Natural Asian wedding photography in London

Diane and Shri split their London wedding over two days so it had a really nice and relaxed pace. There was no rushing around, no stress, no pressure, everyone just settled in and enjoyed themselves. As with many of my documentary weddings in London, Shri and Diane invited only their very closest family and friends.

Their first date involved a visit to Old Marylebone Town Hall - a venue I know very well indeed and am particularly fond of not least because of the professionalism and open mindedness of its registrars. In fact, they put many of the country's registrars to shame; often no wedding photography is permitted and the reasons behind this seem to change depending on who you talk to. It's a great shame as essentially they're just a supplier and yet they stamp their impersonal touch on the day. It's out of touch and unbelievably conceited - exactly the kind of behaviour that you wouldn't expect on a wedding day. When you make your enquiries be sure to research your registrar's policy on wedding photos.

After the civil ceremony at Old Marylebone Town Hall we all walked ten minutes down the road to a fantastic Chinese restaurant on Baker Street called Bright Courtyard - a place I will certainly be frequenting. My coverage ended with a traditional Chinese tea ceremony.

Two days later we all met at Number 4 Hamilton Place in Mayfair. Number 4 is a stunning building as you'd expect, with a large, sweeping and central staircase leading into impressively grand yet intimate rooms; it's also the home of the Royal Aeronautical Society. This was more of an intimate dinner party than a wedding reception which I understand is exactly what Diane and Shri had in mind. The evening went without a hitch with some particularly emotional speeches before, during and after the meal.

I feel privileged to have had the chance to work with and get to know Diane and Shri as well as their delightful family and friends.

Below are just a few of favourites from both days.

David & Katy's wedding in London

I documented David and Katy's London wedding recently at some incredibly memorable venues.

My reportage wedding photography coverage started at The Landmark Hotel on Marylebone Road for Katy's bridal preparations, the Winter Garden Restauraunt in The Landmark is a truly spectacular sight with its huge glass ceiling many feet above the tables.

The wedding ceremony took place at Old Marylebone Town Hall and Katy and David's civil ceremony ran without a hiccup. This is much thanks to perhaps the most laid back registrars I've ever worked with, it's true to say I've never had an issue documenting a ceremony at the Old Marylebone Town Hall, so why do other registrars in many of the more rural parts of the country get their knickers in such a twist? If you're in the planning stages of your London wedding, please be sure to ask your registrars what their policy is on wedding photography as some won't allow any photographs to be taken other than mockups, which completely defeats the purpose of authentic documentary wedding photography!

We arrived at 11 Cavendish Square mid-afternoon, this place oozes class and elegance, it also has exceptional available light thanks to the large orangery.

I find reportage wedding photography in London at its best when you're forced to be on foot; there was no way I would drive to these three venues, I just wouldn't take the risk. It was tube and cab throughout the day. But because of this type of city travel it's in your favour to only carry the necessary equipment.

This not only frees you up physically but also, because you have fewer options than you would perhaps have if you were driving, your focus turns even more to image creation and quality. This is one of the reasons I'm so fond of city weddings and I'm off to do another in the next few hours, only this time it'll be an Indian-Chinese wedding at Number 4 Hamilton Place in Mayfair.

To be blogged soon...

In the meantime, below are my very favourite London reportage wedding photographs from David and Katy's well planned day.