Wimbledon Wedding Photography: Nataly and Nathaniel got married on a gorgeous day in Wimbledon, South West London on the first Saturday in June. The couple had only commissioned me a few months previous after finding me on Google. We met up at a bar in the South Bank and they talked me through their wedding. The wedding ceremony and the reception was to be held at The Sacred Heart Church Wimbledon. Built in 1887 this beautiful Catholic church is a fairytale church for a wedding. A few weeks ago we all met at the church just as Mass was finishing and I managed to spend 10 minutes listening to the Choir and the Congregation singing. It was nice few minutes for me, away from the hustle and bustle of normal day life.
Supporting the ‘Unplugged Wedding’ – Rarely do I jump on a bandwagon but this is something I feel very passionate about. Picture the scene, you have just married the man/woman of your dreams in your dream Church or wedding venue. You’ve signed the register and you’re about to walk down the aisle to sea of happy faces and congratulations. Instead what faces you is numerous phones held aloft or even worse a full size IPAD (or other tablet device)… and then your favourite, and extremely excited Uncle jumps out into the aisle and walks in front of you whilst photographing your every move. That’s great, you will have lots of images from lots of different angles, but the one person you’ve paid to get the shots is waiting, trying desperately to get a clean shot. It’s at that point when Auntie Sally decides that she too must have the photo of you walking down the aisle and bang, she joins Uncle Ernie….
High Rocks in Kent Wedding Photographer Charlotte & Lee had a very laid back ceremony with about 50 of their close family and friends at High Rocks in Kent. High Rocks is situated down a quiet country lane, a short drive from Tunbridge Wells. What makes this Kent Wedding Venue so special is the awesome High Rocks which date back millions of years. If you mix a venue like High Rocks, a daring couple that are not afraid to walk to the top of the Rocks and not forgetting me, you will undoubtedly end up with some pretty contemporary wedding photos.
Chelsea Wedding Photographer It was literally only a matter of weeks that Olga and Yuriy contacted me about their intimate wedding. As I’m fully booked in 2013 they were very lucky I had their date free. The wedding ceremony was at Chelsea Town Hall, which is just on the Kings Road. It was a cute ceremony witnessed by just close family.
Straight after the ceremony we jumped into a Black Cab and went to the London Eye. This was a treat as the couple had paid for me to enjoy the Chocolate Tasting experience with them … this involved two rotations on the London Eye plus Champagne and Experts ‘Hotel Chocolat’ as a guide with a variety of chocolates and truffles.
Gaynes Park Wedding Photography I was last a Gaynes Park back in October for Lisa and Adam’s wedding and I remember thinking then that this is a wedding venue I’d love to shoot at again. Not only is a set within really picturesque Essex countryside it’s also a very stylish and contemporary wedding venue. It’s little things too like how helpful and friendly the staff are.
Birmingham Wedding Photographer Ok so no I’m not really a Birmingham wedding photographer but I was asked to photograph a wedding in Birmingham. Sutton Coldfields actually and it really was a great day. I was recommended to Laura and Simon by Stephanie and James whose wedding I photographed a year ago at Westerham Golf Club. It was genuinely great to meet up with Stephanie and James and I thank them for the way they tell as many people about me as possible…
Hertfordshire Wedding Photography at Down Hall. Just last weekend I was at the historic Country House in Hertfordshire, Down Hall which is located in the breathtaking beauty of the Essex/Hertfordshire Countryside. A short drive from Central London this really is a fantastic wedding venue. I was at Down Hall for the wedding of Jocelyn and Stuart who’d contacted me back in January and commissioned me to photograph their May wedding day.
Weddings in the UK will always be like rolling a dice when it comes to the weather and as UK Wedding Photographer I’m used to dealing with all extremes. Jocelyn and Stuart were actually very lucky as despite some heavy showers in the morning the Sun appeared around lunchtime and stayed out for the rest of the day.
Ritz Wedding Photography: Luciana and Sebastian were married at the Ritz Hotel in London and chose the Palace of Versailles styled Marie Antoinette Suite for the ceremony. The couple chose the Ritz for its magnificent architecture and decorations and wanted their wedding images to reflect the beauty of the building. After the ceremony we made our way down to the stunning Ritz Casino before heading back to the Ritz and into what can only be described as one of the most stunning dining rooms in the UK, the William Kent Room. Decorated in the Italian Renaissance style this room was perfect for Luciana and Sebastians wedding breakfast.
Weddings at the Ritz in London: So where do I start with Tony and Pariena’s wedding at the Ritz last week… In all honesty I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so much at a wedding. I remember meeting up with the couple a few months ago to talk about the wedding and getting a sense then that this was going to be a wedding to remember.
It’s no surprise that the Ritz was voted one of the Top 100 Wedding Venues in the UK by Wedding Magazine. It oozes charm and sophistication yet retains a very personal feeling. The staff really know how to look after their guests and will help to make your wedding day extra special.
The Painted Hall Wedding Photographer: When it comes to wedding venues it really has to take something extraordinary to beat the Painted Hall in the Old Royal Navy College in Greenwich. I remember walking into the Hall a few years ago, as a ‘tourist’ if you like and being totally fascinated by its magnificence. If you’re looking for a wedding venue with that wow factor this is it.
So you can imagine my excitement when Lianne and Andy commissioned me to photograph their wedding at the Painted Hall. The wedding was last Saturday (4th May 2013) and I am very proud to share some of the images I took on the day.
Charlton House in Greenwich Wedding Photography: I’m pretty lucky to have a couple of really nice wedding venues on my doorstep including Charlton House in Greenwich. It’s a very imposing Jacobean building in Charlton, London. Built in 1607-12 of red brick with stone dressing, and has an “E”-plan layout. The interior features a great hall, chapel, state dining room, saloon and gallery.
Another great thing is that the House is not open to the public, so perfect for weddings without masses of (non wedding) people walking through.
The Painted Hall Greenwich – The Painted Hall in Greenwich which is often described as the finest dining hall in Europe has just been reopened to the public after having works to restore the paintings, you can see from the pictures what a magnificent venue this is and a beautiful back drop to the perfect wedding.
The last restoration was 50 years ago so the paintings had darkened from candle smoke and sweat throughout the years.
Port Lympne Mansion & Gardens Wedding Photography Also known at the Aspinal Foundation Port Lympne is located deep in Kent; just sitting on the edge of the famous Wild Animal Park. In my job I see lots of wedding venues and although I visit the same venue many times often I shoot at a totally new venue for me… Until Billie and Alex asked me to photograph their wedding at Port Lympne I’d never been there so I was wondering what a venue so close to a zoo would be like. It’s certainly a very impressive wedding venue and and I can often tell in the first few minutes if it will be a good venue to shoot at… by that I mean lots of opportunities for creative wedding photography. Port Lympne, for a creative wedding photographer is pretty awesome.. inside the rooms are decorated like nothing I’ve seen before… Stunning murals of animals from all over the world… It really is something to be seen.
A Right Royal Greenwich Wedding by Gomes Photography: I never normally look at the weather forecast before a wedding but if I had it would have shown me one of those symbols which includes a bit of everything. Driving over to the Radisson Blu Edwardian New Providence Wharf Hotel in Canary Wharf to meet with Luci the weather was awesome, sun was shining and it was warm. Between arriving and leaving was like a different day, the rain had arrived and it was cold…
Eltham Palace Wedding Photographer: There are wedding venues and then there are wedding venues, Eltham Palace is the latter. It really is an amazing Art Deco inspired building set within acres of beautifully landscaped grounds with incredible views across London. Also it has the added advantage of being moments from my own home so getting home after a long wedding is nice and easy.
Turkey Mill Weddings: It’s not often that I have a weekend free so when my good friend Peter Denness asked me so second shoot for him at a wedding at Turkey Mill in Kent I jumped at the chance. Having shot well over 100 weddings as the primary photographer it was nice being able to take a step back and second shoot.
Turkey Mill, sitting alongside the River Len is a very popular wedding venue in Kent. The venue sits in 9 acres of award winning, beautifully landscaped gardens which is awesome for wedding photography. Even in wet weather Turkey Mill is well suited for weddings.
Winter Wedding Photography By The Sea: I remember it was the Jubilee Weekend when I first met Laura and Tim and they asked me to photograph their wedding at East Quay in Whitstable Harbour Kent. We sat in a small pub and it felt like such a long time away as we spoke about their plans for their big day.
Their chosen wedding venue was East Quay in Whitstable Harbour which is situated on the beach itself and really is a unique wedding venue in Kent. The building was the original base for the Seasalter and Ham Fishery Company, and like the famous Oyster Stores, was situated on the sea-front so that the oyster companies could keep a watchful eye over their precious oyster beds.
IOD Club Pall Mall Wedding Fair: Last Sunday I exhibited at a wedding fair at the IOD Club in Pall Mall, hosted by Silver Lined Wedding Shows. I’m quite particular about doing wedding fairs and much prefer the smaller ones than the big National shows so this one one was perfect. Having already a photographed a wedding at the IOD Club I was excited about going back to the venue. It’s great picking up bookings and meeting new clients and listening to their wedding stories but also one of the big benefits of attending wedding fairs is networking with other wedding professionals.
Victoria Park Plaza Wedding Photography: Welcome to Naomi and Yemi’s big wedding, part two. Fresh from the fun and frolicks of Naomi and Yemi’s wedding at Westminster Town Hall the day before, I thought I knew what lay ahead of me on the big big day. Having met some of the couples close family and friends already I felt prepared.
There are two parts to a Nigerian Wedding, the first is the “traditional wedding” which is normally attended by a smaller number of guests, it’s sometimes to referred to as the engagement. The second wedding is the “white wedding”…attended by hundreds and sometimes thousands.
Westminster Town Hall Wedding Photography: What can I say about Naomi and Yemi? I really don’t know where to start…. Let’s try from the start and work our way through and hopefully I share with you this couples personality. Naomi contacted me back in September about her big Nigerian wedding over two days. The first day, which is this blog post, was for the main ceremony and was at the Westminster Town Hall in Marylebone. A small number of close family and friends were present to witness the couple tie the knot.