This wedding was something of a fairytale. Everything from the stunning bride to the Cathedral they married in, felt as though it was lifted from the pages of fairytale books I read as a dreamy eyed girl.
Simon and Debbie's wedding was not only a feat of scale, but of logistics. The entire day was planned from across the pond in New York. The pair had re-located to New York for work, but they decided to return home to the UK to celebrate their marriage with friends and family. And they did it in true English style.
I was beside myself with excitement, at the prospect of shooting at St. Alban's Cathedral. I had last visited this place on a school trip as a kid; it's endless running aisle and stunning rose window were still sharp in my mind.
The Lady Chapel where they exchanged vows was utterly, and I don't use this word lightly.. breathtaking.
The stone in the space was lighter here, the architectural detail finer, climbing ever higher, and the stain glass seemed to let in even more of that dappled coloured light.
The first half of this tale was as a result, epic, commanding and the stuff of fairytale romance. The second half was a brilliant contrast.. after a bubbly fuelled journey in a journey master london bus, the guests piled out through the rain and into a pretty little pub, aptly named The Adam and Eve. Shaking off umbrellas, and dropping off coats, everyone filled the dinner set room with chatter and laughter; instantly more relaxed. The pub ceiling felt low in comparison, but cosy, and the classic pub atmosphere felt homely. The table setting was aptly stylish for the couple, with a unique take on the NY-UK theme; the red white and black colour scheme of the "I heart NY" tee was carried through from the wedding favours at each place setting, and old photos of the newly-weds as kids served as table numbers. It was super personal, with lots of little unique touches and details.. in this way, the scaling down from cathedral to pub worked a treat.
I count these photos as some of my favourites, and moments from the ceremony translated through my lens as complete magic and romance. There was a moment where Debbie peeked emotionally over Simon's shoulder at her opera singer friend, whose voice was ringing out loud and beautiful round the cathedral walls.. as soon as I pressed the shutter...
I got that excited "I want to victory-punch the air" feeling.
But don't worry, I restrained myself.
If you'll allow me this sappy thought, it's moments and days like this which make my job so bleeding brilliant. I am also lucky enough to count these two as friends now. Hope you guys are still enjoying the photos as much as me!