East London Weddings | Ian & Gabrielle
East London Weddings — The Royal Inn on Victoria Park, E9
I loved this wedding. And not just because Ian and Gabrielle are two of my closest friends and I was also there as a guest. I loved it because it felt like a good old fashioned wedding. A brilliantly happy wedding ceremony and then just a big party for friends back at the pub. I also love it for the fact that Gabrielle was 27 minutes late for the 30 minute ceremony in Hackney Town Hall. And that there was jerk chicken for the wedding breakfast. And a big green wedding cake. Or that my wife fell down the Royal Inn stairs at some point but still managed to look like she was posing for a Vogue shoot at the bottom of them. Or that Paula mysteriously spent the last part of the night wearing a pig nose. Or that there were top-hatted taxidermied mice as a wedding topper. Or that the bridal prep shots with Gabrielle were more boudoir meets 70s fashion photography. Or just simply that I got to photograph Ian’s wedding, who was the first person I got to know when I moved to London Fields five years ago. Either way, it’s pretty safe to say that I enjoyed this wedding. And you know it’s not always easy to shoot a wedding as half-guest / half-photograper. You’re wearing two hats. (Not actually two hats, mind you, that would be a bit too Mighty Boosh for a wedding photographer, even in Hackney.) It’s just you don’t know whether to socialise or take pictures. But the remit for this one was simply ‘get some lovely photos of the wedding, and then get some great dancefloor shots.’ So that’s what I did.
Along with those shots of Gabrielle’s legs…
Hair by Izumi at The Painted Lady
Makeup and mice by Samantha Bull