Yasmin & Mathias
Originally built in the 1100s, St Dunstan-in-the-East has long been part of the London landscape. Nowadays the archways hide a beautiful public garden not far from London Bridge. A small oasis amongst a busy London life.
It is easy to see then, why this was a perfect place for Yasmin and Mathias’ engagement shoot. Both live and work within the capital, Yasmin as a high-flying e-commerce recruiter and Mathias as a self-made entrepreneur with his own leather business. Yet their wedding next year in the south of France will be the exact opposite in the quaint town of Barbentane, just south of Avignon. It will be a sunny rustic affair, so it seemed perfect that St Dunstan-in-the-East is a mix of the modern and ancient for their engagement session.
I really loved this shoot, Yasmin and Mathias are great fun and I cannot wait to photograph their wedding next year. It may have been a little on the cold side for their summer outfits (odd given the time of the year) but they embraced it and we caught some incredible moments between gusts of wind.
Congratulations again to you both and I will see you in 2018 in Provence!
Just before we wrapped up, we popped down to the Thames shoreline to capture some landmark images. I do like the shard but it is pretty difficult to fit it in shot!
Congratulations Yas & Mathias! I will see you in Barbantane in 2018!
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St Dunstan is just around the corner from Pudding Lane and was badly damaged in the Great Fire of London. It was patched up between 1668 and 1671 with its steeple added to the designs of Sir Christopher Wren, whose masterpiece St Paul’s Cathedral sits a little further up the Thames shore.
By 1817 it had become clear that the whole structure was unsound and it would soon be torn down and rebuilt once again, reopening for worship in 1821. However the Anglican Church was destroyed in the Blitz during World War II. Amazingly, Christopher Wren’s tower and steeple survived, adding to the beauty of the site. After WWII, rather than rebuild, the City of London Corporation decided to make the site into a public park opening in 1971. It is often full during lunch hours with those who work nearby, offering a small respite for those busy city goers.