What an opener to my 2017 wedding season! This week the blog invites you to the incredible wedding of Ronald and Laura; a super classy wedding, set in the historic London district of Bank. Walking amidst the huge pillar fronted buildings, with reds buses and black cabs rushing past, was the perfect welcome back to UK life. Wait til you see the evening reception.. Mexicans seriously know how to party!
I've spent the last 6 months in the French Alps, as I do every year. Snow or sunshine would spill into the beautiful little alpine village where I live. From where I sat at my laptop, usually processing or re-building the website, there were incredible mountain views out of every window. Days were either filled with gigs, ski days or shoots. Life moves to a totally different rhythm. What a difference a day makes..
One flight later and I'm running up the steps at Bank tube station, camera bag on my back. As I ascended the stairs, The Royal Exchange slowly revealed itself in my view; its tall pillars and commanding facade, glaring down at me. Wow.
"Toto, I don't think we're in Les Allues anymore"...
I'm instantly thrust back into the London pace though, with a long list of shots to get and a strict timetable. People rush past me, brush my shoulder, without eye contact and keep on moving. It's not unnerving, I love it. I love coming back to the rhythm and speed of London.
The next time I would come back to this spot, was later on in the day with the bride and groom. For their couple photos,
I wanted to nestle them into the epic architectural proportions
of The Royal Exchange. Their wedding style was so chic; the dress classic but incredibly feminine, his tux super sharp. The second they stood between the stone pillars, it all fell into place. Something about hiding between the pillars felt sheltered from the pace of the city around them, and yet still city through and through. Once we climbed the steps, and walked into the entrance,
the sound of traffic cut back, and the light which shot through in shafts between the huge pillars, seemed to bounce around the light stone,
creating a bright and light hideaway right in the centre of the city.
The venues were obviously stunning, and all within 5 minutes walk. Mary St Le Bow Church was a stunning nearby church,
with a beautiful egg shell blue ceiling, and ornate gold detailing throughout.
And don't get me started on the choir and the acoustics in that place, it made every hair on your body stand on end; like your feet were lifting off the ground. Then there was The Banking Hall, their reception venue. Also suitably epic in style and scale. Echoing the facade of The Royal Exchange just outside, pillars lined the huge main hall. When the space was still waiting for the guests to enter, in its eery and echoey quietness,
you could almost see and hear the scenes of its busy banking history.
For two people from incredibly rich and contrasting cultures, they chose a very classic London setting.
I am so so excited about this summer. And though I don't wish to this 'busy culture' (the idea that we must always speak about being busy, to reaffirm that we are doing well. tut tut) this is to be my biggest year yet. I can't wait to take you all through the wedding season with me, meet some seriously cool couples, and peek in on some wonderful weddings. I've said before and I'll say it again...
I am very blessed indeed, to call this my work. All the prep, all the pressure, and all the hours in post, are worth it when you look at images like this, of people in love.
Huge thanks to Ron and Laura for having me document such a brilliant day. Congratulations you guys!