Charlotte & Adam’s St. Paul’s Cathedral wedding was a truly memorable wedding day. Not only did they choose one of the most iconic buildings in the UK for their wedding but they made the most of the City of London with two other wonderful venues as well.
I met Charlotte, with her daughter and mother at a hotel on Fleet Street for her bridal preparations. With a wonderful view of the rooftops of the city, it felt very much like we were in the centre of the City of London, but on a beautifully quiet Saturday without any of the hustle and bustle. Charlotte’s half-up, half-down hair and beautifully subtle make up was by the fantastically talented Tamara Tott. The pretty pastel colours of her makeup, perfectly complemented her beautiful bridal bouquet, by Blue Sky Flowers. I describe these subtle blush and coral colours of the bouquet as ice-cream colours, creamy and romantic, it was definitely one of my favourite arrangements of the year.
We left the hotel in the pouring rain, heading for St. Paul’s Cathedral in a black taxi. What could be more ‘London’ than that! The weather barely matters for a St. Paul’s Cathedral wedding, because the lovely white creamy stone, is the perfect backdrop for portraits. For this reason and for the sheer beauty of the building, I am always thrilled to photograph here. I took some portraits of Charlotte on her own at the private South Transept porch, and the combination of her beautiful Suzanne Neville gown, the ice-cream coloured bouquet and the white stone, were a Fine Art Photographer’s dream, so romantic and dreamy.
The ceremony was conducted in the OBE chapel, in the crypt of the Cathedral, a very private affair for which photography is highly restricted.
After the ceremony, Charlotte, Adam and I spent a few moments on the main steps at St Paul’s for some romantic portraits of the two of them. The stunning chequered flooring and the enormous historic doorways, giving wonderful settings.
We then took the short walk to Christchurch, Greyfriars, a semi-ruined church, with a gorgeously pretty garden, which Charlotte and Adam had arranged for a private champagne reception. Guests showered them with confetti as they arrived and everyone spent a very happy time here congratulating the newlyweds.
The wedding breakfast was served at the gloriously stylish Happenstance Restaurant on Paternoster Square, with a view of St. Paul’s Cathedral in the background. The restaurant had just been refurbished and the coral and green colour scheme and luxurious sheep-skin chair covers were fabulously luxurious.
Charlotte had made all the stationery for the reception herself, and chose wonderful literary quotes as inspiration for the table names. Gifts for the guests, were ‘love’ potions, made by Adam, which I have a sneaky suspicion may have included alcohol! The cake was made by Adam’s Mum, and was stunningly decorated with gorgeous roses. I loved all these personal touches, so stylishly executed.
After dinner, I whisked Charlotte and Adam off through the now very quiet streets around Paternoster Square for some more portraits. It’s an unlikely bonus of a St. Paul’s Cathedral wedding that you can also enjoy the city at it’s most peaceful, on a weekend when it is really quite deserted. Charlotte used to work in the area and it was lovely to be able to photograph the couple with these iconic streets and backdrops, as a perfect memento of their day.
The evening festivites were kicked off by a fabulous first dance by Charlotte and Adam, including an impressive lift! It was the perfect celebration at the end of a hugely fun day and I’m so thankful to have been a part of it.
Wedding gown: Suzanne Neville
Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss
Bridal Bouquet: Blue Sky Flowers
Flower Girl’s Dresses: John Lewis
Hair and Make-Up: Tamara Tott
Stationery: Handmade by Charlotte
If you are planning a St. Paul’s Cathedral wedding or one at another iconic London landmark, I would love to hear all about it.
See Anne & Stephen’s romantic London pre-wedding shoot at St. Paul’s Cathedral here