Laura and Bill came all the way from America to have their wedding at Claridges just a few weeks ago, and what a great wedding it was. I am lucky that I get to shoot weddings all over the world in some of the best wedding venues, but there is something about Claridges and London that I love. Just like the venue and the city of London, Laura is all about details and style. If you knew her, you would know that she loves fashion and elegance, so having the wedding at Claridges was the perfect choice for the perfect couple. A few weeks before the wedding, Laura and I talked on Skype to discuss the plans and she informed me that the BBC would be filming parts of her wedding. The BBC was creating a documentary all about Claridges and they wanted to include Laura and Bill’s wedding. This, of course, would mean that there would be a film crew throughout the day. Claridges and all of its event staff were very accommodating and made sure everyone was happy and well looked after.
For a destination wedding, it was quite big in numbers as lots of friends and family attended the wedding to show their support. When I first met Bill we instantly connected. He is such a cool guy; I would call him a friend now. We started off just hanging around, chilling and seeing what would happen. His friends arrived one by one and created a great atmosphere - this was perfect for me. I just watched and created my version of events, through my artistic view, naturally. Once I had finished spending time with Bill, I made my way to the room that Laura was getting ready in. This scenario was a little more ‘active’. Story telling is what it’s all about for me. I want to create stories and memories and not always in such the most obvious way. Laura had her best friends and family with her, helping her get ready. For me, this is the best part of any wedding. I love the transition from girl to bride and all of the emotions in between. Laura is also a beautiful girl both inside and out and photographing her was a dream….she is stunning. She has that eye for style and detail; her dress, her shoes, her hair and everything else was nothing less than perfect.
A few months before the wedding, the family received some shocking news which was big enough to stop the wedding altogether. The family made the decision to continue with the ceremony and they say that this was undoubtedly the right decision. I know that Laura and Bill understand the power of the story and family and how important it is to not only look fabulous but to celebrate family, life and love.