When Rachel and Ed approached me to photograph their wedding at St Paul’s Cathedral it didn’t take long to consider my options before saying “Yes!” Having photographed Rachel’s sister Nikki and her family several times over the years, it was lovely to be recommended by her.
The Portrait and Wedding photography business has taken me all over the Cotswolds and to all corners of the UK and abroad. I am incredibly fortunate to have found myself in scenery more beautiful than I could ever imagine. The prospect of taking pictures at St Paul’s Cathedral, steeped in 1400 years of history, with its multitude of elegant columns, tourist-strewn steps and iconic Dome (2nd largest in the world after St Peter’s in Rome) would be difficult to beat.
Rachel and Ed are the most warm-hearted, down to earth couple you could meet. Rachel looked simply beautiful in her elegant wedding dress while Ed played the role of the handsome, smart groom to perfection. From the outset Rachel wasn’t convinced about being centre of attention for so many guests, tourists, bus passengers and taxi drivers who would be watching the celebrations outside the Cathedral. However both she and Ed were keen for the hubbub of London to be included in some of their pictures, which I welcomed. Already familiar with the City from a previous life in London, I visited the Cathedral twice the following year to get to know its layout inside and out, to see how the light played out across the building and on those surrounding it. I wanted there to be as few surprises on the day as possible.
The morning of the big day itself started off dry with plenty of cloud about - the forecast promised some rain, some sunshine – that was good enough for me. Understandably Rachel and Ed wanted a fighting chance of remaining dry while they enjoyed their time at St Paul’s – this gave them one. The wedding ceremony took place in the OBE Chapel (Order of the British Empire) at the east end of the Crypt, also known as St Faith’s Chapel. For anyone considering holding their wedding here, this right is reserved for award-holders of the OBE and members of their family. Time to check your family history!
Photographing Rachel and Ed’s wedding felt a bit like being a child in the greatest sweet shop ever. The building’s history, architecture, curves, columns, Portland stone and city location provided me with a fabulous, iconic backdrop for my pictures. I loved every minute of it of it! It was lovely to hear from Rachel and Ed not long after their wedding: “I just wanted to say an absolutely massive thank you – we haven’t even managed to get through half of the photos yet to view them all properly but we love them, they are amazing!”
Historical Note: The present St Paul’s Cathedral is at least the fourth to occupy its site on Ludgate Hill. After the 1666 Great Fire of London the remains of the third Cathedral were demolished and Sir Christopher Wren was appointed to design the new Cathedral as we know it today. St Faith’s Chapel (Chapel of the Order of the British Empire) is found at the east end of the Crypt and in 1960 became the spiritual home to the Order of the British Empire. Today, award-holders of the OBE and members of their family may be married and baptised in the chapel.
If you are planning to be married then do take the time to view some of my other posts. Whether your venue is St Paul’s Cathedral in London, a Tythe Barn in the Cotswolds, the field next to your house or a venue abroad I would love to hear from you on 07818 074312 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org