Arad & Brian’s Same-Sex Wedding
As a wedding photographer I was delighted to be chosen for Arad and Brian’s same sex wedding, as a result of being found on Instagram by Arad. Arad a keen photographer and lover of photography himself knew he wanted a very candid and storytelling approach to his and Brian’s wedding day – and it was my natural wedding reportage photography on Instagram that led him to me. The wedding was going to be split between the wonderful Pump House in Battersea Park and at the cool Bluebird Restaurant on the Kings Road in Chelsea. As a London documentary wedding photographer they really were London wedding venues I dream of shooting at.
The three of us met up over a beer at a pub just off the Kings Road in Chelsea and we immediately hit it off. I’m a firm believer in working with those couples I know I will get on with and who want a non-nonsense approach to their wedding photography. I really enjoyed the guys company, so I knew we were a great fit, and couldn’t wait to shoot their wedding day.
The Street Photography Wedding Photographer
As always the wedding day started off with the getting ready preparations, this at Arad and Brian’s cool apartment near the River Thames in Battersea, London. The first thing that really struck me was the amount of photography that adorned the walls of their home. Clearly photography and art is an important thing in their life, as it is mine. After all, I’m not just a documentary wedding but also an obsessive candid public photographer in my spare time – and I’ve spoken elsewhere how street photography helps shape my wedding photojournalism approach.
Pump House Battersea Park Wedding Photographer
Anyhow, back to the subject of Arad and Brian’s London wedding day. Once Brian’s parents and sisters – with adorable nieces and nephews – had arrived, it was off to Battersea Park for the wedding ceremony, although this did prove bit of logistical challenge thanks to Uber drivers and inaccurate GPS.
However, we made it to the Pump House safely and time and what a fantastic and unusual London wedding venue it is! An old converted Victorian water tower – that used to supply the water to the many lakes in Battersea Park – it’s mainly used as a contemporary art gallery most of the year round – but also caters for weddings. With its mezzanine level that looks down on the ceremony floor and set in the glorious surroundings of Battersea Park (in my view one of the best parks in London) it’s not difficult to understand why this is one of the best wedding venues in London.
The Arad Tree
As I expected, Arad and Brian’s same sex wedding ceremony was one of smiles, laughter and touching moments. Sadly, due to ill health, Arad’s parents were unable to travel from Israel but we able to enjoy the ceremony due to the wonders of Skype. I always say, wedding guests often give true impression of the happy couple and I say Arad and Brian’s family and friends are amongst the nicest and most friendly wedding guests I’ve had the pleasure to share a wedding day with – and given there’s been a lot to compete with, that is high praise indeed. But give how genuine and friendly Brian and Arad are, it came as no great surprise.
With the ceremony done, I ventured down to near the boating lake with the happy couple, to get a few posed portraits by what will be forever known as Arad’s Tree. Anyone who read the post about their pre-wedding shoot a month or so before, will understand why it’s now known as Arad’s Tree.
After the portraits it was on the Bluebird Restaurant on the exclusive Kings Road in Chelsea. For those fit enough, it was an enjoyable walk up through Battersea Park, across Albert Bridge and through Chelsea village for some great London wedding photography moments.
The Bluebird Chelsea Wedding Photographer
The Bluebird itself is a grade II listed art deco former garage of the Bluebird Motor Company. At the time it was first opened in 1923, it was said to be the largest motor showroom and garage in the whole of Europe. These days it a luxury restaurant and retail complex, owned by the Conran Group, that can host large weddings in its main restaurant or smaller intimates ones, such as Arad and Brian’s, in the private dining rooms. It’s the first time, as a London wedding photographer, that I have shot a wedding at the Bluebird but it is, in my personal opinion, an exclusive wedding venue in London.
Wedding Speeches & Dancing
After food was enjoyed, it was the turn of the speeches and toasts to help down the wedding meal. The speeches were funny and touching – completely in line with how the wedding day itself was. Particularly memorable was the speech by Brian’s sisters, which took inspiration from an Adrian Mole type diary reading that caused great amusement and, at times, a few embarrassing moments for Brian.
As is usual with my wedding coverage, I stayed on past the first dance, to capture all the fun and high jinks of the dance floor. With the music and entertainment expertly laid on by Matt Maurice Discotheque Couture, it would be fair to say that the wedding celebrations were fully enjoyed by all – both young and old.
Yes, as a London wedding photographer I totally loved every moment shooting at two fantastic London wedding venues but, most of all, having the honour and privilege of sharing Arad and Brian’s special day. It will be a wedding I long remember with a smile and enjoy some new friendships forged from it.
Kind comments from the day
“Darren has a rare ability to capture not just special moments and the that underlying stories but to see ones’ soul, that rare emotional reaction and convey it as is. We couldn’t have chosen better. He was so much fun to work with, from the moment we got in touch with him over an email – personable, friendly and down to earth.
The wedding pictures are not only beautiful, reliving those rare and special times, but a work of art. They should be displayed in an exhibition. A true artist.”
(Arad – Groom)
“What I admire about Darren’s work is his unique talent in capturing, therefore bringing to ‘life’ individuals’ personal experiences, at specific moments of a specific event ( a wedding, in my case.) So much so, that each of the participants with their unique, personal experience(s) portrays a character in a theatre play or a book. Watching back his wedding photographs is akin to watching a play and or reading a deep and powerful story. I highly recommend him as a wedding photographer because you will be reliving your wedding event for the rest of your life.”
(Ofra – Wedding Guest)
“… As I am remembering the wedding, pictures emerge for me, like tiny clips, they appear in split seconds, which are etched in my mind. They are all mixed and blended together, but the first thing that arises (you wouldn’t believe it ….)Is the somewhat delicate image of Darren the photographer, or better said – the Artist. Last night, when I received the stream of photos from Arad, it had occurred to me how correct I was in my perception of the man. He is sensitive, diligent and highly original. He knew how to make those wedding moments last for good through such a curious and creative work of art. I was there, present after all but he managed to document those moments through a mysterious
Ambience mixed with humour, love and sensitivity. What a man. I thought to myself that I personally didn’t experience the wedding with
The same unique gaze even though I was fully attentive to every peep throughout. You chose so well Arad and Brian, just to think that it was incidental, via Instagram.”
(Ruta – Wedding Guest)
Contact Me About Your Wedding Plans
If you’re getting married at the Pump House in Battersea Park or at The Bluebird in Chelsea, or just simply enjoy my relaxed, honest and storytelling approach to wedding photography, then I’d love to have a friendly non-obligatory chat with you about your wedding plans.
You can give me a call or send me a text message on 07920 422144 or send me an email via my contact page.
I really look forward to hearing from you.