Gherkin Wedding in London with Kristina and Jack

Limeleaf started out as Limeleaf Weddings around 2006. We recently wound down our wedding photography to specialise in the commercial side. However, we’re still sometimes asked very nicely if we can photograph ‘just one more’, and it’s very hard to say no; So without further ado:

Jack and Kristina married in one of London’s most iconic buildings, 30 St Mary Axe or more commonly known as The Gherkin due to its distinctive shape designed by Lord Foster. They had selected Searcys restaurant and bar on the top floor, boasting some of the most stunning views of London available as their wedding location. This is one of the more impressive locations to be married in London that I’ve experienced.

Jack and Kristina are humble people, their main concerns for the wedding were that their friends and family enjoyed their time and wanted to provide something special for them all to remember. I think they hit it right out of the park with their choices, from the beautiful ceremony, again with a backdrop that would usually only be reserved for cinematic films along with the evening dancing above the city lights and amazing panoramic glass ceiling.

The wedding day itself went effortlessly, with Kristina getting ready at the Grange hotel just across the road from the stunning St Paul’s Cathedral and then travelling by black cab to the Gherkin. The ceremony itself was upbeat and heartfelt, and with those views (I will keep mentioning them) it was stunning.

Searcys themselves were extremely attentive. Their top class professionalism ensured the entire day was the first class affair it undoubtedly deserved to be. Their willing to work as a team with outside vendors, myself included, ensured that everything went superbly well behind the scenes and allowed Jack and Kristina along with their friends and family to enjoy the occasion to its full potential.

I can’t sign off from this wedding without mentioning the dancing, when you have such an upbeat couple with friends and family who are also full of life you get people enjoying life to the max. I photographed in to the early hours to capture as much of the epic dancing and fun they were having. As a photographer it’s hard to pull yourself away in the fear that you might miss ‘that shot’. Luckily for me, with everyone being so on the ball I had my pick of angles and moments and I couldn’t ask for more.

As they both work and live in London, I’m sure they’ll always appreciate that almost no matter where they are they can glance in to the sky and instantly see and remember one of the most special days of their lives. It was an absolute pleasure to photograph and be part of their day and I wish Kristina and Jack all the very best for their future together.

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  • Simon Atkins - Superb! Love the wide angle shot of Jack waiting for the bride. Fabulous venue and you’ve made the most of it with some stunning wide angle images.

Rebecca and Jamie’s Wedding in Somerset and Devon

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The reception and evening entertainment was held at the family farm, where Rebecca grew up in Devon. The farm courtyard was completely transformed from the first time I had seen it, in to a place where they had games, including snooker no less, and a large marquee to hold the wedding breakfast, speeches and dancing.

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Food Photography with Boston Tea Party

Last month we were back with Boston Tea Party in Plymouth to photograph their new menu. Working in their large, newly opened and beautiful Plymouth cafe, we selected a corner to work from that wouldn’t interfere with their customers and got to work, with their chef bringing new dishes up for us to photograph in situ. Making the most of our corner, we used the blue seating and warm brown table to add to each photograph. Leaving large areas for the marketing team to add text too.

Previous photography by us is now being used throughout the cafes countrywide, the results are great and we’re looking forward to working with them again soon.

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River Cottage wedding with Kate and Josh

I arrived to a relaxed Kate, fresh and ready for the day ahead at a lovely cottage placed in the narrow streets of Lyme. The girls were full of life and laughter, chatting and getting ready with plenty of time before having to head over to RCHQ. After documenting for a while at the cottage, I made my way over to see Josh who was staying just down the road, and found him slightly less fresh, carefully working his way through a bacon sandwich and cup of tea.

Due to the night before maybe taking a slight toll on Josh, his groomsmen fired him up to get down to Lyme Regis beach, right by the famous cob to take a swim in the less than warm water to freshen up and knock some life back in to him. I stayed firmly on shore and photographed as the water shocked the life back in to him.

Once both parties were ready, they each made their way over to River Cottage for the ceremony. It was held by Josh’s mother who just happens to be a registrar.

Afterwards, it was out into the nearby River Cottage fields for garden games and canapés, including the famous River Cottage welly wanging. Kate’s bridesmaid also brought along a few other games for the guests to play.

The wedding breakfast (breakfeast?) was, as usual, superb. The River Cottage chefs being some of the best, they always serve up a mean dish and today was no exception. The freshly made lemon tart was amazing, I can tell you first hand.

Once everyone was suitably full and their cake cut, it was over to the Yurt for coffee and nibbles and then first dance and drinks! The evening band ‘The Hijackers‘ were really excellent, at one point a friend of Kate and Josh (who luckily is a singer himself) got up on stage and belted out a few songs.

Henley

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Sheryl and Jason’s Somerset Wedding

Sheryl and Jason contacted me from a recommendation of a previous wedding groom (he’s also a wedding photographer) whose wedding I photographed a few years ago now. They were to have a relaxed and intimate wedding at Widcombe Grange in Somerset, a gorgeous country house set in 22 acres of landscaped woodland on the Blackdown hills.

They needed me for just a few hours to capture the last parts of their getting ready, to capture those pre-wedding nerves and excitement. I photographed through the ceremony to the group/couple photos and up to a speech from Sheryl’s father just before their wedding breakfast.

It was a beautiful, fun and relaxed day and they really lucked out with the weather. I’d heard from my sources the evening went just as well with some slightly inebriated dancing.

Sheryl and Jason are both extremely lovely people and documenting their wedding day was a great treat, I hope their wedding photography brings them continued joy and a great family keepsake to cherish.

Henley

Widcombe Grange bedroom getting ready

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