By Paul Rogers
I really love photographing a wedding at new and unusual venues, so when Clare and Mark asked me to be the photographer for their wedding at Lord's Cricket Ground in London, I couldn't wait! I love London weddings anyway - there's such a variety in venues which always give me great inspiration for some amazing documentary photography. But to have the history and grandeur of the Long Room at Lord's as the backdrop was a new and thrilling experience.
I started with the end of the Bridal preparations at the Danubius Hotel across the road, before heading over to the famed Long Room to photograph Mark greeting his guests. One of the attractions of my kind of documentary wedding photography is the way context is shown in the photography. When a couple choose a venue like Lord's for their ceremony and reception, it's very much a personal choice which will have significance to the couple. So it's important to me that the venue features in the photography - great, emotional photos have even more meaning in years to come, when the photography can get this across to the viewer.
Well, I was spoilt for choice with that at this wedding - every where you look are historical and modern references to the game. And the Long Room, with it's wide windows, creates some pretty good light to use too!
After the ceremony, I got permission from the head groundsman to walk on the grass for the main group photo looking back into the pavilion. It was only four days before England were to face Australia in one of the Ashes Test Matches, so it had to be a last minute decision.
The reception continued on the roof of the pavilion before the meal and speeches back in the Long Room, and the First Dance and final partying in the Thomas Lord Suite.
Here's some of my favourite images from photographing Clare and Mark's wedding at Lord's Cricket Ground. If this is the kind of photography you're looking for, get in touch to see if I'm available on your date.