Andrew got in touch with me in September about his wedding to his lovely fianceé Senem. They had wanted to have a bigger celebration originally, like many people getting married this year, but their plans were scuppered by coronavirus. They planned to have their wedding with 30 people at Middle Temple Hall, a really beautiful and historical hall in the centre of London’s legal area. It’s a building full of history, in fact, having been completed in 1572, and it is where, in 1602, the first performance of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night took place. It is a hall that reminds you of the dining room in Hogwarts! So not a bad place to tie the knot, all in all.
As the date for their wedding drew nearer, the government restrictions around coronavirus changed again and the rules meant that only 15 people could now attend their wedding, so their guest list had to be halved! Not fun for any couple to have to do that. But they decided that they had had enough of delays, so they would go ahead with just the 15 people present.
The wedding took place at midday, so I arrived a couple of hours beforehand in order to scope out the location, and thankfully the weather was absolutely lovely that morning. We were originally going to do portraits of Andrew and Senem after the ceremony, but the weather was forecast to be gloomy after lunchtime so we decided to flip things around and do their portrait session before the ceremony. And I’m so glad we did because we had glorious light to play with at that point, and the weather forecast was right, so when we came out of the hall, following the ceremony, it had clouded over.
The wedding ceremony was a short one because restrictions dictated that there could be no extra readings during the official civil part. But that didn’t mean it lacked emotion. Having only 15 people in such a large hall that can hold about 300 meant that Senem and Andrew had quite a long entrance walk! And despite only 15 people being present in the flesh, there was a Zoom call set up so that many more guests could view the proceedings from the comfort of their own homes. The immediate family of both Andrew and Senem were there for real, except Senem’s two sisters who couldn’t make it over from Switzerland in time because of travel restrictions. She was one of many guests who contributed to a series of touching video messages delivered to the happy couple on an iPad soon after the ceremony. It was emotional watching the two newlyweds watching this video, I was choking up!
Watch the highlights from their day here and see some of the images on their own below.
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