Before the ceremony.
On the morning of Fran and Rishi’s wedding I was privileged enough to have some time with the both of them ahead of the ceremony. I joined Fran at her aunt’s house in Chiswick to capture some shots of her getting ready and generally enjoying the day. Each bride is so unique in their attitude to getting ready. Fran had her hair already done and she did her make up in about 15-20 minutes. It was then time for a glass of bubbles and some family shots in the garden. I then headed off to Paddington to meet Rishi and his groomsmen at one of my old stomping grounds, The Larrick. I captured a few shots of the pre ceremony drinks and then as we left to walk to the ceremony the heavens absolutely opened. Thankfully everyone was equipped with umbrellas and wasn’t too fussed about getting a bit wet!
An intimate ceremony at the gorgeous Marylebone Old Town Hall.
Fran and Richie said ‘I do’ at one of my favourite London venues, The Old Marylebone Town Hall. The staff there are fantastic and the building itself is just so beautiful! They had the Westminster Room to allow their guests to have some more room to distance. We were also treated to the musical delights of the four groomsmen and their triangle playing as Fran made her entrance (a note to bride and grooms-restrictions can sometimes be twisted if you read the rules very carefully!). With a few readings from family added into the ceremony, it was so personal and you could just tell by everyone’s smiling eyes over their masks that they were just so happy to be there!
Route master through London.
After they were declared husband and wife the bride and groom, along with their guests, popped open the champagne and jumped onto a 1920’s route master through London, taking in some of the sites as they went. It felt like we were on a school trip somewhere, it was so much fun. The weather looked like it might not play ball but by the time we arrived at the drinks reception the sun was out and shining!
An authentic Italian feast.
One of the positives to come out of Covid when it comes to weddings in my opinion, is that receptions and wedding breakfasts in some cases have been a little different. Fran and Rishi had hired out the fantastic Osteria Ovada for the most amazing Italian feast. Everything was cooked right in front of us and I can personally say it was absolutely delicious! The restaurant was cosy and as guests got to sit down for a meal everyone was savouring the moment as it had been a while since most people were in a restaurant. Fran and Rishi’s family and friends were just fantastic. So welcoming and so much fun to be around, much like the couple themselves. You can always tell when it’s been a great day because not only do you say goodbye to the bride and groom but you also go out of your way to say goodbye to their guests who you’ve also had a fantastic time with.
What a simply brilliant day! I had a ball. Thanks for having me there with you and feeding me delicious Italian food!!