Some weddings are so easy they are just a walk in the park. And some are so much fun they are a run in the park, hiding from police, avoiding rioters and waiting for tourists to move out of the way. Guess which this was? Yes, walks in the park can be dull.
Let’s start, as all the best weddings do, in the pub.
You can just see one of Teresa’s many lists there. It was probably the one that said “can you get a picture of Dave looking at his watch and looking nervous?”. Nope. If it doesn’t happen then I can’t photograph it. And Dave was having far too good a time to look nervous!
[By the way, I’m trialing a new system where I post a LOT more pictures of weddings in small groups – let me know what you think in the comments. Should I stick with it or go back to a dozen bigger pictures?]
Over in the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St Simon Stock in Kensington Church Street, things were getting underway. Well, mainly flowers.
And with 3 beautiful flower girls and a gorgeous sunny day, it was hard not to take lovely pictures outside the church.
Now then. Here’s a tricky one. Because the chief bridesmaid was called Anne-Marie. But given she was (a) chief bridesmaid (b) the bride’s sister and (c) looked amazing she pretty much got called Pippa all day. Tough job. But she did it flawlessly.
Mind you, there’s no way Anne-Marie could compete with her sister when she arrived in an open top Beauford.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Wow.
And then of course she walked into the church where her soon to be husband was waiting for her.
And there, in front of their family and friends, Teresa Critien and Dave Pendlebury were married.
And unusually for a church in central London, we were allowed to throw as much confetti as we liked. (I think it’s because Teresa knows everybody).
Of course, no short trip across London in a car is complete without a bottle of champagne!
But whatever you do – don’t forget to show off the ring!
Now central London weddings have one small problem. Often there isn’t anywhere “green” to take pictures. You get marvellous architecture and stunning buildings but grass is spread pretty thinly. Of course there are always the Royal Parks. But you need a license. “No problem” said Teresa, because of course she knew somebody who said it would be OK. “Err, if you’re quick.”
So….guerilla photoshoot. Fortunately the 3,000 police in the area were distracted by a small protest a couple of miles away. And fortunately I can be pretty quick when I need to be. The camera data says 6 minutes.
And then back to One Great George Street. Where the bride and groom exercised their prerogative to make an entrance.
Yes. They pretty much stopped traffic.
“So, do we have enough pictures of us now?”. No Dave. Six minutes is good but I just need a couple more. Go stand under that chandelier with your wife….
(Yes, I know florists cringe when I ask brides to do that with their flowers….)
And then drinks.
And One Great George Streets piece de resistance – assemble everybody on the stairs and throw confetti over them. Apparently the traditional way to photograph this is from the balcony at the top but I couldn’t resist putting my own spin on it. Two cameras + radio slaves = two shots at the exact same moment.
I have to admit that One Great George Street is a pretty stunning building. So as Dave and Teresa took a moment to catch their breath before dinner I couldn’t help a quick snap of the architecture.
Talking of dinner – look what was waiting for guests…
See that table name in the top right? Recognise it? Yes, it was a big clue to the surprise entertainment for the evening.
I honestly don’t think I’ve ever seen a dance floor fill as fast as when “Waterloo” kicked off.
And let’s not forget the cutting of the cake and first dance which immediately preceded the mayhem.
Now then. Remember the stairs from earlier? Wonder what they would look like in the dark with just a drop of flash….? I managed to tear Dave and Teresa away from the dance floor for the 60 seconds it took to find out.
And then “Dancing Queen” started and there was no stopping them….
Apparently they have the internet on honeymoon now and I know Dave and Teresa will be checking their pictures. please leave any comments about them or wishes for the happy couple below. Or just hit the “like” button to share this on Facebook.