Three Amazing Venues for Carolyn and Angus’s Wedding
“We’re not big on posed photos and the reception is at a funky old pub that’s been converted to a photo studio/film set.”
Any documentary photographer would jump at the chance of shooting a wedding on hearing those words.
So from my first very email exchange with Carolyn and Angus, I knew I wanted to travel to London to shoot this wedding, and that was before I knew that the wedding ceremony was at Southwark Cathedral and that Carolyn would be getting ready in the newly-opened Shangri-La Hotel in the Shard.
And so a few weeks ago I photographed one of the most colourful weddings that I think I’ll ever shoot. While Southwark Cathedral is “just our parish church” (according to the happy couple) it must be said that the views of the City of London from the Shangri-La Hotel on the 42nd floor of The Shard are breathtaking (they even give you binoculars in case you’ve got time to look). Indeed, this may be one of the first weddings to be photographed from The Shard.
There surely can’t be a greater contrast between the majesty of Southwark Cathedral for the wedding ceremony and the eclectic decoration and warehouse style of the wedding reception at Dalston Roost. Once the couple were happily married and the location of the wedding transport was eventually identified, the guests and I navigated the 45 minutes of Central London traffic to the reception venue on a big red Routemaster double decker bus (one of the brilliant old-style ones where there are no doors at the back).
One thing that is immediately obvious once you set foot in The Roost is that the professionalism of its staff and the attention to detail when it comes to the look and feel of the place is unsurpassed. I hope that this set of images does justice to the colourful and happy atmosphere enjoyed by all at The Roost on this July day.
I’d like to thank Carolyn and Angus for their wonderful welcome and for allowing me to tell their story with my trademark documentary photography approach.