Sometimes we’re never quite sure what to expect when a couple first contacts us. Chatting about their plans and wandering around their venues are great preparation, but there are always fine details and surprises on the day that really make each wedding so unique – great memories for us as well as our couples! When Jillian’s sister Jovy emailed us about the possibility of photographing a London Eye wedding, we were both incredibly excited and a smidge daunted. Neither of us had been on the Eye, so we had no idea what to expect, and even after confirming the booking, and making an impromptu trip inside one of the pods, we were none the wiser, as our pod was packed and hard to move around in!
When it came to the day of Jillian and Henry’s wedding things could not have been more different – from start to finish this truly was a unique wedding. Getting ready in the Park Plaza, a stunning contemporary hotel with a view of the Parliament buildings at Westminster, Jillian and her bridal party were surrounded by opulence, and once we’d caught sight of her shoes, dress and handbag (to die for, really!), we really knew where this wedding was headed! The boys, having waited patiently downstairs and greeting arriving family, made their way up to the suite, where they played out the Chinese tradition of bartering with the bridesmaids in order to see the bride! A lovely moment ensued, as Henry was allowed to enter and the couple shared a beautiful first look.
Our short walk to the Eye was rudely interrupted by typically ill-timed English rain, and as we sheltered in a cafe, one of Henry’s ushers disappeared, only to return laden with Union Jack umbrellas – a fitting extra touch to this thoroughly London affair! With the rain abating, we waited in the queue (yes, that’s right, in the queue!) and finally made it into the pod as a glorious misty haze formed over the London backdrop, perfect for the wonderfully emotional ceremony.
Another rotation in the Eye allowed the guests to congratulate Jillian and Henry, as well as take in the glorious view, champagne in hand. Then we were whisked off to China Town, where the delighted couple indulged in a stunning celebratory Chinese feast and really settle down for the party to come!
Some wonderful words from Jillian & Henry:
“I just started going through the photos and I can’t even wait to get through all of them to tell you much we love them! We absolutely adore them! Every photo we come across we’re like “OoOo look” or “I love this”. You guys are brilliant! Top class! It makes really think back and remember what the day was like. I love you guys! You guys are definitely ones to recommend and I’ll definitely be coming back to you guys again! Thank you so much for your company on the day and doing such a good job!” Makes our job so worth while! Thank you guys! xx
This wedding was featured on Love My Dress!
Venue - The London Eye
Brides dress - Silk dress by 3.1 Phillip Lim
Brides shoes - Christian Louboutin, Harrods
Brides accessories - Halo & Co, via EBay + Pink Clutch by Alexander McQueen + earrings custom made by Jillian’s Mother
Groom - Lanvin Dark Navy Dress Suit
Flowers - Angel Flowers in Islington
Cake - Hummingbird Bakery