Even though I am a Cotswold wedding photographer I am lucky enough to work all over the UK. November took me to London to shoot a very special wedding at The Lanesborough Hotel, Hyde Park. Gerogina and Matt decided to get married at the opulent hotel in central London for a very good reason. Georgina’s father ran the hotel for many years from its opening in 1991 when it was transformed from the former St Georges Hospital. He oversaw the buildings £60million pound refurbishment a few years ago before retiring earlier last year. The Gelardi family are no strangers to running hotels, for generations the family have looked after hotels such as The Bel-Air in Los Angeles, Waldorf Astoria, New York , The Sorrento Hotel in Seattle and Claridges in London.
With this in mind I was in no doubt that this would be a very special occasion with all the stops pulled out. I went down to London to meet with Georgina ahead of their wedding, I actually spent the day in the city as I had the excuse! I took myself to the Tate Modern to see a photographic exhibition about light before heading to Hyde Park Corner. It was nice to see how at home Gerogina seemed in the hotel and everyone knew who she was. The more comfortable people are in their environment the more authentic the story feels photographically. Although the location was a grand and formal Georgina was keen to keep the photography real, and relaxed.
Winter weddings are by their nature harder to shoot…we work with light. So with this in mind I asked the talented photographer Jon Mold along to be my wing man, especially due to the 3pm ceremony time! We had more gear than usual and instead of using available light which is how I usually shoot, we had to create it so another pair of hands (and eyes) was amazing. He was such a nice guy and I hope to work along side him again.
It was incredible to see the hotel set up for the event and the arrival of the wedding cake was a special moment. It was made by the Queens Pastry Chef Selwin Stoby and was a work of art. I should of guessed when I spotted the impeccable chef whites with the royal crest embroidered on them, but the penny didn’t drop until it was mentioned in the speeches. I was also later treated to a slice and as I rate myself quite a cake connoisseur I can tell you, it was perfection!
Luckily Georgina and Matt were doing a ‘first look’ so we got all the formal pictures out of the way before the ceremony leaving only the couple shots to do later on. This is not something that happens much in the UK but is a great idea for winter weddings with a late ceremony time.
Georgina had showed me a drive going under the hotel towards the car park she didn’t know if it would look okay but wondered if she could have some pictures down there. It was a great opportunity to get creative and a stark difference to the sumptuous hotel interior.
Georgina and Matt enjoyed a fantastic day and evening at the Lanesborough. Everyone savored the incredible food and the drinks kept flowing. We were looked after so well by the hotel and by the family it was such a pleasure to be part of.
The band got going and everyone was ready to party. We had loads of fun…and in between all that Jon and I took some pictures!
Location: The Lanesborough Hotel, London
Coordinator: Antoinette Lettieri
Cake by – Selwin Stoby
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