The historic Chainstore venue is a Grade II listed brick building with triple height ceilings and bags of character. Built in 1854 and connected to London’s only Lighthouse, The Chainstore offers 420 square meters of space and an even bigger riverside terrace to take advantage of the River Thames views.
I was delighted to be asked by Kyrie and Ashley to get my first experience of being a Chainstore wedding photographer and I‘m delighted to be going back for Olina & Tom’s big day there in the summer of 2021.
The Chainstore Wedding Photography
The day was probably the most changeable of any I’ve seen at a wedding. There was three huge downpours through the day, but luckily the ceremony was able to happen with the main doors open, letting in a warm flood of natural light. Pre-ceremony I saw one of the strangest sights I’ve ever witnessed at a wedding – a bridesmaid practicing here walk down the aisle in the men’s toilets.
Below are a selection of shots from the day.
“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
Bride prep was a very laid back affair at a local AirBnB, 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 AT THE CHAINSTORE
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.
This wedding was certainly a memorable one for me, particularity regarding the speeches. 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.
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I loved being a Chainstore Wedding Photographer, 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.