I met Catherine to back in 2013 for a chat about her and Simon’s Horniman Museum wedding photography requirements. The Horniman Museum, in Forest Hill, is one of those London wedding venues I have always wanted to shoot at and I was really excited when they decided to book me as they are a brilliant couple and I could foresee it being a fantastic wedding.
Catherine and Simon are very keen pub goers, so we did a pub themed engagement shoot just down the road from the wedding venue in their local pub. That was really cool and we got in there as they opened up one sunny Saturday morning. That shoot should appear in a blog post as well sometime, but I cannot guarantee when! I have some catching up to do, to put it mildly!
Roll on to the wedding day and I went over to Catherine and Simon’s house to photograph her getting ready. Being Australian, she had a lot of family and friends come all the over to the UK which was brilliant.
What was quite hilarious is the fact that the wedding was held in a glass house on the hottest day of the year in 2014! The glass house being the beautiful Horniman Conservatory. After the ceremony we all made out way over to the Pavilion for canapes and a drinks reception. We then slipped away for 15 minutes or so for a quick couple shoot before it was time to return to the conservatory for the reception and for me to consume more vast quantities of water. The gorgeous looking layered cheese cake fought gallantly against the heat and emerged triumphant, just!
There were some really touching speeches filled with emotion and laughs. Although I am always working away like a beaver, I do listen intently to the speeches as not only does it give me an indication of a possible moment about to happen in a reaction or a look, a smile or a tear, but they’re pretty much always highly entertaining and enjoyable.
After devouring more water and a roast lamb dinner, we managed to slip away for five minutes to the top of the hill for a few quick sunset shots before returning for the first dance and partying into the night.
It was one of my favourite weddings of 2014 in a really beautiful venue with a brilliant couple – what more can I ask for!
If you are getting married and would like to discuss you Horniman Museum wedding photography, please contact me for a chat about your requirements.