My first local wedding, making the short drive across South London to leafy Dulwich, for another summer scorcher! Against all the odds this time, defying torrential weather reports of heavy rain throughout the day. Thankfully, the rain held back long enough for Alison and Asher to enjoy their wedding service at Christ’s Chapel, and sunny stroll through Dulwich village, to where they first met, at Alleyn’s School for the wedding festivities. Alison and Asher truely took full advantage of going back to their old school to throw an almighty party on the playing field, which hosted Ugandan drummers, a hearty hog roast, wedding speeches galore and a literal school disco which had fellow classmates, family and friends dancing into the early hours of the morning!
It was very much a case of deja vu at my first summer wedding this year, having taken photos at Paul’s sister’s wedding back in January. Louise and Paul couldn’t have timed the date and location any better with it being the hottest day of the year so far, down in sunny… wait, scratch that, blazing Dorset.
The day began with the bridal party preparing in one of the gorgeously decorated suites at The Mill, in Lymington. After the intricacies of Louise’s dress, with lace tie-ups, buttons and bow successfully navigated by bridesmaids and mum, vintage cars escorted the group in style down to the East Close Hotel for the ceremony and reception.
The wedding breakfast was a highly creative affair, with Louise and Paul naming tables after their favourite board games, going into amazing detail to craft place names to match playing cards from those very games. Another inspired choice was the magician who appeared in the early evening to impress guests with an array of card tricks, mind reading skills and the occasional sleight of hand with wrist watches being returned to bamboozled guests.
After Louise and Paul’s energetic first dance, backed by a live band, the rest of the guests teamed onto the dance-floor shortly afterwards pulling off some tremendous shapes and moves late into the night.
Wonderland Avenue is a new wedding website which aims to list only the best wedding photographers in the UK. The result being a handy directory for prospective brides and grooms looking for a photographer, safe in the knowledge that all those listed have been vetted by another professional. So, all that said, I’m very pleased to report that you can find me listed in their directory! You can see my page here.