The height of luxury at Claridges

For B and L, Claridges Hotel in London was the perfect venue. It’s an institution for luxury, elegance and sophistication, which is exactly why they decided to come all the way from America to host their dream wedding in this historic venue.

Despite having travelled the globe, there is something about a Claridges in my hometown of London that I simply love. It’s an absolutely stunning venue with such great attention to detail throughout the entire venue, which is exactly what attracted L to the venue. With an eye for detail, fashion and elegance, it wasn’t hard to see that this was the perfect venue for the perfect couple.

Overcoming the challenges

Naturally, we weren’t able to meet face-to-face, but we were able to discuss plans on Skype and confirm everything effortlessly in the lead up to the wedding. And just a few weeks before the wedding Laura informs me that the BBC will be filming parts of their wedding as part of a documentary on Claridges.

Naturally, this meant I needed to make sure the film crew didn’t hinder my work and that I didn’t get in their way either. Luckily, everyone at Claridges made sure we were all well accommodated and kept happy; allowing us all to get the footage we needed.

Coming together

Surprisingly for a destination wedding there were lots of friends and family attending to show their support and witness this momentous occasion, which created a unique and warm atmosphere and a fantastic story.

My day started by meeting B in his room, where we instantly clicked – he is such a cool guy and someone I could now call a friend! On his own in his room, we simply chilled out as his friends arrived one by one gradually building up the atmosphere. As a photographer this was perfect as I could sit back and observe it all, taking artistic shots that perfectly told the story.

With the groom shots complete, I headed over to L’s room where it was a hive of activity as L’s best friends and family helped her to get ready. For me this is a truly special moment where the girl transforms into a bride, both physically and emotionally. L was an absolute dream to photograph as her beauty both inside and out shone through, along with her eye for detail with her dress, shoes and hair.

Celebrating family, life and love

The rest of the day was spent capturing the couple’s most precious moments, emotions and love with all their friends and family around them. This story was made even more poignant as a few months before the wedding the family received some shocking news that nearly stopped the wedding going ahead all together. Despite the difficulties the family made the right decision to carry on with the wedding, which allowed me the privilege of telling their story and showing the true meaning of not only looking your best, but also celebrating family, life and love.