The Chainstore Wedding Photography | Kyrie & Ashley

I was delighted to be asked by Kyrie and Ashley to photograph their wedding at the historic Chainstore venue on the banks of the Thames in London this summer. Living in London they had a lot of local photographers to chose from, but they were drawn to my documentary style and I was happy to travel into London to photograph their big day as they became husband and wife.

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A UNIQUE VENUE

The Chainstore is a unique venue. A part of Trinity Buoy Wharf, this historical area is now a thriving centre for the arts and creative industries. Located in the heart of Docklands on the banks of the river Thames it was built in 1854 and boasts London’s only lighthouse. Located perfectly to offer unrivalled views of the river Thames, O2 Arena and Docklands skyline, this is a venue unlike any other I have photographed before. It’s also one of the only wedding venues around where you can arrive by boat if you so choose.

With a 3pm ceremony I had time to check the venue out in the morning. When I arrived Ashley was just leaving having checked on a few final arrangements while staff were still setting up and I then headed over to see Kyrie who was getting ready in an AirBnB a few miles away with her family.

Bride prep was a very laid back affair, with only one bridesmaid there was a nice clam feel in the air as the usual routing of make-up and hair carried on, even when two of the flower girls arrived they were kept occupied by a plate of biscuits and the TV.

A SUNNY CEREMONY

The weather had been patchy all day and as I left Bride Prep I got soaked running to the car and I feared the ceremony would have to take place with the huge double doors closed. It would have been a shame to have to deprived of the view and also not to have the drinks reception on the terrace. Back at the Chainstore guests arrived and they had to hurry in from their taxis as the rain bucketed down on the East End. The bride arrived and waited at the back of the building and I witness one of the most bizarre moments I’ve seen at a wedding, a bridesmaid practising her walk down the aisle in the men’s toilets! Then, as if it had been planned all along, about 10 minutes before the ceremony was due to start the clouds parted, the doors were thrown open and new Mr and Mrs Clarke were able to say their vows in warm August sunshine, as close as you can get to an outdoor ceremony without actually being outside. The sun stayed out long enough for the ceremony and also about 45 minutes worth of their drinks reception before everyone had to dash inside as the onslaught of rain returned.

This wedding was certainly a memorable one for me, particularity regarding the speeches. With one of the ushers acting as the master of ceremonies, there was a speech from the Bride’s sister, the Bride’s step dad, the groom and the best man, so there was plenty of laughs and tears. Ashley even did part of his speech in sign language as both his parents are deaf. The layout of the tables inside The Chainstore allowed me to move around and get a variety of different angles to shoot from.

The day ended with a lively evening party, the Groom had built a playlist and the dance floor was packed until the day ended at Midnight.

 
We really love what you’ve done for us, we feel you captured the whole day. It looks like everyone was having a great time and that’s what we wanted to see! Thank you so much.
— Mr and Mrs Clarke
 

I loved being a wedding photographer at The Chainstore, if you would like your wedding day photographed in the same relaxed documentary style as I have done for Ashley & Kyrie please get in touch, i’d love to hear from you.

Here is a selection of images form the day, I hope you enjoy looking through them.