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Bride and groom on escalator by London St Pauls Cathedral

St Stephen’s Walbrook and Corney & Barrow Central London Wedding Day

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Another fantastic wedding day in central London for Louise and Kenton, and another chance for myself and Joanna to learn a little more of the history of the nation’s capital!

Wedding at St Stephens Walbrook London photo

Our coverage started at St Stephen’s Walbrook right in the heart of the city near bank station. It’s a beautiful church designed by Sir Christopher Wren which served in many ways as a template for his later creation St Pauls Cathedral. It was interesting for us too as St Pauls wedding photographers to see how some of his architectural ideas took shape.

Wedding vows at St Stephens Walbrook London Church

The altar sits in a fantastic circular area below Wren’s dome design, and wedding ceremonies tend to take place at the end of the aisle that faces the entrance doors. We are guessing though because it is circular it could be anywhere! There is also a very imposing pulpit that I’m grateful the clergy let me use to take some larger group shots.

Husband and wife near Bank Station on London wedding day

Louise arrived in an open topped car with her bridesmaids and walked between a fairy light illuminated aisle to Kenton waiting near the altar. Musicians were ready to play them on and accompany all the hymns. It was by all accounts a passionate and heartfelt ceremony, and afterwards drinks and food were served for all at in the rear courtyard of St Stephens.

Wedding couple stand by Bank Station

Once the guests had made their way to the reception venue Joanna and I spent a little time on foot with the bride and groom taking some central London shots around Bank Stanton, and heading towards St Pauls, great fun.

The wedding reception venue was the lovely Corney and Barrow restaurant and bar in Paternoster Square. Personally I’m a big fan of this area and I was delighted to photograph the bouquet toss here and find some deckchairs for Louise and Kenton to sit in with St Pauls behind them.

Wedding couple on deckchairs by St Pauls cathedral London

While guests sipped complimentary drinks and canapés, the bride and groom and their closest family enjoyed a traditional Chinese tea ceremony in an adjoining room.

Dinner was served by the friendly and efficient Corney & Barrow team followed by speeches, cutting of the wedding cake and dancing the evening away in the shadow of St Pauls. By all accounts another fantastic central London wedding day.

Couple at Corney & Barrow wedding reception

For history fans here’s a wikipedia link to St Stephens Walbrook: St Stephen Walbrook on Wikipedia

For previous wedding in central London take  look at these blog posts: Central London Weddings

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Royal couple walk down stairs at Landmark Hotel wedding

Royal Wedding at London’s Landmark Hotel in Marylebone, and Kings Fund Cavendish Square

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When we say a Royal wedding at London’s Landmark Hotel we mean that this lovely evening had all the feel of a royal celebration, from the look of Farrah and Zane the bride and groom, to the grand and classic surroundings they choose for themselves.

bride gets ready at the Landmark hotel London

When we arrived and began photographing Farrah’s bridal preparations this was the first time we had actually met in person, and very quickly we got a sense that we should shoot this event in a timeless and slightly formal way.

Royal wedding at The Landmark London image

Farrah reminded me a little of a mix of Audrey Hepburn and a member of the Royal Family of somewhere like Monaco, and we kept this feeling in the back of our minds as we photographed.

Wedding dress hanging at the London Landmark Hotel

It goes without saying that style choices must be what the couple are looking for and also reflect the circumstances. It’s no use being quirky, retro or fashion inspired if it is not what couple are feeling or looking for. We actually enjoy shooting in a variety of styles and approaches.

Bride stands on reception stairs at London Landmark

Of course we were no strangers to the Landmark: Landmark Hotel wedding photographer and here: Landmark Hotel Wedding Video, but this being a December wedding meant there was darkness outside, so no natural light to work with, we had to create our own. For those technical folks who may care about such things, we utilised  several techniques to create illumunation always bearing in mind the ambient hotel and Christmas lights in the background. We used diffused flash, radio triggered light through a portable soft box, and a zoomable fresnel spotlight for good measure, but not all at once!

bride and groom hug on Landmark Hotel stairs

There was a celebrity event taking place at the same time, so for a bit of fun we had the couple paparazzied by the assembled press pack too.

Christmas wedding at the Landmark hotel by tree

In the main Winter Garden and Gazebo area just past the Landmark’s front reception, was a giant Christmas Tree to add to the already fantastic atmosphere of this iconic central London hotel. We couldn’t put Farrah on top of the tree for health and safety reasons though!

smiling wedding couple pose on white steps at Landmark Hotel

Later in the day the couple had a drinks reception and wedding breakfast at the Kings Fund 11-13 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0AN, again an area for London weddings we know well, take a look at this previous blog post to see a Cavendish Square wedding in winter at night: Central London Weddings

Makeover for the bride at The Landmark

Bride and groom laughing at the Landmark

By David Green