Westminster Boating Base wedding – Anna & James

Westminster Boating Base


Reportage wedding photography at the Westminster Boating Base

Last Friday it actually felt like Spring had arrived!  Coverage of Anna & James’s London wedding began in their home in Putney and ended along the river with a wedding reception at the Westminster Boating Base. The ceremony was just around the corner from St Mary’s church next to Putney Bridge. The church has been rebuilt several times over the centuries and has a unique layout – different to the traditional linear nave/aisles/pews configuration seen so often – very nice for photography – access and a bit of light. After the ceremony, the wedding party and guests walked a few yards down to the river Thames to embark on the ‘Golden Sunrise’ at Putney Pier. The reception was held on board as the boat slowly made it’s way up to Westminster, passing in front of the Houses of Parliament and The London Eye.

The boat then returned back upriver to moor at The Westminster Boating Base, where the reception continued and the wedding breakfast/party was held. It was here, after the speeches and just before the first dance, where James seriously ‘raised the bar’ for any future grooms in the room. Accompanied on keyboards by a friend, James, to the surprise of Anna, took up a guitar and sang a brilliant, witty and charming song about his new wife. A show stealer and very difficult to top!

Here a few images from the day, a wedding on the river and at the Westminster Boating Base…


Bride's sister applies her makeup for her Mirror reflection Dad checks on progress Generations greet outside the church Hug for the groom Groom and his ushersUshers outside the church Bride and herfather arrive at St Mary the Virgin church in Putney Bride greets the waiting flower girls Bride enters St Mary the Virgin church in Putney Eye contact with the groom Wedding at St Mary the Virgin church in PutneySt Mary the Virgin church in Putney wedding Look from the bride Bride's sister Nose picking during the ceremony Putney church wedding Wedding ceremony in PutneyHappy couple Bride and her sister hug Ceremony done Confetti outside St Mary the Virgin church in Putney Leading the guetss from the church to the boat Putney embarking for wedding reception on the ThamesWedding reception on a boat drinks hanging with friends bride wedding guest young wedding guest on the boatWedding entertainment at the reception on a boat Wedding reception on the Thames Wedding reception on a boatWedding reception passes Battersea Power station Photo with the bride and groom Wedding reception on the river Thames Wedding reception on a boat in London Helping the bride with her dress Couple portraitwedding speech wedding speeches Wedding reception at Westminster Boating Base Groom's speech at Westminster Boating BaseEvening light at Westminster Boating Base wedding reception Groom sings for the bride Listening to the groom sing First dance at Westminster Boating Base


(Plus a ‘it’s a small world/coincidences’ note: Arriving at the house to start the coverage, the door was opened by Anna’s father, Andrew, who immediately said: “I know you!” It turned out he was a former colleague from my days as a photographer at The Times. Furthermore, as the tennis correspondent, my first photograph published in the newspaper was a tennis shot –  easy to remember as the first. I was actually on work experience at the time and uniquely only ‘shadowed’ one of the photographers, as was the norm, a couple of times. Instead, the picture editor sent me out to cover stories on my own. I got about half a dozen images in the paper over the two weeks, after the first week was extended. Including one on the front page. I was told to bring in my portfolio at the end of the time and started working there, as a photojournalist, the following weekend. Small world!)


Fabulous photos! looks like an amazing day 🙂

Martin you are an amazing photographer, these are some of the loveliest wedding photos I have ever seen, the beautiful bride and groom and the setting all help of course but the real thing is the charm of the guests old and young caught in the click of a shutter.

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