We feature the lovely wedding of Caroline & Sandy that took place at London venue, ICA. The day was captured by Neil Walker Photography.
It was such a pleasure to shoot Caroline and Sandy’s wedding. The ICA is a gorgeous London venue in a great location, and to work there with such a lovely couple was great.
Please tell us a bit about the day and how it went
My day started with Caroline as she got ready at home in a houseful of bridesmaids and family. I took some beautiful shots there, including some of Caroline as she opened presents with her bridesmaids. The light in her house was beautiful, particularly in the bedroom when Caroline was having her dress laced up.
I drove up to the ICA to meet up with Sandy and his groomsmen, they were all very excited, particularly his brothers, on such an important day for their family.
The ceremony was lovely, the bright white room with fairy lights gave me beautiful available light, as well as the full length windows behind me meaning I had glorious full daylight on their faces. We then went into the gardens where we did some group shots and everyone had a chance to relax and chat.
The meal, in typical ICA style, was fantastic, in a room overlooking The Mall. There are very few venues that can boast the kind of view you get from this room, as well as a view of the Millennium Wheel and Big Ben, you can also see Horseguards and of course a good chunk of the Mall itself with St James’s Park in the background. Taking Caroline and Sandy out for some photos of just the two of them gave me with so many options we could have been out there all day.
With Sandy being from a Scottish family, the evening started with a ceilidh swiftly followed by their proper first dance and then everyone piled on to the dance floor. A beautiful wedding day.
Do tell us a little bit about yourself
I discovered weddings about nine years ago now, I say discovered because it really was a fortuitous accident that I realised how much I love photographing them, before that I shot advertising photography.
How would you describe your photography style?
I would describe my style as documentary, I like to shoot beautiful, natural shots while the bride & groom go about their day. I try to interfere with what’s going on as little as possible, shooting in the background. However I do like to do some group shots and some photos of the bride and groom.
What did you love about the day?
Ultimately most weddings come down to the personalities of the bride & groom. You won’t find a more personable couple than Caroline & Sandy, they were lovely from start to finish.
What advice would you give to couples planning their wedding day?
Plan well, I live by the adage, the more you plan, the luckier you get!