Category Archives: summer weddings

A preview from Natalie and Josef’s wedding portraits in Central London

How cute are these guys…! I’ve just gotta post a little preview from this wedding before I can call it a May bank holiday. And what would be a better start of this spring Holiday, than some shots from a beautiful spring wedding. The leaves came back to life and flowers popped up through the ground – just in time for Natalie and Joe’s day. And we just about got the weather for a portrait shoot along the canal… before heading to a neatly decorated London warehouse reception.

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contemporary-wedding-portraits-londonCongratulations beautiful people!

Emily & Jon’s London City wedding  – Full day wedding photography Smithfield

Two lovely people got married this summer in the heart of City of London – with all their well chosen locations just a stone throw from one and other. What a day they had… Starting with a small get together at a hotel in the morning, followed by a ceremony at the absolutely gorgeous St Barts, and a reception with amazing food at Haberdashers Hall, ending with total party on the dance floor… Thank you Emily and Jonathan for letting me capture your day!

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I love the bow on the back of Emily’s dress, it’s just such a cute detail!

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I loooove St Barts (Or Saint Bartholomews the Great). It’s so full of history and I just have to share how it came to be: A pilgrim in the 1100s had a vision while he was in Rome, of Saint Bartholomews telling him to return to Smithfield in London and build this church together with a hospital for the poor… And so he did! That’s quite a story I think. And it resulted in quite a church.

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Yes, it was one of those summer days where the rain finally won… after an whole day of drizzle, it decided to turn into a full downpour – just in time for the couple’s portrait session. But we didn’t let that stop us, we managed to get some shots against backdrops under the roof of Haberdashers Hall…

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Congratulations Emily and Jon!

Credits

I had a lovely team on the day – Emily and Jon went for a big wedding, inviting loads of guests to share their day. So thank you to Cecelina for second shooting – for covering the groom preparations in the morning and capturing all the guest mingle. And thank you to Slavica for assisting.

Second shooter: Cecelina Tornberg

Assistant Slavica Parlov

Venues

Bridal preps: Zetter Hotel, Smithfield

Church: St Bartholomews the Great

Reception: Haberdashers hall

Catering: Chester Boyd

Every now and then I have the opportunity to photograph a wedding together with another photographer. This is so much fun for me of course, since I get to work with a colleague! But even more importantly, it’s a great situation for couples – knowing that they have shots from several angles and from different parts of their weddings – particularly when weddings are filled to the brim with guests and the couple just don’t get to experience all the moments since so much is going on around them.

This is a recent wedding from a gorgeous London summer day, which we shot in a team of two photographers. While I concentrated on the groom shots and the candid shots of guests, the other photographer focused on the bride and the portraits. This team work gave the couple the great opportunity to have a 40 minutes long portrait session in the urban cityscapes together with my colleague, while I got the shots of the guests mingling around with cocktail- snacks and bubbly.

It’s a great treat for the couple to have shots of all the important moments from different angles. But it’s also a great challenge for photographers to double shoot a wedding. It’s extremely important that the photographers know one and others style really well, and that they are able to streamline and work together to deliver the style of shots that the couple is after. A bit of a balancing act in fusing the styles but keeping the individuality at the same time really! I’m extremely lucky to have two colleagues that I double shoot a lot with on couple’s requests – and I know what I can expect from them, and they know what to expect from me. But I can totally understand why some photographers never double shoot weddings, since the result can be so individual.

It’s also interesting to see how the weddings differ slightly and how the couples differ in style and personal taste depending on which one of me and my colleagues have booked the couple! For one of my colleagues, the style is more light and pretty and influenced by fashion photography, while for my other colleague the weddings are more photojournalist/documentary in photography style and perhaps a bit more quirky and urban. And for me… I’m a bit of both!

So here are some of my favorites (from my camera and edited by me) of this awesome wedding with a documentary style of photography. The day started at Hackney Town Hall in East London, followed by a routemaster trip and a reception at St Brides Foundation in City of London…

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