I previously shot Andrea and Nick’s Nigerian Wedding Blessing at St Anselm’s church in Tooting Bec in the London Borough of Wandsworth . So as a Wandsworth wedding photographer it was great to be back there again a week or so later for their formal wedding day, before moving on to Wandsworth Town Hall for the evening celebrations.
When Andrea and Nick told me they were planning a traditional Nigerian wedding blessing a week before their actual wedding day, at St Anselm’s in Tooting Bec, London, I just knew I had to include that in the wedding photography package I offered them.
After all, as soon as I think of traditional African weddings I immediately think vibrant colours, song, vibrant colour, dance and, did I mention, vibrant colours – everything that my documentary wedding photography approach would love to capture.. And I definitely wasn’t disappointed.
Arad & Brian’s Same-Sex Wedding
As a wedding photographer I was delighted to be chosen for Arad and Brian’s same sex wedding, as a result of being found on Instagram by Arad. Arad a keen photographer and lover of photography himself knew he wanted a very candid and storytelling approach to his and Brian’s wedding day – and it was my natural wedding reportage photography on Instagram that led him to me. The wedding was going to be split between the wonderful Pump House in Battersea Park and at the cool Bluebird Restaurant on the Kings Road in Chelsea. As a London documentary wedding photographer they really were London wedding venues I dream of shooting at.
What a gorgeous day it was today and there was no better way than spending it shooting an engagement session with the gorgeous Lizzie and James in London’s Battersea Park.
Here’s a quick sneak peek from that engagement shoot.
I hope you enjoy.
If you’re getting married and would love to book me for a fun and beautiful engagement photography session, then please do give me a call on 07920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page.
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Battersea Park – the ideal pre-wedding location
As a London wedding photographer I’ve always thought that Battersea Park, in the London Borough of Wandsworth, is one of the most interesting of London parks, so I was thrilled when Arad and Brian asked me to photograph their same sex wedding in the park next month. I was even more excited when they said they wanted their pre-wedding shoot to also take place in Battersea Park too. It is such a beautiful park with so many great photographic backdrops, so I knew it was going to be an absolutely fantastic shoot.
It was an absolutely gorgeous spring day for the shoot. The sun was still warm and shining when the guys arrived late afternoon, fresh from wedding shopping earlier in the day. We met at the Pear Tree cafe in the park and had a brief catch up before talking through what to expect with the shoot.
Natural and Candid Pre-Wedding Photography
The reason that Arad and Brian had booked me for their wedding was due to my natural, candid and largely unposed approach to wedding photography. So I was keen that the pre-wedding shoot could be as natural as possible, which I think Brian was very relieved about.
We headed off through the park shortly after, which enabled me the opportunity to get some more natural and candid shots as the couple walked hand-in-hand through the park. Battersea Park does have a fascinating history, built on marshland claimed from the nearby River Thames. It was also land that was very popular for duels once upon time – but thankfully the day was now all about love and togetherness!
Henry Moore Three Standing Figures Sculpture
A great feature in the park is the Henry Moore Three Standing Figures sculpture and was something were able to have some photographic fun with. Nearby is the Pump House – where Arad and Brian’s wedding ceremony will take place in June – which is surrounded by a beautiful wooded area and picturesque rocky outcrops – again another fantastic opportunity to get some beautiful pre-wedding portraits.
Further on from here, by the park’s lovely boating lake, is a grand old tree that is Arad’s favourite tree in the entire park…and it’s not difficult to see why with it’s gnarled and twisted boughs which literally lean forward and almost caress the porraceous waters of the lake. It was a stunning spot for Arad and Brian to sit and silently reflect – and for me to get some absolutely beautiful pre-wedding photography.
Battersea Park Bandstand
After this we moved on to the Bandstand in the park – which itself was featured on the cover of the 2013 album ‘Didn’t It Rain‘ by Hugh Laurie. We then finished off the shoot beside the River Thames which gives great views of the Albert Bride westwards and the Chelsea Bride eastwards.
Battersea Park Wedding Photographer
Battersea Park really does give a wealth of options for a pre-wedding shoot and I really can’t wait to return next month to shoot Arad and Brian’s same sex wedding at the Pump House in the park.
I’m sure you’ll agree, from this small selection of photos from their Battersea Park pre-wedding shoot, it was a fantastic shoot.
Are you getting married?
Are you getting married in Battersea Park and looking for a wedding photographer? Or perhaps you are looking for a natural, candid and storytelling approach to your wedding photography?
I’d love to hear from you and talk about your wedding plans. You can give me a call on 07920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page.