If your looking for some ideas for a wedding location in London then there is a hidden gem in Pimlico overlooking the River Thames. Westminster Boating Base is a superb venue with stunning views of London.
The wedding began at the bride and groom’s boat house in South London. The bride along with family and friends were preparing for the big day ahead.
It was beautiful day and there was a constant stream of sunlight beaming through the port holes of the boat making the preparation shoot bright and airy.
After the preparations I grabbed a black cab to St Mary’s Church in Battersea where the ceremony was held. I arrived in good time ready to get shots of the groom and groomsmen as they arrived. The different personalities were apparent with some “hipster” fashion going on and I knew at that moment that this was going to be a super cool wedding!
Couples can prefer traditional wedding attire and there’s nothing wrong with that as the day looks elegant and timeless but it’s also nice to shoot a day with people opting to come dressed looking unique as this goes against complete tradition and screams this is a different type of wedding and people do like to be unique or dare I say cool!
Whatever your preference is I think it’s important to think about the atmosphere of the day and how your images will look with whatever you choose to go with.
The ceremony was also unique complete with a trumpet player and singer. A first for me to see their lovely dog as the ring bearer. It goes without saying it was emotional but it also had a real fun element to it.
After the ceremony the register was signed, you can see in the image below the bright sunlight streaming through the window giving me the opportunity to capture it flooding the bride with a smile.
Finally the newlyweds walk down the aisle together as husband and wife and my opportunity to grab those all important confetti shots so I made my way to the rear of the church and waited patiently for them to arrive outside.
A handful of routemasters were laid on for the trip to Westminster and nothing goes down better than a good sing along for the journey.
As for the newlyweds it was a speed boat trip to the venue, very 007!
I waited on the pier patiently pondering the best location to capture the arrival and then I realised that this was a striking looking pier. It looked like one of those bridges you get in an American movie with all the crisscross girders holding it together. I could see all the shadows falling to the floor and I immediately thought this would look great as they walk towards me and so I took my position made sure all the settings were right on the camera and fired off a few images as they walked towards me, oblivious that I was even there.
Some shots of the details just before everyone came in for speeches and dinner.
Once everybody was in and in their seats it was time for some emotional speeches and some family stories read by the mother of the bride.
Just after the wedding breakfast time was set aside for some images of the couple on the grounds outside. Luckily the sun was starting to go down and wasn’t too harsh or bright and we managed to get some beautiful images.
The day was almost over and and the party was in full swing. Some final images of the couple’s first dance along with some of the guests giving it there all on the dance floor.
The Wedding had come to an end and so I said my goodbyes and congratulations to the newlyweds letting them enjoy their final moments with friends and family.
What I enjoyed most about this special day was the easy going atmosphere of a group of people just wanting to have a good time and I think that’s what made this a great wedding. In the end it’s about love, laughter and having a good time that counts so why not just roll with it and have a great day!
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