Brompton Oratory wedding photography
Brompton Oratory and The In and Out Club for a London winter wedding
December and a winter wedding in London for Anna & Philip. The Brompton Oratory in Knightsbridge and the In & Out club in St James’s. It’s at this military private members club, that the coverage begins – as Anna got ready. As I arrived, the hairdresser was leaving – Anna was doing her own make up (“so it looks like me!”). Dress on, it was time to go across to the church. Anna’s detailed schedule had allowed for her to be early…but one of the Range Rovers was late. Weddings aren’t weddings without something to add a frisson of stress…
Anna’s car set off, we followed. I’ve never, in over 600 weddings, seen a wedding car run a red light before. Not just catch the red, but swerve around a taxi in front and ‘plough’ through the traffic. That white tape on the bonnet, acting like a flashing blue light. Anna got to the church with time to spare.
Or by it’s full name…The Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, home to the Congregation of the Oratory of St Philip Neri in London. One of London’s most impressive architectural landmarks – actually it’s the interior that’s the most impressive, if not the brightest. I always seem to take pictures at Brompton Oratory on gloomy light days. Even the first time I went there, when photographing a mass for The Times, many years ago. So the lighting is…let’s say, interesting.
Ceremony done, bubbles on the steps – hang back for a few pics, beat the two Routemasters heading back to the club. Drinks at The In and Out – surrounded by portraits of generals and royals. An ex-copper with a whistle as the MC – dinner called upstairs. Speeches followed the food. Then downstairs for the cheese tower cut – time for the ceilidh.
Finally, during the band’s break (and before I headed off into the night to find that all the trains to my local station in Sussex, had been cancelled...) – the bouquet throw on the stairs. One very determined wedding guest!
Here are few images from the day…