Catherine & James – East London Wedding
St. Giles’ of Cripplegate and Ironmongers Hall Wedding Photography
Including beautiful portraits in the concrete jungle
You never really know who you will meet – when or where or under what circumstances. When Catherine and James met, the distance seemed, well, challenging. If there is one thing I have learned about people and love – if the love is strong enough, no amount of distance can pull them apart.
Catherine and James were set up by mutual friends of theirs at a wedding. James was a groomsman and the newly married bride was insistent that Catherine meet him. The two clicked and by the time James was boarding the plane back to London the following day, they had decided to give love a shot. A week later Catherine was on a flight to London and stayed six weeks. This was the start to a beautiful albeit long-distance relationship. Within a year they had met each other’s families and chatted about their future together.
At the end of a month long stay in London, James took Catherine out for a long walk in Hyde Park. He seemed insistent that they not return to the hotel to retrieve Catherine’s coat and instead steered her into Hotel 41 a superbly romantic hotel tucked away on an upper floor in London. James who had been journaling for months on marriage, read to Catherine what he had wrote and proposed. It was a very sweet moment as they both have a love of stories and writing and it was touching for Catherine to hear his words and thoughts. They passed the rest of the day tucked away in that hotel eating food from all the places they had travelled, sipping wine and dreaming about the future.
The ceremony was held at the church of St. Giles’ of Cripplegate located within the Barbican. Both families are steeped in religious tradition and it was the couple’s desire to respect that tradition. They decided on Anglican vows to honour Catherine