The documentary or reportage wedding photography of Bob Owen, set in Marylebone Registry office, London.
Old Marylebone Town Hall was the London setting for Chris and Lucy’s wedding towards the end of last year. The Purple Room to be exact.
Old Marylebone Town Hall has seen a long list of celebs married there due to its plush and spacious interiors. It’s much more opulent than the exterior would have you believe. As a result of the likes of Paul McCartney choosing the venue (twice), it’s become a ‘must have’ wedding venue for many London couples, and soon to be refurbished to a high spec.
After the service they made their way through London on the ‘Wedding Special’, taking in many of London’s iconic sights en route to ‘The Swan’bar and restaurant, located in Bankside at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre. The Swan has a spacious and well-appointed third floor function room, superb staff and views few can compete with. Great food as well, thank you guys!
Within my style of reportage photography, I choose to add to the mix a few portrait shots. Nothing really posed, artificially lit or stilted, just a few relaxed minutes in a good location. It’s usually the first time couples have had a few minutes privacy after the ceremony and it’s a chance for that ‘we’ve done it’ feeling to sink in, and I’m there to capture but not intrude on those precious moments. Not all documentary wedding photographers do this as it’s not ‘pure’ documentary wedding photography, but I choose to use the methods of the top photojournalists, who use natural portrait work to good effect when compiling their stories. I follow their example. It was impossible to forgo using the Millennium Bridge with St. Paul’s Cathedral in the background and it was a really important feature for Chris and Lucy. I’ve lived and worked in and around London for a good part of my life, and this is a location I’d invite everyone to check out if you haven’t been there.
I currently shoot with a wider perspective than previously. I try to give the subjects in my images space and set people in context with their friends and family around them. That way when folk look back on their albums in years to come, I want my images to invoke memories of emotional times past, and a sense of time and place is important to achieve that.
I say albums, because I believe a photograph never really ‘lives’ until it’s printed. In a frame or an album, a photograph does its intended job so much more effectively than just being confined to a computer hard drive.
Here are some of my favourite images from the wedding
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