Trinity Bouy Wharf in London’s docklands was the setting on Sunday for the most epic of celebrations for Jim & Sheena’s nuptials. I’ve been lucky to capture weddings for lots of friends this year but I felt especially privileged to be asked by Jim & Sheena to capture their Hindu wedding. It was my first time photographing a Hindu ceremony and it was absolutely incredible and an experience I’ll never forget. Everyone at their Temple in Lewisham was so welcoming and accommodating explaining all the elements of the ceremony to me and they were very relaxed and even encouraging about the photography allowing me to capture some images & moments I absolutely love. I have to say this felt a very stark contrast to the majority of ceremonies I shoot with vicars and registrars! But above all to witness two cultures & two families coming together like this was really an incredibly moving and humbling experience and I loved so many things about the Hindu ceremony but mostly just how joyful the whole event is. I would absolutely love to shoot more Hindu weddings in the future.
After their ceremony and something to eat at the Temple, the guests jumped onto an old London route master bus to Greenwich pier for a champagne river cruise along the Thames to their venue, Trinity Bouy Wharf. An old warehouse on the dockside adjoined to it’s very own light house, this place has an incredible backdrop of the river & London skyline. As one large, clean white space inside it’s a fabulous urban blank canvas for you to inject your own style onto. Sheena and Jim chose multi coloured tropical florals brilliantly done by Rust & Bloom, with tonnes of fairy lights & festoons as well as hanging floral & ribbon hoops to give the space a vibrant contemporary vibe. After the most delicious sharing plates which tasted every bit as good as they looked guests spilled out onto the dockside at sunset and I took the opportunity to sneak them off for a couple of portraits alone in the golden evening light before they kick started some serious dancing to the musical stylings of the brilliant Verushka, who I’d highly recommend if you’re on the hunt for music for your wedding. As well as the party stuff she and her band played an awesome set during the drinks reception with soulful, loungey, jazz stylings which all added to the relaxed atmosphere. At the end of the evening Jim’s sister had arranged for Jarvis Cocker to record a message to them personally to be played at the surprise on their faces was just wonderful to capture. What a day. It’s truly one I’ll never ever forget.