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Photographing a wedding is always a pleasure, but when I knew I’d be photographing a beautiful wedding at St John’s Church in Blackheath, I knew it would be a good day. I’ve wanted to take pictures on Blackheath with all the beautiful architecture surrounding it for what feels like forever. Added to that, anyone who knows me will understand that I live for great light – check out my portfolio for some examples – so I was in heaven! The weather gods were clearly smiling down on us, as the sun was scorching hot all day!

Prep

Tom got ready at a nearby hotel, with his brothers both present for moral support and some gentle banter. Tom’s nephew was there too, and the whole day had a family feel, with kids mingling with adults throughout. 

Meanwhile, Rachel got ready with her best friends at the house they share, and their daughter Megan enjoyed being the centre of attention (even more than her mum!)

The Ceremony

From there, it was a short trip to the church, where the ceremony was carried out by a vicar who clearly knew the couple well, making for a ceremony that was personal and fun. 

A short stroll for the guests took us to the nearby restaurant Copper and Ink. It was a great setting for a reception, with great ambience and beautiful, contemporary food and drink. 

The Reception

Speeches are always hard to get right, but whether it was Rachel’s dad’s speech (heartfelt), the constant laughter of the speech by Tom’s brothers, or Tom’s mum’s speech (not a dry eye in the house), these were all a hit with everyone, and it was great to see such a close family. 

Portraits

After that, everyone headed to the hotel for some relaxed drinks in the later afternoon sun of the garden. Rachel and Tom went with me to Blackheath, and we took some relaxed portraits there in the late afternoon sun. I often say to my couples that light is the key to great portraits, and it was great that we were able to capture some in such great light. 

All in all, it was a beautiful wedding day, which I feel lucky to have photographed; so what’s not to like? I love connecting with my couples on a personal level and strive to capture them and their story in an artistic, heartfelt way – I am pleased to say that I managed that with Tom and Rachel. To find out more about my approach, click here. If you’re planning your wedding and would like a relaxed and natural, but creative approach to your wedding photography, click the button below to get in touch with me, and let’s have a chat!