bride and groom at trafalgar pub wedding

Wedding at The Trafalgar Pub, Greenwich

Terry and Sarah

There’s something about a city wedding that I love.

They’re often not the easiest to shoot, requiring the hard yards in terms of logistics and locations and it proved to be the case on Sarah and Terry’s Trafalgar pub wedding in Greenwich: Sarah got ready at home in South London, Terry got prepared at a hotel in Greenwich, they got married by the All Hallows by The Tower of London, then we all took a river boat down the Thames to Greenwich for the reception at The Trafalgar Tavern.

The locations of the ceremony and reception are significant.  The oldest church in the City of London is All Hallow’s by the Tower and it was here that Terry got Christened.  The couple met in a Greenwich pub.  So much has happened since then of course: a home complete with two adorable children.  

Late September means low, golden light if the clouds allow.  It means deep shadows, bold lines, vivid colours. It is contrasty light that photographers embrace, rather than control, with the ability of shadows to cut right through a picture, dissecting compositions and injecting drama.

All that trekking, along with the crackling energy of the city comes with a positive trade-off. Different settings, different feelings, the anticipation of what’s next, the element of unpredictability meant that those quiet moments were filled. As a documentary photographer, I thrive off those elements. There’s energy that needs tethering, chaos that needs ordering – photos to be made.

Geeky bits:

This wedding was shot with the two fujifilm X-T1 bodies and a combination of Fuji primes (full frame equivalence in brackets), namely in the pairs of: 16mm (24mm) and 35mm (50mm), 23mm (35mm) and 56mm (85mm).  I’ve recently started to reintroduce the traditional pairing of 35mm and 85mm as a field of view, partly as a challenge to myself to move away from that street aesthetic which has become signatory in my work and if I must admit to myself…has become a little tired.  Shooting for depth and layers is a challenge, as is selective framing using the compression of a tele.  An even bigger challenge is to use them at the right times.