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Relaxed wedding photography with one fun couple!

I met Sylvia and Andrew a few months before their wedding and I loved how relaxed they were about everything! We had some drinks and got to know each other and I knew this was going to be a really nice and fun wedding; I wasn’t wrong. The day started with an intimate ceremony at the Southwark Register office and a very chill bridal prep at The Ned. Everything ran smoothly and it was a joy to be around so many smiling faces and fun kids. We had a caricaturist, Mother Nature science educational shows for kids and some great dancing moves later in the evening. Congratulations to Sylvia and Andrew!

 

 

What was the highlight of the day for you and why?

The highlight of our day was getting through our vows whilst nervously laughing throughout them. It’s difficult to describe in words but there is a very special feeling that embraces you as soon as you are pronounced husband and wife!

 

What made you choose the venue and location?

Neither of us enjoy being centre of attention so our legal ceremony took place, in the morning, at our local register office with just a couple of guests.

We chose the venue as we wanted somewhere in London which could accommodate our small’ish’ party and was easy for us and our guests (some travelling from overseas) to get to. The Ned is a historic, Grade I-listed building in the heart of the City of London. It was designed in the 1920s and both the interior and exterior has been beautifully preserved. We had seen the Princes Room with it’s domed roof and it’s adjoining rooftop terrace we knew it was just perfect! Essentially, we had an entire area of the rooftop exclusively for our event. 

We decided to exclude a few things that you would probably expect to see at a wedding, such as a cake and flowers. We figured that as neither of us really eat cake, and flowers wilt away, why waste a good chunk of the budget on them? We wanted our budget to be spent on plenty of fantastic food and wine and a free bar for all our guests.

 

What made you choose the details, outfits and accessories?

I knew from the start that I wanted a wedding dress that essentially does not look or feel like a typical wedding dress. Also, something I could potentially wear again and not placed in a box in the loft to languish forevermore! It was a good friend of ours that introduced me to the Zahavit Tshuba bridal range and I fell in love with her designs! The best thing about my dress is that it is a two piece. So I will definitely be wearing the top again for special occasions! The skirt may come out for extra special occasions! hahaha

Andrew wanted a bespoke suit for the wedding and like me, he also wanted to be able to wear it again. We shopped around and found exactly what we were looking for at Hackett London. It was actually quite fun choosing all the different options, of colours, materials and detailing. Who knew there are so many intricate parts to a man’s suit? As it was a summer wedding and we wanted everyone to feel relaxed, we opted for no tie for the groom and ties optional for our guests.

 

Did you had anything special planned for the guests as entertainment? What did you love about it?

Aside from the meaning behind them, nobody truly wants sugared almonds as a wedding favour do they? We found a lovely lady named Jess, who writes and prints beautiful personalised poems for each of our Wedding Reception guests. All we had to do was provide her with a few facts about each person. These doubled up as a wedding favour which guests could take home and frame and as a place setting at the table.

As there were a number of children attending we wanted to make sure they had fun so that they don’t get bored while the adults enjoy a little downtime. We made them some gift bags containing various activities and of course an appropriate amount of sweets to keep their energy levels up! We also hired a children’s science workshop team to keep them occupied. This worked a treat as the children were able to be hands on and immersed in mind boggling science experiments, plus the ‘professors’ were essentially minding the children at the same time. For the adults (and children) we hired a caricaturist, so our guests had something to take home from the day.

 

Do you have any comments about your photographer? What was it like working with Corina?

We met with a couple of photographers during our search and we knew after our first meeting with Corina that she is who we wanted to work with.
Neither of us are particularly comfortable in front of a camera, and overly staged photos was something we wanted to avoid. Corina really put our minds at ease with her suggestions, ideas and overall manner. Her candid ‘in the moment’ photography style is exactly we were looking for. She was super organised before the day and on the actual day she zoomed around in the background capturing moments as they happened. She stayed with us till the end of the evening, ensuring she recorded the entire day. Our photos are amazing and they will always be treasured. Oh and they were delivered exactly when she said they would be! We would not hesitate to recommend her.

 

Any advice for couples planning their wedding day?

The only advice we would give to any couple planning their wedding day is make sure they do everything they want for their special day, their way. Traditions are traditions but if they don’t mean anything to the couple, or it feels uncomfortable, then why include it because that’s how it’s supposed to be done. Go ahead and make your own traditions! It is YOUR day!
All in all, don’t sweat the small stuff and don’t rely on the weather! More importantly, enjoy the day. It’s true what people say, it all goes by too quickly!

 

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