Kate and Matt’s Clapham Wedding

Kate and Matt – a transatlantic love story reached it’s logical conclusion today in Clapham, south London.

Kate is from the west coast of the USA and Matt hails from Lancashire but they live and work together in Houston, Texas. I often photograph weddings where the couple live abroad and it’s an interesting thought that the photographs have a different impact when you’re viewing them from a different continent, particularly somewhere hot or humid.

In these cases I always try to bring photographs in to the wedding coverage that show the location and the atmosphere on the day. This was pretty easy today for example as the couple had organised London double decker buses for the wedding guests to get from the church out to Dulwich for the reception (a great idea by the way if parking and transport might be an issue for your wedding guests).

The couple got married at St. Mary’s and they and their guests celebrated the wedding at Dulwich Picture Gallery, a unique wedding venue just down the road. It’s been a while since I photographed a Dulwich Picture Gallery wedding and it was a pleasure to be back there.

It’s a fantastic location for a wedding photographer – so many different photogenic corners inside and out. The gallery was open to the public until 5pm so we were able then to wander around the Almshouses at the gallery, the grounds and of course inside the picture gallery itself for the bride and groom portraits.

The day started at an Airbnb flat near the church where Kate and the girls were preparing for the wedding…

Off to sunny Clapham for chapter 2.

A quick groom portrait at the church.

Matt and BM Guy were at the church nice and early.

Richard, the priest at St. Mary’s ensures the weather remains great for the rest of the day. One of the benefits of a church wedding I guess.

You’re never too old that your mum can’t help you with your cufflinks.

Kate – 15 minutes early!

The spectacular interior of St. Mary’s Church, Clapham.

Chapter 3. The wedding buses arrive at Dulwich Picture Gallery.

The press pack.

Ben and Joe from the Bubble Brothers provided the Prosecco Van – a fantastic idea for the wedding reception. We wandered around the grounds and in and out of the gallery for some bride and groom portraits.

A quick photograph of everyone (from the top of a picnic table) and then in for the wedding meal.

One long table set up inside the gallery was an amazing thing for the guests to see as the entered.

Boys eh? What are they like?

Suzanne James, a regular at the picture gallery, provided the amazing catering for the wedding day.

A polaroid camera set up – great fun and a lovely wedding souvenir.

Speech time with Kari, the maid of honour, kicking things off.

The Pavilion at the gallery was a new addition since I was last here and the location for the evening wedding celebrations and dancing.

Thanks again Kate and Matt, what a great day eh? I hope your trip back home went well.


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