For a few years I used to live in Streatham Hill, and I thought that I had got to know it and the surrounding area quite well. So it came as a bit of a surprise to me when I first saw All Saints in West Dulwich, as it is a big and beautiful church tucked away on a quiet street in South London. A lot of London weddings that I photograph are in registry offices which have their own charms, but to photograph in a big, beautiful and modern church like this in London is fantastic.
The wedding of Fran & Henry took place on a sunny day in June. The Church gave me plenty of options for a wide range of different photographs during the ceremony and beforehand. Straight after the ceremony I always insist that any group shots that the couple want are NOT taken immediately after the ceremony, as this is the emotional heart of the day for me. After a couple are married the first thing everyone wants to do is congratulate them and give them a hug, which gives an incredible opportunity for documentary photography to capture these fleeting moments. I would go as far as to say its my favourite part of the wedding day. If you have some idiot photographer barking orders at people for group shots during these moments it would totally ruin the emotion of the day. This is why its always good to hire a wedding photographer with alot of experience, because it can have a critical impact on how the day flows.
After some well timed group shots, everyone went down to Fran & Henry's local pub, The Paxton in Gipsy Hill. This was fantastic for me as a photographer because everyone just relaxed in the sun in the pub garden, and I was just able to do my job as a documentary photographer. The photography really does capture the emotion of the moment as everyone is smiling and laughing in the Spring sunshine, and its why I love the job so much! The day finished for me at the speeches (which were great) as Fran and Henry had hired me for 4 hours only. However, during this limited time I think I captured the spirit of the day fantastically, and the set of photographs will be an excellent reminder of the day for Fran and Henry for years to come.