I recently had the pleasure to photograph Charlie and Stuart’s wedding at The Chapel at Gray’s Inn followed by a wedding reception at The Lanesborough Hotel at Hyde Park corner in London. I had previously met them earlier in the year during an engagement shoot in Greenwich Park. They told me they didn’t want many posed photographs during their wedding and wanted me to be as unobtrusive as possible, this was music to my ears.
On the morning of the wedding, Charlie, her family and bridesmaids’ wedding preparations took place in The Franklin flat in Gray’s Inn. They then made the very short walk to the Chapel where the wedding ceremony was held. The Chapel can trace it’s history back to 1315, albeit with some rebuilding along the way.
With the wedding ceremony over the newly married couple were whisked away to The Lanesborough Hotel where they were greeted at the entrance by doormen with glasses of champagne.
The pre-wedding reception was held in the Westminster Room, and then the guests were invited to the Wellington Room for a beautiful wedding breakfast. During the pre-wedding reception music was provided in style by using original gramophone records, and guests were invited to write wedding wishes by using typewriters (younger readers may need to Google “typewriter”), this was fun to watch as there is no delete key on a typewriter.
Following the wedding breakfast the evening of fun and dancing began, the music was provided by Permageddon an 80’s style rock band. The music had everyone up dancing straight away, the guests really got into the swing of things playing their own musical “instruments”! I found myself singing along with the music as I mingled with the dancing guests.
It was a joy to capture those special moments for Charlie and Stuart, it’s wonderful to see a couple so much in love and enjoying being with each other like they obviously do. Congratulations to you both, I wish you many years of happiness together.
If you’re planning a wedding at The Lanesborough Hotel and you like a natural style of wedding photography, please get in touch with me to find out if I’m available for your date, or to request information on prices.
Lanesborough Hotel Wedding Photography – Copyright Essex Wedding Photographer Tony Cullinane 2017