The wedding of Amy and Seamus

October 24th, 2017 by Helen

I recently photographed the wedding of Seamus and Amy. It was unusual one for me in that the couple’s main celebration was in Ireland two days later, so this was a much more petite event.

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This was the legal wedding and it was held at the iconic Kensington and Chelsea Register Office. Both sets of parents were in attendance to witness the special occasion, along with a few other close friends and family.

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We went to a pretty street near the King’s Road to take some portraits, they both looked fantastic, and we were especially lucky to get such a sunny day in October.

Everyone went the Cooper’s Arms for the wedding breakfast.

Afterwards we went to The Albert Bridge to get some portraits at dusk.

 

 

 

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The Wedding of Graeme and Stephane

July 14th, 2017 by Helen

Last week I had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of Stephane and Graeme.

  

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The couple are based in Switzerland, but had friends and family fly in from all over the world to celebrate their marriage. The wedding was at the Mayfair Library. Stephane was proudly walked down the aisle by mother Marie-Anne.

Flower girls Averie and Sunday had flown all the way from Australia.

Graeme’s mother Susan beaming as she walked her son into the ceremony.

The ceremony was beautiful, with many friends and family giving short speeches, poems and songs on the theme of love and marriage. Hamdi, a very close friend of the couple gave a fantastic impromptu performance of La Vie en Rose by Edith Piaf.

The couple had arranged an action packed afternoon. Only one of the guests was UK based, so Graeme and Staphane arranged a red bus to take everyone around London landmarks.

The tour culminated with a trip on the London Eye, with beautiful views across the Thames.

The couple looked extremely handsome in their stylish Ted Baker suits.

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The wedding of Kate and Ben

May 22nd, 2017 by Helen

I recently had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of Kate and Ben in Urval, France.

Hairstylist and friend Ashe flew over from Colorado for the wedding.

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Kate’s beautiful dress was by Sassi Holford.

 

The couple were married in the magnificent Le Chateau de La Bourlie, which dates from the 14th century.

The wedding was held in the grounds of the chateau and was compered by the couple’s good friend Shelton. Ben was supported by his Groomspeople, Dan, Patrick and Hannah.

 

 

  

 

Friends of Ben and Kate’s sang songs and read, it was an emotional and hilarious ceremony.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

Kate’s father made a lovely speech, as did her bridesmaids Bec, Holly, Julia, and Ben’s best men.

 

  

  

 

 

 

  

 

The first dance was We Have All The Time In The World by Louis Armstrong.

 

 

 

There was a ceilidh followed by a performance of ad hoc band ‘Ben and the Je Ne Sais Quois’, featuring Ben on keyboard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Becky and Toni

December 6th, 2016 by Helen

 

The wedding of Toni and Becky ©2016 Helen Maybanks

I recently photographed the wedding of Toni and Becky.

The wedding of Toni and Becky ©2016 Helen Maybanks

The couple were married at Islington Town Hall in London.

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The wedding of Toni and Becky ©2016 Helen Maybanks

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The couple looked fantastic. Becky looked beautiful in her dress from The Confetti Box.

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The wedding of Toni and Becky ©2016 Helen Maybanks

The wedding of Toni and Becky ©2016 Helen Maybanks

The wedding of Toni and Becky ©2016 Helen Maybanks

Becky and Toni took their guests over the road to The Dolls House for their reception.

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Becky and Toni's wedding cake

The fantastic wedding cake was made by Becky’s talented aunts, Ann and Marian.

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Everyone went outside for sparklers.

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There were some lovely speeches, with Becky’s twin brother Stephen giving a particularly funny best man’s speech.

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The first dance, Shut Up and Dance by Walk the Moon.

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The Mentalists

July 10th, 2015 by Helen

Stephan Merchant in The Mentalists

Last week I took the production photographs for the West End production of The Mentalists at the Wyndham’s Theatre. It stars Stephen Merchant as Ted and Steffan Rhodri as Morrie – both of whom were excellent. The play has very funny moments, and very dark moments and I would recommend it.

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Stephen Merchant and Steffan Rhodri

Steffan Rhodri as Morrie

Stephan Merchant as Ted in The Mentalists

Stephen Merchant and Steffan Rhodri rehearsing The Mentalists

I also took rehearsal photographs, which I love, not only do I get to take photographs of actors in a natural and relaxed state, I also see the rehearsal process unfold. It was fascinating hearing the actors talk so articulately about the show and what they can bring to their characters. Director Abbey Wright guided Stephen through his transition to stage – this was his theatre debut – and hearing them discuss the difference between acting on stage and screen was illuminating.

A black and white photo of Steffan Rhodri rehearsing The Mentalists

Stephan Merchant talks into the telephone during rehearsals

Two posters for The Mentalists

I also took the promotional photos of Stephen Merchant back in March. Steffan was photographed separately but due to scheduling issues I photographed Stephen in the Umbrella Rooms in London. Stephen was shot in character as Ted and you can see the finished posters above. Below is a few outtakes of the shoot – Stephen is just as funny in real life and it was a very pleasurable shoot.

Stephen Merchant on a grey background

 

 

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Constellations

June 11th, 2015 by Helen

Joe Armstrong and Louise Brealey in the UK tour of Constellations

Joe Armstrong and Louise Brealey in Constellations

I recently took the rehearsal and production photographs of  the UK tour of Constellations. The play has received fantastic reviews – Joe Armstrong and Louise Brealey play Roland and Marianne, and they are brilliant.

Joe Armstrong tries to lick his elbow in Constellations

Joe Armstrong and Louise Brealey as Roland and Marianne

Louise Brealey and Joe Armstrong dance

Louise Brealey and Joe Armstrong rehearsing Constellations

Michael Longhurst directing Constellations

Director Michael Longhurst talking with the actors during rehearsals.

A black and white photo of Joe Armstrong and Louise Brealey rehearsing Constellations

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The Spalding Suite

June 1st, 2015 by Helen

The Spalding Suite ©2015 Helen Maybanks

Recently I photographed Fuel’s The Spalding Suite in Manchester.

The Spalding Suite ©2015 Helen Maybanks

Jason York, KM Drew Boateng, Marcquelle Ward, Emmanuel Akwafo, George Bray and MC Zani performing in the production.

Jason York; KM Drew Boateng and Emmanuel Akwafo in The Spalding Suite

Marcquelle Ward & Emmanuel Akwafo in The Spalding Suite

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Directed by Benji Reid, it is a fantastic show and difficult to describe, it is part poetry, part dance and movement, with excellent beatboxing from MC Zani.

Marcquelle Ward; Emmanuel Akwafo and Jason York in The Spalding Suite

Marcquelle Ward in The Spalding Suite ©2015 Helen Maybanks

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The Elephant Man

May 23rd, 2015 by Helen

Bradley Cooper and Alessandro Nivola

I was recently asked to photograph the rehearsals of The Elephant Man starring Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola. The show transferred from Broadway and the company had a brief rehearsal period before opening in London. The show has received excellent reviews and runs in London until 8th August.

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Bradley Cooper and Patricia Clarkson rehearsing

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Love’s Sacrifice

April 23rd, 2015 by Helen

Love's Sacrifice by the RSC

Matthew Needham as Duke of Pavy and Beth Cordingly as Fiormonda

I have been working on the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Love’s Sacrifice. In February I took the rehearsal photographs in London, and in the last couple of weeks I have been up to the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon for the production images. The set looks fantastic, designer Anna Fleischle, has done a beautiful job with high, glowing arches and video projection creating something dark and otherworldly. Matthew Dunster‘s production has received great reviews with some excellent performances from the talented cast. My photos have appeared across much of the press including the The Guardian, the The Telegraph and the Financial Times.

Marcus Griffiths as Roseilli in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production.

Marcus Griffiths as Roseilli

Colin Ryan as Giacopo and Matthew Kelly as Mauruccio

Colin Ryan as Giacopo and Matthew Kelly as Mauruccio

Jamie Thomas King as Fernando in Love's Sacrifice

Catrin Stewart as Bianca, Matthew Needham as Duke of Pavy and Jamie Thomas King as Fernando

Catrin Stewart as Bianca, Matthew Needham as Duke of Pavy and Jamie Thomas King as Fernando

Jonathan McGuinness as D'Avolos in the RSC's Love's Sacrifice

Jonathan McGuinness as D’Avolos in the RSC’s Love’s Sacrifice

Catrin Stewart as Bianca and Matthew Needham as the Duke of Pavy

Beth Cordingly as Fiormonda in Love's Sacrifice

Beth Cordingly as Fiormonda in Love’s Sacrifice

Love's Sacrifice poster featuring the photography of Helen Maybanks

 

One of my images of Matthew Needham was used in the promotional poster by the RSC.

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Laurie and Tim

April 21st, 2015 by Helen

A portrait of Laurie and Tim on their wedding day

Recently I photographed the wedding of Tim and Laurie at Chaffeymoor Grange in Dorset.

A portrait of Laurie and Tim on their wedding day

A portrait of Laurie and Tim on their wedding day

Chaffeymoor Grange in Dorset

Chaffeymoor Grange originally dates from the 17th Century and was a beautiful place for the celebrations, especially with the lovely weather.

The wedding of Tim and Laurie

The couple looked fantastic in their Charles Tyrwhitt morning suits.

The wedding of Tim and Laurie

The wedding of Tim and Laurie

The wedding ceremony of Laurie and Tim

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The couple were married in the Oak Room of Chaffeymoor Grange. Friends and family had flown in from across the world to be there and it was an emotional ceremony with poems, slideshows and music. To see larger images please click on the thumbnails.

The wedding ceremony of Laurie and Tim

Shedding an emotional tear at the wedding

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The wedding of Tim and Laurie

Tim signing the register with Laurie by his side.

The signing of the register.

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A portrait of Laurie and Tim on their wedding day

A portrait of Laurie and Tim on their wedding day

The grounds of Chaffeymoor Grange were a beautiful backdrop for some portrait photography of the newly married couple.

A portrait of Laurie and Tim on their wedding day

A portrait of Laurie and Tim on their wedding day

Croquet on the lawn

During the reception some of the guests played croquet.

The Oak Room at Chaffeymoor Grange

The Oak Room set for dinner.

The wedding of Tim and Laurie

The wedding of Tim and Laurie

During dinner there were some heartfelt and hilarious speeches made by the couple and some of the guests, and a lovely video featuring best wishes from friends and family.

Top hats and white gloves

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The couple enjoying the wedding speeches

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Cutting the cake – two very stylish top hat cakes – in fitting with the grooms’ attire.

Tim and Laurie's first dance to Single Ladies by Beyonce

The couple’s first dance was Single Ladies by Beyonce – they had learnt a routine which they pulled off with aplomb.

Tim and Laurie's first dance to Single Ladies by Beyonce

A portrait of Laurie and Tim in front of Chaffeymoor Grange

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