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Alex & Narishta - Royal Military Academy Wedding

Alex & Narishta’s wedding was one of the most distinctive I’ve ever photographed. There was so much about this day that set it apart from a ‘stereotypical’ wedding. First up it was at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. The Royal Memorial Chapel, which played host to Alex & Narishta’s nuptials would be better described as a Cathedral. A huge building thick with heritage, gravitas and grandeur. The opportunity to shoot a wedding at the RMA was a real thrill. Years ago I used to work there as a civvy contractor for the Army Medical Directorate (AMD) in the Former Army Staff College (FASC). As Alex will tell you, the military loves their acronyms! The camp is vast and when I worked there I only saw a small corner of the place so it was great to explore some of the more famous spots camera in hand.

Last year I watched a really interesting three part BBC documentary about officer cadets training at Sandhurst and during one point in the wedding day, while moving from the Chapel to the steps of Old College for formals, I suddenly recognised a location that had featured in a clip during the documentary. It was fascinating and bizarre in equal measure.

Alex is a member of the TA and has served in Afghanistan amongst other tours and is a thoroughly likeable and incredibly interesting guy. Narishta is a doctor and her family is from Sri Lanka. A more colourful and identity-laden day you’d be hard pressed to imagine. I really enjoyed shooting Alex & Narishta’s wedding and Alex’s ability to stay cool in full blues, under blazing sunshine, while preparing to get married and while giving speeches to 260 guests was seriously impressive. Narishta was also very laid back but her beautiful sari was probably better suited to the weather conditions!

I’d particularly like to big up Mistah J who DJed the evening. He’s just getting started but he was seriously slick and I’d never have known that he was new to the game unless he’d told me. Really friendly guy also. I also met some lovely people in the shape of Videographer Chris Towndrow and his second (and also) stills photographer Caroline Ellison.

Here’s a selection of my favourite images, all shot on the 5DIII.

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