This was a wedding I've been looking forward to for a while - ever since meeting the utterly charming Alice in Stoke Newington last year. Not only is she the most natural beauty but she is relaxed, creative and had chosen the most wonderful venues for her wedding. First up getting ready at The Zetter in Clerkenwell, as photogenic as a hotel can get, and then the short stroll through Smithfields to the oldest church in London, St Bartholemews. A cavernous space founded in 1123 as an Augustinian monastery. Having photographed there before I knew that the light and colours are like a painting. Unusually I attended the rehearsal a few days before to meet the characterful Father Peter who provided the most entertaining and authentic service I've been to in a while. He made the wedding about Jack and Alice entirely. It felt incredibly personal and accessible. Fortunately for October we had a lovely warm day and so walked straight from the church and on to St Johns. I've never eaten there before so it was a real treat to be seated with the guests and have a chance to enjoy some of Fergus Henderson's renowned food.Read More
Happily I had a second opportunity to shoot at the marvellously unique London wedding venue that is The Asylum in Peckham. The building itself is a grade 2 listed chapel built in 1826 for the use of the residents of Caroline Gardens. Bombed in WWII the chapel has been derelict since then and reduced to it's simplest elements. It's essentially four walls and a roof with a raised alter platform at the end but the light is divine and the painted walls create a dreamy and muted backdrop. You can no longer have a sit down meal at the chapel but you can stay for drinks and canapés after, which is what A & S did before heading off to The Lordship pub for a hearty pub supper. Oh, and did I mention that Anna wore a purple gown? Perfect.