It has been two years since I photographed my first same sex wedding. It was a London lesbian wedding. I was very excited when I got an enquiry from this lovely alternative couple – it was my first tattooed bride too. I am still grateful to them for picking me even though I had never photographed a gay wedding before.
To be honest I did not know what to expect – just like any other alternative wedding! So I just prepared the way I always do. It was going to be an Islington Town Hall wedding – I like shooting weddings there, it is a beautiful wedding venue in North London and it is quite close to where I live. It was the first time I would shoot a wedding in the Richmond Room though. The wedding reception was going to take place at The Drapers Arms in Islington, a photogenic wedding venue in North London with a vintage atmosphere, very close to Islington Town Hall. I went scouting these wedding venues and found a few interesting spots for some urban wedding portraits.
I have shot three more same sex weddings in London since then and my approach is exactly the same as any other alternative wedding. I try to tell the story of the day by documenting whatever happens as creatively as I can and in an unobtrusive manner. When it comes to portraits, there is no difference for me between gay couples and straight couples. I let things unfold naturally and I encourage people to be themselves. What I am interested in when I shoot wedding portraits is the relationship and the interaction between two people more than just a static recollection of the day.
Here is a selection of my favourite photos of the day. Enjoy! x
If you are planning an Islington Town Hall wedding, a Drapers Arms wedding reception, or if you are looking for same sex, gay and lesbian wedding photography or just an alternative wedding photographer in London, then check out my alternative wedding photography portfolio and get in touch. We might just be made for each other!