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Trinity Buoy Wharf wedding photographers, and a sky full of stars

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Trinity Buoy Wharf London is one of those weird and wonderful wedding venues that we have been asked to photograph many times but we have always been doubled booked! So naturally we were delighted for the first time to be able to say ‘yes’ to T & M’s November big day.

Trinity Buoy Wharf wedding photographers, and a sky full of stars London Wedding Photographers

We love a good winter wedding which is just as well as it’s always a busy time for bookings with us every year. Never mind it was wet and windy, we are used to that too!

Trinity Buoy Wharf wedding photographers, and a sky full of stars London Wedding Photographers

Our day started in London’s Canary Wharf quarter with T’s bridal preparations in an apartment overlooking the Thames. There was certainly plenty of laughter anticipation and energy on show. After a while I (David) headed off separately to document M and his three best men and groomsmen’s arrival at the wedding venue and their “meet and greet” of all the arriving guests.

Trinity Buoy Wharf wedding photographers, and a sky full of stars London Wedding Photographers

I grew up next to a lighthouse in Yorkshire so it was special for me to experience London’s only such beacon across the Thames from the O2 arena as well. So what if it doesn’t work anymore, what could be more cool than a lighthouse with a wedding ceremony and reception venue beneath!

Trinity Buoy Wharf wedding photographers, and a sky full of stars London Wedding Photographers

T and M arranged some great decor for the venue and we particularly liked their hangings from the ceiling. This made me think of Coldplay’s Sky Full of Stars and I was keen to incorporate it in some of the angles I shot for the wedding ceremony. Unfortunately the registrar was in the line of sight for most of the proceedings except for the first kiss, so when that window of opportunity arose I dropped to my knees and got the shot  I’d seen in my minds eye, and which I’ve used as the featured image in this post.

Trinity Buoy Wharf wedding photographers, and a sky full of stars London Wedding Photographers

Anyway it was a great ceremony and afterwards while Joanna documented the drinks reception I went off with the newly weds straight to the top of a very windy, cold and slightly rainy lighthouse to do some couple shots. Nevertheless we had a great time and the rain did us a favour and stopped for an hour after a while so I had a chance to do some family shots too just outside of the venue.

Trinity Buoy Wharf wedding photographers, and a sky full of stars London Wedding Photographers

Trinity Buoy Wharf wedding photographers, and a sky full of stars London Wedding Photographers

Trinity Buoy Wharf wedding photographers, and a sky full of stars London Wedding Photographers

History wise Trinity Buoy Wharf is really two buildings. The area for wedding ceremonies and receptions was a storehouse and maintenance depot for buoys, and the lighthouse was added and completed in 1866. As well as doing it’s traditional lighting duties the structure was used to train lighthouse keepers and was also used for experiments by famous scientist Michael Faraday.

After a super wedding breakfast, speeches and a bouquet toss it was time for the first dance and getting down to some serious partying!

Trinity Buoy Wharf wedding photographers, and a sky full of stars London Wedding Photographers

Trinity Buoy Wharf wedding photographers, and a sky full of stars London Wedding Photographers

Trinity Buoy Wharf wedding photographers, and a sky full of stars London Wedding Photographers

By David Green

Trinity Buoy Wharf wedding photographers, and a sky full of stars London Wedding Photographers

If you are looking for, and would love an alternative wedding style and venue take a look at this related post here: Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall

Trinity Buoy Wharf wedding photographers, and a sky full of stars London Wedding Photographers

London wedding couple under arch with flying birds photo

St George’s Cathedral & Gherkin wedding photographers

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It’s been a really multicultural and international year for us so far with our wedding photography. This particular big day was a very Swiss affair, with some of that Alpine magic coming into play from our lovely couple S and A.

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The day began with coverage of our bride in the couple’s apartment in Bermondsey, with mum and bridesmaids in attendance.

St George's Cathedral & Gherkin wedding photographers London Wedding Photographers

St George's Cathedral & Gherkin wedding photographers London Wedding Photographers

When I  went on their balcony to take some shots I saw something that definitely made me smile, there it was in the distance, the main building in view – The Gherkin. Everyday these guys look upon that architectural marvel, no wonder they chose it for their wedding reception!

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St George's Cathedral & Gherkin wedding photographers London Wedding Photographers

St George's Cathedral & Gherkin wedding photographers London Wedding Photographers

While I documented the excitement of the morning, Joanna was at St George’s Cathedral to capture the groom’s preparations and his ‘meet and greet.’

St George's Cathedral & Gherkin wedding photographers London Wedding Photographers

We’ve photographed at St George’s near the Imperial War museum a few times now, and it really is a grand structure.

St George's Cathedral & Gherkin wedding photographers London Wedding Photographers

St George’s Cathedral itself was built in 1848, but was extensively damaged in the blitz of the second world war, and had to have a large amount of rebuilding.

St George's Cathedral & Gherkin wedding photographers London Wedding Photographers

It looks truly striking and magnificent today, no wonder couples enjoy their wedding ceremonies there.

After the ceremony close family went to the park next to the war museum for some group photos, and then it was all aboard an old London Routemaster bus for a scenic tour before arriving at The Gherkin.

St George's Cathedral & Gherkin wedding photographers London Wedding Photographers

St George's Cathedral & Gherkin wedding photographers London Wedding Photographers

St George's Cathedral & Gherkin wedding photographers London Wedding Photographers

Now this was no ordinary route master wedding bus. I would have to say it was our favourite one ever because it was run by Bridget’s Bakery, and it was fitted out with lovely tables and cake and sandwich displays for enjoying the best of the bakery, while taking in the best of London on the way. Brilliant!

St George's Cathedral & Gherkin wedding photographers London Wedding Photographers

St George's Cathedral & Gherkin wedding photographers London Wedding Photographers

I got off at Trafalgar Square with S and A for some couple shots in and around the area, while Joanna travelled with the rest of the part to 30 St Mary Axe, also known popularly as The Gherkin building.

St George's Cathedral & Gherkin wedding photographers London Wedding Photographers

Something to remember for any couple planning to travel around central London with your wedding photographer on a Saturday: it’s going to be very public and very busy. Actually that is one of the highlights that you really need to embrace to get the best out of the scenario.

St George's Cathedral & Gherkin wedding photographers London Wedding Photographers

St George's Cathedral & Gherkin wedding photographers London Wedding Photographers

If this is your plan you will find it’s pretty special to be applauded and congratulated as you walk the streets. Everybody loves a wedding couple, trust me I have seen it a great many times.

St George's Cathedral & Gherkin wedding photographers London Wedding Photographers

The other things to bear in mind is that time and opportunity is limited. You have on average 20 to 30 seconds at most to get that shot because of opportunity and the general public. You may well be moved on by security too as many places actually require a pre paid license for professional photography.

St George's Cathedral & Gherkin wedding photographers London Wedding Photographers

There are ways around this sometimes, and if there’s a way around it we know what it is!

St George's Cathedral & Gherkin wedding photographers London Wedding Photographers

We had fun on The Strand, down to the embankment and finishing on Waterloo Bridge, before  hailing a cab back to The Gherkin.

St George's Cathedral & Gherkin wedding photographers London Wedding Photographers

Searcy’s look after fine dining and entertainment spaces at the Gherkin so I knew the setup would be lovely.

We had a little time to take shots of S and A in the wedding breakfast room and a corridor near by before dinner was served.

St George's Cathedral & Gherkin wedding photographers London Wedding Photographers

The thing about weddings at The Gherkin is that depending on the size of your wedding party and requirements, the space can be opened out or divided up. For these Swiss lovebirds, it was a more intimate affair so a room that we are used to seeing larger for ceremonies was divided into two.

After dinner it was time for speeches and cake cutting. We then witnessed a Swiss tradition we haven’t encountered before which was the couple dancing beneath an umbrella while streamers were continually thrown over them. It’s similar to Italian traditions except they don’t have the umbrella!

All in all a fantastic day from Bermondsey to St George’s Cathedral, around London in the tea bus to the Gherkin for the wedding reception.

By David Green

Wedding couple laugh in gardens of Hanbury Manor

Another lovely ‘Thank you’ card through the post. Well, thank you!

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It was great to receive this ‘thank you’ card through the post from Yui and Mark today. These guys were married at Hanbury Manor earlier in the year, and they also nominated us for The Wedding Industry Awards. It’s the first competition we have ever really entered, so fingers crossed and thank you to you two for putting us forward.

Another lovely 'Thank you' card through the post. Well, thank you! London Wedding PhotographersHere’s a link to their wedding day in April: Hanbury Manor Wedding Photographers

And their Google Review of us: Another Big Day Weddings 5 star review for David and Joanna, thank you!!!

Here’s what these guys had to say:

“Dear David and Joanna,

We Hope this finds you well! It’s hard to believe that six months have passed since our wedding at Hanbury Manor, and this card is long overdue! The past months have been busy, but we have had time to reflect on our wedding and truly appreciate just how beautiful everything was! Big Day Weddings really made a difference to our day…both of you are brilliant at what you do and you managed to capture the occasion beautifully from the “record” shots down to the details, the candid shots, groups, guests, US, and everything in between! You handled our guests so well and your people skills were out of this world! Thanks again for a fantastic job done and for being part of our day! You have our highest recommendation!!

Mark and Yui Redford”

 

 

Tanner warehouse wedding at the Shard photo

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall

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We knew from day one that Kristine and Oliver’s wedding day would be fabulous from beginning to end. Why? Because they are Norwegian, and Norwegian people know how to enjoy themselves big time!

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

Actually in repeated survey’s of the happiest nationalities in the world, Norway is always close to the top. First hand, we understand why.

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

Truth be told though these guys were open minded to trying different things photography wise, and they also had plenty of their own ideas too.

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

Naturally we are going to document the day with quality reportage, but we relish to the chance to “make” photos as well as “take” photos. That’s a little bit simplistic to say “take” photos because there is so much to consider: light, angle, technical settings, emotion, action etc but we hope you get the essence of what we mean.

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Ha ha, you are probably just looking at the pictures and not reading this, and who could blame you!

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

This was a day of many locations and it started in the morning at the London Courthouse Hotel. This place is a brilliant conversion of Old Street Magistrates Court and police station. Both K and O stayed here separately the night before, so morning time we were able to juggle between the two.

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

I loved photographing the boys on some of the original police cells they have retained in the bar area, including Ronnie Krays where he has held for “demanding money with menace.”

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

Oliver used to a professional footballer, so it was fitting that we ran into West Ham’s coaching staff and current manager Manuel Pellegrini on the main staircase. I swear every time they lose he gains another wrinkle…

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

Next if was time to take a cab ride to our wedding ceremony venue the lovely Stoke Newington Town Hall. I particularly enjoyed this ride, not just chit chatting with the boys but boring everyone by pointing out where we used to live in Islington and my first studio business on Essex Road.

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

Anyway, what a great wedding ceremony venue at Stoke Newington Town Hall. One of the groomsman performed mid way through a live rendition of  Elvis Presley’s iconic song ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love.’  Always loved this song, and I actually had to fight back the tears myself. As your one of the photographers at a wedding it’s never a great idea to cry into your viewfinder as it makes everything blurry afterwards!

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

After confetti throwing round the front of the town hall we went for a wander with the newly weds around Clissold Park. Boy oh boy I remember pushing our kids prams around there a few times!

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

Now I’m not being stereotypical when I say that Norwegian people enjoy a drink, and why not? That meant before everyone got on to a specially commissioned London Routemaster bus we had an hour or so’s pit stop at the Irish pub across the road from the ceremony venue.

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

All refreshed, the bus toured around central London just in time for the heavens to open and it torrentially rained for a while. It didn’t last long though, and later I (David) left the bus near St Pauls Cathedral and took a walk with the couple to shoot some portraits around there and the Southbank.

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

Thanks to Uber we got back in time for the wedding reception at Tanner Warehouse in Bermondsey, or to be more precise 50 Bermondsey Street. This is a great wedding venue with fantastic staff. I love the fact that it started life as a chocolate factory too, as my first ever job was working in a handmade chocolate shop and then as a student I did part-time shifts making Rolo’s at Rowntrees chocolate factory. Mmmmm…..

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

At Tanner Warehouse its was food, drinks, socialising and of course partying. We enjoyed the speeches, even the ones we didn’t understand in Norwegian. After cake cutting and first dance our talented groomsman from the Stoke Newington Town Hall ceremony took to the microphone and guitar again to get the wedding party boogeying.

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

We thank Kristine and Oliver for their open mindedness with their wedding photography and their fantastic hospitality to us as well.

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

I’ve looked online at Bergen in Norway where they live and I’ve put it on my bucket list to visit soon. Kristine and Oliver, you have been warned…

By David Green.

September google review for Big Day Weddings photographers

Another Big Day Weddings 5 star review for David and Joanna – thank you!!!

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We have just received another wonderful 5 star review on Google from Mark and Yui. These guys were married at the fabulous Hanbury Manor in Hertfordshire and it was a day that will live long in the memory. Thank you so much, it’s really appreciated.

Another Big Day Weddings 5 star review for David and Joanna - thank you!!! London Wedding Photographers

Here’s the actual text:

“Big Day Weddings was hands down one of the best choices we made when it came to suppliers for our wedding. We’d done a lot of research and searched high and low – both online and offline – for photographers whose work we liked and that we knew we would feel comfortable working with. It was quite by accident that we discovered David and Joanna, and oh boy did they fit the bill! We actually came across them via a highly complimentary online review from a couple whose wedding they’d shot, and who had also used the videographers that we ended up using. We decided to contact Big Day Weddings as we thought it would be a nice idea to have a team of photographers and videographers who’d worked together before. They’d also gotten great feedback from previous clients, their prices were reasonable and they offered a range of affordable packages that fit what we were looking for. Our decision was cemented the moment we got on the phone and spoke to David. He’s genuinely friendly and approachable and put us at ease immediately. He listened to our preferences, offered suggestions, and, as the big day approached, was happy to run through the programme to make sure everything would go smoothly. On our wedding day, both David and Joanna were absolutely wonderful, dealing with our guests, the venue staff, bridal party nerves, and everything in between, like complete pros. As for the wedding photos, they turned out BRILLIANTLY, and turnaround time was pretty quick. We were so impressed with the many beautiful images of us, our families, the guests, the venue, and all the key moments. In addition, David and Joanna had managed to capture many other little things that made up the day such as decor features, wedding memorabilia, and other details that so many people miss. As photographers, they are are highly skilled, talented, and experienced, but what sets them apart has to be their personalities and people skills….they are so amiable, funny, and fantastic to work with! Nervous in front of the camera, or not sure what to do? Have a difficult guest or two who hates having their picture taken? Then you NEED someone like David to shoot your wedding! He really knows what to say and do at the right moment, and how to bring out the best in people so that you will get the best shots possible. The shots they captured will serve as wonderful reminders of one of the best days of our lives. Big Day Weddings is the BEST: David and Joanna are absolute gems….a fab team, and truly one of a kind. Really chuffed to have worked with them….they have our highest recommendation!”

Check out Yui and Mark’s wedding here: Hanbury Manor Wedding Photographers

And their engagement shoot on London’s Southbank here: London Engagement shoot at Southbank and Tower Bridge…again

By David Green