Emily & Andrew were married at Claridges on a fine and sunny October day 2018.
This elegant couple met by chance at a friends wedding in Canada, but almost didn’t meet at all. They were placed to sit next to each other at the wedding breakfast, however Emily decided to change her seat in pursuit of a better spot since she did not know the stranger meant to sit beside her.
However Cupid shot his arrow and they did eventually meet and then began a long distance relationship with Emily in Canada and Andrew in London. It wasn’t long before Emily moved to London and the rest is history.
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I felt so honoured to captured their happy day, after photographing them for their pre-wedding shoot with their well loved English bull dog, Guinness in London, I felt like I knew them pretty well. Emily is incredibly beautiful, yet doesn’t enjoy being the centre of attention and Andrew is an old fashioned Irish gentlemen, who although terribly camera shy is very photogenic.
They had friends and family fly in from all corners of the world to help them celebrate in true style, with a dress code of black tie.
Emily began her day with bridal prep in the bride suite with the company of her bridesmaids and mother. While Andrew prepared quietly at home followed with a grooms lunch at Sexy Fish. Emily had chosen the most stunning, backless Berta wedding dress, the front crossed over with delicate beading mirroring the elegant art deco style of Claridges.
The couple didn’t want to use their cocktail hour for formal photographs and they also wanted to take advantage of the limited day light for some natural light photographs as the sunsets at 5pm in October in London. They had an intimate ‘first look’ alone, followed by formal photographs with their families and bridal party in the green space of Grosvenor Square just a few minutes walk away from Claridges all before their ceremony.
The light was simply magical for an October day and it gently wrapped around the beautiful couple and their guests making for some luminous portraits.
Their ceremony was opened by the sweetest and smallest of flower girls and page boy, who braved walking down the aisle. They choose to punctuate their wedding breakfast with some of the most funny and original speeches also made by the bride and brides. I am always in awe of my brides who break with tradition and give a speech!
The bride changed into shorter, white, fully beaded dress with fringing like the cheeky 1920s flapper style for the couples first dance.
Feeling grateful to have been witness to your special day and wedding journey, I wish you Emily and Andrew a life happiness together along with Guinness.
Venue: Claridges, London // Dress: Berta // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Bridesmaids dresses: own. Flowers: Paula Rooney