Wedding photos in London: meet the couples jetting to the capita
Tower Bridge, Big Ben, next to a queue of buses in a mini-roundabout — it appears that couples from the Middle East and Far East know exactly what they want from a romantic wedding photo in London.
According to a photographer who specialises in the images, more young professionals from countries including Iran and China are jetting to the capital to have their photos taken in front of landmarks and in "typical" streets.
Barrie Downie said top spots included Parliament, Thames bridges and Edwardian or Victorian locations.
One couple asked him to arrange a shoot inside Buckingham Palace and whether the Queen would be there. He added: "It's very popular with young rich Chinese couples.
They want places that are iconic that people will recognise. They love our street scenes. Then they have the scenes blown up huge and put around their wedding venue."
Beijing is 5,000 miles to London and the flight takes about 11 hours. The trend is also popular with South Koreans, Malaysians and people from Hong Kong. Mr Downie, 47, who lives in Chi-chester and has a London office, said couples generally wore their wedding dresses and suits for the shoots.
"They're usually business professionals so they just fly in to do the photos, a bit of sightseeing for a couple of days, then fly back. They want it lit, post-production, a particular style." One of his photos is in the final shortlist of three for the Wedding Classical Photographer of the Year award, run by the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers. The winner will be announced on Saturday.