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WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIOS ARE OPEN - Many couples don’t want to wait. They are planning to get married in the very near future, eloping, or rushing a small ceremony with their photographer, some close friends, and family but dispensing with or postponing the reception party. 

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Clissold House - Stoke Newington - Hackney London Elopement Photo Story Award

Street style Elopement Photo of the couple having a pint of beer near in the city

Pub Street Photography of bride and groom | seated at a table on the streets having a pint

The groom was Irish and wanted to stop at his local pub, The Old Shillelagh, for a pint after the ceremony. The couple sat undisturbed outside and enjoyed a drink.

A very relaxed Irish wedding in my home area of Stoke Newington in Hackney London. The couple were also local and wanted to tie the knot with minimal fuss. No formal portraits were wanted at all, only reportage. Clissold House is a popular venue that I have shot at before. The rooms are small but can be intensely bright when flooded with daylight due to the south-facing windows. The couple did not want many wedding traditions included in their big day. No confetti and no portraits. I enjoyed the additional pressure to produce a killa capture that could be framed up - the relaxed portrait of the two of them together where they both look great. I think I got the images they wanted, they were super chuffed with the series of images supplied.

Hackney, London, UK elopement reportage image of bride and dad and the spindles and curvature of the banister

 Clissold House London Wedding Photography | The father and bride walk up the spiral staircase to the ceremony

The father and bride walk up the spiral staircase to the ceremony room. I had the image and framing in mind beforehand but I can only be in one place at a time so it's a bit of luck that I got back in time to shoot this moment. I particularly like the offset balance of the bride and her dad to the left and the spindles and curvature of the banister to the right.

London, UK elopement reportage picture of interview process at civil marriage ceremony taking time

Clissold House Wedding Photographer | mirror was nicely positioned to capture the groom and guests waiting patiently

I always like a reflection shot and this mirror was nicely positioned to capture the groom and guests waiting patiently for the bride. The interview process at a civil marriage ceremony always takes far longer than one expects so the tension increases as the bride remains out of the room. Using the reflection also enables me not to point my cameras at the guests and groom who are in a small room. I try to be as 'fly on the wall' as I can be in a tiny room and not pointing lenses at everyone helps.

Clissold House Wedding Image at Stoke Newington of tender moment at ceremony

 Clissold House Wedding Image - Stoke Newington | A tender moment

A tender moment of embrace between father and daughter.

Clissold House Wedding Ceremony Venue Image of A fun moment at the civil marriage event

 Clissold House Wedding Ceremony Venue Image | A fun moment at the marriage ceremony

A fun moment inbetween the important marriage ceremony. There was a baby blowing raspberries which made the bride chuckle.

Stoke Newington Wedding Reportage Photography in London UK of a bride groom kiss

Stoke Newington Wedding Photography - London | the moment before a kiss

I prefer the moment before a kiss rather than two faces locked. This was a quiet moment after the marriage ceremony, the guests were going outside ready for confetti and the couple retreated to a calm room. I shot this from the doorway unbeknown to them.

Hackney Wedding Reportage Photography in London of couple leaving Clissold House by a rear exit for a little stroll around the park

Hackney Wedding Photographer - London | The couple are leaving Clissold House - by a rear exit for a little stroll around the park

The bride and groom left the wedding venue - Clissold House - by a rear exit for a little stroll around the park. I caught this capture as they set off. I love the two pigeons minding their own business and feeling that the couple is on their own, not posing, just together.

Clissold Park UK Wedding Couple Image created as bride and groom were stopped by a random child

Clissold Park Wedding Couple Image | The couple were stopped by a random child

The couple were stopped by a random child in the park and quizzed about the wedding flowers. The bride kindly talked the little girl through the different flowers in the posy.

Stoke Newington, Church Street Wedding Image of bride and groom walking to their favorite pub

Stoke Newington, Church Street Wedding Image | The bride and groom walked to their favorite pub

The bride and groom walked to their favorite pub through Stoke Newington just as if it was a normal day. The groom played the violin so I made sure I was positioned across the street to capture them walking past this musical instrument store.