After climbing out of the car, I walked up to the venue entrance and wrapped my cold fingers around the gate latch. In large bold letters, the metal spelt out before me "Think and Thank". So I promptly did so, squinting up at the bright but ominous sky, hoping I'll be thankful of sunnier weather later. Approaching the grand porch was my first moment to think and thank.. the Wisteria was out.
It's beautiful purple blooms dripping from it's twisting climbing branches above the doorway.
From that moment, until the last guest left, it was continually admired- framing not just the doorway, but the atmosphere of the whole day.
Theo and Victoria were married at Winchester House, which faces the river at Putney Bridge. The setting, in turn, was both surrounded by the bustle of London life and the serene flow of the river and it's traffic running by. My wish for brighter weather was granted. The sun started to break through the clouds, sending shafts of light down the aisle almost as soon as the ceremony began. By the time Theo, Victoria and I had left to take our first Bride and Groom shots, it was beating down on the front door with full force.
Everything from Victoria's sleek Hepburn up-do, to Theo's sharp three piece suit, was understated and chic. The purple of the Wisteria was perfectly offset by the Royal Blue in their colour scheme.
Even the flower petal confetti picked up on these colours; blues purples and pinks fluttering down on their smiling faces.
As dusk began to fall, and the light quickly drop, I noticed warmer tones rest across the clouds and reflect back up in the river. Theo & Victoria agreed to venture out with me, he helping his new wife with the long train of her dress. Leaving the crowd of the wedding party a little later, and giving the couple a much needed opportunity to take a breather, is the perfect time to capture a more relaxed chemistry. At this point, champagne glasses in hand, they giggled and chatted, and even felt comfortable with me to just hold each other in the quiet, with the sun setting.
When the old fashioned street lamps clicked on in the failing daylight, the moment became utter magic.
All three of us exhaled, our shoulders dropped, and my shutter did the rest of the work. I quietly smiled from behind the camera, relaxed in the knowledge that I'd got something truly special.
Congratulations to two gorgeous people, who were such a pleasure to photograph.
The quiet and the still of this romantic moment was soon to be broken, with the excitement and party atmosphere of the reception! Cake, drinks, band and dancing, along with all those smiling faces...
Wedding Reception photos to follow on Wednesday, so be sure to check back.