Kelly & Adam – The Langham Hotel, London
Recently, I had the honour of photographing Kelly and Adam’s luxury wedding ceremony and lively reception, which stands out as one of the most beautiful events I’ve ever captured on film.
Held at the stunning Langham Hotel in London (a true favourite of mine) Kelly and Adam hired the aptly named Grand Ballroom to hold their reception in, overlooking the vibrant and historic rose garden which provided the perfect backdrop for the nuptials. With 150 guests, Kelly and Adam’s big day was one of the smaller weddings I’ve worked, and the intimacy allowed me to take some fantastic shots throughout the day.
Dressed in a truly stunning dress and sporting a delicate bolero matching the tradition and sophistication of the ceremony, Kelly floated down the aisle like she was always meant to be a bride. With her blonde hair styled in a classic up-do (with an edgy modern twist), sparkly earrings that perfectly complemented her gown, and her proud, doting father Craig on her arm, Kelly strode confidently towards her handsome husband-to-be to the soft sounds of Eva Cassidy’s Songbird. Never have the words ‘to you I would give the world’ meant as much as they did when Kelly and Adam first laid eyes on each other that special day.
Dressed in a classic grey suit, blue tie and a purple lily in his buttonhole showing a bold side that paralleled Kelly’s hairstyle, Adam could not have looked prouder when he took his first glimpse of his future wife. It’s a photograph I could never recreate. The look of pure happiness and joy, uninhibited by anything else, really is something you can only capture in the heat of the moment. As loving dad Craig handed his precious daughter over to Adam, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house – especially from Kelly who was clearly overwhelmed. It was clear in her eyes that Kelly was mourning her childhood, yet incredibly enthusiastic about this new chapter in her life.
The ceremony progressed without a hitch, with the bride and groom beaming throughout. Even during the first kiss, the camera caught both of them with upturned lips as they celebrated their first moments as husband and wife. During the signing of the register, where Kelly’s sister Julie and Adam’s grandmother Daphne acted as witnesses, the newly betrothed looked so calm and serene (almost as if being husband and wife was completely natural to them) as if it was their destiny. However, this harmonious, peaceful, tranquil ceremony was coming to an end, to be replaced by one of the most animated spirited parties I’ve ever had the pleasure of attending.
The reception was a great deal of fun, but it still maintained many of the classic aspects of the ceremony. It was a true wedding of contrasts, and it’s not often I get to say that. Coupled with the traditional cream colour theme, the beautiful and emotional moment between Adam and his sister Rachel and the intricate 19th century chandeliers cascading from the ceiling in the Grand Ballroom, was a bag full of playful personalities. Best Man Steven delivered a moving yet hilarious speech, while Adam and his new bride showed off their moves on the dance floor.
I’m so proud to have been asked to be Kelly and Adam’s London wedding photographer, and hope I did them proud. Both bride and groom looked completely stunning all day long. Check out their slideshow and see for yourself!