Searcys at 30 Pavilion Road is a little gem of venue tucked away in a Kensington street at the back of Harrods – and photographing Natalie & Henry’s wedding there was an awesome expereince.
I was actually covering this wedding for a good friend of mine and fellow wedding photographer who had managed to take the saying ‘break a leg’ far too literally (ouch!) Thankfully there was plenty of time for me to meet with Natalie & Henry, visit 30 Pavilion Road to discuss the photography as well as the Capital Hotel where Natalie and the bridal party would be getting ready. In fact a special mention must be made to Guillame, one of the staff at the Capital who couldn’t do enough to help both on my pre-visit and the day itself. He took the time to show me round the hotel and scout a couple of locations for shooting as well as being a massive help on the day of the wedding as an extra pair of hands and having a room vacated I wanted to shoot in.
When I returned for the wedding the scene had changed quite dramtaically in that it seemed most of the world’s press had turned up! Not for the happy couple but rather a certain Mr Julian Assange was holed up in an embassy on the same block as 30 Pavilion Road – so it all added to the sense of occasion. What I really liked about the day was that although it was set in the glamour of London’s West End, there was actually a very intimate feel to the wedding. Natalie and Henry had both decided to get ready in adjacent hotels, literally a stone’s throw from the venue. This meant there was very little stress with people able to get ready in a relaxed atmosphere knowing they only had to cross the street to arrive for the ceremony!
30 Pavilion Road itself is something of an architectural ‘tardis’ with the facade doing a good job of concealing the splendour that lies within! Having shot the ceremony we set up in the library for some group shots given that there was a slight drizzle outside. The food, as you might expect, was phenomenal and the staff were extremely well organised and polite so that the day flowed beautifully.
In the evening, before the party started, I managed to persuade Natalie & Henry to pop outside for a few photographs. We shot some outside the venue but also took a short walk up to Harrods for some images that really gave the set a sense of location and were a great way to finish off a fantastic day.