Sarah is one of my oldest friends, and although we rarely see each other anymore, it is always so much fun when we get our gang back together. That’s why when I heard she was getting married, and then when she asked me to be her photographer at her Round Chapel wedding, I was just so excited to do it!
Round Chapel wedding
I went to pay the Round Chapel a little visit a couple of weeks ahead of the wedding and was blown away by the amazing and beautiful space. The main room is just glorious , it’s a huge, ornate space that you can decorate and make your own. Sarah had hand-made enough bunting to hang all the way around the perimeter of the room, which must have taken a serious amount of time and patience. But it was worth it, the combination of the bunting and the festoon lights criss-crossed above everyone’s heads made the room look just beautiful.
The Round Chapel is in Clapton in East London, so when we did the couple portraits I decided to take them on a walk around the local area. We got some beautiful portraits in the urban streets around the wedding venue, it was a beautiful clear day (but freezing, as it was the first Saturday in January!).
Personal and unique wedding
Sarah and Mark had really made an effort to create a wedding that felt unique and personal to them. They had written their own vows which were funny, sweet, sentimental and genuine. Sarah sings in a choir in her spare time, so the choir performed at the ceremony and got all the guests involved as well. It was a lot of fun and a lovely touch. It was definitely something that everyone will remember. Mark and Sarah are also very stylish, and you can tell by the outfits they chose (Sarah’s vintage dress is original 1940s and STUNNING) both for themselves and their bridal party that a lot of thought had gone into their wedding style.
The bride and groom are vegetarians and chose to have a vegetarian wedding. Where I would always usually choose to include meat in my food, the dinner was so delicious it has made me realise that sometimes veggie options can be just as tasty. After dinner was time for espresso martinis, my absolute favourite cocktail. I was not to be disappointed, they were delicious!
Then it was time for the ceilidh. Now I’ve seen a few ceilidhs in my time as a wedding photographer, and they are always quite crazy, quite fun and quite dangerous – there is a serious possibility someone will crash into me or elbow my camera (or my face!). These are the hazards that come with the job, however this ceilidh band was something else. Honestly, pretty much everyone was getting involved on the dance floor, because they just couldn’t resist! There were arms flailing, people being flung about, feet flying through the air and kicking other people, shouted apologies and tears of laughter, some groups even fell over and ended up as a tangled pile of limbs on the dancefloor. There was so much hilarity, so much fun. If you are thinking of booking a ceilidh band for your wedding I would recommend Cut A Shine without hesitation.
London wedding photography
I’m beginning to get bookings in now for 2019, so if you are planning a wedding in London and you need a London wedding photographer please do take a look at my portfolio and if you like what you see then get in touch. I would love to hear from you!
Wedding dress – Vintage 1940s from Elizabeth Avey
Bride’s shoes – Rachel Simpson
Bridesmaid dresses – Topshop
Groom’s Suit – Reiss
Groom’s tie – Drake’s
Groom’s shoes – Doc Martens
Hair and Make Up – Katie Coward
Wedding Car – Bentley R Type, Premier Carriage Wedding Transport
Florist – Grace and Thorn
Cake Baker – Mother of the Bride
Caterers – Humdingers
Ceilidh band – Cut A Shine
DJs – Dutty Discotheque and Lady Bangers