So when Nicola and Jamie told me they were having a Southwark Cathedral wedding and then a boat trip down the River Thames, to a rowing club in Putney for their evening celebrations I just knew I had to be their wedding photographer.
After all, being a London wedding photographer I was excited by the prospect of capturing so many iconic London locations as a wedding backdrop.
Southwark Cathedral Wedding
Southwark Cathedral, or The Cathedral and Collegiate Church of St Saviour and St Mary Overie to give it it’s full title, is on the south side of the River Thames, in between London Bridge and Borough Market, popular with foodies and of course made famous by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.
As a London wedding venue, you can’t get more historic than a Southwark Cathedral wedding, given it dates back over a thousand years as a place of worship.
Within it’s grounds you have the impressive sight of London’s tallest building The Shard, towering the bride and her party as they arrived.
Bridal Preparations in Bankside
One of the reasons that Nicola and Jamie were able to have a Southwark Cathedral wedding, was because Nicola’s Mum lived nearby in Bankside. So her home was an ideal setting for the morning’s bridal preparations.
Keeping with the London theme, a black London cab, complete with ribbons, picked up the bride to take her on the short trip to nearby Southwark Cathedral.
During the morning’s bridal preparations I also had the opportunity to nip out and shoot some of the Groom’s getting ready nearby.
Groom’s Preparations in Borough
Jamie, his son and a couple of groomsmen had stayed in a nearby hotel on Borough High Street, so I was able to quickly hop over there, and shoot some of their getting ready ahead of the ceremony too.
After all the wedding morning preparations it was on to the main event of the day, the wedding service.
The Wedding Ceremony in Southwark Cathedral
Inside the grandeur of Southwark Cathedral is really impressive and definitely one of the best London wedding venues I’ve had the pleasure to photograph in. With high vaulted arched ceilings and the wide rows of pews stretching back, it was a perfect setting to get married in.
Being so close to Borough Market, the wedding itself – both before and after – certainly caused a lot of interest and excitement from the onlooking shoppers, traders and tourists.
With the nuptials done and dusted, it was then a short trip down to the River Thames.
Bankside Wedding Celebrations
After the Southwark Cathedral wedding it was then a short trip to the nearby River Thames and Bankside for a boat trip down to Putney.
Whilst the wedding party waited, by Hayes Galleria, for the boat to be readied, we had the traditional confetti throwing, which I was able to document with the iconic Tower Bridge and HMS Belfast in the background. Shots like these really do add a sense of location to the wedding photography.
With the boat ready, it was then all aboard for a watery trip through central London.
Wedding Boat Trip Down The Thames
This was a brilliant way of celebrating a London wedding – with iconic London landmarks such as the Tate Modern, London Eye, Houses of Parliament and the old Battersea Power Station providing an amazing backdrop to the wedding photography.
I doubt there’s many London wedding photographers who get the chance to photograph some many London icons during one wedding. In many ways, this made for the ultimate London wedding photography experience.
So after a leisurely trip down the Thames it was time for food, speeches and dancing in Putney.
Putney Wedding Celebrations
By the time the wedding party reached the rowing club in Putney, it literally was time to party. With fantastic views of the River Thames it was the perfect London wedding venue to host the wedding meal and speeches.
Once the wedding food was eaten, speeches and toasts made, it was then time to cut loose, let one’s hair down and get funky on the dance floor to an excellent wedding band.
It would be fair to say little encouragement was required for guests to shake their best moves!
Without doubt this was a unique wedding experience and one I was delighted to be a wedding photographer at. I’m sure you’ll agree Nicola and Jamie had a London wedding experience to never forget.
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