04 Apr Petersham Hotel and 6 St. Chad’s Place Wedding
Petersham Hotel Wedding // Lex & Liam
London weddings have the capacity to be very original and unique, and there are so many venues available to a couple it can be hard to know where to choose. Lex and Liam, who’s wedding was my first of 2013, had no such problem when deciding where to marry. They choose the elegant and enviably positioned Petersham Hotel, as it was where Lex’s mum said her vows a few years previously. Their reception venue, which is one of may favourite London wedding venues to work at, 6 St Chad’s Place, was chosen as it’s so close to where they met and they could personalise it they way the wanted to. The day started with Lex and her bridesmaids getting ready before a white London taxi escorted them to The Petersham where a very nervous Liam was waiting. I find all the weddings I photograph emotional and very moving, but Lex and Liam’s was exceptionally so. I don’t think there was anyone in the room who didn’t shed a tear, and that included me and both the registrars. Guests enjoyed champagne and canapés at The Petersham before boarding a Routemaster which would take them on a journey from West to East, with an acoustic duo on board, a song sheet of East End classics, and a tea urn full of mulled cider to get everyone in the mood. On arrival at 6 St Chad’s Place, guests marvelled at the fantastic installation suspended from the ceiling, 1000 bright yellow origami ducks, inspired by the Japanese tradition of creating 1000 paper cranes to bring the couple 1000 tears of luck and prosperity. Lex and Liam made the cranes, and also all the stationary and personalised maps for the wedding day, and have since started their own company providing bespoke installations and wedding stationary, how we got here. The day progressed with dinner, speeches and lots of laughter. Evening entertainment was provided by John and Ruth of The Ruby Tones, who played some beautiful music to get everyone on the dance floor. A fantastic wedding to kick 2013 off with, and a truly wonderful and loved up couple made this cold Saturday in January a very special day.