“You have managed to capture a really beautiful set of photos with two people who don’t really like having their photo taken, so great work! Thanks also for your attention on the day, you helped it all run very smoothly! We love our photos – they really capture the beautiful day!”
A & E planned the most elegant and exquisite yet simple wedding with touches of vintage at the stunning neo-classical triumph that is the Queen’s House in Greenwich. Pale blues and peach, silver greens, a bold pop of pinks, some gold accents and beautiful abstract seascapes painted by the bride’s artist Dad made their wedding creatively their own. It was a warm and sunny autumn day and I couldn’t help but give them some vintage edits with plenty of sunshine.
Many of my wedding couples are referrals or friends of couples whose weddings I have photographed. Before we meet in person, there is that referral connection and I feel that we are already friends. It makes everything easier especially because a degree of trust is already pre-established.
A & E found me on Google. And they are the sweetest couple ever – on the quiet side and a little camera shy. They just wanted their wedding day at the Queen’s House in Greenwich captured beautifully. They had no engagement session as they don’t like being in front of the camera. On the wedding day itself during their portraits, they were the easiest to direct, despite E cheekily quipping “do you always work your couples hard like this on the wedding day?” and me replying “that’s because I want you to have many photos of just the two of you having not had an engagement session” and of course silently praying that they would love their portraits.
Newlyweds usually only have 5-15 minutes maximum alone by themselves on the day of the wedding. Some of that time maybe in the car to the reception venue if it is somewhere different and the rest are with me for a few minutes of portraits. At all other times, they are with people and surrounded by guests. And most of the day they don’t even see me at all… apart from the portrait session. So yes I maximise that time and work hard to get as many photos of just the two of them; I work them hard too by directing them clearly with the aim of getting the most natural looking images that show their love for each other and the meaning of their day so that they will remember these moments for many years to come.
When A & E got back to me on how they felt about their wedding photos, it made my day, my week. They loved their wedding photos and thought they are beautiful, even the ones of themselves! And when my couples are happy, I’m happy.
My warmest heartfelt congratulations to A & E for a most memorable day. I wish you the very best yet and more beautiful days and years ahead. Here are some highlights from your amazing wedding day at the Queen’s House in Greenwich. And last but not certainly not least, my deepest thanks to Eleanor of the Queen’s House whose graceful demeanor, help and support made the day go very smoothly for everyone.