Monday, May 25, 2009

Wedding in The Orangery Holland Park

A great blend of Indian and British culture was the background to Nina and Finn's wedding day. I started my coverage on Saturday at the Bride's house to witness the Tying of Turbans before setting off to the Orangery in Holland Park for the ceremony.

The beautiful floral decorations in the Orangery, including the flowers hanging across the windows and the mirrored wall, were created by Pollen Nation.

After the ceremony the Bride and Groom and their guests enjoyed drinks and canapés in the sunshine, served by caterers Party Ingredients.

By early afternoon we were jumping aboard a London Bus and heading off to the reception at The Bombay Brasserie in South Kensington. On arrival at the the famous restaurant two short Indian ceremonies were performed for the couple after which everybody ate, beginning with a starter of Telicherry Pepper Fish Tikka followed by a fabulous buffet.

The newly weds were eventually waved off in a shower of rice but headed straight to the nearby Duke of Clarence pub to continue the celebrations.

Mr and Mrs Cornwall are now on Safari in South Africa before heading to Mauritius to finish their honeymoon.

Wedding in Devon

On Saturday I photographed the wedding of Natasha and Iain in a very spring like Devon. The reception was held at Natasha's family home in the quiet hamlet of Furley and the ceremony was at the St John the Baptist church in nearby Membury.

As usual I arrived a little early to check out the locations and say 'hi' to everybody. I photographed the wedding of Natasha's sister, Coquita, last year so I was already familiar with some of the family. As the Bride prepared for her big day the two young bridesmaids played on the swing without a care in the world.

During the ceremony we had a reading from the 'The Little Prince' by Antoine de Saint Exupery and sang 'I Vow to Thee My Country' before the Bride and Groom came down the aisle to 'The Liberty Bell'!

Back at the house, instead of the usual canapés, afternoon tea was served including cucumber sandwiches and cream scones.

The wedding breakfast included a starter of crab meat salad and a main course with barbequed lamb. The Bride and Groom work in the film industry and named all of the tables after different film Directors including Stanley Kubrick, Clint Eastwood and Woody Allen. The catering was by the team at Gordon Sutherland and all of the fabulous flowers were created by Natasha's mother, Cathryn.

The newly weds are now on their way to Sicily for a weeks honeymoon.

Wedding Venues

I've just been looking through the list of weddings that I'll be covering this year and, as in the past, I'm going to be visiting some great locations.

Amongst many others, I will be lucky enough to take photographs at St Stephens Club in London, the Chateau de la Napoule near Cannes, The Orangery in Holland Park, One Whitehall Place, the Villa Miani in Rome, Great Fosters in Surrey, Rowhill Grange in Kent and the Crazy Bear in Beaconsfield.

They are all very different and I will do my best to feature as many images from the weddings as possible over the coming months here on my blog.