Wedding Photography at The Gherkin

Wedding Photography at The Gherkin

As one of London’s newest and already most iconic buildings, the idea of wedding photography at The Gherkin was an opportunity I couldn’t resist! Completed in December 2003 on the former sites of the Baltic Exchange and Chamber of Shipping, The Gherkin, otherwise known as 30 St Mary Axe, or formerly as the Swiss Re Building, offers a wedding venue in the heart of the city like no other. As Marc and Vickie’s guests entered into the ceremony space at the very top of the building, some 570 or so feet from group level, the look of wonder on their faces was clear to see. At this particular wedding I was assisting the very excellent Helen Abraham Photography. To read more about how having a second photographer at your wedding can benefit everyone involved, please continue to the bottom of the page, not forgetting of course to enjoy Marc and Vickie’s pictures on your way!


the best man helps the groom to get ready for his london wedding a beer with mates before heading to the Gherkin for the wedding ceremony the groomsmen share a joke on the way to the wedding arriving at the Gherkin for the wedding greeting wedding guests last minute wedding nerves it's not too late! wedding guests meet at a bar before the wedding the mother of the groom final checks by the best man wedding photography at the gherkin wedding photography at the gherkin wedding guests wait to take their seats greeting wedding guests at the Gherkin a flower for the groom wedding photography at the gherkin the groom waits nervously the mother of the groom friends meeting before the ceremony begins wedding guests smile for the camera the London skyline view from the Gherkin the groom and usher she a joke minutes before the wedding ceremony begins husband and wife exchange rings wedding photography at the gherkin wedding photography at the gherkin a portrait of wedding guests wedding guests laugh out load a candid moment between the bride and groom laughter during the wedding speeches the bride wipes away happy tears wedding photography at the gherkin wedding photography at the gherkin

Having a second photographer at your wedding can give you piece of mind and help to tell a more rounded story of the day, particularly before the ceremony when the bride and groom are apart. When I’m shooting alone, and it’s logistically possible, I will always get some pictures of the groom before the ceremony, but spending the couple of hours before the ceremony with Marc and his groomsmen, and their journey to The Gherkin, gave me a real insight into this part of the day, and deliver some pictures that I know Vickie is very fond of. I like to second shoot for another photographer at least once a year. Whatever profession you’re in it’s important to stay fresh, and second shooting gives a photographer like myself the opportunity to observe another photographer at work and to also go for shots that as the main photographer I might consider are too risky. Even after shooting for ten years I still want to find ways to improve and offer better pictures to my couples. I hope you enjoyed the pictures above, and if you’re planning a wedding at The Gherkin, or any other of London’s iconic landmarks/wedding venues for that matter, I’d love to hear from you. To see more from my London wedding photographer portfolio please click here.


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