One day last Autumn a crowd of Derry folk descended on London for the wedding of Eimear and Simon. It was a bit of a typical, grey English day, but the craic was ninety* nonetheless.
I met Eimear and Simon through my cousin Janie and her fiancé Seán, whose engagement shoot I had done a few months earlier. Right away it felt like chatting to old friends, and so I had a feeling their wedding would be awesome. Turns out I was right!
For their ceremony they chose the gorgeous, light-filled Clissold House in North London. Simon, an architect, said that he was blown away by its winding staircase, which we made good use of for portraits on the day! We then took a walk through Clissold Park and along Stoke Newington Church Street, stopping along the way for a pint of Guinness at the Rose and Crown pub. I used to live in Stokey, and so it was lovely to wander around my old stomping ground taking pictures with the loved-up pair!
Everyone was then taken by rickshaw to the reception at Stoke Newington West Reservoir Centre, which the bride and groom were drawn to for its industrial architecture, steelwork, and the wonderful views over the water. I did have to don a lifejacket in order to go out onto the jetty to take photographs, but it was definitely worth it!
Speeches, poetry, eating, drinking and dancing followed, along with a most interesting cutting of the cake (a croquembouche) with a sword!
Also - can we talk about that dress? So much love for this frock from Anais Anette with its statement back, and Eimear totally rocked it!
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*It was a lot of fun...