Stationers' Hall Wedding, London
KIND WORDS FROM RUTH & PAUL: “Having Jack around on our wedding day was an enhancement of the experience. He documented with an artist’s eye our special day. We would, without hesitation recommend him to anyone who wants to have real and beautiful memories of any special occasion.” We’re coming to the end of a very busy season and I’ve got lots of gorgeous weddings to share in the upcoming weeks.I thought I’d start with Ruth and Paul’s wedding at Stationers’ Hall as not only were they are lovely couple but also Stationers' Hall is one of my top London venues and I was honoured to be invited to showcase at their annual wedding fair a few weeks ago! (Thanks again to the team for having me along). As it happens, the bride and groom were also married at one of my favourite London churches – The Temple Church, one of the most historic and beautiful churches in London and a key venue in Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code!That morning, I arrived at the Apex Temple Court, a stylish hotel in the heart of the City of the London to spend some time with Ruth, her bridesmaids and her family. This is always a great time to capture intimate moments when the bride and her wedding party are getting ready in the relative calm before the hustle of the wedding itself.I left Ruth to get into her stunning lace-topped dress and headed to Middle Temple to its magnificent 12th-century church. I found Paul tying the wedding rings onto little white cushions with scarlet bows and as the guests began to arrive, Paul and his ushers showed them to their seats. After a quick time-check with his best man, Paul took his place at the altar to await his future wife.Ruth arrived greeted by the vicar and page boys and then readied herself on the arm of her proud dad and made her way down the aisle looking remarkably calm!After a beautiful service (with some majestic singing by the choir – truly one of the best in London), Ruth, Paul and I stole ourselves away for some lovely intimate couple portraits in the beautiful square opposite.We arrived at Stationers’ Hall and the reception was in full swing. As a documentary wedding photographer, this is the perfect time for me to really blend into the background and quietly capture some wonderful little moments and this beautiful sanctuary in the heart of the city offers the perfect opportunity for this.The party was called into the stunning Livery Hall for the buffet wedding breakfast. This was really fun to photograph and a little out of the ordinary as guests were dotted around the venue eating and chatting against the backdrop of the vast stained-glass windows and armorial banners and shields. After the meal, everyone gathered for the speeches. Once the groom, best man and bride had spoken; it was opened up to the floor - a lovely way to have close friends and family share their memories and toast the happy couple. Following the first dance, some really talented younger members of the couple’s family performed some beautiful songs for them and just before I left, I captured the bride’s mother being serenaded by the band and the wedding party. She was in her element! A fab final photo for a superbly enjoyable wedding.Congratulations to Ruth and Paul!