I was lucky enough to be able to do the London wedding photography for Natasha and Paul’s wedding in June but I had been looking forward to the day for ages! Natasha is from Columbia and the whole event felt like a top destination wedding that had been shifted to take place on my doorstep in London. I lived in Spain for a while and travelled round Peru and Bolivia a few years ago so my spanish is not too bad. It certainly came in handy throughout the day and it really saturated the atmosphere for me!
The London wedding photography itself took place at London’s Oratory. What a deceptive building. Walking inside the The Little Oratory and later The Main Oratory was an amazing experience. They say you should never judge a book by it’s cover, and you would never have guessed what was waiting for you inside.
As the ceremony was drawing to a close I began to notice that the priest had forgotten the (rather significant) part of the service where the couple exchange wedding rings! You could feel the tension rising between the Best Man and Natasha and Paul as time ticked by. From the wings, I was willing the priest to recover the situation and remember the rings. He did. But only after a little reminder from Natasha!
The party was amazing. The dance floor was rammed and the latin music from the live band was fantastic all night. Later in the evening everything was ratcheted up a notch when we entered ‘Carnival Hour’.
It was the description of this by Natasha that had made me so excited when she first unveiled the plans for the wedding. There were jugglers (complete with glowing balls) and people on stilts who handed out colourful masks to everyone for this masquerade party.
The music seemed to get louder and conga’s snaked across the room.
I am fortunate enough to be able to photograph top London weddings every year and Natasha and Paul’s wedding will always stay with me as on of the best as well as one of the most unusual. I enjoyed Columbia’s influence on London wedding photography and my enjoyment at being able to use my spanish at times. All in all I felt that I had been transported abroad to shoot a wedding without even having to get on a plane!
Authored by: David
Photographed by: David & Maddie
Venue: The London Oratory
Awesome filming of the wedding by my friends at Gorgeous Films.
Makeup by the gorgeous Rosie Scott.