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A wedding in Marylebone – Hanna & Stephen

 

The sun shone on Saturday for Hanna and Stephen’s wedding in Marylebone, London. A beautiful, tall Swede was marrying a handsome Aussie surfer ( okay, he has a grown up job in finance too ) and the wedding took place at Ulrika Eleonora church ( The Swedish church in London ). A small Swedish enclave in Mary-le-bone, the church was been in London since 1710, although not always in this part of the city. To quote the Swedish embassy website, “it serves the Swedish residents in the UK as well as seaman, tourists, students and aupairs…” ( Marylebone gets it’s name from a church dedicated to St Mary built on the banks of a small stream called the Tyburn. A name now infamous as the spot where convicted criminals and unfortunates were hanged – just down the road. ) The whole wedding day would take place within this smart, historical district of West London.

Hanna had emailed me back in April, having seen some of my work on the Rock My Wedding website, asking if I still had the date free. When I replied that I was, she immediately booked. I like these kinds of bookings!icon smile A wedding in Marylebone   Hanna & Stephen  They were traveling in the USA at the time, so we only met up several weeks later, before they went off again to France. When you meet them, you find that not only are they a very handsome couple together – they are the sort of good looking couple that you notice in a crowd – but also lovely, warm, funny people too. The wedding reflected this, surrounded as they were by family and friends from around the world.  There was a laid back feel to the day, some of the timings did go slightly awry. This relaxed atmosphere was noticeably added to by their excellent vicar, Anders Rune, unfazed by the late start to the ceremony.

I seem to have had a good run of vicars at weddings so far this year, long may it continue. They are not all stuck in the 1950s mindset. I don’t just mean that they let me take photographs, although back in April one did say to me   ” What do you need? I want this couple to remember this day and in particular this ceremony and that’s why photography is important” ( I was in shock ). But also it is their manner with the couple and the guests. On Saturday it was a perfect approach. Relaxed, funny, smiling and calming. The emphasis was upon enjoying the moment.  (“If Carlsberg did vicars”…albeit a Danish beer.)

Even the layout of the church helped. The couple walked back down the aisle and off to sign the register, as their guests went outside, ready to ambush them with the confetti and pretty much block the street. There were a few tears before the couple appeared, as a flower girl lost hold of her balloon. Then it was a red Routemaster bus to The Marylebone pub in Marylebone High Street, for some cold beers and snacks before the evening reception at The Wallace Collection. Just a few blocks away, in Manchester Square, it houses a world famous collection of art with paintings like Frans Hals “Laughing Cavalier” and Fragonard’s “The Swing”. But wedding receptions can only take place in the evening, hence the stopover in the pub. However the courtyard there, where the meal takes place is a lovely space for this, the speeches and the dancing.

The speeches, as with all Scandinavian weddings, were many, spread across the meal, along with the schnapps songs. There was plenty of toasts, laughter but also heartfelt emotion as close family members who could not be there were remembered. But then it was the dancing, with some, I’m guessing, pretty Scandinavian dance moves….?

Here are a few images from the day….

 

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( Technical Trivia: ( camera geek time ) Images taken on Nikon D3S cameras, with fast Nikkor lenses – 24/1.4mm, 50/1.4mm, 85/1.4mm and the 135/2.0mm lenses. But also the new Fuji X100S camera – but can you guess which images are from the Fuji? The dancing, with no disco lighting, just the ambient from the dancefloor LEDs and the side uplights, was using the 24mm and 50mm lenses on the Nikon D3S , both at 1/200th @ f2.0 at 8000 ISO. No flash. It was a bit dark. )

 

  • Stephen Bunn - July 3, 2013 - 1:41 pm

    Great Wedding Photojournalism as always Martin, great looking venue and very attractive couple, looked a lot of funReplyCancel

  • Lyndsey Goddard - July 3, 2013 - 1:44 pm

    Wow Martin what an incredible set of images, and yes what a gorgeous couple! Favourites, of which I have many, are the groom and 2 flowergirls sitting on the steps, the balloons in church (totally unexpected and fun), the groom’s thumbs up down the aisle, the stray purple balloon (great framing), and the two of the couple walking. The really sunny one across them crossing the road looks like a fashion piece for Vogue, and the black and white of them with the silhouette on the wall is just stunning. Brilliant.ReplyCancel

  • Alex - July 14, 2013 - 5:57 pm

    I like London and surely Marylebone. Great photos.ReplyCancel

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