Cora and Michael had a wedding combining the traditions of the East and West at the Landmark London followed by an amazing Chinese Banquet reception, which customary to tradition, the bride wore a number of wedding dresses too!
I absolutely love the contrast of a grand and elegant traditional London ceremony at a luxury hotel with portraits of the couple nearby, with the relaxed reception at the couple’s favourite Chinese restaurant. I’m not surprised Cora couldn’t decide between her two wedding dresses, she looks just stunning in both and have to say, why not wear two?! In fact she did much more and went on to have 5 further outfit changes, including the incredible red traditional Chinese suit which I have to say might be my favourite. The hand embroidery and detail is just incredible and they really do ‘pop’ in the beautiful photography by Sarah Gawler (do check out her beautiful new website!).
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A beautiful Autumnal relaxed engagement shoot in Highbury by photographer Sarah Gawler for Groom Style Consultant, Sammy Aki and her fiancé Anaël.
Whilst I don’t tend to feature engagement shoots all that often, from time to time some just stand-out to me, and I think it’s actually great to show readers and couples that these shoots can be a really fun, special and useful part of the engagement and wedding planning.
This shoot by the very talented Sarah Gawler, captures couple Sammy and Anaël looking super relaxed around their home in Highbury. The beauty of a pre-wedding or engagement shoot is that it’s just natural beautiful photographs of the two of you. As Sammy mentions below in her story, nothing fussy just spending time together perhaps doing whatever you both enjoy and is actually a really fun thing to do amongst all the stress of the planning and wedmin!
It’s also a great way of getting to spend time with your photographer and for them to get to know you and of course helps ease the pressure of the photographs for the wedding day itself if you are a little camera shy!
Sammy and Anaël recently celebrated a traditional Ghanian London wedding and if you wondered why these guys are exceptionally well-dressed, that’s because Sammy is in fact a stylist at Sammy Aki, a groom style consultancy. So if you think your man may need a helping hand with his groom style, I highly recommend you get in touch with her!
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Whilst I don’t feature them all that often, I still really enjoy showcasing London engagement shoots from time to time – they are still a joy to see a couple in love, captured by stunning photography and with the beautiful backdrops that London has to offer. This couple, Sarah and Gareth had a sweet day reminiscing about the early days of their relationship whilst wondering around some gorgeous spots by the river. Makes you forget just how wonderful it is to live in this city…
Sarah & Gareth are both originally from Wales but met whilst working at Ernst & Young in London. They are planning a sumptuous wedding in Wales from afar as they now live and work in Singapore. As they live abroad and are getting married in Wales they wanted to capture something of their relationship in London. So, with their photographer Sarah Gawler, they set about walking around their old haunts in Butlers Wharf and they reminisced about how they first got together (they were set up by her manager!).
They even went to The Harpy, an Edwardian customs and excise pontoon now used as a location house. Later in the day they headed into Greenwich – another part of London that they have fond memories of together. Soon after arriving the heavens opened, so they had to take shelter in the cloisters of The Queen’s House. The weather didn’t bother them, they were happily dancing about and having fun together.
Their photographer Sarah Gawler says, “We all have our own personal & sentimental maps of places we’ve spent time in so it’s such a privilege that in photographing a couple’s story like this you get to see what a place means to them too. Thank you Sarah & Gareth for sharing your stories with me, it was a most memorable afternoon in the sun and the rain ;)”.
Wishing the best of happiness for their wedding day and thanks to the very talented Sarah Gawler for sharing her beautiful work.
Photography: Sarah Gawler