The Greenwich Naval College ceased to be a home for the Royal Navy in 1998. Since then it has become a wonderful place for tourists to visit, but it can also be hired out for wedding ceremonies.

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to photograph the wedding of Georgina and Peter recently, who decided to get married in the Painted Hall at the college.

The day began at their home for both Georgina & Peter, which had its own challenges, as they wanted to keep the tradition of not seeing each other before the ceremony! Fortunately through good planning they were able to keep to that. Their immediate family were getting ready with them, including two delightful little flower girls and Georgina’s granddad, who gave her away.

Everyone played their part on the day; Caroline Castigliano was responsible for making Georgina’s stunning wedding dress, while the flowers were provided by Karen Woolven Floral Design, and Charlotte Cowen took care of make-up. Georgina had a special connection to the hair stylist Terri-Ann, since Georgina’s late mother originally trained her.

While the sun wasn’t shining on the day it made little difference to the dramatic backdrop the Naval College made on the day. I was spoiled for choice when finding lots of creative angles from which to take photos. I particularly love the one in the Painted Hall itself, showing the seating, the aisle and the ceiling, which shows how the Painted Hall got its name. The detail and the setting really were quite amazing.

The couple had chosen the Keats’ string quartet to play in the hall. The music was incredible and Georgina admits it brought tears to her eyes, she felt so happy. The service went without a hitch and the very simply-designed yet elegant rings were from Tiffany & Co.

After some photographs outside we were then able to return to the Painted Hall once more, which this time had been superbly dressed for the traditional wedding breakfast. Instead of the traditional wedding favors, Georgina and Peter had chosen to make a donation to Cancer Research UK on behalf of each guest. I thought this was a lovely touch, unusual for wedding favors but a beautiful gesture and one that has lasting value for all who attended I’m sure.

The whole occasion was quite beautiful and the setting was possibly one of the finest ones I have seen. It’s quite inspiring to stand inside such a large room and to have that degree of perspective to work with. The day was a resounding success and I wish Georgina and Peter all the very best for the future.

 

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