Louise and Matt dreamt up a London wedding with style and humour. I went along to shoot Louise as she prepared at their house in Wandsworth and it was obvious looking round that she has an amazing eye for detail. (Their kitchen would make my wife extremely jealous.) That – plus the fact Louise is a paediatrician and totally knows how to handle children – was a quality much in evidence during the course of the day. There was a real feeling of shared happiness and creativity about this wedding. Louise did her own flowers; one of her bridesmaids did her hair and make-up, and the morning, as you can imagine, was all giggles and fun and then huge smiles at the sight of Louise in her dress, which was a vintage 20s design overlaid with amazingly delicate 100-year-old lace.
There was also one really moving, poignant moment. Sadly, Louise’s mother had died in 2012 but she had left a letter for Louise to read on her wedding day. Of course, there were tears when Louise opened and read it; it just seemed incredibly beautiful and right that her mother was still a part of her wedding day.
I joined Louise and her dad in the classic Citroen they’d hired, with Going To The Chapel belting out as we were driven through London. The Catholic church at Farm Street is stunning – decorated Gothic with a high altar designed by Pugin. Afterwards, there was a party-feel to the sun-filled afternoon as the wedding party enjoyed a Champagne cream tea in the garden, where a group of nuns were also celebrating a birthday. Then we hopped aboard a London bus to take us to the reception at Chelsea Town Hall (another wonderful, historic venue) where a Chelsea Pensioner announced the bridal couple. Matt’s favourite chef is Alyn Williams so we all sat down to enjoy a four-course meal cooked by this Michelin-starred award-winner. We got some fabulous photos of the guests really enjoying the occasion. Then, after the band struck up, Matt, Louise and I disappeared for a while to the Albert Bridge – a favourite of Louise’s – where we photographed against a cobalt sky as the sun disappeared across the Thames.
One final postscript: Matt and Louise asked that instead of wedding presents, guests make donations to the Royal Marsden Charity. This is the link if you’d like to find out more:
Chef: Alyn Williams from Alyn Williams at The Westbury
Violin Trio from Lydian String (known for their fundraising around London for Macmillan Cancer Charity.)
Wedding dress hand-made by Kathryn from http://www.vintageweddingdresseskh.co.uk/
Wedding suits for Matthew and Chris from suitsupply
Bus from http://www.ensignbushire.com/
More adventures soon,