MC Motors Wedding Photography in London
Here’s a little peek at my recent trip to London to take some MC Motors wedding photography at the marriage of Lucy and James.
Anytime you are planning a wedding in London in December it’s best to assume it’s going to rain – we weren’t disappointed. But it’s never been about the weather for me but always about the people who are coming together to celebrate the wedding. That’s the story – the weather, venue, flowers and food just provide the unique context to the day.
Laid back wedding photography
I’ve worked with some relaxed couples on their wedding day but I must admit that Lucy and James were probably the most laid back. I turned up at Kettner’s Town House at the appointed time – Lucy was still in bed drinking tea and James was in his pyjamas putting the finishing touches to his speech. Now that signals a great day!
The wedding ceremony was to be at The Asylum Chapel in Peckham. It’s a venue I’ve been to before and it’s one of the most unique and visually stunning places I think I’ve been to for a wedding ceremony.
“The chapel is a Grade II listed building, built in 1826 by the Licensed Victualers Benevolent Institution for use by the residents of Caroline Gardens. These residents were made up of retired workers of the alcohol trade. Bombed in WWII, the present use of the chapel is as a flexible space which can be hired for photographic and film shoots, exhibitions, theatre, weddings and funerals.”
I’m not going to deny that it’s a challenging space to work in when it’s light you require to make photographs – and Asylum Chapel is unlit and fairly dark even at the height of summer. This was to be after sunset in winter. But I like a challenge and I’m used to working in some very interesting venues.
I’m not a photographer who really uses flash. I like to show the day as people see it rather than how I’ve lit it. Maybe years of photographing theatre has made the challenge of photographing action in dark rooms second nature to me!
Brilliant reception venue at MC Motors
After the ceremony and some much welcome mulled wine we all jumped onto a couple of red London buses and drove across to Dalston and the brilliant reception venue at MC Motors.
As hired it’s a 6000 sq/ft East London warehouse – very much a empty industrial space that’s perfect for a wedding reception. It had been brilliant styled by the fantastic miracle worker Alex at The Bijou Bride and looked stunning.
We spent the rest of the wedding day here with a great meal provided by Canababes Food Co. and the groom providing his own entertainment with a massive game of Musical Bingo! This got the whole evening going (and it didn’t stop!)
Here’s a quick overview of this great wedding day at Asylum Chapel and MC Motors – click the slideshow link at the bottom to see more!
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