November 15th, 2013 by Helen
Last weekend I photographed Lia and Deb’s Hindu wedding ceremony at the Clay Oven Banqueting Suite. I photographed the couple’s civil wedding in September and I was delighted to be asked back to photograph their religious wedding.
The couple and their friends and family got ready at the The Fox & Goose Hotel. Lia looked fantastic in her traditional Sari she had made for the occasion by Impressions in Ilford. Please click on the thumbnails to see larger images.
I was also able to go to Deb’s room where he was getting ready with his father.
We went to the venue where Mr Nihar Banergee, a long-standing friend of Deb’s family conducted the ceremony.
Deb seated in the mandap, awaiting his bride.
Lia’s brother Tom helped lift a silken sheet over the couple’s head in preparation for the Saatpaak, where Lia walked around Deb seven times symbolising their becoming bound together.
Lia and Deb exchange garlands during the Mala badal.
Deb and Lia smile and hold hands before the Ashirbad (blessings) begin
The cutting of the cake.
Deb’s father Jayanta gave a lovely speech about his son.
The best man was Rishi, seen here holding his childhood Optimus Prime toy, a gift for Deb.
October 30th, 2013 by Helen
Last year I took the production photography of the Donmar’s Julius Caesar directed by Phyllida Lloyd. The production is currently in New York at St Ann’s Warehouse where is receiving brilliant reviews. The company used my image of Harriet Walter in the promotional posters.
September 27th, 2013 by Helen
Last weekend I photographed the civil partnership of Kevin and Jim.
I started at the Mercure Hotel Greenwich where the couple were getting ready.
Kevin and James had booked a wedding Black cab to get to the venue.
For my second consecutive wedding I was at the Eltham Tudor Barn in South East London. The beautiful flowers were from LimeGinger.
Jim and Kevin’s family and friends gathered to watch their ceremony. Two of their sisters gave readings, please click on the thumbnails to see larger images.
We took some photographs in the Well Hall Pleasaunce at the back of the barn.
Jim’s Dad Howard made a funny speech about his son and new son-in-law.
Cutting the very stylish wedding cake.
Kevin and Jim.
To see more of my photography please take a look at the civil partnership photography section of my website.
September 26th, 2013 by Helen
In August I photographed the wedding of Madeleine and Toby. Andy Brownstone at Brownstone Films was the videographer and here is the beautiful video he shot of the day.
September 20th, 2013 by Helen
Recently I was in Eltham for the wedding of Lia and Deb.
I started in Leytonstone where Lia was getting ready in her parents’ house with her bridesmaids Sara, Nell and Amy, her Male of Honour Jeremy and parents Jane and Kriss. Please click on the thumbnails to see larger images.
Lia and her father Kriss travelled to the wedding venue in a beautiful 1930s Austin Taxi. The wedding was held at the Tudor Barn Eltham in South-East London.
The couple had written their own wedding vows.
After the ceremony we went behind the Barn into the Well Hall Pleasaunce to take some portraits. Lia looked beautiful in her wedding dress by Night Feather Design.
Lia works in theatre so there were lots of lovely touches including the ‘Wedding Grub’ tickets for the dinner. Gill, a friend of Lia’s mum, made the amazing wedding cake with edible scrabble pieces and a London A-Z on it.
The band were called The Tiny Ugly Band and are friends of the couple’s from University. Singer and keyboardist Tim wrote a brilliant song about the couple, called ‘What’s in a name?’ before launching into the first dance: Grow Old With Me.
September 17th, 2013 by Helen
A few weeks ago I took some promotional images for Punchdrunk‘s new show, The Drowned Man. The company already had production images but needed two more symmetrical images for the centre of the poster. We set up studio lighting and worked with the very talented cast to get the two images of the man and woman you can see above. A big thanks to my two excellent assistants on the day, Elliott Wilcox and Claudia Legge. For anyone who hasn’t heard of Punchdrunk I would thoroughly recommend them, The Drowned Man is getting excellent reviews and is currently booking until December.
September 13th, 2013 by Helen
Last week I photographed the wedding of Kimberley and Iain.
Kimberley got ready at The Goring Hotel, where I captured her having the finishing touches applied to her hair and make-up.
Kimberley looked beautiful. She wore shoes by Benjamin Adams. Please click on the thumbnails to see larger images.
The couple were married in the Rossetti Room at Kensington and Chelsea Register Office on the King’s Road in London. Kimberley and Iain were joined by their good friends Dawn and Dermot who acted as witnesses to the marriage.
The couple left the Register Office and popped by St Mary’s Church to light a candle before going back to The Goring Hotel for lunch and champagne.
September 6th, 2013 by Helen
Last Sunday I was in Gosfield Hall in Essex for the wedding of Hema and Adam.
I started in the bridal suite where Hema and her family were doing the final preparations. Please click on the thumbnails to see larger images.
Hema looked stunning in her Bubs Mahil dress as she walked down the aisle on the arm of her proud father. Hema’s bouquet and the men’s button holes were from Lillies of Wanstead.
Hema placing the wedding ring on Adam’s finger. The couple had two wedding ceremonies, they started with a civil wedding inside Gosfield Hall, before moving into the gardens for their Hindu wedding ceremony.
In a Hindu ceremony the groom is formally met by the bride’s family at the Pokwanu, and then led up the aisle to the mandap. Adam’s suit was made in India via Cuckoo Fashions.
In the Kanya Aagman, Rakesh and Kiran, Hema’s brothers, escort her to the alter.
The Mangala Sutra Dharan – Adam placed a gold necklace around Hema’s neck to represent togetherness, love and sacred union. Hema’s aunt made the rose garlands.
After the wedding we went inside the the wedding breakfast and speeches. The father of the bride, Adam, and the best man all made very good speeches.
Cutting the cake.
August 29th, 2013 by Helen
I recently took the photograph of the very talented Becca Marriott for the poster for Tosca by OperaUpClose and Soho Theatre.
August 13th, 2013 by Helen
Recently I photographed the wedding of Toby and Madeleine at The Landmark Hotel in London.
I started with the bridal party – Madeleine’s sister Nadine helped her into her dress with assistance from their mum Adrienne. Madeleine looked stunning in her Stephanie Allin dress.
Please click on the thumbnails to see larger images.
Toby smiling while Rabbi Baruch Levin signs the Ketubah overseen by Rabbi Meir Lev.
In Jewish weddings the first moment the groom sees his bride is during the Bedecken ceremony – Toby looked over the moon.
The wedding ceremony under the chuppah, with the couple’s parents and grandparents looking on.
Madeleine and Toby.
Dinner, speeches and dancing were held in the magnificent ballroom.
Toby and Madeleine had a lot of friends and family celebrating with them, and almost all of them hit the floor for the dancing at the beginning of the evening.
Madeleine and Toby are held aloft during the Hora.
The evening’s band were Pure Orange, and they put on an excellent show.
Nadine, Madeleine’s sister is a brilliant singer and she performed a lovely song she had written for the couple. It was both emotional and funny, and the venue erupted when she finished.
Toby’s brother Elliot was the best man, and he gave a very funny best man’s speech.