London wedding photographer, June and LJ outside Cavandish Square

Whoooo hooooo! A city wedding! Lots of new material to get my teeth stuck into, thanks to June’s love of London architecture. Bridal preparations at 11 Cavendish Square, a ceremony at All Souls Church on Langham Place and then back to No 11 for the reception. This was Central London sophistication at its best. It’s hard for me to write this without getting overexcited, so breathe Anna, here is June and LJ’s wonderful wedding in a nutshell.

The day started for me at 11 Cavendish Square where June was preparing for her walk down the aisle with her three bridesmaids. The space was a photographer’s dream, two huge rooms with great big Georgian style windows, meaning lots of light. 11 Cavendish was also hosting the reception so I was able to nip downstairs and take shots of the room being prepared and tables being laid, which was rare. It’s nice to document all the behind the scenes work that goes into these great, great days.

The church was a mere five-minute walk away so I was also able to nip down to get some shots of LJ and Bauzi, his best man and brother, outside the church greeting guests.

Photographing June was brilliant. She was the perfect study, never shying away from the camera, beaming smiles, fun, enthusiastic, confident – she really revelled in being the centre of attention in the most endearing way, which is why all the photos of her are so engaging. She made my job very easy. June was also a great art director, it was her idea that she wanted a shot of herself and LJ on a zebra crossing and just as we did it a big red bus pulled up behind them. It was fabulous. We did this photo a few times involving more of the bridal party and the surrounding pedestrians and traffic were very patient in allowing us the set up for our shots – but then, who doesn’t love to slow down and gawp at a wedding party?!

The wedding breakfast was in a room with a glass-vaulted roof, again, manna from heaven for a photographer and the speeches were all brilliant, particularly Bauzi’s best man speech which was hilarious. I’d also like to point out that I got to eat the full three courses that the guests got to enjoy – a rare treat, not least because I never seem to get the time to do this, but also because the food was utterly sensational.

June and LJ kept up the Chinese tradition of Yang Sem, a toast to the newly weds, where they went around every table and shared a drink with their friends, shouting “Yang Sem!” each cheer louder than the one before, so that the atmosphere in the room was electric by the time they finished.

Guests were treated to a swift swing dance lesson to get them into the mood and on to the dance floor – which the majority of people did (high five to their enthusiasm) making for some great alternative dance floor shots. June and LJ did not disappoint on their debut, having learned some key moves themselves. LJ swung June as if they were Strictly champions. Not only did the light up the dance floor, but the whole room. These doctors, ay? They certainly know how to party!

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To see more images from June & LJ’s incredible day, here’s their wedding slideshow.

Recreate June & LJ’s Central London splendour:

Florist: Harley Flowers

Catering: 11 Cavendish Square

Band: Ronnie Scott Rejects

Dress: Pronovias