Becoming a favourite style of wedding for me, the London registry office + pub combo. This relaxed wedding took place in Southwark registry office and then they all walk around the corner to The Crooked Well in Camberwell.
I love weddings, in every shape and form, but it was always going to be a pleasure shooting Dave and Sonoko’s: the groom and best man (and their crew) are becoming something more like friends to me, than clients, after years of shooting their friends weddings. I’m looking forward to the next one already.
But today we celebrate the marriage of Dave to Sonoko, in a relaxed and free spirited wedding that flowed effortlessly. Two people, who have been in love for 10 years already, and who have lived apart for most of that time. Two people from very different cultures who came together at the end, despite it all.
I started the day, unusually, at groom prep and had a laugh with the boys shooting some frames and calming the nerves. And that was just the start – by the end of the day my face was aching with happiness as I had smiled so much. Big up to the Forest Gate Massiiive. (Or was it Hill?!?) I kept getting it wrong on the day – sorry guys!
The venue was, again, perfectly relaxed and simple in style. The canapés were something else and the serving platters that comes out for the wedding breakfast looked insanely good. Instead of a wedding cake D&S had gone with the Japanese tradition of a kagami-biraki which is basically a huge cask of saké that the married couple smash open and then serve to their guests. It had the desired effect and got the party going.
All in all this was everything that is great about a wedding: it was about the love and friendship of two people witnessed by their nearest and dearest. And the coming together of two families. Oh and it was about having fun and telling people that you love them.
So kanpai, cheers, brrrrrrap to Dave and Sonoko.