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St Paul’s Cathedral Wedding Photographer
Recently I had an enormous pleasure to be a St Paul’s Cathedral wedding photographer. Photographing a wedding at St Paul’s Cathedral has been one of the things I wanted to do as a London wedding photographer ever since I started shooting weddings. This iconic London building is one of the grandest and most beautiful cathedrals in the world. And, as a wedding venue to photograph, I think is high on the bucket list of most wedding photographers shooting weddings in London and the UK.
When Natalie and Luke contacted me some time ago to ask whether I would consider documenting their St Paul’s Cathedral London wedding, there was no hesitation on my part. ‘Yes’ could be the only answer!
I photographed this wedding at St Paul’s Cathedral as I would with any other wedding I document in London and beyond. The Blue Lily Weddings approach is to document the wedding day in a natural and beautiful way. The resulting set of images tells the complete story of the day with all the ‘big’ important moments as well as all the small interactions between the bride and groom and their wedding guests. The goal was to document people simply being people with all the emotions, laughter and tears of the wedding day. Anyone looking through those wedding photos should feel as if they were there, transported back to this beautiful day.
St Paul’s Cathedral Wedding Photos
Wedding at St Paul’s Cathedral is such a grand occasion. And to photograph one is a great honour and privilege. There are some restrictions and taking photos during the wedding ceremony is not allowed. But there are still plenty of opportunities for wedding photography showcasing the splendour and beauty of this magnificent London wedding venue, just before and after the ceremony, which we took advantage of as much as we could.
Here is a selection of eighty-something photos from this gorgeous St. Pauls Cathedral wedding, enjoy!
St Paul’s Cathedral Wedding Venue
St Paul’s Cathedral must be one of the most amazing wedding ceremony venues in the world. For a wedding photographer, it really doesn’t get much better than this.
I remember arriving for the first time in London over 20 years ago and falling in love with this impressive building as a budding architect and photographer.
Its beautiful dome is visible from so many different places, like the south bank of Thames river or even Richmond park which quite a distance away!
St Paul’s Cathedral is an Anglican cathedral, the seat of the Bishop of London and the mother church of the Diocese of London. It is located on Ludgate Hill at the highest point of the City of London and is a Grade I listed building. It is over 1400 years old and was a central point in the city of London for many hundreds of years in the past.
It’s a facade, gorgeous interiors and impressive dome are truly one of a kind. Such a beautiful backdrop for wedding photography in London.
St Paul’s Cathedral and ST. Bart’s Brewery Wedding Day Photography
Now, about the wedding day itself. The bride and groom on the day, Natalie and Luke, are just such a lovely couple. Beautiful inside and out and so down to earth. Together with their wedding guest, the family and friends, they created an unforgettable wedding day full of happiness and joy. And so much laughter!
Despite the wedding ceremony taking place at the grand St. Pauls Cathedral, the atmosphere was very relaxed and joyful from start to finish.
We started the wedding photography on the day with a few getting ready photos of the bride and groom to be at a nearby hotel. It was great to document the build-up before the wedding ceremony and photograph the precious moments between the soon newlyweds and their family, groomsmen and bridesmaids. And of course, the moment when the father of the bride sees his girl for the first time in her wedding dress, was a must!
The famous London wedding white cab took the bride and the father of the bride to St. Pauls Cathedral, where the groom, his best man, as well as all the guests, were already waiting. The wedding ceremony was beautiful, and when it finished everyone was off to the wedding reception venue-St Bart’s Brewery located right by the London Smithfield Market.
St Bart’s Brewery Wedding Venue
St. Barts Brewery is such a perfect wedding venue for anyone looking to get married in close proximity to the City of London. It is a traditional English Pub, with high ceilings and chandeliers, often hosting comedy and live music upstairs.
With plenty of space outside and inside, and lovely light coming in through the large windows, it was a great pleasure to photograph a wedding at ST. Barts Brewery.
Most guest simply walked from St Paul’s to the wedding reception as it was not far. We even bumped into one of my favourite comedians, Hugh Dennis, on the way. What a nice surprise!
As soon as everyone arrived at St Bart’s Brewery the bride and groom greeted everyone with Champagne and the wedding guest were seated at their tables. The wedding breakfast was delicious. It was followed by the speeches by the father of the bride, the groom and his brother, who was also his best man. They were funny and moving, just as should be.
The rest of the wedding day flowed in a joyful and fun atmosphere. There were the traditional parts of the wedding day, like cutting of the cake, the first dance and the awesome party which lasted way into the evening. Some of the dancefloor moves by the bride and groom and their guest were simply off the charts! We even managed to sneak out for a few minutes with the new husband and wife to get a few photos of just the two of them around the Smithfield Market and the surrounding area.
Thank you so much, Natalie and Luke, for letting me document your beautiful wedding day. It was a true honour and so much fun!
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