Sophie and Jimi’s wedding was a nice and local affair, with the ceremony taking place in my hometown of Wallington at the Holy Trinity Church.
I started off with the bridal preparations at Sophie’s parents house, before then meeting Jimi at the church for some quick portraits of him and the groomsmen.
Unbeknown to Jimi, Sophie had planned him a little secret – he was to be driven to the church in a replica 1980’s A-Team van! Being of that generation myself, I was pretty impressed with his transportation as it delivered a healthy dose of nostalgia from my own childhood.
Sadly there was no Hannibal, Mr T, Face or Murdock to join the celebrations on this occasion, but Jimi was flanked with his very own group of men! Despite being a Wallingtonian, I’d strangely not photographed at Holy Trinity before.
I was quite pleased to alas be commissioned for a wedding there, as I’ve always eyed up the unusual blue painted doors at the front side of the church – they’re such a lovely vibrant blue that it just pops, and so I of course made sure that we captured a couple of portraits of the happy couple by these after the ceremony before departing for the wedding reception.
Moving onto the reception, Jimi hadn’t been the only one treated to transportation on the day – the couple had hired an old routemaster bus to transfer their guests from Wallington to Addington Palace in Croydon.
Sophie and Jimi meanwhile travelled in a modern Rolls Royce – I don’t think that Sophie fancied a ride in the A-team van as her wedding vehicle!
If you’re not too familiar with Addington Palace, it’s an 18th-century mansion set within 163 acres of land based in Croydon, and is steeped in history – apparently Henry VIII once had a hunting lodge there.
As you can imagine, it therefore is a very grand venue, which boasts some fabulous decor, all of which we took advantage of when capturing the bride and groom portraits.
Why not have a look at a handful of images from their big day here below…