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London Waldorf Hilton Hotel Wedding Photographers

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We were delighted as ever to photograph at one of the capital’s most famous and iconic venues in our role as London Waldorf Hilton Hotel wedding photographers for Danielle and Ben’s big day.

Israeli dancing at Waldorf Hilton London wedding reception

This Edwardian gem was opened in 1908 and commissioned by William Waldorf Astor 1st Viscount Astor, and has been a landmark in the Covent Garden area of central London ever since. It’s certainly a classic venue for a celebration of any kind and Danielle and Ben’s Jewish wedding day was no exception!

Bride gets ready at Waldorf Hilton London photo

Our coverage started with Danielle and her bridesmaids and families preparation’s at the hotel itself in one of their classic suites. Ben and his groomsmen prepared themselves in the fabulous Palm Court area of the Waldorf, a spectacular Edwardian glass roofed space that was immortalised on celluloid in the 1953 film “Titanic” as the famous ship’s ballroom.

Jewish wedding Waldorf Hilton London

The Palm Court area was where the wedding ceremony itself and bedekken (unveiling ceremony) would take place, with a beautiful white chuppah (wedding canopy for those not au fait with the term) featuring as the centrepiece.

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After some photographic time with the ladies of the day, and then Ben and best men shots I made me way to the Tish room for the start of the wedding day formalities. We are veterans of Jewish wedding celebrations, but for those not familiar with them reading this post the “Tish” (sometimes spelt “tisch”) is a time when the men of the day get together in a dedicated room to eat and drink a little, socialise, and sings some songs before the serious business of the groom marrying his bride. It is also a time when the rabbi can explain the meaning of the jewish marriage certificate to the groom to be and get him to formally agree to it’s terms.

Jewish bride poses in London doorway on her wedding day image

The “bedekken” which Danielle chose to have in front of the wedding party is stepped in Jewish tradition, and to put it simply is a veiling of his future wife by soon to be husband (also spelt badeken). It is a moment often charged with fantastic emotion, as it is the first time bride and groom see each other on their wedding day.

Badoken at Waldorf Jewish wedding in London photo

After that came a lovely heartfelt ceremony under the chuppah. I shot images close by under the canopy with the couple, their parents and rabbis, while Joanna shot discreetly from various angles around the Palm Court. Video we should mention this special day was provided by Barry Cookson.

Jewish wedding ceremony at Waldorf Hilton Hotel London

Jewish wedding ceremony at London Waldorf Hilton hotel

After the smashing of the glass underfoot and the inevitable enthusiastic celebrations it was time for champagne and canopies around the Court. I used this time to photograph some pre planned family shots, while Joanna went round doing some reportage photography and taking guest request shots as often happens at this time, especially at a Jewish wedding!

Kissing wedding couple at Hampstead Pergola and Hill Gardens

Exchange of rings at Waldorf Hilton wedding ceremony

Jewish wedding ceremony photo at Waldorf Hilton Hotel London

The wedding breakfast took place in the magnificent Adelphi Suite, along with some very energetic Israeli dancing, speeches, cake cutting and a great deal of partying till late into the night. As usual with wedding receptions of this size at the Waldorf Hilton there was a great live band to keep the energy going to top off a splendid and dramatic day all round.

Wedding couple kiss in a doorway on their central London wedding

Now where did the couple shots come from and why? Usually on a wedding day we will find twenty minutes or so to take the couple away, either around the wedding or reception venue, or outside whether that’s urban streets or countryside next to a manor house for example. With Daniele and Ben’s wedding the schedule unusually didn’t allow for this, so what we did was book off some time on a other day after their honeymoon.  Where? Round the corner from their flat in Hampstead, and why not!

Wedding couple dancing at Waldorf London wedding

This part I did on my own, and I found it very relaxing and even more enjoyable knowing the couple weren’t worrying about the timeline of their wedding day. The sun came out too, so all in all perfect. It was nice too because I got to know the couple a better and also meet their dog.

Jewish bride after her Waldorf Hilton Hotel wedding

Band plays at wedding reception Waldorf Hilton London

Bride and flower girls pose at Waldorf Hilton Hotel wedding

Wedding couple kiss on spiral staircase

To see another recent Jewish wedding day on Park Lane take a look at this blog post here: Four Seasons Hotel Wedding Photographers Park Lane

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St Pauls Cathedral wedding photographer couple pose outside photo

London Church Weddings, to home counties and beyond!

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London church weddings, we love them! Well any church wedding, although about fifty percent of all ceremonies we cover today are also in licensed and interesting civil venues. We love them too of course!

The reason we thought about writing about church services around the capital and home counties, is because we were asked recently to show a couple at a meeting some extra wedding images taken in churches. They were concerned about available light levels and where would their clergy allow photographers to shoot. The images in this piece were lifted from recent blog posts and were what we showed our couple to answer their questions. They actually booked us there and then.

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Needless to say after ten years of fantastic experiences with wedding photography from St Pancras to St Paul’s to St Tropez (yes we have done them all) we are very well versed with capturing beautiful imagery in churches whatever the light levels and position we find ourselves in.
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As every wedding day is different, so is every church and it’s clergy that we work with. Some vicars and priests are very relaxed with little restriction on what a photographer can and can’t do. Others have a very clear set of rules and some of whom send us them before the big day. We generally aim to find out well in advance so that we can plan, and we are always very respectful in the midst of a wedding ceremony.

Enfield church wedding shot

We are mindful that a wedding service is an incredibly special and intimate moment for both the couple and their friends and family. Wherever possible we photograph from a distance and put our cameras into silent or semi silent mode.

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It’s very important at this time to be as unobtrusive as possible. For the couple this part of the day passes so fast that the photos of what actually happened become even more critical to reliving the moment that their commitment to each other became a “real” marriage.

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Some of the most important shots to capture well at any church wedding are the brides processional and the the corresponding recessional at the end of the newly weds. The exchange of rings, that first glance when the groom sees his bride to be, and of course the first kiss as man and wife are essential too.

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Featured images here are London church weddings as diverse as St Paul’s Cathedral, The Italian Church Clerkenwell, St Bartholomew The Great, Southwark Cathedral, St George’s Cathedral, Shoreditch Church, St Sophia’s Greek Cathedral in Bayswater, Farm Street Church Mayfair, St Stephen’s Hampstead and many many more.

Here’s some links to a few of the previous writings and wedding images from the churches showcased in this post:

St Paul’s Cathedral Wedding Photographers & Skinners Hall Reception

Lansdowne Club and Farm Street Church Wedding Photography

Shoreditch Wedding Photographers. Claire & Jamie’s big day in East London.

Smithfield Wedding Photographer

Greek Wedding Photographer London & Saint Sophia Cathedral Bayswater

Southwark Cathedral wedding with Butlers Wharf, Tower Bridge & Vinopolis reception

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Wedding couple by red phone box Chelsea and St Lukes

Wedding at Chelsea Old Town Hall with Laura and James

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Perhaps one of London’s most famous wedding venues is Chelsea Old Town Hall. It’s certainly a place we love to photograph at and we are always excited to return there. Along with Camden Town Hall and Marylebone we would say it is part of central London’s holy trinity of civil wedding venues!

Wedding kiss at Chelsea Old Town Hall

Laura and James chose it partly as James grew up in the near vicinity, but for some of the couples we have photographed, it has been so desirable and so much a symbol of London that they have come from as far as Newcastle and Paris to celebrate their union there.

Confetti throwing at Chelsea Old Town Hall wedding

This wedding at Chelsea Old Town Hall actually began in Friern Barnet with Laura and her bridesmaids preparations at her parents home. At the same time we photographed James with friends and family at a watering hole in the Kings Road. That is of course one of the beauties of having more than one photographer! Although David has photographed quite a few smaller wedding days on his own in Chelsea, this one was larger and definitely benefited from Joanna’s presence too.

This special day we also worked alongside Martin Family and his associate videographer Koon from Special Occasion Videos (link at the end of this post). Both these guys have such a relaxed but professional nature that they are always a pleasure to work with, and like ourselves always aim to add to a wedding day without dominating anything in the proceedings. When you are experienced but passionate about what you do then this becomes second nature.

Chelsea Town Hall St Lukes Church wedding

After a ceremony full of love laughter and smiles it was time for that iconic confetti throw on the steps of the old town hall. We always get a sense of deja vu at that point but of course everytime it is totally different.

WEdidng couple in the Sydney Arms pub Chelsea

Once all the hugs kisses and congratulations had been done Joanna travelled with the general wedding party to the reception venue in Enfield North London, while I took Laura and James to some favourite spots I use regularly for couple shots. This included a little trip into the Sydney Arms pub on the way.

Bride and groom in park by St Lukes Chelsea

Once again although we may often shoot in the same general areas in Chelsea, naturally every bride and groom is different and the opportunities that arise and the approach  we take to photography and style reflects this. It is essential that the wedding photography suits the tastes and sensibilities of the people involved, and we pride ourselves on both achieving and surpassing this.

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Chelsea Old Town Hall wedding bride and groom on a bench photo

I actually travelled to the reception with Laura and James in their wedding car which I enjoyed but I have to say this is not normal and we don’t expect this kind of service from you!

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Bride with horse on London wedding day image

The reception was at an equestrian centre that Laura runs in Enfield, and she and James had arranged a large marquee on the grounds for the wedding breakfast and evening celebrations. Family and friends photos were shot there as well as a great deal of the usual naturalistic documentary style of coverage of everyone that makes up an important part of every single wedding day.

Groomsmen chat in field Enfield wedding reception

Here’s another of many weddings at Chelsea Old Town Hall previously featured on the blog: Chelsea Old Town Hall wedding photographer

Videography by: Special Occasion Videos

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The Honourable Artillery Company Wedding HAC at Armoury House

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The Honourable Artillery Company building or HAC as it is often referred to, is one we have strolled past many times on a Sunday as we walked the kids to various activities and shows at the Barbican Centre and the Museum of London. It also sits next to a very interesting old inner London graveyard, well worth a visit in itself.

Honourable Artillery Company Building photo taken on London wedding day

So when Caroline and Grant got in touch with us about their wedding at HAC we were delighted not just to photograph their special day but also for a chance to have a nosey around inside such a great piece of architecture too!

Wedding dress hanging up in the Honourable Artillery Company HAC building

Bride has makeup applied at HAC wedding day image

Our coverage of the day started with myself and Joanna photographing Caroline’s bridal prep within Armoury House itself. It was the usual laughter filled time with bridesmaids and family, makeup and hair artists and of course popular London wedding photographers!

Bride comes down aisle at HAC wedding in London

After a while I left the building and crossed the road to catch Grant and his groomsmen having a relaxed drink at a nearby pub.

Wide shot of Honourable Royal Artillery wedding

It wasn’t long before it was time for the ceremony in the magnificent Long Room of Armoury House. The house is an eighteenth century mansion and along with the Prince Consort rooms and five acre Artillery Garden make up the official home of the RAC, and is full of interesting and historic military memorabilia. It’s certainly a great and atmospheric place to get married in.

Exchange of rings at HAC London wedding

Honourable Artillery Company wedding ceremony photo

After the ceremony we arranged a continuous confetti throw all down the staircase to the front entrance, where staff were ready with bubbly and snacks for the drinks reception. Everyone enjoyed some sunshine in the Artillery Garden while the Long Room was turned around for the wedding breakfast.

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Wedding couple pose by gun at HAC Armoury House wedding

A special mention of the staff too who were excellent efficient and helpful throughout the day.

Bride and groom at Armoury House wedding

After quality eating and then speeches with dessert it was time for the first dance to a live band and some serious dancing the night away.

Wedding couple stand in arch at Armoury House wedding

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Grovefield House Weddings near Windsor

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Our latest Grovefield House wedding day had a dream like quality about it courtesy of thick but very atmospheric fog!

Wedding Ceremony photo at Hazlemere church High Wycombe

Dani and Phil had planned their big day well in advance, and we already had a chance to get to know them better through an engagement shoot they did with us at London’s Alexandra Palace. Great couple of course, so a pleasure to work with on the day.

Confetti throw at Hazlemere Church wedding

We were concerned about traffic to Heathrow on the M25 this foggy Saturday in December, as the news headlines said it would be the busiest travel day of the year. So we we stayed nearby the night before in order to avoid being caught in traffic hell! That meant only a short foggy journey to Danni’s parents house to document her bridal preparations. A happy household excited by the day ahead. It wasn’t long before the bridal car arrived out of the mist and time for us to head to Holy Trinity Church Hazlemere nearby to catch Phil and his groomsmen’s meet and greet. Hazlemere Church as it is also known is very active in the local community.

Couple and wedding car at Grovefield House wedding

After a joyful and heartfelt service Dani and Phil had a confetti throw outside the church in the mist, and then had some family photos in the churchyard while guests enjoyed tea coffee and snacks back inside.

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The couple then travelled in their lovely vintage Bentley to the reception venue Grovefield House, Taplow Common Road, Turnham near Windsor. Grovefield House is popular as both a reception and wedding ceremony venue in the local area, and is benefiting from a refresh under new management. Originally it was an Edwardian country house and of course now a desirable Windsor area destination.

Wedding couple walking at Grovefield House Windsor

The newly weds and their guests arrived to a red carpet reception with a fantastic live jazz swing band made up of very talented young locally educated musicians.

Sparklers in the pavilion at night Grovefield House wedding

We had a little time in the fog to do some couple shots as well as lots of reportage coverage of the guests having a good time. We focused on some of our favourite black and white images to feature on this post. Generally we give over a thousand edited images to our couple to own and choose from and this wedding day was no exception.

Fun with sparklers photo at London wedding

Dani and Phil had bought a large amount of sparklers so we wanted to feature these both in the new pavilion and outside the wedding breakfast area. There was also a tree we liked that we thought would make for a nice off camera flash shot which is included here. We hid a guest behind Dani and Phil for this one!

Wedding bouquet resting on vintage Bentley limousine image

All in all a great wedding day to remember of which the fog only added to the already special atmosphere.

Wedding party photo at Grovefield House Windsor

Take a look at the links below for the many featured images in our galleries.

Here is a past blog post on a Valentine’s Day wedding we photographed at Grovefield House: Grovefield House Wedding

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And just in here’s is Dani and Phil’s lovely review we have just received on Hitched and others:

ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE!! (heading)

“From the start David and Joanna were absolutely brilliant. We arranged an engagement shoot in October 2016 to meet David and try to shake off some of our pre-wedding photoshoot jitters… we honestly couldn’t have felt more comfortable on both the engagement shoot and our wedding day. David and Joanna really went out of their way to support and advise us and helped us relax into the experience. We have so many beautiful shots – we really are spoilt for choice! I was so nervous about the pictures but they are just stunning. David and Joanna capture both posed and natural shots between them which makes for a gorgeous collection to remember your special day. I have, and will continue to, recommend them to family and friends as they just seem to have the golden touch!! We have had so so many compliments on our photos and to make it all even better David sent them over to us really quickly. Flawless! To David and Joanna: We’re so lucky to have found you and I know many more brides and grooms will continue to benefit from your talent and passion!!! Thanks so so much for everything x Dani and Phil Smith”

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