Though based in Devon and Cornwall, I shoot weddings anywhere I’m the right fit for the couple. That said I’m not often called upon for a wedding in London for some reason so it was with great pleasure that I headed up to the smoke for the London wedding of Ash and Keisha a few months ago. Ash works in the film industry and is no mean photographer himself and the couple had definite ideas about what they wanted. They were looking for a laid back, unposed collection of images with a photojournalistic / street photography vibe, which felt like a good fit for me and what I do. You can read more about how I approach a wedding elsewhere on this site but in short, I take hands off type of role. I’m there to observe and document. Not orchestrate things. I don’t interfere, I don’t make people pose and do stuff that’s unnatural to them. I don’t set shots up other than by sometimes finding a scene and then waiting for the decisive moment to appear. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t. But over the course of the day, I collect the little moments and characters that all come together in the collection to tell the story of the day from a guest’s eye perspective.
Ash and Keisha got married at the Art Pavillion in Mile End. A community based art gallery space with it’s own little lake, swans and a lovely large light white space to host a wedding. I started the day with Keisha and her bridesmaids who were getting ready in N1. I spent the morning with them documenting their preparations and then headed over to the Art Pavillion in Mile End with Keisha and the bridesmaids through the London traffic in a car laden with flowers. Ceremony, speeches, food ( jerk chicken mmmm), friends and family – all the ingredients for a great day. Here’s the story in pictures.