Anna & Marcus’s Wedding at St Columba’s Church and the Caledonian Club in Belgravia, London

Another lovely wedding from the archive to share – Anna and Marcus’s special day which took place at St Columba’s Church of Scotland in Pont Street, London followed by their reception at the Caledonian Club in Belgravia.

The majority of the weddings that I shoot tend to be in and around my home county of Surrey.  This means that I normally am not too far away from some form of greenery or natural surrounds to utilise for the bride and groom portraits.

Naturally such weddings that take place in London aren’t always blessed with such flexibility, and they can offer a totally different feel and theme, with historic buildings/architecture and iconic landmarks providing additional features for the portraits.

Anna and Marcus were quite fortunate that with the Caledonian Club, they had access to Belgrave Square Gardens which allowed us to grab some very nice natural backdrop styled portraits of the happy couple.

This was a wedding with a real mixture of cultures – Anna being of Australian descent, and Marcus being of Scottish (hence the choice of venues!) – so it proved to be quite an enjoyable and fun day full of much banter and jesting throughout.

No Scottish wedding is complete without the bagpipes, and I’m pleased to say that there was a piper there to welcome the wedding party at the reception upon arrival!

Before you ask, I’ve no idea whether the groomsmen wore underwear under their Kilts! ha ha

I’ve put together a small collection of shots from their day which you can view here below.

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St Columba's Church of Scotland in London Groom and best man portraits outside St Columba's Church of Scotland in London Marcus the scottish groom dressed in his kilt wedding attire at St Columba's Church of Scotland in London Wedding guests arriving at St Columba's Church of Scotland in London Bride and father of the bride walking down the aisle at a wedding at St Columba's Church in London Wedding ceremony taking place at St Columba's Church of Scotland in London The bride and groom signing the wedding register at St Columba's Church in London Wedding guests arrive at the Caledonian Club in Belgravia, London for the wedding reception The bride and groom headed to Belgrave Square Gardens in London Some more lovely wedding photographs of the bride and groom as taken in Belgrave Square Garden in London wedding table decorations at the reception dinner at the Caledonian Club in Belgravia, London Some shots of the wedding guests taken during the wedding breakfast meal at the Caldonian Club in Belgravia, London The Wedding speeches at the reception at the Caledonian Club, belgravia, London The best man's speech at the Caledonian Club, London A portrait of the bride and groom next to the fire place in the Caledonian Club in London The bride and groom's first dance at the Caledonian Club, Belgravia, London

M&S Wedding at Buxted Park Hotel, East Sussex

Due to privacy I have agreed to not name the couple of this wedding, and shall refer to them as M&S.

This was another new wedding venue for me, this time based in East Sussex, M&S held their wedding ceremony at 13th century St Thomas A’becket Framfield Church in Uckfield.

This was slightly further out from my normal haunts in Surrey, but it was a delightful embark into the beautiful East Sussex countryside, and the church lived up to the classic stereotypical old English village church.

The ceremony all went to plan smoothly and without a hitch, and with the weather in true top form it was a perfect setting for M&S.

After quickly grabbing a couple of portraits of the bride and groom utilising the church yard’s gate way, we then headed off to the amazing reception venue; Buxted Park Hotel.

Wow, what a venue!  I absolutely loved this venue, it had stunning and vast external grounds – which provided us with so many photographic opportunities.  We were truly spoiled for choice.

Whilst we captured quite a selection of portraits of the couple, there were still so many more that I could have gone on to photograph – but you have to draw the line somewhere; after all there is a balance to be made between capturing enough photos for your client and not keeping them away from their wedding party for too long!

All in all I think there was a fab selection throughout the day, and it was a thoroughly enjoyable, even though it was hard work in the hot sun – but we got some great images.

You can view the images from the day here, and or scroll down below to a selection for an insight…

Bride getting ready at Buxted Park Hotel, East Susex
groom and best man at St Thomas Becket Church yard in Framfield in East Sussex
Bride arriving at St Thomas Becket Church in Framfield, East Sussex
Bride walking down the altar at St Thomas Becket Church, Framfield in East Sussex
Bride saying her vows at St Thomas Becket Church, Framfield, in East Sussex
bride and groom at chancery step in the St Thomas Becket Church, Framfield in East Sussex
Bride and groom kissing in St Thomas Becket Church, Framfield in East Sussex
Bride and groom outside St Thomas Becket Church, Framfield in East Sussex
Bride and groom celebrating with champagne outside St Thomas Becket Church, Framfield in East Sussex
Bride and groom walking through a shower of confetti at St Thomas Becket Church, Framfield in East Sussex
Bride and groom sitting at the gates at St Thomas Becket Church, Framfield, in East Sussex
Bride and groom posing at the gateway of St Thomas Becket Church, Framfield in East Sussex
Bride and groom in a wedding car wing mirror at Buxted Park Hotel, East Sussex
Bride and groom portraits on rear steps at Buxted Park Hotel by the pond, in Uckfield, East Sussex
Bride and groom kissing by the pond at Buxted Park Hotel, Uckfield, East Sussex
Bride and groom posing on steps at Buxted Park Hotel, Uckfield, East Sussex
Bride showing off the back of her wedding dress on the steps at Buxted Park Hotel, Uckfield, East Sussex
Bride and groom embracing at Buxted Park Hotel, Uckfield, East Sussex
Bride smiing during speeches at Buxted Park Hotel, Uckfield, East Sussex
Groom smiing during speeches at Buxted Park Hotel, Uckfield, East Sussex


Vicky & Stuart’s Wedding, Holy Cross Church in Carshalton & The Warren Sports Ground in Hayes

The wedding of Vicky and Stuart Truss proved to be a fabulous day – the weather was hot and the company was marvelous!  I thoroughly enjoyed myself, and despite being on a tight timeline, still managed to get a nice array of pictures throughout.

I started the day photographing the tail end of Vicky’s bridal preparations at her parents house in Carshalton.  The house was buzzing, which wasn’t surprising given the fact that Vicky has five sisters – it’s always great fun to be a passenger amongst during the excitement of the build-up, and there’s always plenty of photographic opportunities to capture emotional images of these special moments.

Having then recorded some of the preparations it was then onto Holy Cross Church further down the road (also in Carshalton) to meet up with Stuart the groom ahead of the ceremony.

The sun was in full flow, and it was a very warm day – which was great for the couple and all the guests, sadly not quite as good for me personally as I tend to melt whilst running around conducting my duties, plus in all honesty the harsh sunlight and it’s high positioning at that point in the day is an absolute nightmare for a photographer; it creates unflattering light and undesired shadows around the eye sockets on the face… anyhow I won’t bore you with the technicalities!

We grabbed a couple of groom and best men portraits before Stuart had to go into the church ahead of Vicky’s arrival.

At this point I should add that Vicky and Stuart had hired an old red London bus as a form of transportation for their guests, which I found very interesting, and I thought was a very nice touch as well as adding some character to the day.

Vicky arrived on time, and the ceremony went like clockwork, well almost, apart from the priest getting Vicky’s name wrong at one point (and didn’t even notice he’d got it wrong either) and also forgetting to give the couple permission to kiss after securing their vows, which left me at the back of the church lingering for some time in preparation – fortunately I stayed there as they then both took it upon themselves to have a kiss when he declared that the congregation should show each other  ‘a sign of peace’!  With the kiss shot in the bag, I was then able to resume normal service…

Following on from the service the reception was held at the Metropolitan Police’s Sports Ground, The Warren in Hayes.

This was a fitting venue, as both Vicky and Stuart work for the police force!

It also provided us with some great backdrops for the bride and groom portraits, and despite being pushed for time in the end following on from the formal group shots, we managed to capture a nice variety.

There was a fabulous policeman figurine post by a sheltered walkway, which made a fitting feature to capture a police themed portrait with the couple – I couldn’t resist – if you scroll down you’ll find it amongst the handful of images I’ve picked out from the day.

If anyone is interested, you can view the other images from the day here.

 

Bridal preparations at home

Bridal preparations at home using a mirror

Groom and best men prior to the ceremony

Wedding ceremony at Holy Cross Church in Carshalton

Child outside Holy Cross Church in carshalton

Bride and groom kissing in their wedding car

Bride and groom kissing by the wedding car at The Warren Met Police Ground in Hayes

Old fashioned red london bus at The Warren Met Police Ground in Hayes

Bride and bridesmaids at The Warren Met Police Ground in Hayes

Bride and groom in the gardens at The Warren Met Police Ground in Hayes

Bride and groom near the bowls green at The Warren Met Police Ground in Hayes

Bride and groom in a cove near the bowls green at The Warren Met Police Ground in Hayes

Bride and groom posing for portraits within the grounds at The Warren Met Police Ground in Hayes

Bride and groom police couple next to a policeman figurine