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London Wedding in Hampstead & Islington // Hampshire Wedding Photographer

“Blown away. Stunning. Beautiful.” -Nicky

Matt & Nicky’s London wedding (my first of the autumn) was something rather special. When I first met them, all was at it should be. They were planning their wedding, no sense anything especially catastrophic was on the horizon. And then Nicky was diagnosed with cancer.

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It wasn’t going to stop them from going ahead and so my team and I were so lucky, blessed, honoured to have been there to capture the story of their day.

“When my hair fell out I was particularly upset because of the wedding coming up. I don’t care otherwise about being bald.” -Nicky

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Nicky got ready at the uber classy and unique Rosewood Hotel, London with her close friend, Annabel, who is a makeup artist I also know and love and have worked with many times. To watch them prepare for this day together was a pleasure.

Of her wig and everyone involved in making her feel beautiful on the day, Nicky says, “Wig lady Jennifer Effe was amazing, so compassionate. Janette Vince at Designer Lashes did my mink lashes which is often needed for ladies who have lost their eyelashes or eyebrows due to chemotherapy. There were just lots of very compassionate people out their helped me for my wedding.”

Aaron covered the guys getting ready and having their pub drinks. Aaron is one of my filmmakers, but I decided that cinematographers are also great photographers and have enjoyed using them for stills when I’m not putting them on video jobs and it worked out so beautifully this day.

“This is the best day of my life” -Elizabeth

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Elizabeth is Matt & Nicky’s little girl and she was as much a feature of the day as the bride and groom. Elizabeth was included in everything and watching her watch her parents get married was incredibly sweet. When I took her away for a few photos of her own, she told me how this was the best day of her life apart from daddy-daughter-day which was also the best day of her life. Her and Matt’s connection would make any girl envious – they’re the best little team. Elizabeth isn’t just much loved, but much celebrated and to see a child be celebrated as she is, it made my heart sing.

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This day was the 50th anniversary of Nicky’s parents and so they had two vintage double decker buses to take guests from place to place, each bus with a sign on the front – one for each couple being celebrated.

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The reception was held at Burgh House in Hampstead. Hampstead is a special place. Keats wrote there. Four Weddings and a Funeral and American Werewolf in London have scenes shot in Hampstead and it was the final living place of Sigmund Freud as well (bet you didn’t expect this history lesson today!) Getting out for a few minutes alone with Matt & Nicky was grand. My couples love this point in their day as it’s usually the only time they’re alone all day long. I love getting to facilitate that for them.

A couple much deserved credits: Nicky’s dress is the ever classy Jenny Packham and those fresh flowers were made by Angel Flowers in Islington and the rest of the credits are at the bottom of the post.

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Thank you so much, Matt & Nicky, for allowing me to be your photographer. It was such a pleasure.

// the photos //

// supporting cast //

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I'm Elizabeth, the photographer behind Gracie May Photography. I've been shooting since my first wedding in 2008 on a borrowed camera.

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