Gina and Chris’s Trafalgar Tavern Wedding
Photographing a wedding in Trafalgar Tavern wedding is always a special occasion for me as it’s where I’ve lived in Greenwich for the last 15 years so I’m very familiar and comfortable with almost all of the churches and wedding venues here. If I walk from my house near the Thames path to West Greenwich, I can pretty much pass every major wedding venue, from pubs like the Cutty Sark to The Trafalgar Tavern, St Alfege Church and Our Ladye Star of the Sea on Crooms Hill. Not to mention the icon landmarks of the Royal Naval College and the Queen’s house. Just writing that has made me realise what a great place Greenwich is for weddings!
So when Gina and Chris contacted me about their Trafalgar Tavern wedding, with the service at St Alfege, I was very excited to be shooting another wedding on home turf. I hadn’t shot a wedding at either venue for a while as in recent years weddings have mostly taken me on my travels, all over the country and also destination weddings throughout the world. But there’s was something very comforting about being able to walk to Gina’s house for the bridal prep and being in such familiar surroundings.
Gina and Chris also live in Greenwich and wanted to make their wedding a celebration of local venues that they know and love. After getting ready at her house it was a short taxi ride to St Alfge Church for the ceremony. If you know Greenwich you’re bound to have passed by the magnificent church in the centre of town. It dates back to 1012 and looks splendid after it’s recent lottery funded refurbishment.
Before the Trafalgar Tavern wedding reception we headed for a private garden square for drinks and nibbles before we headed into Greenwich Park for a quick couple shoot. I’ve shot in Greenwich park many times and knowing it like the back of my hand is very helpful in a wedding situation where you have to work quickly. Weddings can also take place on the bandstand in Greenwich park, take a look at Laura and Roy’s wedding which took place on a blustery autumn day in the park!
We then made our way to the Trafalgar Tavern, the historic riverside pub, for the wedding reception. It’s a lovely spot on the river and always makes for a great party. I was so pleased for Gina and Chris as the sun broke through the clouds and they and their guests were treated to a glorious sunset over the river to complete their Trafalgar Tavern wedding perfectly.