I featured Daphne & Jason a little while ago for their New Forest Engagement shoot, which included a bit of the back story around how they came to book me. It's now a real pleasure to follow that with their London wedding, starting at the Corinthia Hotel in Whitehall, where Daphne and her bridesmaids were getting ready.
This was my first visit to the Corinthia and it barely needs to be said but it is a beautiful hotel. A really stunning place to start wedding preparations. Daphne looked stunning in her incredible dress from Provnovias, tailored by Mirror Mirror Bridal Boutique.
On to the ICA (or Institute of Contemporary Arts to give it's full title), where I met with Jason for a quick coffee before the ceremony. I've photographed at the ICA previously and it is a vibrant, creative environment. I love the contrast of contemporary artwork with the original, fairly grand architecture of the building. It's location overlooking The Mall has views of London full of landmarks: St James's Park, Big Ben, The London Eye; all can be seen from the balconies here.
Catch breath, quick drink, out for photos.
If you're shooting in a city - particularly one as busy as London - it's likely there's going to be other people around. I love urban portrait shoots like this where there are others in the background (assuming they're not doing anything too stupid) as it really adds to the sense of where you are. Equally, it's always great to be able to find a bit of space - even in London! - where it's just the couple. Having a combination of both works great and I love the pigeon here!
Pretty fun locations, right on the doorstep of the ICA. Love it.
Back inside for dinner and speeches which were prefaced by each guest introducing themselves and how they knew the couple. I thought this was a completely unique and fun idea for the two families and all their friends to know a bit more about each other!
That iconic skyline...
Daphne had a quick makeup touchup before their own speech, along with the Best Man's ahead of first dance. They really put a lot of effort into a beautiful routine which I was lucky to see twice: one rehearsal, one the real deal.
Following the formal first dance, the party continued with three club DJs who they knew well from their time clubbing and shared love of music. I only got to see a little bit of the party but knowing how good Mark, Jack, and Alexander are, it would have been a party to remember.