I recently shot a sky-high wedding at the top of the Gherkin, and just a month later here I was shooting a wedding reception just a few doors down and one floor below street-level. Whilst one is the cutting edge of modern architectural design, the other is a gorgeous reminder of how flamboyant design could be when given the chance (and funds) to do so.
Torrey prepared for the big day at the outstanding Pan Pacific Hotel with a superb view of the iconic Gherkin. That put a smile on my face as soon as I walked in the door, given that I’d been there recently. But what really put a spring in my step from the off was just how warm a welcome I received from Torrey and her family (and Mantron of Honour). There was never a dull moment, with a certain niece being the life and soul of the party, bubbly at the ready, and some last minute speech tweaks from said Mantron of Honour. Once the dress was on and the button holes had been figured out, we jumped into a classic London cab and scooted over to Islington Town Hall for the main event.
Needless to say, London town halls are pretty busy on Saturdays at this time of year, so after a little loitering and sidestepping we all headed indoors for the ceremony. I’m not sure if Gareth was nervous at all, but if he was it wasn’t showing. Between the two of them, they were positively beaming from the moment Torrey walked up the aisle and for the rest of the day. Always a good sign…
After a short bus ride we all arrived at this most unusual of locations. As I mentioned before, The Victorian Bath House is an extraordinary building, but not least because it’s in the heart of the city surrounded by towers of glass and steel. Yet, still it stands out as a stubborn reminder that the past did things pretty well too.
After a bit of a catch up, a glass or two of something and a nibble to balance out the blood sugar levels, it was speech time. One Groom, two Dads, two Best Men, and one Mantron of Honour. They were all brilliant too, with the groom even being allowed by his best men to keep his dignity which is not always the case. Many laughs later, the couple headed outside for some fresh air and a few intimate photographs…
The First Dance kicked off the evening’s celebrations and you always know it’s going to be a good ‘un when the Rambo ties come out. It was a superb end to a fantastic day, so thank you G&T for having me along, and congratulations!