The Palace of Westminster is, to me, quite a big deal of a place to photograph a wedding in and I’ve been really lucky enough to capture two there now. I’m always interested our British history and heritage these days, fascinated by it in fact and Westminster is definitely steeped in plenty!
Carol & Pete began their big day at the equally prestigious Oxford & Cambridge Club on Pall Mall and I joined Carol and her girls in the Diamond Jubilee Suite to capture all the excitement of the morning. Their hair and make-up stylist Andrea and her assistant did an absolutely wonderful job, everyone looked amazing and Carol’s hair in particularly looked so stunning – those curls – definitely fit for Pinterest and not a hair extension in sight! The flowers from Window Flowers were really pretty too – tulips and roses, two of my favourite blooms! I loved Carol’s gorgeous dress from Love Me Do, she looked beautiful in it and took everyone’s breath away and got lots of whoops and cheers on the way to the House of Commons, as true to London’s traffic congestion dependability there was a road closure just outside Westminster and a little walk along Parliament Square was necessary right at the end!
Once we cleared the stringent security procedures I went to capture Pete and the boys who were busy greeting all the excited guests and eagerly waiting in the Jubilee Room for Carol and her Dad’s big entrance. The ceremony itself was lovely. They had two wonderful readings and after they said ‘I do’ we headed outside for some photos in the New Palace Yard then took a long stroll through the palace (with hundreds of tourists in tow!) and had a couple of stops for more photos until we reached the South Terrace and Churchill Rooms for the drinks reception and wedding breakfast.
I loved being a part of their celebrations and had such a great time with all their family and friends. The champagne and laughter flowed all day! The food and service was impeccable, the speeches a giggle and the scenery (despite Big Ben being covered from top to toe in scaffolding!) was so grand.
It just leaves me to thank Carol & Pete for booking me to photograph their fantastic Palace of Westminster wedding… and wish them tons of good luck for their future in Canada!