The first of three December weddings… yes, I’m still frantically catching up from a pretty manic last month of the year – three weddings, compiling my accounts for the tax man, admin, album design, Christmas, my eldest daughter’s 7th birthday, New Year and a few family illnesses have all contrived to slow down my output of images – I’m sorry!

This was a beautiful wedding, with a lovely, lovely couple and warm & friendly guests. It was also a wedding of many firsts for me. My first time ever at the beautiful church of St. Bartholomews in London and also my first at the reception venue – Chandos House – which is near to the BBC’s broadcasting house.

Not the first time I’ve been on a double decker bus at a wedding, but the first time I’ve travelled to the church on a vintage London double decker bus.

The first time I heard John Rutter’s “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” – I’m not a religious man, but the sound of this beautiful piece of music, expertly sang by the most amazing choir I have ever heard not only brought me out in goosebumps, and made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up – it brought tears to my eyes. A truly amazing and atmospheric experience and one I will never forget…

The cold snap we experienced in early December subsided enough to make it possible for the handful of group shots to be carried out at the church. I always think it’s warmer in London than anywhere else in the UK, but it didn’t stop the attentive and friendly staff back at Chandos serving up a lovely mug of hot chocolate and marshmallows – and even I got one!

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