“We love the pictures”
FUN! That was pretty much the theme of Jean and Dan’s Hawksmoor wedding in London. If ever there was a recipe for how a wedding should flow, these guys threw it out and started from scratch. This Urban wedding was a fusion of Chinese and Western cultures with a few unique touches thrown in and was without doubt one of my favourite weddings to date (and also one of my longest with nearly 15 hours of continuous documentary coverage).
The day started calmly with bridal preparations at The Zetter Townhouse in Clerkenwell. After a couple of hours I witnessed the first of many touches added to inject a playful mood to this couple’s unique wedding day; door games. To anyone unfamiliar with door games, it’s a light-hearted chinese tradition whereby the groom and his ushers (or Hing Dai’s) arrive at the bride’s hotel to be greeted at the door by the bridesmaids (Tze Mui’s). The boys will then be set a series of challenges which they will have to pass (with forfeits for the losers) in order for the groom to be able to see his beautiful bride. This was hilarious to watch and I have to say, the boys took it well.
It was then onto the wedding ceremony at the Old Finsbury Town Hall, a wedding venue I know well. One of the readings during the ceremony was the story ‘Oh the places you’ll go’ by Dr. Seuss and Jean and Dan had another little surprise in store. Guests from all around the room began standing up to read their own given paragraph which really involved the whole wedding party in the ceremony. This was a brilliant touch!
The next instalment in Jean and Dan’s London wedding was the pub crawl. I took a stroll through Exmouth Market with the couple whilst their guests made the short trip over to The Eagle on City Road for Pimms in the outdoor beer garden. It was then another short stroll over to The Rising Sun in Smithfield’s Market. The final destination of the day was to be The Hawksmoor Guildhall, one of London’s best steak restaurants, and the fun and entertainment didn’t stop here. Jean and Dan laid on a caricaturist to capture pictures of every guest and there was also one final challenge of the day! Each table had to nominate one person to come and sit at the front of the room to take part. When the host requested various items such as cuff links or oyster cards, the players then had to run into the audience to collect them. The last person to return each time would find their chair missing and be sent back to their table with their head hanging low. The challenges became harder as the items grew more obscure and it wasn’t long before things got a little competitive. Chairs went flying, as did bodies. The Hawksmoor’s killer cocktails and tunes by DJ Melz rounded off the evening nicely and I left the couple to party the night away.
Here are a selection of my favourite photos from Jean and Dan’s Hawksmoor wedding. Please do comment below and feel free to pin pictures to Pinterest and share this wedding on your favourite social sites. If you’re planning a wedding at The Hawksmoor in London and like my unique documentary approach please don’t hesitate to get in touch.