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RIBA wedding photography – Jessica & Chris

RIBA wedding photography

Wedding photojournalism at RIBA in London.

Two childhood friends from Shropshire, got married at RIBA. Jessica and Chris had taken a few years to realize they were more than just mates to each other – you can see what they mean to each other now, in the way they look at each other.

So Shropshire* came to London to celebrate. To an elegant London wedding venue at RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects), on Portland Place in Marylebone. A stone’s throw from the BBC, another stone’s throw from Oxford Circus. In the heart of London.

The coverage begins just down the road from RIBA, at the grand Langham hotel, opposite the Beeb. Here, Jessica was getting ready with her mother, sister and best friend. (in not the biggest room…)

A wedding with two ‘flypasts’!

Flypast number one. The RAF zooming across the rooftops for the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations, taking place a few miles away. I spotted the first jets and got in place to take perhaps the greatest wedding photograph ever taken!! The red arrows zooming past in the distance, the bride in the foreground. Camera poised, the noise increased. Out of the corner of my eye, they passed the first window. Focused on the second, in front of which, Jessica sat. Then, ready, ready…….with ‘perfect’ timing, the MUA pulled across the net curtain, obscuring the RAF’s finest….no pic. Okay probably not the finest wedding photograph ever taken anyway 😉 – but I quite liked the multi-coloured smoke from the jets, dissipating in the air. (Will I get the red arrows ever again at a wedding? ;-)) Also it’s funny, as a wedding photographer, the things you overhear during preps. A lot of talk about male underwear at this one!! Just sayin’…..

The tears would start soon, when Jessica’s father came upstairs, to escort her to the venue (in a cab in the end as it started to rain)

Flypast number two. Now this one caused the most excitement. Tourists had waved from double-deckers to the waiting wedding guests in the ceremony room. But then there a surge to the windows – for an iphone photocall. A naked cyclist procession was passing by. This is London after all! Gave everyone a laugh before the Registrar insisted they took all their alcoholic drinks out of the room before the ceremony could begin. Maybe it helped Chris’s nerves too?

Ceremony done, wedding rings squeezed on, tears held at bay – almost. Jessica and Chris walked back down the aisle, down the stairs and around the corner for a few quick pictures. Meanwhile the guests gathered on the large (and dark!) staircase for the confetti. Then drinks on the terrace and around the landing, before the meal and speeches. Followed swiftly by the dancing – as the rain fell outside.

Two friends had got married.

Here are few images from this day at RIBA for Jessica and Chris…

 

Love sign at RIBA

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Bridesmaid in the mirror

getting ready

hairspray

smoke from the red arrows

bride in the mirror

Bride shows off her dress to her father

bride tears with mum and dad

Bride and her father walk down the stairs at the Langham hotel

Groom walks to the wedding venue

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bridesmaid hugs the groom

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bride's mother

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guest enter the ceremony room

tourists on a passing bus wave

groom and his brother

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naked cyclists wave

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groom laughing with the best man

bride walks down the aisle with her father

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groom puts on the ring

squeezing the wedding ring on

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bride gets emotional

tearful bride during the wedding ceremony

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bride looks at groom

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laughing parents

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Bride and groom down the aisle

Bride and groom down the aisle

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Couple portrait in a London street

Couple portrait in a London street

Couple portrait in a London street

Confetti on the staircase at RIBA

Confetti on the staircase at RIBA

Confetti on the staircase at RIBA

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LOVE sign

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RIBA wedding speeches

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Wedding first dance at RIBA

Wedding first dance at RIBA

Wedding first dance at RIBA

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Wedding first dance at RIBA

Wedding first dance at RIBA cheering family and friends

Bride hugs her mother

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Granny dancing

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* land of my ancestors

Comments

Martin,

We don’t know where to begin to say thank you and to express how thrilled we are with the photos you captured during Jess & Chris’s very special day. Each picture tells a story and brings memories flooding back. Magically you have captured the essence of the day, the tears, the joy, the nerves, the fun, the laughter, small moments and big moments each taking their place on the stage. For years to come just glancing through, or pouring over in detail will bring the happiest of memory back I am sure. You have an incredible eye for detail and were utterly unobtrusive. Our sincerest thanks for such a special collection of photographs.

Vanessa and Alan

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