wedding photography at Merton Registry Office

More stepping out of the English wedding mould for the marriage of David and Sarah – a knockout short dress, Persian wedding breakfast, belly dancers and lots of candid camera, made for a very fun day for me.

I started off at Wimbledon’s Hotel Du Vin where Sarah was getting ready with her mum Trish and the magnificent Stormie, Sarah and David’s four-year-old daughter who is super cute and totally stole the show from her parents ALL DAY. In the best way possible, of course. Stormie was thrilled at all the bridal prep, the fussing over hair and makeup and she was so well behaved – which is hard for a four-year-old amidst the overwhelming excitement of your Ma and Pa getting married. The photos we took at Hotel Du Vin, I have no doubt will bring many smiles and happy memories for mother and daughter in years to come – and grandma too. Three generations of wonderful women getting ready together.

The ceremony was held at Mordon Hall, aka Merton Registry Office, a registry office like no other, with a beautiful garden, outdoor gazebo and pretty pergolas with climbing plants. Happily, the weather was on our side enabling the ceremony to be performed completely al fresco. Not a small feat for a British wedding, although as I write this in the middle of a scorching heat wave, it’s hard not to take the sun for granted!

Sarah’s dress really was knockout. Knee length with a red underskirt matched beautifully to her bouquet and David’s tie. Stormie walked her down the aisle, giving a massive hug to her Dad when they reached the end. Sarah welled up, steadied herself and took a few deep breaths whilst saying her vows. All the while, David just looked so proud of marrying the woman that so clearly meant the world to him. It emerged from the speeches, that he knew the first time he met Sarah, he was going to marry her. No wonder he looked so chuffed.

David had also organised a guest appearance from Sarah’s old dog Ripley who they’d had to give away when Stormie was little. (He did well didn’t he?!) Ripley came all the way from the Lake District – that’s 300 miles – with his new owner for a happy reunion with Sarah. She was overjoyed to see him and a few guests definitely had to wipe away tears.

The wedding breakfast was held in a Persian restaurant, Sarab, in Surbiton, owned by friends. The atmosphere was brilliant – the restaurant at maximum capacity and people clearly delighting in the food. I was able to get loads of candid shots here of all the guests. There wasn’t really enough room for couple’s shots, but that didn’t matter at all.

With the food cleared away, two belly dancers appeared, getting the party started and David and Sarah had their first dance – with Stormie right there along beside them. I left with the DJ commanding the dance floor, guests in full swing. Exactly how it should be.

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