Here I share with you one of the most amazing experiences I have had the pleasure of being a part of this year. I am pretty sure anyone reading this today is familiar with Don’t Tell the Bride? Maybe pulled a sickie and whilst you were channel surfing on the sofa, came across it and watched re-runs mid week whilst chomping biscuits and drinking tea?
Well, this journey starts last year at Jen and Ben’s wedding in France where I got to travel with and meet the lovely Lauren and baby Noah. I remember vividly our car journey to and from the airport, Lauren telling me all about her amazing bloke, Perry. We even talked about the kind of wedding they would have, Lauren had ideas already coming together and the more she spoke, the more I got to see Perry through Lauren’s eyes and stories. I could tell he was a top guy and she was smitten.
We said our goodbyes in the UK, found each other in Instagram and Facebook and went on our merry ways until ealier this year, the beginning of April in fact, when I got an email from Perry out the blue. I could not believe what I was reading! I had seen news of their engagement in Paris and the email told me that he and Lauren were getting married and it was going to be part of the new series of Dont Tell The Bride. And they wanted me to photograph it!
How could I not!? See the lovely Lauren marry her boy? Absolutely!
I am finally able to share the way I saw their day. Their wedding took place at The Forum in London. A music venue, Lauren and Perry’s wedding was their first ever! Perry organised the day from start to finish and Lauren did not have a clue! Not even knowing what dress she was wearing until the day before.
Their wedding is one of the most amazing experience I have had. I got to work in a way that I have never done so before. I have worked with videographers before, but a whole TV crew is a totally different kettle of fish. I had rules to follow that I would never normally have experienced and these challenged me and forced me to re-think how I shoot, how I approach weddings. I had absolutely no control over the parts of the day I would normally have input in (timings, groups and portraits) and knew that the only way I would get the images I needed, was on the fly. 100% documentary style. Little contact with Lauren and Perry and limited access to the best spots where I could stand and be.
“Absolutely no flash” was one of the conditions too, so I had to shoot in the darkest venue I have ever worked in and some of the smallest spaces, with whatever light source I could absorb. I was so grateful for my recent update to my mark 3! I had no allocated time for anything, and portraits were stolen moments in quiet while waiting for a taxi. Pretty much nothing ran to time and yet it was the most perfect day!
I was so grateful to have the lovely Lisa Jane come along and help me out too, we were able to bounce ideas off one another and be in two places at once always.
So here is a snippet of my version of their day.
Lauren and Perry, this one is (finally!) for you my loves. xxx