Filming a Civil Ceremony in Kingston-upon-Thames
For 4 July, American Independence Day, Peter and I headed over to the lovely town of Kingston-upon-Thames to film Stephanie and Ken’s civil ceremony at the beautiful Lovekyn Chapel. 4th July was quite appropriate and no co-incidence as Stephanie, the bride herself, is American. It was going to be a very simple but elegant wedding with a minimum number of guests – 2! yep, you heard that right, two witnesses and the couple. The smallest I had done so far had a total of five, so now have broken my own record. Stephanie’s dress was a very unusual Suzanne Neville wedding dress, knee-length, with the skirt entirely made up of petals.
Her bouquet had the most a-mazing colours, a riot of pink, purple, orange and red…
This is the first time I have filmed a wedding at Lovekyn Chapel and after 18 years of filming in the industry you would have thought I had filmed in every church or chapel this side of the Dartford Tunnel 🙂 – apparently not.
Lovekyn Chapel is in the Diocese of Southwark and is also known as Chapel of St Mary Magdalene. It is a beautiful grade 2 listed church and originally a chantry chapel dating back to 1309. The medieval chapel is licensed for civil marriages, naming ceremonies and civil partnerships, it can house up to 60 wedding guests (not that we needed it ;-).
After a little champagne reception in the lovely chapel courtyard we all headed off to Hampton Wick Pond which wedding photographer Victoria B suggested as a great place to get some wedding photographs. The entrance to this wonderful and secluded park is by the Old Kings Head pub just after you cross over Kingston bridge. Here is a google links map in case you’re interested… I’m sure the champagne helped a lot with the fun photo shoot we had!
The couple have now flown to France where they are having a second civil ceremony under the Eiffel Tower – jealous, MOI?!! Next week is another busy week with a wedding at Wotton House in Dorking – another venue I haven’t been to! – on the Friday followed by another first – Lulworth castle in Dorset. Exciting stuff. While I’m out filming Mr T will be at Silverstone for this year’s F1 Grand Prix, some people do have an easy life!