With their dazzling good looks, photographing James and Ali’s wedding was a bit like a fashion shoot and one might have been forgiven for assuming so when Ali pulled up to church in the same white Rolls Royce that carried Kate Moss to her wedding. Glamour was most certainly the order of the day, but a fun-filled-joie-de-vivre-type-glamour, if you know what I mean.
James and Ali have been together for years. They met at a nightclub in Kingston when Ali was 18 years old. Both went off to different universities and their relationship endured the distance. James used to compete for the Great Britain triathlete team and now has his own business selling triathlete sports wear, whilst Ali is a buyer of glass, china and cutlery at a luxury department store, so you can imagine their wedding list was pretty good!
The ceremony took place at the very picturesque – and very old – St Giles’ Church in Ashtead, moving on to the reception at the magnificent Fetcham Park, a new venue for me and one that I hope to visit again soon. The house itself and its incredible gardens had so many possibilities for great shots, but it was the service and the ethos of all the staff that really impressed me. I even had my own coffee and lounge area – a complete first! So, a special thank you to Anna at Bride and Glory, of whom I know James and Ali are also supremely thankful to for everything running so swimmingly.
Of course, James and Ali looked sensational against all the splendor of the house, it was as if they were in their own period drama. Words can’t quite do justice to how amazing Ali looked. Naturally and effortlessly elegant, her dress might just be one of the most incredible dresses I’ve seen to date, and although a blue suit may not have been very Mr Darcy-esque, James certainly rocked it with style.
As the music began to play, I particularly loved the spectacular way in which the newlyweds graced the dance floor, sweeping down the grand staircase to take their places before the backlit J&A. Simply splendid. Congratulations guys and thank you.