At the end of May, I headed to London for Melissa and Ed’s wedding. I love photographing weddings in London and am fortunate that my job provides me with such variety. I’d been impatiently waiting to photograph their day ever since they booked me last year and it genuinely was a pleasure from start to finish. This was a wedding with style.Melissa wore a totally stunning, elegant couture dress from Philippa Lepley, sparkly wedding shoes by Jimmy Choo and the talented Lina Cameron was the make up artist. The pretty, soft pink peony bouquets were created by Flowers by Daisy, which I think are now my favourite flower (Mr Male – that’s a hint OK!).The morning was filled with nervous energy, excitement and some clock watching, as well as Melissa’s Mum, Barbara being very kind and making sure everyone was fed and watered (including me, THANK YOU xx).
I’ve found that it is often the case on a wedding day where it seems like the bride has oodles of time, then all of a sudden it is time to get her wedding dress on, pulses begin to race, excitement mounts and then before you know it you are heading out to get married! I love that moment.
Arriving only five minutes late, Melissa made a stunning entrance at Our Lady of Pity & St Simon’s Church in Putney and the ceremony began. Once married, Melissa and Ed jumped in a black cab to take them to Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park. It was my first time here and I wasn’t disappointed, with amazing views over London, this Georgian mansion is a first class wedding venue. With the sun blazing down it really felt like Melissa and Ed were having a perfect day. I’d already checked out the grounds of the venue and was pretty dam pleased when I saw the ‘John Beer’ laburnum arch, the vibrant yellow flowers were in full bloom and we made the most of these later in the evening for some couple portraits.
My favourite part of the day I think was when Melissa and Ed’s daughter Otterley hid under her mother’s wedding dress, playing ‘Peek-a-boo’ and gently giggling as she revelled in our laughter. She was adorable. As I sat at my desk and edited these photos I was aware then when she is older, Otterley will pore over her parents wedding photos, looking at herself and her wider family. My photos are Otterley’s to enjoy for many years.
One of the most interesting facets of a wedding are often the speeches, I’m privy to hear stories and insights into the lives of the people I am photographing, hearing amusing anecdotes or tales of dreams and love, triumph and courage. Barbara talked with much love about her daughter, Ed’s speech was touching, moving and one of the best I’ve heard in a long time. I won’t share the content but it moved guests to tears. It really was an honour to have been a part of such a great day.
Guests partied the night away to the sounds of Hula Groove with shapes being thrown to their soul sounds and plenty of funky moves on display! I had to resist the urge to join in!
A genuinely big Thank you to Karen for being such an amazing second shooter on the day. Melissa, Ed and Otterley thank you for choosing me to photograph your day, it genuinely was a pleasure to capture. I wish you so much happiness and joy in your future together xx
Here’s a small selection of images from the day.