A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of helping with the photography for Sarah & Eric’s wedding at the Penthouse Pavilion Suite at the Dorchester Hotel, Mayfair in the heart of London. The main photographer for the day was the very talented Alex Beckett and I would thoroughly recommend checking out his full blog of this wedding (and others!) on his website here.
I really enjoy assisting at weddings for a number of reasons (although the control freak in me misses being in charge!) Firstly it’s a chance to work with some great photographers and swap ideas and working practices. It’s very easy just to carry on ploughing your own furrow but working with others is a great way of preventing yourself from becoming too set in your ways. Its also a great opportunity to meet new people , venues and suppliers. My main brief for the day was to photograph Eric getting ready and some of the general festivities. But there was also scope for me to help out the wedding planner who asked for some shots of the venue, the flowers (for the florist on the day) and the wedding stationery – just so that these suppliers had some nice images of their products and services. Hopefully they won’t forget the favour!
One of the slightly more nerve racking things about not being the primary photographer is that the first time you meet the couple is usually on their wedding day. With my own weddings I will normally have met couple 3 or 4 times. This could include when they initially book me, planning meetings, a trip to the venue and maybe an engagement shoot. This means that I have a good rapport when it come to the actual wedding day. However, I needn’t have worried because Eric was extremely relaxed, friendly and charming. In fact we had some real laughs – including the taxi driver who felt compelled to stop and offer Eric his sartorial advice that a belt shouldn’t be worn with a tuxedo (who knows what all that was about?!)
As the name suggest, the Penthouse Pavillion at the Dorchester Hotel is at the top of the shop with a beautiful roof garden affording spectacular views across London’s skyline. Inside there are a number of beautifully decorated, interlinked rooms – creating a warm and intimate atmosphere. The weather stayed nice allowing full use of all the venue and Hyde Park just across the road for some photos. It really was a beautiful day filled with love and laughter; I felt privileged to have been a very small part of it.