The groom was Irish and wanted to stop at his local pub, The Old Shillelagh, for a pint after the ceremony. The couple sat undisturbed outside and enjoyed a drink.
A very relaxed Irish wedding in my home area of Stoke Newington in Hackney London. The couple were also local and wanted to tie the knot with minimal fuss. No formal portraits were wanted at all, only reportage. Clissold House is a popular venue that I have shot at before. The rooms are small but can be intensely bright when flooded with daylight due to the south-facing windows. The couple did not want many wedding traditions included in their big day. No confetti and no portraits. I enjoyed the additional pressure to produce a killa capture that could be framed up - the relaxed portrait of the two of them together where they both look great. I think I got the images they wanted, they were super chuffed with the series of images supplied.
Hackney, London, UK elopement reportage image of bride and dad and the spindles and curvature of the banister
The father and bride walk up the spiral staircase to the ceremony room. I had the image and framing in mind beforehand but I can only be in one place at a time so it's a bit of luck that I got back in time to shoot this moment. I particularly like the offset balance of the bride and her dad to the left and the spindles and curvature of the banister to the right.
I always like a reflection shot and this mirror was nicely positioned to capture the groom and guests waiting patiently for the bride. The interview process at a civil marriage ceremony always takes far longer than one expects so the tension increases as the bride remains out of the room. Using the reflection also enables me not to point my cameras at the guests and groom who are in a small room. I try to be as 'fly on the wall' as I can be in a tiny room and not pointing lenses at everyone helps.
A tender moment of embrace between father and daughter.
A fun moment inbetween the important marriage ceremony. There was a baby blowing raspberries which made the bride chuckle.
I prefer the moment before a kiss rather than two faces locked. This was a quiet moment after the marriage ceremony, the guests were going outside ready for confetti and the couple retreated to a calm room. I shot this from the doorway unbeknown to them.
Hackney Wedding Reportage Photography in London of couple leaving Clissold House by a rear exit for a little stroll around the park
The bride and groom left the wedding venue - Clissold House - by a rear exit for a little stroll around the park. I caught this capture as they set off. I love the two pigeons minding their own business and feeling that the couple is on their own, not posing, just together.
The couple were stopped by a random child in the park and quizzed about the wedding flowers. The bride kindly talked the little girl through the different flowers in the posy.
The bride and groom walked to their favorite pub through Stoke Newington just as if it was a normal day. The groom played the violin so I made sure I was positioned across the street to capture them walking past this musical instrument store.