Vix & Rory's wedding in London
Recently, I worked as a second shooter for Erika Szostak (aka Photomadly) on a wedding in London. The delightful couple were Vix & Rory, and even though I had not met them personally before the wedding day, they were a very welcoming and engaging couple.
Erika's role was to photograph the bride and her preparations, while my focus was to cover the groom and his bestmen, as they got ready and made their way to the church. Later I would meetup with Erika and cover the complete wedding from one angle as she covered it from another. Rory (the groom) was very relaxed and in good spirits when I arrived. He has been sporting a wonderful moustache for quite some time and this along with his cowboy boots made him look like a railroad tycoon, which he happily acknowledged! This was only amplified when we arrived at the train station to take the underground to the church!
Inside the church the enormous glass window allowed light to stream through onto the bride and groom, so no issues with light there :) They made such a wonderful looking couple too, this was the first time I had laid eyes on Vix and what a sight she was to behold, as she entered the church and sidled up to her husband-to-be her eyes welled up a little - these moments are so precious because without a single word they say SO much.
Once the ceremony was over we were ushered outside where the grey clouds didn't give us much to work with, but Erika overcame this by picking out wonderful landmarks and using off-camera flash. As we made our way from the church to the venue along the River Thames, we photographed the couple as passers-by cheered and applauded them, occasionally we stopped at spots that looked appealing photographically .
Some of our plans were scuppered by an overzealous security guard, however we didn't let that get in the way and found ways to work around that fact. The law has changed I am pleased to say and now they cannot stop you from photographing - 'Private security guards have no right to stop people taking photographs, City of London Police has reminded businesses in an anti-terrorism bulletin', according to Amateur Photographer Magazine.
On to the venue - The Dickens Inn, had a wonderful barn feeling to it, with thick beams criss-crossing the ceiling from where the bunting hung. The tables were nicely decorated and had mini moustaches distributed throughout them, you have to love a couple with a sense for fun.
The guests were fantastic (given the theatre connection with the bride), some of them got up and sang to the bride and groom, in my opinion, live music makes such a difference to an event and the singing was remarkable. It was a very special day and I am pleased that Erika asked me along to assist, I look forward to doing it again sometime.