The St Pancras Renaissance Hotel is a wedding photographer’s dream. It really is something very special. You find yourself just looking up when you are outside and you appear to have wide angled vision on the inside. A feast for the senses. This iconic five star backdrop was the location for the equally special Bryony and Jonathan’s wedding day.
I met Bryony and Jonathan a few year’s ago at The National Wedding Show at London’s Olympia. We discussed what they wanted from their day and I was thrilled that they had chosen the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel – as I had not photographed a wedding there before. Did you know that the Spice Girls recorded their first video for their song “Wannabe” on the grand staircase there? Neither did I until I arrived!
Bryony and Jonathan wanted mainly candid, documentary style wedding images for their day. They also booked an additional photographer to ensure all aspects were covered. I work with the fabulous Carine Bea on many occasions and was thrilled to have her on board. They also chose to work with a videographer I have worked with before – New Gen Films – who are ace.
Bridal preparation is always a great time to capture all those moments that happen prior to walking down the aisle. I always ask every bride to be if they would like their wedding dress photographed. Bryony did, so I always spend time scouting around to find a potential great spot to show a wedding dress off in all it’s glory.
It was a no brainer to hang (carefully) this incredible wedding dress by Pronovias on the Grand Staircase inside the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel. You can take a glimpse of this below in the images. While I was photographing the bridal party, Carine was with the groom and his crew. Jonathan chose the designer Ermenegildo Zegna for his attire – and looked very dashing indeed!
The ceremony was a room called The Gallery within this iconic building. Bryony entered the room with her father and look totally beautiful. The room was filled with flowers by Augustus Bloom and they were absolutely stunning! The ceremony was perfect, filled with Bryony and Jonathan’s closest family and friends. Once the ceremony finished we they was an opportunity to take some more ‘formal’ photographs of family. There was no better place to do this but on the Grand Staircase. Normally the newlyweds would have some canapes, champagne and then be called for dinner. Not these two, they had chosen to take part in Israeli dancing before dinner.
The band they chose was the White Keys and they totally not only rocked the Israeli dancing – but the entire evening. The dancing was fantastic, just check out some of the images below.
At the end of the evening we managed to obtain access inside the Eurostar Terminal (we had this all to ourselves). Bryony and Jonathan were off to France on the Eurostar the following day, and we were able to capture some lovely images of them both here. All in all this wedding was fabulous, with a gorgeous couple who are totally and utterly in love with one another. Thanks to everyone who I worked with to ensure this all ran smoothly….and here are a selection of my favourite images….