Coq D'Argent London Wedding Photography - Jen & Dan

October 02, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

It's always fun travelling up to London to photograph a wedding, and Jen & Dan's wonderful celebration - at All Saints Church in West Dulwich followed by a reception at the splendid Coq D'Argent restaurant in the heart of the city - gave me a real thrill. Not only did we have an absolutely delightful couple on a beautiful day, and a huge church full of light, but to cap it all there was something new for me: one of the finest views in the city from the restaurant's roof terrace, looking out over all of the incredible and iconic new architecture of the financial district - what a backdrop for the reception photos!

The full wedding party on the roof terrace with the iconic buildings of London's financial district in the backgroundCoq D'Argent Restaurant London Wedding PhotographyGroup photo Bridal preparations took place at Jen's family home, a short distance from the church in West Dulwich. All very relaxed and informal - exactly what I like to capture in my images; the little moments, the details and the build-up with the bridesmaids and family members. Wonderful reactions and smiles everywhere as Jen came downstairs in her absolutely beautiful dress; the epitome of elegance. And as the few finishing touches were applied to hair and make-up it was on to the church to catch up with Dan and the guys...

Wedding shoesLondon Wedding Photography West Dulwich 1Bridal preparation details

The bridal bouquet arranged on the lawn in the gardenLondon Wedding Photography West Dulwich 4`Bouquet Black and white photo of dress hanging by bedroom window, and button-holes lit from aboveLondon Wedding Photography West Dulwich 2Floral and dress details The bride comes down the stairs in her wedding dress to meet her father and brotherLondon Wedding Photography West Dulwich 3Father of the bride and brother see the bride Finishing touches applied to the bride's make-up before leaving for the ceremonyLondon Wedding Photography West Dulwich 5Bridal make-up

Deceptively modern from the front, the church is a really beautiful building with an interior on a very grand scale, filled with light and - absolutely perfect from a photographer's perspective - bags of different angles and options for covering the ceremony discreetly. Dan, his best man and ushers had all arrived safely and were occupying themselves greeting guests and fastening buttonholes, while I nipped around indoors and outdoors capturing the details and little moments as they happened. Particularly lovely to see amongst the guests Ami & David, the happy couple from a wedding last year in Cambridge, and I'm sure it was just as lovely for them to be able to sit back and enjoy it all as a guests this time too! Outside the sun was blazing (this it turned out wasn't quite going to be the case for the entire day, but it put in a good effort for most of it!) and as the guests took their seats the bridesmaids arrived in the advance party, ready for the bride to make her appearance.

Floral arrangements and view of the altarLondon Wedding Photography West Dulwich 6All saints church west dulwich interior Black and white portrait of groom and with ushers at the front of the church before the ceremonyLondon Wedding Photography West Dulwich 7Groom and ushers Wide angle black and white photo of interior of all saints churchLondon Wedding Photography West Dulwich 8Inside the church Relaxed portrait of the groom, with best man and ushers in the backgroundLondon Wedding Photography West Dulwich 9Groom portrait Mother of the bride chats with the vicar, and guests arrive, plus photo of church exterior from the frontLondon Wedding Photography West Dulwich 10Guests outside The bridesmaids, wearing blue dresses, arrive and wait outside the church in the strong summer sunshineLondon Wedding Photography West Dulwich 11Bridesmaids outside church The bride and her father arrive outside the church in a classic Bentley wedding carLondon Wedding Photography West Dulwich 12Bride arrives Back indoors, Dan was in position and ready for Jen to make her entrance on her fathers arm. This is one of the moments I absolutely love to photograph whenever I can - the view from the front of the church, with the groom in the foreground, and looking towards the back as the bride walks down the aisle. So often you are treated to wonderful reactions - and the occasional hint of nervous anticipation - as the big moment finally arrives and the ceremony begins. Needless to say both Jen and Dan were absolutely beaming! As the bride gets closer to the front I quickly make my exit to one side, so that I'm no kind of distraction once the ceremony begins, and this is where a big, wide church like All Saints can really make a difference as I can quickly and easily fade to the side and out of everyone's line of sight. The last thing I want to do during a wedding ceremony is be the centre of attention myself.

And then, just a few moments later, Dan & Jen were officially husband and wife!

The groom waits at the front of the church with the best man as the bridal party entersLondon Wedding Photography West Dulwich 13Grooom at front of church Black and white photo of the bride smiling as she walks down the aisle on her father's armLondon Wedding Photography West Dulwich 14Bridal entrance Bride and groom stood together at the front of All Saints church as the marriage ceremony beginsLondon Wedding Photography West Dulwich 15Start of the ceremony View from the gallery at the back of the church during the wedding ceremonyLondon Wedding Photography West Dulwich 16The marriage The bride and groom turn to face each other to make their wedding vowsLondon Wedding Photography West Dulwich 17Making the vows The marriage ceremony culminates with the exchange of rings and the first kiss between the newly married coupleLondon Wedding Photography West Dulwich 19Exchange of rings and kiss Photographs of guests taken during the wedding ceremonyLondon Wedding Photography West Dulwich 18Candid photos of guests The bride smiles to her family as the groom signs the marriage registerLondon Wedding Photography West Dulwich 20Signing the register Parents of the bride and groom watch on as the bride and groom sign the registerLondon Wedding Photography West Dulwich 21Family members Details of rings and floral arrangementLondon Wedding Photography West Dulwich 22Bride and groom together The bride's grandfather leads into the final belssing with a prayerLondon Wedding Photography West Dulwich 23The blessing The bride pauses to kiss her grandfather before walking down the aisle with her husbandLondon Wedding Photography West Dulwich 24Newly married The newly married couple walk arm-in-arm down the aisleLondon Wedding Photography West Dulwich 25Walking down the aisle Typically, at literally the moment they stepped outside, the day's little rain shower decided to make an appearance. Nothing serious and it quickly passed, but it did mean ducking back inside the church for the family photos (which is no bad thing, as the space and backdrop inside was absolutely perfect for them anyway, and the last thing you want on your wedding day - well, one of the last things, at least - is soggy guests!). It also meant that we were able to take a final moment before everyone headed off to the restaurant for a couple of shots of the couple in the exquisite Lady Chapel, just off to the side of the church. So there you go, every cloud really does have a silver lining!

Blue skies and wet pavements as a little impromptu shower turns up as the wedding party exit the churchLondon Wedding Photography West Dulwich 26Hugs and kisses outside the church Family and wedding party at the front of the churchLondon Wedding Photography West Dulwich 27Wedding party group photos Black and white photo of bride and groom kissing in the attractive chapel to the side of the main churchLondon Wedding Photography West Dulwich 28Bride and groom portrait in the Lady Chapel Bride and groom are showered in confetti as they exit the church, and pause for a quick portrait in the wedding car before leaving for the reception.London Wedding Photography West Dulwich 29Confetti and car On then - after a rather exciting drive across the centre of an extremely busy part of London - to the superb Coq D'Argent restaurant with it's wonderful rooftop terrace, perched on the edge of the financial district. The blue skies and fluffy white clouds were back in abundance by now, so it was straight onto the terrace for drinks and canapes (seriously good food here; definitely one to consider if eating is going to be an important feature of your wedding day!), loads of candids of guests admiring the views and playing 'name that building' and a few more informal group photos before heading inside for the wedding breakfast.

View of the main restaurant, sculpture and wedding cakeCoq D'Argent Restaurant Wedding Photography 31Restaurant interior and details A few moments lone with the bride and groom before the guests arriveCoq D'Argent Restaurant Wedding Photography 30Bride and groom rooftop terrace portraits The full wedding party with the city skyline in the backgroundCoq D'Argent Restaurant Wedding Photography 32Group photo on the roof Wedding guests admire the view from the restaurant's rooftop terraceCoq D'Argent Restaurant Wedding Photography 34Guests on the roof Drinks and canapes served on the rooftop terrace with views across the heart of LondonCoq D'Argent Restaurant Wedding Photography 33Canapes and views Guests enjoying the sunshine on the rooftopCoq D'Argent Restaurant Wedding Photography 35Candid photos of guests The 'walkie talkie' tower dominates the skyline, nestled amongst the other buildings of the financial quarter in the cityCoq D'Argent Restaurant Wedding Photography 36The view Black and white photos of guests before the wedding breakfastCoq D'Argent Restaurant Wedding Photography 37Drinks and canapes Portraits of the bride and groom in the circular central terrace at the restaurantCoq D'Argent Restaurant Wedding Photography 38Bride and groom portraits The groom makes his speech as the wedding party watch onCoq D'Argent Restaurant Wedding Photography 40Groom's speech Guests looking on during the wedding speechesCoq D'Argent Restaurant Wedding Photography 39Guests watch the speeches Watching the speechesCoq D'Argent Restaurant Wedding Photography 41More guests... At the start of the wedding breakfastCoq D'Argent Restaurant Wedding Photography 42In the restaurant Guests relax and chat during the mealCoq D'Argent Restaurant Wedding Photography 43The wedding breakfast A cornish crab starter, rump of lamb for the main and an apricot vicherin dessert - nice wedding breakfast!Coq D'Argent Restaurant Wedding Photography 44The food Hats discarded, the wedding cake in prime position, and the seating plan outside the restaurantCoq D'Argent Restaurant Wedding Photography 45Reception details Into the evening, with the rest of the day's celebrations started as is tradition with the cutting of the cake and the first dance, but not before I had stepped outside one again for a few quick moments in the fading summer light for a final few portraits with the bride and groom, before the party swept them away. And it became clear very quickly as i ducked and dived, avoiding flying arms and legs in every direction, that this was most definitely a party crowd! Well, they picked the perfect place for it, out on the decking of the restaurant's bar as a glorious sunset capped an fantastic and very memorable day in the city...

Flash-lit evening photos of bride and groom outside restaurant entrance in early evening lightCoq D'Argent Restaurant Wedding Photography 46Bride and groom portraits Back on the roof for a final couple of photos using off-camera lighting as the evening descendsCoq D'Argent Restaurant Wedding Photography 47Couple on roof terrace An array of cupcakes, with a separate main cake for the traditional cuttingCoq D'Argent Restaurant Wedding Photography 48Cutting the cake In the bar's separate terraceCoq D'Argent Restaurant Wedding Photography 49First dance Colour photo of bride and groom's first dance as guests look onCoq D'Argent Restaurant Wedding Photography 51First dance 2 Huge enthusiasm on the dancefloor as the evening's party commencesCoq D'Argent Restaurant Wedding Photography 50The party Many congratulations Jen & Dan on an absolutely superb wedding, and one I will remember for a long time. Wishing you both many very happy years together!

 

If you are planning a London wedding at All Saints Church or the Coq D'Argent Restaurant and would like to know more about my wedding photography services, packages and prices, please don't hesitate to contact me to discuss your plans and ask me any questions you might have - I'm always happy to help however I can.

 

As ever, hope you enjoyed the photos, and thanks for reading,

 

Stephen


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