There is so much love in London! So much in fact, that it took me about a year to write about all of it. :) In honour of Phil and Sarah’s year anniversary, I thought I would wrap up our trip through London with a nice little bow as a gift and to complete my processing journey. I have had SO much fun reliving these moments and taking a journey back through the streets of London. I’m hoping and praying I get to go back again and spend even more time enjoying this city!
Don’t forget to check out the two chapters leading up to this London Finale!
So buckle up and let me show you a little more of our tour of London…
St. Paul’s Cathedral
Last we left, we were in a double decker city bus rounding the corner to St. Paul’s Cathedral. The statue of the Queen just out front was a beautiful site to be seen. But the cathedral was even more exquisite! We hopped out, changed shoes and sent Sarah up the steps first.
We sent Phil on up to meet her, although she looked quite stunning up next to the huge doors and columns. We didn’t have much time as we were asked to leave and stop photographing as some type of event was happening. No clue as to the people involved in this event, but we imagine they had some importance if we were asked to stop. I gave them the cue to keep smiling as they walked down, the hoards of people off to the right and the left. It seems that they were the only ones there!!! :) Anyway, we went around to the side Churchyard for a few more cuddly shots.
A little of the photographers…
St. Paul’s led perfectly onto Wobbly Bridge, or Millennium Bridge. Also seen in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
Millennium Bridge has a beautiful view of St. Paul’s and Phil and Sarah wanted to take us to the end for a few fun shots with people all around. They were right!!! At least *I* think so! :)
Next up, Tower Bridge (easily confused with London Bridge) and easily one of the most iconic locations in London.
Tower Bridge was one of my favourite places to see as I had seen it as a child in books and, maybe Peter Pan??? Or is that just Big Ben? :) Anyway, it was beautiful and grand all the same. We played there for quite some time. Just to take it all in. The daylight was beginning to fade which made for such a beautiful light on their faces. Some of the street lamps started coming on as well. PERFECT!
The wind was blowing down the channel under the bridge making for a most perfect veil shot! Nik stood over on one side to hold it for a few and then let it go to see what it would do. :)
I love how these two just play with each other. Their interactions were like this all day long! I loved standing back and just watching them enjoy their time together.
We were just near the Tower of London where the crowned jewels are kept so we decided to see if we could walk over. But they were closing quickly so we were just in time to see a Guardsman, commonly known as a Beefeater. He looked like he needed a photo with a happy bride and groom. :)
The Crowned Jewels at the Tower of London
We didn’t have time for jewel viewing, so it was on to dinner! We stopped to rest our weary feet and refuel before heading into the night hours for some fun night shots and back towards Kings Cross Station.
Dinner at Wagamama
This place was SOOO yummy! And it was perfect for our hungry bellies. I took a minute to take a few rings shots while we were there. We relaxed, had some delicious Wagamama dinner and drinks and were on our way!
I can’t remember what exactly we were talking about (maybe the route home?) but Phil and Sarah are two of the most fun people to watch have a conversation. My favorite is her “really Phil?” face in the upper right hand corner. The whole thing makes me giggle. :) here’s a few more iPhone pics from our dinner. We had lots of fun!
Quest for Big Ben and The London Eye
We were headed toward the next spot we wanted to grab on the photo scavenger hunt which were Big Ben in the night and the London Eye. You can see it off to the right in this photo. But this bridge was too perfect not to test our night shots. I love the ghostly effects of the passerby’s. We played a bit on this bridge and a few people wanted in on some of the shots as well. hahaha!
We found the London Eye! It was lit up red while we were there and the twinkling lights in the trees added a perfect little something to our night pics. We started in the trees with the Union Jack umbrella, remember we’ve (and by we, I mean Nik and Phil) been carrying that all day? :)
The London Eye was quite magnificent despite the fact we couldn’t stay long. It was a gorgeous cloud filled sky which bounced the lights around making for a beautiful backdrop for the Eye! Phil and Sarah had a nice little dip in front of London Eye and then a bit of dancing on Queen’s Walk on our way to the clock tower. Big Ben was just stunning in the background with all the night lights lending the ambient light. Just beautiful!
Just a short walk down the river and under the bridge for our finale of the night – Big Ben did NOT disappoint.
This clock tower was the most perfect backdrop for our couple and the last thing on my London Bridal shoot extravaganza. I was so happy to see this well known and iconic tower with two of my favorite people sharing a loving smooch in front of it. :) We couldn’t stay long as we had to catch the last train out of Kings Cross, so on we went, brisk walk style.
We made it back to Kings Cross in record time! And with JUST enough time to grab a few photos of the one and only, Platform 9 3/4. I was a bit bummed earlier that day because we didn’t have time to stand in the line to get our photo at this attraction. However, turns out at 1:00am, there IS NO LINE! I was elated! :) Harry Potter fanatics at our best – 1:00am back home to Phil and Sarah’s flat in Hertsford.
This is a blooper from earlier. Cause these two are a hoot! :) I’d love if someone could caption these for me! hahahaha!
This day was a treasure. For me and hopefully for Phil and Sarah as well. I wouldn’t have ever dreamed of capturing any of the places we got to see in a million years. But God is so kind and giving and provided us with a chance of a lifetime.
Phil and Sarah, THANK YOU! Thank you for your time and for gifting us this amazing adventure. We are so glad we got to witness such an amazing union and so thankful for your extra day of flying like the wind to all these places in your wedding getup! Sometimes I wonder if you’re STILL exhausted! I can’t believe how much we did in one day! It took me a year to write! :) HAHAHA! Happy Anniversary (it’s still 4 more hours here in the states)!!! :)
Corrie and Nik take a quick trip to London for a day
We decided to hop back on the train the next day for some little sight seeing – specifically to shop at the HP store and to go exploring for a little lunch. What did we find? Our favorite thing ever, Chipotle. Yes, even in London, we can’t choose another lunch spot. Happy as ever.
Until we meet again, London.