Weddings at the Kensington Roof Gardens – I’ve been to the Kensington Roof Gardens before but wasn’t aware that it was available for weddings. Set in 1.5 acres this is the only rooftop private members club in London and without doubt is a spectacular venue.  The Gardens are split into three themed areas, Spanish Garden, Tudor Garden and the English Woodland and standing in these stunning gardens it’s very easy to forget that you are actually in the heart of London. As a destination wedding photographer there were parts of the Gardens that reminded me of shooting weddings abroad.

Cat and Daniel were after a fun, relaxed wedding day, none of the normal stiffness and formalities (although they did cut the cake, shame on you) that accompanies so many weddings. They didn’t want the cheesy photo of them pretending to sign a register, instead I was allowed to take photos of them actually signing the register. Believe me, that doesn’t happen often. They didn’t want a million group photos instead preferring to spend time talking to their guests and enjoying their wedding day. I was pretty much left to get on with photographing what was around me with a short period for some couple photos around the venue.

The calmness of their wedding changed once the lights went out and the music went on. The wedding turned into a Masquerade Ball with some of the best music I’ve heard at a wedding to date. I’m not one to dance and my taste in music is pretty shocking however even I appreciated the music and how the dance floor was packed all the way through to the end of the wedding.

I was joined on the day by my good friend and talented photographer John Erskine; I would like to thank him for everything he did on the day. Also, thanks to the staff at the Kensington Roof Gardens who were extremely helpful and friendly.

Finally a massive thanks to Cat and Daniel for asking me to join them on their wedding day.

Here’s their story.

Iain

 

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