Grim's Dyke Hotel Wedding: An Intimate Wedding In London - / Karis & Rasi

Updated: Nov 3

"So amazing i didn't cry at my wedding but i teared up watching this! Thanks for making it so special for us" Karis & Rasi.

Karis & Rasi said I do during what can be only be described as unprecedented times

Preparing and planning for a wedding can be a Challenge at the best of times. So adding in lockdown restrictions and a two week turnaround certainly made this one challenge.

However these two weren’t going to let anything (even a global pandemic) to stop them from saying I do.

I was excited and felt very privileged that they had chosen me to document for them what would be a very important element of their day. With limited numbers able to attend the day the pressure to deliver something that could be shown to all those who couldn’t attend and to make that footage capture the emotion, was very important.

The day started with a legal ceremony held at the church local to them both. A lovely Baptist church with a beautiful feature stained glass window which is shown below.

From there the newlyweds the photographer joshuadavid (who is really talented by the way) and I headed to a local park for photos and videos. With restrictions still in the place around social distancing the open space allowed for lot of room and an unhurried time to capture those just married moments from a distance.

Bridal & Groom preparation took place at separate houses as they prepared for the evening ceremony. This element of the day was truly a family affair with the cake being made by the brother of Karis (which was amazing)

Karis had her hair and make-up completed by Jules Roman & Daniella Adele respectively while her mum helped her to put on her beautiful dress from David’s Bridal Watford in preparation for the afternoon ceremony.

Rasi put the final touches to his outfit from Moss Bros as he and his groomsmen relaxed before the ceremony and headed to the venue ahead of time to making sure all the final details were in place.

The ceremony took place in their local church and the words “each one of you must have made an impact on their lives, there are only 29 of us in the room” brought home the poignant point of the privilege to be there in person. With friends from around the world watching live on zoom the ceremony allowed a limited but grateful group of close family and friends to be part of this special moment.

The small family only reception took place at the stunning Grim's Dyke hotel. With beautiful gardens and wide lawns this location provided the beautiful backdrop to the second half of the wedding film. This was one of my favourite evening portrait sessions with the beautiful grounds and grade II listed Manor House being bathed in glorious golden light.

The Manor House with its exposed beams, high ceilings and large windows provided a variety of elegant areas to capture those all important couple portraits. The dress worn by Karis featured here was designed by Melissa Sweet and looked stunning with some beautiful details to it especially on the train.

While the private dining room allowed for an intimate setting for the speeches with Karis’s father shared some wise but heartfelt advice for the newlyweds which provided a beautiful way to finish their wedding film.


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