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I met Razia and Owen close to a week before their wedding in the delightful surroundings of The Crowne Plaza in St James where their intimate reception would be held. I caught them just at the end of their lunch which was lucky, but they weren't too fussed (so even luckier for me) and we took the opportunity to not only get to know each other but finalise the day's proceedings in person. We took a stroll throughout the gorgeous venue, sourcing all the best photo points (there were so many to chose from) and also had a look at their dining room, the Taj.
Sometimes, no matter how much you plan, no matter how much you have organised, things can go wrong on a wedding day and it is all a matter of how you deal with them that makes a difference. I always find people seem to band together, everyone wants their friend or family member to have a great time, and generally people will pitch in when they can.
We began at The Old Marylebone Town Hall, a registry office routed deep in history. What makes this registry office the busiest in the capital is not only due to its excellent location, but its Edwardian Graeco-Roman classicism with fluted columns, which gives this beautiful imposing building an air of importance. The stars love it as Paul McCartney was married to Linda here in the 60s and fellow Beatle Ringo Starr got married here in the 80s...but today it was Razia and Owen's moment!
One thing that also made history that day was a 150,000 strong march through the streets of London against austerity. This was never a deterrent but did impact Razia's and Owen's day as they arrived later than expected. Nevertheless, Razia looked lovely with dress and jewellery inspired by Cleopatra and I reassured them both that we would work around the loss of time.
The lovely people at The Marylebone Town Hall did everything they could to ensure Razia and Owen tied the knot in the intimate Blue Room as planned, with the room elegantly decorated in cream and lilac panelled walls, they both walked in glowing... they had made it! As the ceremony progressed, I could feel the nervous tension in the air but after a funny moment between the registrar and Owen's brother Oliver, everything seemed just right and Razia's sister Yas looked so happy for her sister, she couldn't stop smiling...it was lovely!
Afterwards we headed outside for a number of quick photos which turned out fantastic in the fading light and I must admit this time of evening is my favourite, especially when there is a balance between the remaining sunlight and city lights. From there it was a short trip in a shared taxi with some of the wedding party, who just made me laugh, and before too long we arrived at the elegant Crowne Plaza in St James.
As the wedding party arrived and moved up to the Taj room for a drinks reception, I managed to take a short time with Razia and Owen to photograph their couple photos throughout the venue. Having such a great venue I created some lovely atmospheric photos, you can have a look at them below.
Having such a great venue to work in, the photos from the day came out lovely and atmospheric.
Music courtesy of Kevin MacLeod