Aidan first met Sofia when he was invited to a barbecue party where Sofia lived. Being from Colombia, she was in London to study English.
Sofia opened the door to him and this is how their Love Story began.
He hadn’t spoken to her before but recognized her from the English school where he taught Languages. It wasn’t long before Aidan and Sofia were going on their first date together which happened to be an Art Exhibition followed by drinks at The Blues Kitchen in Camden.
When we arrived to photograph Aidan and Sofia getting ready at The Novotel in Hammersmith, we were pleased that they had adjoining rooms for their preparation; this would mean we could slip from one to the other to get all the shots we needed.
It was an exciting, chaotic atmosphere with lots of laughter as hair and make-up Artist Kiko performed his magic with rollers and brushes of all types and sizes not to mention his many creams, lotions and potions.
We were sure to get as many photographs as we possibly could in the time we had which included all the details, candids and impromtue portraits we could manage.
The Ceremony took place at St. Augustines Church in Fulham Palace Road which was just a 5 minute walk from the hotel so we decided to leave the car in the safety of the underground car park and hot footed it across the one-way system to the ceremony venue.
After a few guest arrivals shots, the grooms party arrived and after a few hugs and best wishes from some guests who had already arrived, Aidan, his brother and Best Man Kieran and dad made their way into the church to await the arrival of the bride.
As usually happens at this point, we touched base with the priest who was to officiate over the marriage ceremony, Father Barry Clifford who rather nicely informed us that as long as we didn’t make a nuisance of ourselves, we were welcome to photograph whatever we liked.
And so we did. Once Sofia, her mother Ofelia and her bridesmaids had made their grand entrance we set about capturing the ceremony as best we could. Not all members of the clergy are as liberal as Father Clifford but when we’re able to it’s nice to be able to capture the expressions of the couple as they make their vows.
After a brief mass and a few shots outside the church, including a big group shot where we just about managed to squeeze everyone into a corner , we made our way to the reception venue – The Rutland Arms in Hammersmith which is on the banks of the River Thames near Hammersmith Bridge. With great views over the River, this is the place to sit outside on a warm Summer evening and just watch the world go by.
The wind had really decided to make the most of it that afternoon and it soon became clear that any further group shots would have to be taken in the function room upstairs while the preparations were going ahead, so after some fun family and friend shots we managed to abscond with the happy couple along the river a little to Furnival Gardens
As I mentioned before, the afternoon had turned decidedly breezy but the windswept look of bride and groom looked very romantic and we’re happy to say that the only thing that suffered the elements was out umbrella which decided that enough was enough just as we were about to finish our session. Yay!
Back at The Rutland, the party was in full swing and a combination of DJ and live music kept the party swinging right into the evening.
After the cutting of the cake, which Sofia had made herself the bride and groom took to the floor for their first dance – ‘Mi Amor Eres Tu’ – ‘You are my love’ by Silvestre Dangond which was slow moving and beautifully romantic song.
Party atmosphere was amazing not least due to both the brilliant live Colombian Band but also to Mike Quinn of Nightlife disco who really got the crowds up dancing away all night.
Once we made certain that we had everything we needed, we left the part happy but very exhausted.
This was certainly an amazing wedding for photography, particularly of people. The cosy venue upstairs at The Rutland made for an amazing atmosphere and the number of fantastic shots we got demonstrate the love that was all around for Sofia and Aidan.
We wish them all the very best for their future together.