Are you sitting comfortably? I would recommend a cup of tea and perhaps a biscuit or three…this is a long post! It’s been some time since we’ve posted something as extensive as this, not because of lack of desire to do so, but because we’ve been shooting weddings and designing album after album for all our clients wanting them in time for Christmas! The album design process is almost done for 2010 and we’re now excitedly awaiting for the extremely large delivery from our album manufacturer! But on to the post:
Erica and I were very excited this year to be shooting weddings at Kensington Roof Gardens. In fact, we were there shooting weddings two weekends in a row! Kensington Roof Gardens is one and a half acres of themed roof gardens situated on the 6th floor of a building in Kensington, some 100 feet above the high street. And they have full grown oak trees. I know- it sounds crazy. But funnily enough, after not too long up there, you totally forget that you’re actually on a roof, especially when you see the resident flamingoes, Splosh and Pecks…
Anyway, we’re delighted to be sharing a full post of all the highlights from Lucy and Chris’s beautiful wedding, which starts off with Lucy getting ready at the beautiful Kensington Gore Hotel…Erica starts to tell the story first:
It has to be said- I love a good shoe shot!
The first time I saw this shot of Erica’s I was quite taken by it. I still am.
And now on to the Roof Gardens where I met Chris while he was getting ready. We start off with a few details to set the scene.
It would seem that love was in the air not just for Lucy and Chris. Splosh and Pecks were incredibly obliging and held this mirroring pose for quite some time while I changed lenses and I understand that this picture now has pride of place in their home. Not really, but I’m sure it would go down well in flamingo world!
Another one, just for good measure.
Lucy’s flowers were truly beautiful:
…and I couldn’t resist getting a shot of them against these bright red autumnal leaves.
The man himself, applying the final touches in front of a mirror in the Roof Gardens Moo Room.
I am definitely in favour of brown shoes with a blue suit- these look very smart yet modern.
The best man, Neil , and final touches to the button hole.
I love the backlighting in this shot…it really suits the black and white conversion, with a bit of antique tone thrown in.
Chris and his lovely sister Natasha- she looks so proud!
Lucy’s arrival at the Roof Gardens!
Lucy’s dad spots me but there’s no difficulty guessing where Lucy’s looking- straight at Chris!
The first look.
The brand new, Mr and Mrs Walton.
I love this shot for a number of reasons. Firstly the look of sheer happiness of Chris and Lucy’s face as they take their first few steps as husband and wife, but also because of the congratulatory pat on the back being given to Chris…
On to some relaxed portraits of the happy couple. This first one is one of my favourites.
On to the Spanish garden…
A few shots of family and friends. We try to keep these relatively informal and quick so that everybody can continue with the party, but I think everybody recognises that these type of shots play an important part in recording family history.
The guests mingle in the Spanish gardens.
Chris and Lucy had arranged for a steel band to entertain their guests after the ceremony. It made for a really fun and relaxed atmosphere which perfectly suited the mood of the day.
A few details of the table settings for dinner, in the Tudor gardens.
On to the speeches.
I’m quite proud of this shot. I was reasonably far away (using the 70-200mm 2.8L) and so couldn’t hear the conversation between these three. I would loved to have heard what was going on. It looks to me like there’s some teasing going on!
After dinner, everybody moved indoors to mingle. The interior of the Kensington Roof Gardens is very cool and everybody was having a great time!
These cupcakes were amazing!
Lucy’s mum Susan made these brilliant cake toppers of Lucy and Chris!
I love this shot of Erica’s.
A little later, a jazz band entertained the guests. It was one of those many moments where being a wedding photographer is a true joy- getting to work while being accompanied by fantastic musicians. I can still remember how they sounded, and their cover of Madeleine Peyroux’s ‘Don’t Wait Too Long’ was absolutely brilliant.
If I was to own a double bass, I would want it to be like this:
Chris and Lucy’s first dance, to Frankie Valli’s ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You.’ I love to see a couple having fun on their first dance!
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