"They are so beautiful, perfectly capturing the day as well as the lovely rainy-ness of London!
You did an absolutely stellar job on every aspect - Anthony and I are normally not very comfortable in front of the camera, but the three of us got along so well, it was simply a wonderful experience."
London City Wedding
The email went something like this: "We're coming over from New York to London to get married; our family and friends don't know about it. We'd love you to photograph the day and check out lots of the landmarks with us. Can you do that?"
And so it was that Molly booked me to photograph what is the most unique weddings I have been privileged to be part of. The entire wedding had been planned from NYC, with their 4pm ceremony taking place at St. Etheldreda's Church in the heart of the City. Because of the dark winter light at that time in the afternoon, the plan was to flip the day around and start out with an extended (2+ hours) portrait session around some of the sights of central London, before heading back to the church for their ceremony.
Molly and I had made a plan for where to go during their walk-and-talk portrait session. What we hadn't accounted for, was the fact it was the Lord Mayor's Parade which not only meant most of central London was closed to traffic, but every pub was closed, and we couldn't even get near the river for any shots. In the end, it didn't matter, and the fact we had eerily empty streets to ourselves, and got to witness tractors in the middle of London (I tried to reassure my American companions that this wasn't an everyday occurrence - not sure if they believed me or not!).
Back to the church for Molly's final preparations ahead of the intimate ceremony. When I say intimate, we're talking six people in total: Molly & Anthony, their priest, organist, singer, and me.
Molly & Anthony wanted a focus on images which featured the city surroundings and looked 'London' to show their friends and family back home. I think we did that, whilst still managing the story-telling elements of documentary coverage to produce a lasting record of their wedding. It was a real honour to be part of. Just beautiful.