Balham Bowls Club ~ Sarah and Kev's London wedding

I'm not quite sure where to start with this wedding. So I'll begin with the end. I left the evening reception at Balham Bowls Club grinning from ear to ear, on a huge high, having to be dragged from the dance floor because the play list was just so amazing and the guests were having such a good time.  Photographing this wedding was an absolute honour and I'm so excited to share it with you on my blog today.

Sarah & Kevin are from 'up north' and have lived in London for the last few years and I think they love it just as much as I do! They are the most lovely couple and I adored getting to know them.  You may remember their engagement session here 

When shooting a wedding I want to capture the emotion, the movement, the connections, the atmosphere, the in between moments, and looking back at these images as I'm blogging them I kind of feel a little choked up - I really invest in my couples emotionally and I adore sending them their little package of photos tied up with string.  So here are the highlights, it's an epically long post but I haven't blogged a wedding in full all summer so grab a cuppa and settle in! 

Friday 17th August 2013 

Off to Marylebone Town Hall 

Sarah & Kev walked into their ceremony together and wanted to meet each other before. A quiet moment with just the two of them. One of the most beautiful, emotional things to photograph - full of happiness, love and nervous anticipation. I love these images.

"These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow, and forever.
These are the hands that will work alongside yours, as together you build your future.
These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch, will comfort you like no other.
These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief fills your mind.
These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes; tears of sorrow, and tears of joy.
These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children.
These are the hands that will help you to hold your family as one.
These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it.
And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged, will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch."

Oh Balham Bowls Club.  BBC. How I love. you. so.

Kev's nan was just amazing - I spent lots of the day chatting with her and loved being her London tour guide as she sat aboard the Routemaster, on the top deck at the front. "If I'm coming all the way to London, I'm sitting at the top and at the front."  She took the stairs with a hop skip and jump! :) 

"To die by your side 
Is such a heavenly way to die "

A little bit of the Smiths for their first dance. And boy did they enjoy it.

I always always carry on photographing the couple after the guests join a bride and groom on the dancefloor. They forget everyone else is there and have a proper loved up moment - and you get photographs that capture them like the one above :) 

The indie playlist began in force - may have even had a little boogie myself! :) 

A huge thank you to Sarah & Kev and all of your wonderful family and friends - photographing your wedding absolutely rocked! 

I was very lucky to be joined by Nisha Ravji  as my second shooter. She is a talented and established New Zealand photographer, over in the UK loving London this summer- we make a pretty good team I must say! Nisha covered the boys getting ready while I photographed the girls and she made a quick decision to shoot the confetti from above while I shot from below which I think adds a great dimension. I hope one day to be able to join her in the southern hemisphere to shoot some Kiwi weddings too! :)