Wedding photography at St Paul’s Cathedral is truly unique for so many reasons. If there was ever a wedding venue to symbolise London greatness than there is one giant that stands head and shoulders above any other in the capital and that would have to be St Paul’s Cathedral. St Paul’s and The Crypt at the Chapel of the Order of the British Empire is one such wedding venue in London. It has become a symbol of hope and seems to imbue spiritual life and quite simply, the heritage of British people and Britishness in general. There has been a church at this site since AD 604, so it is hardly surprising that this most extraordinary of place of worship has become so venerated over the centuries. It is of course where Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer famously had their wedding in 1981 in what was the wedding of the decade. There is no question, St Paul’s is a sensational place to be married in though the stringent rules and regulations to be a wedding photographer at St Pauls Cathedral need to be observed and obeyed and ignore them at your peril. I was told that if I were to break them I would be ejected from the building forth with. There were no photographs to be taken during the service. In fact, we were not even allowed inside the Crypt to witness the service. None of this of course much matters, not to me at least because St Pauls Cathedral is indeed an exceptionally special place to tie the knot and its reverence should be respected and I for one cannot wait to return to this most hallowed of wedding venues in London.
Written by photographer Jay Rowden