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St Paul’s Cathedral wedding with urban photo shoot on Millenium Bridge
A wedding day full of personality
The Saint Paul’s Cathedral has always been a place of wonder for me. When I first visited London I remember spending hours and hours just staring at the huge dome, admiring the paintings and getting goosebumps from feeling so small. I never imagined I’ll be so lucky to photograph such an amazing couple in such a wonderful place like St Paul’s Cathedral.
I met Becky and Chris for a drink to discuss their wedding plans and to get to know each other before they booked me as their wedding photographer. Even from the first chats I knew their day was going to be full of personality as they both knew who they were and what they wanted. No cheesiness, no sparkly stuff, just an epic party! Chris used to sing in a band so the later was essential 🙂 They told me since then how excited they are to have their wedding at St Paul’s Cathedral and we even had an engagement photo shoot in Richmond park, from where we enjoyed unobstructed views of the famous cathedral over London.
Congratulations to Becky and Chris on your epic St Paul’s Cathedral Wedding! You were both such rock-stars and I’m really happy I was part of your wedding celebrations and I got to dance through the night with you. What an amazing party that was!
Becky and Chris’s wedding day in their words
I always like to do a wedding story justice and sometimes I think the best way to truly represent it is to get the happy couple to reflect on it and share their thoughts. You can read Becky and Chris’s wedding story below.
What was the highlight of your St Paul’s Wedding and why?
We got two of our friends to play an acoustic set outside on the terrace. There was a lot of stress before the wedding about the weather and if they would be able to play outside – the forecast changed hourly! It all worked out on the day and there was a moment when they were playing outside in the sunshine that we just thought YES, this is what we planned and we are loving it.
What made you choose St Paul’s Cathedral as your wedding venue?
“Opportunity! We were able to get married in St Paul’s Cathedral because Bex’s Mum has an OBE. We weren’t going to turn that down. For the reception venue we went for The Happenstance because it was close by (we didn’t need to organise transport for anyone), the perfect size, had a lovely terrace overlooking St Paul’s and had good wedding packages and a team dedicated specifically to weddings.“
What made you choose the details, outfits and accessories? What’s you favourite bit about them?
“We met while working in the same pub so our table themes etc were all based on this. We had personalised beer mats, the tables were named after pubs we worked in together using pub signs as table markers, we had a barrel of real ale from our local brewery and our wedding favours were a special batch of bottled beer from one of our favourite brewery’s. We also used little pub blackboards for signs and an a-board for the order of the day. It started off as an just idea to name the tables but extending it into all those other bits and pieces really pulled everything together and before we new it we had our perfect wedding!“
“When choosing the dress I knew I didn’t want lace or sparkles. I also didn’t want plain or low key. It had to be striking and a bit unusual but not weird. I’m a tricky customer! I bought my dress from The Dress in Teddington and they had two that I loved, both designed by Suzanne Neville. I went for the more ‘St Paul’s-y’ one – i.e. it was bigger! I also wore a sheer simple veil with individual little diamantes on (yes, I know I said no sparkles) and Charlotte Olympia shoes that said Love in red on the side. I splashed out on the shoes but they weren’t too wedding-y so I still wear them now.“
Did you had anything special planned for the guests as entertainment? What did you love about it?
“Chris is a musician so a band was essential. We had two of our friends (John & Fiachra) play an acoustic set after the main meal while the venue cleared away the tables. They played outside on the terrace, which was amazing. We were all singing along to Elton John. After that we had a full band on called Late Night Squad. They were brilliant. My particular favourite was their hillbilly cover of Britney Spear’s Hit Me Baby One More Time. Chris’ brother also organised for him to get up a play a Beatles track with them. Everyone was up dancing all night!“
Do you have any comments about your wedding photographer? What was it like working with Corina?
“She was up dancing and singing along all night too! It was like having a friend do our photos. She was professional, made us feel comfortable, didn’t take over the day and the photos are amazing.”
Here are a few photos from the day – it was so so hard picking just a few considering how full packed of awesomeness the wedding day was 🙂
Hope you enjoyed this Epic St Paul’s Cathedral Wedding! If you’re planning yours and looking for a photographer to compliment your awesome day, contract me now.