Katherine and Alistair's ceremony at St Mary with St Alban church and evening reception at London Museum of Water & Steam -lots of punchy colours, a Ceilidh, drinks on a routemaster...
Above is a selection of photographs from Katherine and Ali's day in March 2015. They had a traditional church wedding at St Mary with St Alban church in Teddington, literally just around the corner from Katherine's parents house. This was great as I could go and do the details and decorations at the church and photograph Ali with his friends before walking down to road to capture portraits of the bride and her family. The couple had requested that there would be no photography during the service (with the exception of signing the register) so I made sure I got lots of other pictures as mementos of their day. Katherine and Ali wanted some classic, quite formal wedding photography for the bridal portraits and group shots, but also fun, relaxed and natural candids of guests chatting, on the wedding routemaster etc.
The couple had chosen a really unusual reception venue, the London Museum of Water & Steam. It is a 170-year-old monument to Victorian engineering and makes for a very dramatic and atmospheric wedding reception venue. You enter via the Grand Junction Engine House, you can have the world's largest working beam engine operating for your guests and dinner is served inside the Steam Hall. For a wedding photographer, the London Museum of Water & Steam is an extremely dark venue, but I have the necessary kit and have captured parties in night clubs and bars so this wasn't a problem. And I LOVE anything a bit different: the architectural details were great and there were lots colourful lights highlighting machine parts and large tools. To find out more about The London Museum of Water & Steam, please have a look at:
Green Dragon Lane, Brentford, London TW8 0EN
020 8568 4757
After the wedding breakfast and speeches, it was time for the Ceilidh! The tables were cleared to make space in the Steam Hall of the London Museum of Water & Steam and I set up a few lights to make sure I got some great pictures for Katherine and Ali. A Ceilidh is a country dance or barn dance that originated from Ireland and Scotland. It's super-fast and a lot of fun! Every wedding I have shot where they have had a Ceilidh, the guests have seemed to really enjoy themselves. Top London Ceilidh Band, "Licence to Ceilidh", hosted the fast paced wedding dance and got everyone going on the dance floor. They are a young, energetic, professional ceilidh band -find out more on www.licencetoceilidh.co.uk.
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