Shoreditch micro-wedding at St. Pauls Cathedral, London – Kate + Pete
Fun London Micro-wedding exploring Shoreditch & central London
Kate + Petes Micro-wedding was a really colourful event, they were by far the most relaxed and patient couple I have ever worked with – dropping their guests and day down from 120 people, to 30, then down to 15 and then down to 15 again but this time including me and the organist. Their day however couldn’t have worked out better, the ceremony was perfectly intimate, the portraits we captured around a very quiet London made for some of my favourite shots of all time and hopefully ones they will treasure forever.
Kate and Pete met at university, with Pete popping the question halfway down a mountain in Banff whilst on a snowboarding holiday.
Kate and Pete had originally planned a wedding with 120 guests but due to the pandemic restrictions they changed their plans a few times and in the end decided they would prefer an intimate wedding alongside their nearest and dearest 15 people.
Whether you have 500 or 15 people at a ceremony at St. Pauls Cathedral in London, it is still an incredibly special venue that not just anyone can choose to get married in. Petes Mum, was awarded an MBE a few years ago which allowed the couple to get married in Saint Pauls Chapel and due to the pandemic, Petes office was only around the corner with a phenomenal rooftop terrace available for post wedding ceremony champagne and speeches before heading to the Boundary for their wedding breakfast.
Nick Malone Film and myself got the train into London on the day of Kate + Petes wedding as there weren’t any hotels available during the pandemic. We headed straight over to Bridal Prep to meet up with the wedding party and get the day rolling, in a hotel opposite the Boundary in Shortditch. Nick started off filming the bridal prep and then headed over to the groomsmen in Petes office, which should have been in a hotel but due to numbers this was no longer possible, thankfully around the corner in Shoreditch was Petes office, where the groomsmen could get ready and prepare for the wedding together – super handy during a pandemic.
Next we all hopped in taxis over to Saint Pauls Cathedral, the lack of people around was startling – a moment I will never forget. I don’t ever remember seeing the steps at Saint Pauls Cathedral clear, queue many moments of joy later on capturing the couple after the ceremony.
The wedding was held in the Crypt of the iconic St. Pauls Cathedral, although no photos were allowed during the ceremony itself I did manage to capture the couple walking down the aisle and showing off their new jewellery off. Leaving St. Pauls Cathedral we captured the couple on the steps with the enormous columns towering over them, as well as some group shots – facemasks in place for some rather iconic images.
The wedding party then jumped in taxis to Petes office for some rooftop speeches and celebratory drinks over in Shoreditch, myself and the couple hung back and explored some of the backstreets of Shoreditch – finding some epic archways, graffiti and doorways.
Big London Weddings are epic and make for many stories however there is something to be said for an intimate Micro-wedding, you can make them as personal and/or as fun as you want them to be. Photographing Kate + Petes Shoreditch Micro-wedding was one of the highlights on my weddings in 2020, the couples relaxed attitude and fun they had one the day set the tone, allowing my to capture some epic London wedding photographs and ensuring each and every one of their 15 guests had a brilliant day.
Blackburn bridal couture
The grooms room colchester
The Urban Flower Farmer