It was a complete pleasure to be asked to photograph the wedding of these two grooms at Mayfair Library.
Both grooms currently live in Australia, where gay marriage is still not legally recognised. But groom Keith was born in the UK, and groom John has spent a great deal of timing living and working here. So what better place for the pair to tie the knot and formalise their relationship than in the heart of London at Westminster Register Office in Mayfair Library.
Photographing gay marriages still holds something “extra” special for me – in witnessing a union that has taken soooo long to be allowed to finally take place, I can always feel the additional significance in the room – especially with slightly more mature couples who have been together for a long time and who have waited many many years for this day.
So back to Keith and John, who had only flown in the night before their nuptials and were still a little bit jet-lagged, but happy when I met them outside Mayfair Library for the first time. Sadly, the British weather couldn’t offer much more than a flat grey sky for them, but at least it stayed dry.
The ceremony was attended by the couple’s closest friends and some immediate family. The ceremony was warm and charming, and after the legal bit was done, and the register was signed, we headed into nearby Mount Street Gardens for some formal group shots.
After that, we had a good amount of time left over to get a wide range of lovely wedding portraits for our two grooms, wondering around the area to seek out some of my favourite portrait locations.
Keith and John then headed off to the more familiar warmer climes of Greece before heading back to their Australian home. I wish them both a lifetime of happiness together.