Tanya & Kostas Wedding at Chelsea Town Hall, Kings Rd London
“Our wedding day was just as we had wanted it to be, small and intimate, surrounded by our families from Australia and Greece and friends. We celebrated in Chelsea where we live, at our Town Hall and then at a local restaurant.
The great thing about our photographer Tanya, part from her and I sharing a name, was that she took the time to get to know us before the day and made an effort to understand what was important to us for the day itself and what made us tick. She fitted in so well with our guests, putting everyone at ease, our parents all loved her! At our request she captured great photos of all our family and friends and included some local Chelsea landmarks like Albert Bridge, Cremorne Gardens and even a new Number 11 Routemaster bus on the Kings Road!
Her follow up service was great and we were really pleased with the photos and our wedding album itself. We would highly recommend Tanya.”
Tanya And Kostas
I was lucky enough to be introduced to Tanya & Kostas after being recommended by a guest of a wedding I’d photographed the previous year, the wedding of Carl and Lee, two lovely boys in Derbyshire.
It’s funny how things go round and round ~ about 13 years previously I helped to photograph a wedding at the same venue in London when I was working as an assistant photographer for a London fashion and wedding photographer. I worked and lived in London for 8 years and so I’m really chuffed when I get a London wedding as I know the capitol so well and feel really confortable and relaxed finding my way around.Working for Candice enabled me to learn how to photograph weddings and within that manage people and the day itself. So it was great to be going back to Chelsea Town Hall and shoot my own wedding.
This venue is also pretty iconic as many celebrities have been married there over the years from Judy Garland to Michael Winner. It’s a very simple venue but has a great set of steps from which to capture the newly married couple coming out as Mr & Mrs.
I don’t often come across other girls called Tanya so it was interesting having a bride of the same name. I often have photo-shoots in London for some of my commercial clients and so I was able to meet up with Tanya a few months before their wedding to show her my wedding albums and go through the plans of their special day.
I do love something about small and intimate weddings. The fact that two people are really choosing the people they care for and are surrounded by them. They chose a reception do which was about quality not quantity, with just 30 people with them. Tanya and Kostas have style and know what they want and so they chose their favourite restaurant called Medlar, a small walk along the famous Kings Rd from where they got married.
The wedding day itself started at their home just around the corner from Kings Rd where they and their parents got ready together. Tanya ia from Australia so her lovely parents were excited to be in the UK and had planned a trip to see places so they were keen to tell me their plans. Kostas’ mum is from Greece and didn’t speak English but we seemed to connect with lots of smiling!
When we all arrived at the Town Hall many of their friends and family were there to greet them, so I shot in a reportage style. The ceremony was very sweet, and pretty quick and so we were all outside in the gorgeous sunshine after the ceremony.
I made sure I got the iconic shots of the couple surrounded by their guests on the steps, so was really pleased the weather was kind on the day.
Tanya really wanted photos of the No 11 bus along the Kings Rd, so not long after they’d been married, while their friends were congratulating them I set up the shots of them in front of the bus as it went past. These pictures featured in their wedding album and they looked fab, so I was really pleased I could capture that for them.
The three of us went off for a walk along the Thames to get some lovely, relaxed photos of the two of them. The Chelsea Bridge was a landmark Tanya wanted in the background as well as a local park for some green space as a background.
We then made our way to the restaurant where all their friends and family were starting to enjoy some champagne. It is a really bijou place so I’m glad I had my wide angle lens as I was really up close and personal with everyone! The afternoon then flowed into the speeches before they ate so I captured some really sweet moments of the couple and guests before I headed off back to Derbyshire and home.
Wedding Dress by http://www.claudiasebire.com/chelsea-boutique.html
Shoes by Miu Miu
Hotel in the evening http://www.comohotels.com/thehalkin/