Weddings at The Savoy and Claridge’s London
Weddings at the Savoy and Claridge’s London can only be very classy affairs – and this wedding, in July, was no exception. Kavita and Anthony asked me to document their wedding, pictorially, starting out at The Savoy Hotel, and them, moving on for a private dining celebration at Gordon Ramsay’s at Claridge’s.
The majority of these images are black and white – as that was the wish of Anthony and Kavita. There is a splash of colour though of course. Many of these photographs were shot with the Fuji X100 alongside my existing Canon gear. There are a lot of images in this selection, mostly because I really love them of course, but I also want to show off some more of the X100 images – which this type of intimate wedding is a perfect camera to use.
Hopefully, regular readers of my blog and past and future wedding photography clients understand that I class myself as a pure documentary wedding photographer. Storytelling of the wedding is the key facet of my remit.
You perhaps will also know that I’m a huge fan of the old filmatic style images and as such, I edit my work to resemble film produced images as much as possible. I’ll keep an eye out for details and shoot within the storytelling paradigm as much as possible. For example, the images of Kavita’s stunning wedding dress below were shot in-situ, with no prompting, directing, moving or orchestrating from me at all. An adjustment of my camera angle allowed me to get some interesting shots in a confined space of the dress.
Anthony and Kavita had a wonderful ceremony at The Savoy, followed by afternoon tea with their close friends and family. A quick break from the day at The American Bar for a cocktail before being whisked off in The Phantom to Clardge’s in Mayfair. Here, Kavita and Anthony enjoyed a private dining evening at Gordon Ramsay’s.
The very last image in this set is perhaps my favourite. I had been told, quite directly, that photography in the main restaurant area at Claridges was prohibited (which I fully understand). However, Kavita wanted a wide shot of the whole table, which wasn’t really possible at the time. I waited until I was on my way out of the restraunt, turned on my heels and shot one frame using the X100. I love this image – it was a very lucky moment of course, as Kavita and Anthony are kissing at the moment of exposure. This shot would not have been possible with a DSLR in my opinion.
Weddings at the Savoy and Claridge’s, and in fact, London itself are a challenging place to work as a wedding photographer – especially in multiple locations, however, it affords itself to documentary wedding photography so well. Especially Weddings at the Savoy and Claridge’s
As mentioned, a larger selection than normal for the blog, but please feel free to leave a comment.