New York City wedding
I only shoot a handful of destination weddings per year, but Chloe and Mike were the witnesses at my previous New York City elopement and they very kindly insisted that I come back and shoot for them in their multi-day extravaganza wedding! With a British groom and an American bride they decided the easiest thing to do would be for them to travel to everyone else! So I started the day in their New York Manhattan apartment, where they got ready with their parents and their cat. Chloe wore stunning Oscar De La Renta shoes, and Mike had a fun time tying his tie three times to make sure it was absolutely perfect. Chloe's dad made the bouquet for her out of white lillies. They had their ceremony in the Ladies Pavilion in Central Park, before strolling over to get a taxi from Boludsud for a private dinner with family who had managed to travel in. After dinner I went with the bride and groom to visit their favourite bubble tea and take some couple shots around their local favourite spots, including their local greengrocer!
Cardiff wedding reception
Stage two of the wedding tour took me to Wales, to have dinner with lots of Mike's friends and family. We kept it simple here with a top quality restaurant and a pub afterwards! Mike gave a short speech in the middle but otherwise the day was very much about mingling and catching up with loved ones who they don't get to see as often!
Malibu wedding at home
I was really excited for this part of the wedding tour as I have never been to Malibu before and it has always just been somewhere that appears on TV where famous people live! I didn't see anyone famous but I did get to stay in Santa Monica. I did all the touristy things of cycling along the beachfront to Venice Beach, stared at excessively fit and strong people whilst gaining a body image complex and then ran around the beach to try and fit in. After a few days of chill I went to Malibu to shoot the wedding drinks reception, which took place in Chloe's dad's home. Chloe wore a gorgeous classic white belted shirt dress and all her family friends came for a standing cocktail and buffet reception. I also shot the morning after brunch, where the groom and kids played with a drone. This wedding really sums up why I love multi day weddings, that I often called weekender weddings. Being around the family for longer helps me to get to know the family, for them to get comfortable with me and to shoot what is effectively some unique documentary family portraits. When I left Malibu it was really sad to know that was the last shoot we would have together!