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Ida and Maz | 1 Great George Street weddings

1 Great George Street weddings

 

I am fortunate to photograph weddings all over London, but not many venues have the variety of styles and cultures that I witness with 1 Great George Street weddings. Ida and Maziyar are Iranian, and their fabulous day featured ceremonies and customs I felt privileged to document.

It was an early start with Ida at the colossal Daniel Galvin hair salon in Mayfair, before jumping into a cab and scooting back to 1 Great George Street for make up. My associate on this occasion was the excellent Krish, and her day started with Maz and the assembly of the Sofreh-ye Aghd, a special table laid with beautiful and symbolic items, including a basket of decorated eggs and a basket of almonds and walnuts to symbolise fertility; a basket of pomegranates for a joyous future; a cup of rose water from special Persian roses to perfume the air; and a bowl of crystallized sugar to sweeten life for the newly wedded couple. Immediately after the couple are married, the bride and groom each dip one little finger into a cup of honey and feed it to one another.

The Aghd ceremony was conducted by the Iranian Cultural Ambassador, with Ida and Maz’ closest family and friends in attendance, and was both joyous and moving, with laughter and tears.

We had a short gap to run and take a few photographs in Parliament Square, before getting back for the next part of the day’s celebrations, and the arrival of the other guests. The civil ceremony was conducted by the Westminster Registry Office and one of the nicest registrars I know, smiling and engaging with everyone brilliantly.

A busy day! All this was followed by the cultural Aghd, this time with everyone present, and an emotional speech by Ida’s father, Alireza, which heralded many tears. After many hugs and hand shakes, Ida and Maz were up for a few more portraits, this time in the galleries under the domed roof of 1 Great George Street, before the traditional gathering of everyone under the rotunda for a final huge group shot.

The wedding breakfast followed, and a spectacular ceremonial cake dance preceding the cutting of a huge Croque en Bouche. Ziba, the dancer had endless energy, and danced again for the couple before they themselves took to the floor for their own first dance, this time with a masked ball theme. The evening’s partying was underway, and my job was done. A truly amazing day, and an honour to share it with Ida and Maziyar.

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Floral Style | Weddings at The Langham Hotel, London

Weddings at The Langham Hotel, London are always going to be special. This post is all about style, and this portfolio shoot has been put together by the one and only Melanie Helen of Cranberry Blue Weddings, planner and organiser (and stylist) extaordinaire!

The amazing floristry is by Brian at Brian Kirkby Flowers whose enthusiasm for designing wedding flowers and bouquets is limitless. Brian and Melanie create a special blend of style and elegance for each wedding they embrace, always bespoke, unique, timeless.

Please feel free to Pin these images, (hover over the image you’d like to Pin) and of course do leave a comment below or on social media of your choice:)and I hope you’ll find these ideas inspiring for weddings at The Langham Hotel, London or anywhere!


Styling by Cranberry Blue Weddings & Events  www.cranberryblueweddings.co.uk
Flowers provided by Brian Kirkby Flowers  www.briankirkbyflowers.co.uk
Photo shoot location – The Langham, London  www.london.langhamhotels.co.uk
Cake provided by Jess Hill Cakes  www.jesshillcakes.co.uk
Table cloth supplied by Over the Top Rentals  www.overthetoprentals.co.uk  Napkins from Northfields www.linenforhire.com
Glassware supplied by Jones  www.joneshire.co.uk
Candelabra, vases & mirrored tiles supplied by Wedding Day Hire  www.weddingdayhire.co.uk
Stationery supplied by Emily & Jo  www.emilyandjo.co.uk
Table plan: Designed & made by Cranberry Blue Weddings, keys from House of Fraser  www.houseoffraser.co.uk, name tags by Emily & Jo  www.emilyandjo.co.uk
Shoes: Kurt Geiger  www.kurtgeiger.com

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Laura and Gavin’s Wedding | One Great George Street, London

I was thrilled to be commissioned to photograph Laura and Gavin’s wedding, for many reasons. The first is that wedding photography at One Great George Street is always a pleasure, as I am well known there and a big fan of the venue. The second, and probably more important, is that Laura and Gavin are a fabulous couple, and we got on brilliantly right from our first meeting.

And thirdly, I had no idea until two days before the wedding, that Katherine Jenkins, that’s THE Katherine Jenkins, was Laura’s sister. AND – she would be singing at the wedding. Me, excited? Oh yes.

Bridal prep was at the splendid Marriott County Hall Hotel, which is a lot smarter than it sounds. Just on Westminster Bridge, it is a big and luxurious hotel, and perfect for Laura’s team of hair and make-up artists. We all piled into wedding cabs for the short trip to One Great George Street, where we were greeted rather unceremoniously by the paparazzi, who had, despite the utmost secrecy, tracked down Katherine. For Katherine, it’s another day at the office. For me, it was a bit scary – they don’t hold back.

We got safely into One Great George Street, calmness regained, the ceremony began, and Laura was given away by her lovely mum. After Laura and Gavin had spoken their promises to each other, Katherine sung, and it was soooo moving, in that place, with those people, for her sister at that ceremony. Beautiful.

Here are some of my favourite images from the day. Your thoughts are always welcome, please feel free to leave a comment or two below.

“We just love the photos – I can’t stop looking at them! Now we have the hard job of narrowing them down for the album! Although I love the selection you have pulled out on the blog. Everyone loves the Photofilm too – can’t believe its been viewed that many times already! It really is beautiful. You have done such a fantastic job on everything” Laura and Gavin

 

Here are a few kind words from Laura after she saw their images: “Wow – thanks Steve – they are amazing!  We absolutely love them – thanks so much.  We got back from honeymoon this morning so it’s been nice looking over these when we got home.”

And after seeing their Photofilm:  “We’ve just watched it together and I was in tears again… it’s lovely – thank you so much.”

 

One Great George Street, London

Laura’s stunning gown is by Suzanne Neville

Laura’s Hair and Make-up is by:

Charlotte Reid at One Represents

Cathy at cathymakeup2@gmail.com

Anna Gibson at annagibsonmakeup.co.uk

The Toastmaster is Paul Craycraft at toastmaster-paul.com

Live music supplied by The Musicquarium

 

 

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