When I think back to Nicola and Richard’s London wedding in July (and also one of the hottest days of the year!) at Christ Church, Southgate, I can still hear the singing of the choir in my head. In particular, their wonderful rendition of ‘O Magnum Mysterium’ by Morten Laurisden was spine tingling – just beautiful. It was all the more poignant for Nicola, as she used to be a member of the choir at this 19th Century Grade II listed church.
Following meeting Nicola in the morning and her bridesmaids and mother to take some natural shots of their preperation (make up and hair styling by Lorain via Makeup by Jodie), Nicola’s father gave us a lift to the church to meet with Richard. The interior of Christ Church is very ornate, with some magnificent paintings and amazing stained glass windows, including some Pre-Raphelite designs from William Morris and Rossetti. The sunlight shone through the windows, producing shards of light on Nicola’s bridal gown – a photographer’s dream! I loved the drama that this light produced.
Some of my favourite images of the day were taken when Nicola and Richard stepped out of the church. They were literally showered with confetti, giving me a chance to take some great shots of the newly married couple. Nicola has a wonderfully expressive face, and I loved the joy that she exuded when the confetti was thrown. It’s definitely worth a thought – if you’re going to have confetti at your wedding, supply it in bucket loads. You’ll love the effect. Whilst on the subject of petals and flowers, the wedding flowers were created by Karen Woolven – such beautiful arrangements.
I was helped by Yasmin on the day, who was invaluable in organising the confetti and group shots, and finding some nice light for the detail shots and taking some great shots during the reception time and speeches – thanks Yasmin!
Two red London buses had been arranged to transport the guests from the church to Skinners Hall for the wedding reception, which gave us the chance to capture some fun, informal shots of the wedding party on the buses. Skinners Hall, located in the heart of the City, near Cannon Street, is an amazing venue for a wedding reception. Ceremonial entrance gates, wood panelled walls and an elegant courtyard complete with fountain all provided brilliant backdrops for photography. Emily and her team from Party Ingrediants, who run all the events and catering at Skinners Hall, were marvellous and couldn’t have been be more helpful. I first met Emily when I’d visited Skinners Hall the week previous to the wedding for my scouting exercise – I was so excited to be shooting there.
Richard and Nicola were a wonderfully relaxed couple, who made my job so easy. It was great fun doing their wedding photography and we loved being part of their day. Thank you to you and your guests for making us feel so welcome!
Here are some very kind words from Nicola and Richard:
“Catherine recently photographed our wedding in London. What a star! The service received throughout the day was exceptional, with helpful tips not only for photography purposes but with the timing of the day as well. Her experience was invaluable. The quality of the photographs we received was wonderful. It was just what we wanted. She captured every aspect of the day in a natural way, including many moments we were not aware of. It was a real joy to see”
Big congratulations Nicola and Richard – what an incredible, fun packed day! x