I learn some quite unexpected things whilst shooting weddings. For instance, I now know that the traffic light on Arlington Street stays on red for a long time. I know this because I was lying in the middle of the road for what felt like a very long time to shoot the first photo below…. and I wasn’t run over by any taxis. Either that, or the taxi drivers thought it was hilarious and were filming me on their mobiles rather than driving on when the lights turned green. Either way, I survived and I’m very glad about that because I was able to give Jo the one photo she very particularly wanted, of her with her two bridesmaids under the Ritz sign. And she loved it. Hooray!
Part 1, of the morning preparations, ceremony and drinks reception, can be found here. This post starts with Jo and Simon’s photos taken around the Ritz. I was really glad to get the shots of the Long Gallery, which is perhaps the most iconic part of the Ritz. I was requested by the Ritz not to use flash here and not to be obvious, noisy or intrusive in any way (so as not to disturb the hotel guests enjoying their afternoon tea). That suited me fine as it’s how I best like to capture my couples in any case. We weren’t there for long at all, but we got some cracking shots – I love them!
After the wedding breakfast, which was held in the Ritz’s Music Room, we headed to Cafe Spice Namaste for the evening reception which Jo and Simon held for all their friends. The kitchen at Cafe Spice is headed up by Cyrus Todiwala, one of The Incredible Spice Men, and I don’t think I’ve ever eaten so well at a wedding reception! The Todiwalas are old family friends of Jo’s, and Cafe Spice has been like a second home to her. I have to admit, I was rather jealous of this – if only I could have a second home that is half as tasty! Many congratulations Jo and Simon, and many thanks for sharing your wonderful day with me.