I started the day photographing Sara while she got ready at her parents’ house in Putney. Her mum is an interior designer, so the home was absolutely beautiful and a joy to photograph. It was the perfect backdrop for such a beautiful bride, as well as for Sara’s nieces—the flower girls—and her brother, who Sara is incredibly close with.
After Sara was finished getting ready, I travelled with her and her dad to the Brompton Oratory for the ceremony. I had never been to the Oratory before, and I loved shooting there. The light was amazing, and the architecture was impressive, but my favourite was the dramatic shafts of sunlight coming in through the dome—a photographer’s dream.
After that, it was off to the reception. I journeyed with the guests in a traditional London red bus to the Hurlingham Club for a drinks reception, followed by a wedding breakfast, speeches, cake cutting, and dancing.
The club has a special place in their hearts, as this was where Sara and James were engaged. They have been members of the private sport and social club for quite some time and regularly exercise there together—James actually proposed during their regular tennis match.
So, it was the perfect place to hold their reception. The club itself was still open to members during the reception, so we were surrounded by a very English scene as people played croquet on the green.
Throughout the day, I made it a priority to try to get pictures of family members. Sara is half-Indian, and many members of her family had made the effort to come and join her for the wedding all the way from India. Sara told me how important it was to her to capture images of her family, especially because her brother’s wedding photographer had taken beautiful pictures but not enough of the family—key members were missing. I was very aware all day of the fact that Sara was worried that would happen again, so I spent my time during the drinks reception and evening meal getting beautiful, natural pictures of all the guests enjoying themselves.
Sara & James, thank you so much for allowing me to be part of your amazing celebrations. It was truly an honour to be part of your day, and I wish you both nothing but the best!
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