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If I were to do my own wedding differently to how we did it, this is what I’d pick. Sarah and Simon got married at the Dorchester Hotel on Park Lane in London 3 days after Holly and I tied the knot in Cambridge.
Normally I’d have run a mile at photographing a wedding so soon after my own (I should have been on a sunny beach!) but after meeting Sarah and Simon, hearing all their crazy plans and just getting on so well, I couldn’t say no.
The morning started with me photographing Sarah in her suite at the Dorchester (she even had her own butler) while Tom (my trusty second photographer) covered Simon at their house in Westminster. Before I get to that though, here’s one from later in the day on the balcony of the Penthouse and Pavilion at the Dorchester.
More after the jump…
So as I mentioned, I started in one of the Dorchester’s famous suites with Sarah, her Mum and her Grandmother. After a quick hello Sarah got back to doing her wedding makeup.
Sarah’s dress (a Joyce Young number) was absolutely stunning. I still remember her Mum’s reaction when she saw it!
When I first met Sarah and Simon they were keen on meeting before the wedding and heading out for a photo wander around London. I’ve not done this much before but it actually worked out really well. It meant that all the great couple portraits were out of the way before the ceremony and Sarah and Simon could simply enjoy time with their guests. Sarah and I hitched a taxi and headed out towards the bridge, nerves growing…
When we got to the bridge I called Tom. He and Simon had made it to the South side of the bridge and were all ready. Sarah lined up on the North (St Paul’s side) and started walking…
Meeting in the middle really was magical. So fun to see the look on Sarah and Simon’s faces as they got closer and closer to each other. If you’re not going to meet at the altar, the Millenium Bridge is certainly a good place to do it instead! Afterwards we caught a cab and headed to Parliament to continue the adventure…
Yep, we were filmed, wolf whistled and honked by tourists and Londoners everywhere. This guy even broke out his Galaxy Tab (iPad imitation) while sitting in traffic!
Shot by Tom.
We got really lucky with the weather and I love this shot I caught of Sarah in some autumn leaves.
More tourists, then back to the Dorchester…
Sarah met the registrars and Bampi her (very Welsh!) Grandfather before heading to the Penthouse and Pavilion for the ceremony.
We did take a few minutes to get a few quick group shots on the roof terrace of the pavilion. It really is a perfect setting with a stunning view overlooking the London Eye and Big Ben.
After the group photos (and a quick pic of Sarah’s latest cake creation – yes she is rather talented, if you’re looking for a cake designer book her!) we headed in for a 7 course wedding banquet meal. Not quite sure how else to describe it other than divine. It’s been torture editing the photos, just because they always make my mouth water again!
Yes I have to confess I might have planted the thought in people’s heads that it would be good to cool off in the fountain. I’m a bad man but it did make for some great photos!
Congrats again guys, I only hope the Australian version of the wedding was as fun as the British one. Wouldn’t have missed this for the world!
More adventures soon,
ps. if you’ve got this far, hit me up in the comments and let me know what you think!
Venue: The Dorchester Hotel – Penthouse and Pavilion
Dress: Joyce Young
Flowers: The Covent Garden Flower Academy
Cake: Sarah Mortimer
Photography: Me – Alex Beckett Photography assisted by Tom Archer.
pps. I just wanted to say a big thank you to the staff at the Dorchester. Never in my career as a wedding photographer have I come across such helpful and accommodating stuff. Thanks guys, without you a lot of these photos simply wouldn’t have been possible.