OBE Chapel wedding – Sophie & Jeremy


So 48 hours after Sophie and Jeremy’s pre-wedding shoot, it was back to ‘the scene of the crime’ on Saturday – for their OBE Chapel wedding at St Paul’s Cathedral, London.

I’ve started the images below with a shot of St Paul’s from the reception venue – the Paternoster Chop House – which really is a good stone’s throw from the cathedral. No long drive across London to get to the reception. A short stroll after  the ceremony and a refreshing glass/bottle was to be had – perfect! But first we had the morning, with Sophie, her bridesmaids ( all but one her sisters ), her mother and later her father, her nieces and sister’s partners, getting ready in an apartment overlooking London Bridge station. To come we would have a bride burning her hand making toast and a taxi driver that took a wrong turn ( and a photographer who had to jog to the Cathedral ).

Getting married in the OBE chapel at St Paul’s is different to other churches – you are in the crypt for one thing. Guests get to the chapel through the café and past the grand tombs of Horatio Nelson and the Duke of Wellington. They sit surrounded by ornate plaques to the great and the good(?) from British history.

( It is also different for the wedding photographer. Last year, I lucked it, the officiating clergy was very modern in his approach and allowed me to stay in the chapel and shoot from the back. Unfortunately he has left. This time the law was laid down. Pictures until the first hymn and then out! The Canon emailed the groom to mention that he had thrown out a photographer for breaking his rules! The concession is to be then allowed to shoot through the ornate lattice work of the doors into the chapel ( you can see these doors in the shot of Sophie and her father about to enter the chapel ). So like a Peeping Tom, my lens pressed up against the small apertures in the door – with glass of variable quality and cleanliness – I must have looked like a desperate paparazzi to the tourists behind me craning a view of the Duke’s tomb in the gloom. But at least I got something and didn’t have to listen to the sermon given the soundproofing! 🙂  )

Here are a few images from the day….


Bride arrives at St Paul's for an OBE Chapel wedding

Bride and her father enter the OBE Chapel at St Paul's

OBE Chapel wedding ceremony

OBE Chapel wedding ceremony



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