Nick & Scott’s wedding was my first London wedding of the year! As well as my first same-sex wedding of the year! However, they were familiar faces as they were guests at a wedding I shot in London in 2009! They liked the couple’s photos at the time and decided to book me this time around! The couple has been together for 17 years and decided to finally tie the knot. Nick & Scott’s gay London wedding was a fabulous example of the few same-sex weddings I have captured: celebrating love, equality and diversity.
We started at the famous Camden Town Hall, an old-fashioned town hall and its council chamber with seats arranged in a U shape and green leather abound. It even has got balconies, and this set up almost makes the place theatrical. It is a magical venue.
After the ceremony, they had hired two old Routemaster red London double-decker buses to take their friends and family to the wedding reception at The Coq d’Argent restaurant, right in the middle of The City of London, the financial district. We had great fun posing the grooms and their ushers and best men in between the buses in front of Camden Town Hall! We could have stayed there all day! On the bus, everyone was very friendly and chatty, you could feel the party had already started, there was plenty of laughter and giggling. Lovely.
The Coq D’Argent is a superb restaurant with an amazing rooftop terrace. The blue skies and the great weather that day meant that I got loads of candid pictures of all the guests in the terrace’s open space during the drinks’ reception, people admiring the London skyline and having their picture taken in the many corners of the place before heading indoors for the wedding breakfast.
One of the couple’s aunties was totally taken by surprise when she got a cake with a candle to mark her birthday that day, she was not expecting it and it was a very emotional moment. The evening ended with an outrageous disco and amazing fireworks which made for great London wedding photography!