Documentary wedding photography at The Orangery in Holland Park
The Orangery in Holland Park was to be the ceremony venue for Natasha and Nick’s London wedding last weekend. A bright space, on even a dull and cloudy day in mid-September – as it was. A space for a wedding photographer where you spend much of the ceremony, trying not to appear in your own photographs, given the wall of mirrors!
Can I call this an Anglo-Canadian wedding? (Always check before asking what part of America they are from….the Ontario part of my family would be appalled at my lack of knowledge of North American accents…)
So coverage starts at St Pancras hotel – a stone’s throw from where the evening reception was going to be, at 6 St Chad’s Place. When I arrived it was all centred around the bathroom mirrors. Then on with the wedding dress and downstairs to the waiting London black cabs. Across London, in the usual slow London traffic. A very nervous bride!
Wedding ceremony at The Orangery
A few tears before, during and very much after, the wedding ceremony. That includes Nick! Once out, a warning from Natasha’s younger sister, to Nick, to take good care of her big sis!! Then around to confetti and drinks on the lawn. A few portraits later on – not the easiest venue for this, given the numbers of people walking in the background in brightly coloured anoraks… Natasha was very hesitant to stand amongst some trees in the dark. But good light isn’t always in the most obvious place (next to the flowers or “in front of…”), it’s in the ‘shadows’, especially on a flat light, cloudy Autumn day.
6 St Chad’s Place
Then everyone onto two red Routemasters buses and back across central London, to the hotel. A pitstop for the bride and groom, before they joined the guests for the meal at 6 St Chad’s Place. More emotions in the speeches, then clear away some tables, greet the evening guests and the dancing.
More smiles, laughter and tears…lots of them…
Here are just a few images from this Orangery wedding in London…