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 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. 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 magnificient wedding venue after all!
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 one and only 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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