I was so incredibly excited about photographing Anna and Oli's wedding for a couple of reasons.... firstly, Oli's older brother went to school with my own brother, so I knew there were going to be a few familiar faces, and that it was going to be awesome day. Secondly, the wedding was to take place at Devonshire Terrace in London. It is an absolutely unique wedding venue... the building itself was built in the 1800s and used as warehouses to store goods shipped from abroad. It now has a high glass roof over the top of a large courtyard, giving it an outdoor feel all year round, and it even has a view of The Gherkin!
On the big day I met a beaming Anna and her best friend Sarmini at South Place Hotel, then we set off on a short walk to Toni & Guy within Liverpool Street Station where the girls had their hair done for the big day. The staff were fab and the girls left with fabulous perfect wedding hair! We then returned to the hotel where the ladies finished getting ready. It was such a lovely relaxed morning, and it was an absolute pleasure to spend some time with the girls and Anna's parents.
I accompanied Anna and her father in their car to the venue, so I was able to capture their walk together to the Terrace with fabulous views of The Gherkin. Anna looked totally radiant in her bespoke silk and tulle dress, with bespoke bubble veil from Berkshire Veils by Bridie. The wedding ceremony itself was beautiful, elegant, and full of love! Devonshire Terrace provided such an incredible back drop.
The restaurant where the new Mr and Mrs hosted their guests was low lit, and again, elegant. The speeches were awesome - there were lots of belly laughs, moments of drinks nearly spat out, and tears. I couldn't not shed a tear myself when Oli's brother read his speech!
After the meal, Anna's friend's took her outside and presented her with a photobook they had put together, which included both old memories with messages, and also a few of the photos I had taken for the girls in London on Anna's hen do : )
It was Leo from Basement Recordings who provided the tunes for the evening... I would totally recommend him for your wedding or party!
Normally I drive to the weddings I photograph, but this evening my bargain rates chauffeur (husband) had offered to pick me up, so I got to enjoy not only a glass of champers on the dance floor, but also a really precious moment with Anna and Oli before I left, stood with them outside on the Terrace with one of my favourite end of night tipples.
Anna and Oli are one of the sweetest, warm hearted couples I have ever met and it was a total honour to photograph their amazing day for them x