One of my absolute favourite weddings last year was Alex and Francesca’s intimate Marylebone Town Hall wedding.
In July 2021, weddings were still very affected by Covid restrictions, and they could only have a small number of guests. They decided to have their ceremony at the town hall because it’s the same venue that Francesca’s parents were married at! I love that there was an emotional connection to the venue for the family. Coverage started at Francesca’s parents’ house in Maida Vale. I then travelled with Francesca and her father to the town hall, where Alex was waiting. Following an emotional service, I took the couple onto the front steps for some portraits and confetti. We also did some family group shots there.
The reception was held back at the family home, and it was intimate, cosy and incredibly stylish. How amazing is that chandelier over the dining table?! I really love English back garden weddings, and this one was in a particularly beautiful setting, near Regents Canal.
Can we talk about masks at weddings? I had such mixed feelings about masks being in a couple’s final wedding gallery, but the truth is, you can’t pretend the pandemic didn’t happen/isn’t happening. Aside from the fact that it’s virtually impossible to shoot in a documentary style and NOT show guests wearing masks, I believe you should capture history as accurately as you can. It’s important that an image has context. I feel that responsibility deeply. Thirty years from now, I want couples to show their children and their grandchildren what was really happening on their day. (Just imagine if people in 1918 had asked that no masks appeared in any of their photographs?!)
Dress: The Florette by Alice Temperley
Ceremony Venue: Marylebone Town Hall