I met Acoris through my exhibition of documentary photography work and what a coincidence when his fiancé discovered me as she looked for their wedding photographer.
Acoris is the owner of London’s oldest Art Gallery, Andipa in Knightsbridge. I was so grateful when he offered me the chance to exhibit my work in his gallery in September for World Dementia Month and even more proud to have some of my work held in his emerging artist portfolio. So, pressure on to deliver an incredible set of wedding images!
The guests received stunning sliver embossed wedding invites which set the scene for a very stylish and beautiful wedding.
Emel and Acoris got married at Kensington Palace, not a venue I had ever photographed before, so I was really excited to see the backdrops we could use for their portraits.
Emel got ready at The Belgrave Hotel in Knightsbridge. I photographed Emel getting ready and had to take a detail shot of not one pair of wedding shoes, but a bag of Jimmy Choos. I told her my story about how I got to meet and photograph Jimmy Choo following another brides wedding, and now that portrait is held in the National Portrait archive.
Emel wore a stunning white gown with a full skirt and embroidered bodice, with lace edged veil. Emel wore her hair long in soft curls and looked absolutely beautiful. She carried a simple bouquet of white roses. Acoris looked handsome in his morning suit with pink tie and waistcoat.
Emel had four bridesmaids who scattered rose petals as she walked up the aisle.
On arriving at the Palace, the guest were greeted with champagne and canapes, supplied by Francesca Montaut, as they mingled on the terrace, perfect for natural informal photographs of the couple and their guests.
I captured a lovey moment of the bride’s veil dancing in the wind and pictures of the bridesmaids happily playing.
The one long table in The Orangery, were set with white flowers and candles and each setting had a small silver box, and gold rimmed glasses. A harpist played for the guests and speeches were given by Emel’s dad and Acoris’s mum. Acoris sung to Emel. The couple were brought their white three tiered wedding cake decorated with real roses to the table to cut.
The dance floor was dressed with trees decorated by candles. The bride and groom took to the floor for an incredible first dance whilst their guest watched in awe at the groom guiding his bride around the floor.
I took a stunning bride and groom photograph on the grand staircase surrounding by walls hung with master pieces, a perfect backdrop for a Gallery owner and his new bride.