Karimah and Dan's wedding had it all: fun, laughter, emotion, and a generous helping of (yes) kilts and bagpipes. When a wedding is this fun and happy, photographing it is an absolute pleasure.
The wedding day began with Karimah and Dan getting ready at the Malmaison, getting married at Chelsea Old Town Hall, and partying it up with a raucous sense of fun at St Bart's Brewery. And we travelled between all the locations in a classic big red bus!
When I first met Karimah and Dan, it was obvious how much they love each other, but also how well they complement each other. What was particularly nice to observe was how they looked out for each other throughout the day - something that's not always easy when all the guests want to talk to each other. They really made time for each other, and when we were strolling around the streets of Smithfields Market, they really enjoyed taking some time out just for them.
I wish every wedding I work on could have such a sense of occasion and fun - when the couple both have big families who love them, it's hard not to have a good time! It being England, there were some rain showers, but that didn't dampen spirits, and even seemed to add to the drama and atmosphere of the day.
The first dance was a lovely moment, which I thought would be more or less the culmination of the day... it turned out I was wrong, because one of Dan's brothers made an entrance at 10pm with his bagpipes! Cue an enthusiastic and spectacular impromptu Scottish dancing to the evocative sound of the bagpipes!
All in all, it was a stunning wedding, and documenting it was incredibly fun. I wish Dan and Karimah all the best in married life, and have no doubt they will be very happy together.
If you would like to talk to me about photographing your wedding in a reportage style, whether in London, the rest of the UK, or indeed the world, then please do get in touch.