It was such an honour to be asked to shoot the civil ceremony part of Sapna and Kunal’s wedding celebrations. Having gone to school with Sapna, it made it even more special to be a part of her day, she mentioned before that she wanted each part of the day to be as personal as possible, with their videographer being a friend from University, me, their photographer, being in School with Sapna, and the celebrations afterwards being at their brand new home together - the personal touch was definitely achieved.
Having already had a few days of celebrations and religious marriage ceremonies, I was only needed for a few hours on their civil ceremony day. I met them up town at The Old Marylebone Town Hall, where I’ve shot a few times. The venue on a Sunday is really lovely and chilled out compared to Saturday’s there. This gave us much more space to capture photos and allowed for clean backgrounds, especially during the couple shots, it also allowed us to use the internal staircase for a few shots too before the next wedding came along. On a Saturday, it’s not possible to use the internal staircase as their are multiple weddings going on at the same time and the stairs are the main entry and exit so have to be kept clear.
Even though they had already been religiously married, the nerves were still clear to see as they both said their civil vows. We moved quickly after the ceremony to get all the group shots and couple shots, we then headed back to their new home. The evening drew in and it was perfect for their sparkler entrance! I loved capturing these photos, they really do have a magical feel! I left them celebrating with their family and friends, it was a truly heart warming day, and a complete honour to be a part of.
“Sparkle, baby, sparkle!”
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Venue: The Old Marylebone Town Hall