When two London Creatives like Annala and Bruno meet and fall in love, you just know that their wedding is going be something pretty special and I cannot wait. If their engagement shoot was anything to go by it'll be so full of creativity and will push my style of artistic wedding photography that I so love.
Even for the most confident, coolest and most photogenic of couples, the idea of having your wedding photos taken can be a little daunting, so we arranged a relaxed little pre wedding photo shoot to settle the nerves and give Annala and Bruno a little time together amidst their wedding planning, to just enjoy being close and to capture a few memories of their engagement before their wedding day.
Annala and Bruno’s story is full of love. A long distance relationship that stood the test of time and patience, their journey began in London and will be celebrated when they are married this summer at their no doubt incredible, destination wedding in Italy, overlooking a valley, surrounded by lemon groves, flowers and family. It was in contrast to their romantic, Italian country wedding, to celebrate their love of London, the city where they live and their passion for art and architecture that drew us to this impressive location for their engagement shoot.
So, it was on a bright April morning when the air was still crisp and the cherry blossom was blooming, that I met Annala and Bruno for their pre wedding shoot to wander round East London’s iconic Barbican centre. It did not disappoint and this gorgeous couple totally relaxed into it and made it look easy.
A Grade II listed building, the Barbican Centre is one of London’s best examples of brutalist architecture. The Barbican Centre is also a bit of a hidden gem. It offers a quiet refuge from the bustle of East London outside and it felt like we had it totally to ourselves. An oasis of calm, symmetry and a maze of secret spaces.
The sunlight poured in creating the most amazing shafts of shadow and light and we weaved between concrete pillars and stumbled upon blue pools and green gardens that contrasted perfectly against the grey starkness of the building.
There are so many beautiful spots within the Barbican and I felt like we had only scratched the surface. I will be back to soak it all up and explore again soon, as it has quickly become one of my favourite places in East London, but until then, stay tuned for this beautiful couple's wedding photos later this summer and excuse me while I start dreaming of Italy...