Wedding photography by the river near the Trafalgar tavern in Greenwich. The most romantic way to arrive is by riverboat which are available to Greenwich from Westminster, Embankment, London Bridge, Bankside and Tower Piers.
The Trafalgar Tavern was built in 1837 and became famous for its whitebait dinners where distinguished people such as Charlies Dickens would partake. There is a wedding breakfast scene set there from Our Mutual Friend which sets an interesting precedent. Now of course many a wedding breakfast takes place there. In Our Mutual Friend and Little Dorrit parents try to force their children into arranged marriages which may have been suitable materially but not necessarilly spiritually or emotionally.
Now as you wend your way along the river walk from Greenwich pier or the Cutty Sark past the Old Royal Naval College, towards the reception, it’s a grand thing to have that rich culture as a backdrop but maybe not necessarily as a template for modern day marriage. In any case you have a photographer to keep you distracted or amused so that the walk becomes that much more enjoyable. There may be poses to do but they would pretty much fit the flow of the walk. Like a guided tour without the formality.
The Cutty Sark can make an impressive backdrop for pictures as you might imagine and I’ve got a picture that maybe shows that (that will be another blog). I’ve always found it an interesting name but only found out recently that it is from a Robby Burns poem and means “short chemise” or “undergarment”, which is apparently what the witch on the figurehead is wearing – I’ll have to take a look next time I’m there.
Once you get through all that history, the vista of the river will take you gradually to your destination. And as you turn the final bend on the path you come across a rather camp looking Lord Nelson, who, if you ever so kind and polite, may magically see you to your seats.