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London’s best wedding venues that are both iconic and alternative

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We feel pretty sure many an excited pair of hands has typed the words ‘London’s best wedding venues’ into a google search looking for inspiration and ideas for their big day. I know we did! After more than ten years as wedding photographers in and around the capital we’ve worked at a huge amount of them, so we feel qualified to give something of an inside view.

We have picked five of what we consider to be the best London wedding venues for both their iconic value, and also their quirkiness and ability to add an extra measure of “memorable” to your day.

London eye engagement photo silhouette

We have not been paid anything to favour any particular venue, or received favours in return, and what may also be obvious but is worth stating, is that what may be the “best” for one couple and their families may not be right for another. We’ve also added a sixth recommendation as a wild-card.

Of course there is nothing wrong in picking a classic London Hotel venue such as The Dorchester, Savoy or Claridges for a wedding day, or more boutique hotels such as The Goring or Brown’s. We photograph at these all the time, and they are all great in themselves. So too are dedicated venues and manor houses, golf retreats and the like around the home counties. However the focus of this article is fantastic alternatives around central London.

So here we go, in no particular order, and with our wild-card choice at the end. All photos are ours, with relevant links to previous posts by ourselves from wedding days there.

The Official London Eye

Opened on the very last day of the previous millennium, 31st December 1999, the London Eye has quickly become one of the most iconic and visited sites on the capital’s skyline. Standing at a height of 135 metres it is an unbelievably imposing piece of architecture leaning over the Thames on the Southbank. Great news is that its capsules are licensed to host civil wedding ceremonies and drinks receptions.

London Eye wedding photographers coca cola kiss photo

For a couple planning their wedding on the wheel they can expect VIP treatment and personal coordinators to look after their every need. Proceedings usually start with the wedding party assembling in the Eye Lounge across the way for some champagne and nibbles, and then when the time comes a fast track escort to their private capsule.

Bride and groom walking to their London Eye Wedding ceremony

The inside with be decorated with flowers, and registrars will be there waiting to greet you. For the first cycle of the wheel the wedding ceremony and register signing will commence. For a second cycle its time for a traditional drinks reception. We have absolutely loved every wedding we have photographed on the London Eye, and of course so have all the brides and grooms! You don’t get much more memorable than this.

Here is a recent wedding there from the blog: London Eye Wedding Photographers Time Out Recommended

London Zoo Weddings

Probably no one has photographed more London Zoo weddings than we have. One of the many great things about a big day at the zoo is that you have a choice of venues for both the ceremony and reception. For larger gatherings there is the Prince Albert Suite which can cater for between 80 to 240 guests. For a more intimate affair there’s the Mappin Pavilion for groups of between 45 to 80.

London Zoo wedding photographers couple outside Reptile House image

The catering and general service from the staff is absolutely excellent, some of the best we have ever experienced. As part of their packages your wedding party can have free time around the zoo to explore between the drinks receptions and wedding breakfasts, and you can build in extra experience such as time with meerkats, or exclusive access to the wonderful carousel. Come rain or shine there is always plenty to see, do and photograph.

London Zoo wedding at the penguin pool

Check out our latest London Zoo wedding on the blog here: London Zoo Wedding Photographers Time Out Recommended

Weddings at Lord’s Cricket Ground

Fun group shot at Lords Cricket Ground Wedding

We don’t think you necessarily have to be a cricket fan to enjoy a wedding day at one of England’s most famous and historic sporting grounds. It has everything you need for a fantastic day, from a grand and elegant ceremony in the famous Long Room, to excellent service and various locations for your drinks receptions. Guests can take a fascinating tour onsite of the history of cricket, and there are plenty of areas for photo opportunities. Depending on the size and requirements for your wedding breakfast you can have The Long Room turned around, or walk over to the nearby dedicated Thomas Lord Suite to eat and then party the night away in style.

Wedding ceremony longroom Lords

Read about our latest Lord’s Cricket Ground wedding here: Another great wedding at Lord’s Cricket Ground

Tower Bridge Weddings

Tower Bridge is probably about as iconic as you can get if you think “London.” Since it’s completion in 1894 it has come to be a symbol of the power and beauty of the capital. The wonderful news of course is that you can get both your wedding ceremony and reception on there, with a choice of  locations, all of which we have of course photographed in.

Tower Bridge wedding ceremony photo

The main venue is the North Tower Lounge, with the ability to use the walkways for yourselves and guests too. There is a special bonus for the wedding couple and their photographer, in that they can go right to the top of the tower and photograph on the parapets with it’s great views across The Tower of London and the Thames. It certainly gives me a nice dose of vertigo everytime!

Wedding couple inside Tower Bridge

You can choose the Victorian Engine Rooms for a wonderfully quirky and alternative reception too.

And from the blog here is a typical Tower Bridge wedding: Tower Bridge Wedding – The inside story

Weddings at The Gherkin

Modern chic and very tall, a wedding at The Gherkin, or 30 St Mary Axe as it is also known, is as unforgettable as the fabulous building itself. Run by Searcy’s, your ceremony will be surrounded by glass steel and incredible views of London that literally have to be seen to be believed.

London Gherkin wedding kiss black and white image

Every time we work there it feels like an honour, what it must feel like for a bride and groom must be truly incredible. Never mind that you are marrying the love of your life, just a glance out of the window at the same time is guaranteed to provoke an extra sense of awe! Impeccable service and attention to detail comes as standard there, and epic is pretty much the name of the game at The Gherkin.


Here’s an example from the blog once again: Gherkin Wedding Photographer

Well there you have our top five picks for London’s Best Wedding Venues, but we wanted to add in an outside wild-card too, because this place is so alternative and quirky it is absolutely definitely worth a look and some research in your wedding planning.

Here it is:

Islington Metal Works weddings

Tucked away behind Angel station in north London is a hidden wedding venue gem in the shape of Islington’s Metal Works. It’s not famous in the sense of the other wedding venues, but what it lacks in fame it makes up for in terms of character quirkiness and sense of fun. Surprise surprise it used to me a metal works, but now it’s a music and event venue and has great spaces for your drinks reception and wedding breakfast. Guaranteed to be memorable, we urge you to consider it if you are looking for something a little different from the norm.

Bridesmaids sit on tank again at London Islington wedding day image

Read about a typical wedding there on the link here: Islington Metal Works wedding day starting at Hampstead’s St Stephen’s church

Couple photo from Islington Metal Works wedding

couple's first dance at Islington Metalworks wedding

Well we hope that was helpful! Feel free to get in touch.

By David Green

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Another lovely Google review from an Essendon Country Club wedding day

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Thank you so much Zoe and Marina for your lovely google review, after your fabulous Essendon Country Club wedding. Working on your storybook album this week 🙂

Review and full text below:

“Thank you so much to David and Joanna for capturing our special day. One of the main reasons we chose to go with David and Joanna was their ability and talent to capture the moment and use the lighting in a way we saw no one else do. Believe me we carried out our research and Big Day Weddings was our first choice. We had a great time getting to know them both and David kept us laughing all the way through the day. We highly recommend Big Day Weddings to capture your special day in the most uniquely beautiful way.”

By David Green

Couple dance and laugh at Connaught Rooms wedding reception

The grandest of days for a Grand Connaught Rooms wedding in central London

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To say we love what we do, and the variety of what we photograph in a wedding day would be an understatement. This dramatic and culturally fascinating Grand Connaught Rooms wedding in central London was a prime example. For  start this was the second wedding in just a few months that we have photographed the happy couple at! First was a civil ceremony for close friends and family at Chelsea Old Town Hall, which was fab. This particular big day though was a traditional Persian affair honouring both sides of the families heritage and values.

Bride gets ready at Connaught Rooms London wedding prep

Groom gets ready in mirror for Connaught Rooms London wedding day

We are proud of the fact that we can shoot in a variety of styles and approaches. This particular central London wedding we would describe as traditional mixed with documentary. It was not about quirky or breaking the mould, we do plenty of those a year, it was about giving the couple and their family what THEY wanted. For a Persian ceremony the wedding table know as “Sofreh Aghd” is central and very important, so instead of bridal prep we spent the beginning of the day photographing this and the Grand Hall of the Connaught Rooms in great detail.

Bride and groom walk through London park after Connaught Rooms wedding

Very convenient for the Connaught Rooms on Great Queen Street is the fact that the Kingsway Hall Hotel is next door and this is where the couple got ready separately for their special day. For a Persian wedding the prep photos are about the finished result and not the process itself as would be normal for reportage coverage.

Bride and groom on stairs at London Connaught Rooms wedding day

So although much of the events are quite controlled and “staged”, for experienced documentary photographers like ourselves there is plenty of unscripted emotion and action from bride groom and guests to keep us very busy for the entire eleven hours!

Persian wedding ceremony exchange of rings Connaught Rooms London

We estimated about three hundred and fifty guests, so a fairly large affair but something the Grand Connaught Rooms is designed for. It’s history dates from about 1774 and it has hosted a great many large and prestigious events in its time.

Persian wedding kiss London Connaught Rooms ceremony

Once all the day guests were assembled around the wedding table and the string quartet began to play bride and dad made their grand entrance and the wedding ceremony began in earnest.

Bride and groom laughing in London Park near Grand Connaught Rooms

After that out came the drinks and canapés for the guests, and for me (David) a very large amount of formal photographs around the”Sofreh Aghd”. This was a traditional affair though and this was the brief. So many people had travelled form far and wide to attend it was important for the family to document that. I know a lot of photographers who would have palpitations at the thought, but I had a good time with the guests and that shows in the final result.

Bride groom and wedding car outside the Grand Connaught Rooms London

Typical for England it was on and off a pretty rainy day, so although much of the action took place indoors we had a twenty five minute time slot to get some shots nearby in a local park. I went with the couple in their lovely vintage car but we spent twenty minutes of our time in traffic! I made that five minutes in the park really count though 🙂 During this time Joanna busied herself capturing the action in and around the drinks reception.

Tossing the bouquet at Connaught Rooms wedding reception

The wedding breakfast at this De Vere owned and run location was a particular grand and lavish affair. And what followed were some more Persian traditions after speeches and first dance. I particularly enjoyed the wedding cake celebration, also known as the Persian knife dance.

First dance atGrand Connaught Rooms wedding image 2

This involves various guests dancing with the cake knife in front of the couple and accepting money (a kind of bribe if you like) in order to give the knife back so the couple can actually cut their cake. Most amusing as nobody gave them the knife for quite some time. Then we had a famous Persian singer make a surprise guest appearance, and lots of very exuberant dancing late late into the night.

String quartet plays at Connaught Rooms wedding reception

Image wise I’ve put a couple of personal favourites in here, the couple stealing a kiss while they practised their wedding dance, and the groom on the phone in the park telling the car driver “get us back quick!” while myself and the bride share a little joke.

A grand day all round at The Grand Connaught Rooms.

By David Green

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Another fantastic Google review just in, Dickens Inn St Katherine Dock & Tower Bridge

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It is such a lovely email to receive when we get a notification from Google that says there’s another 5 star review on the web. This one from Amy and Heechan’s wedding at Dickens Inn St Katherine Dock and Tower Bridge came in just yesterday. Thank you so much, it’s one greatest of the rewards of being a wedding photographer. It’s appeared on both Google and Hitched, and here it is:

“For other couples waiting for their wedding ceremony out there, we think we did the “hard job” of researching photographers for you. Just go straight to the website and message Joanna and David. Thank you so much both of you for your prompt replies from the beginning to considerate phone calls to build up to what was simply a dream come true! Your dedication, enthusiasm, creativity, attention to detail, knowledge of the area around the ceremony, stamina, patience seen in each of the thousand pictures blew our mind away. The ones you chose to put effects into were perfect! We particularly loved the way you both had ideas around the venue/surroundings and took turns to take leads – please keep this up the photos say the same! Thank you for all your hard work we really appreciate them and shame we can’t give anything more than 5 out of 5. All the very best, Heechan and Amy”


Crazy, Brilliant, Exhilarating, Fun, that just about sums up the last 12 months of weddings!

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What a crazy brilliant year 2017 was. So many lovely couples, venues and suppliers old and new that we worked with. So busy it felt like our feet hardly touched the ground, but it was both fun and exhilarating. Everything was delivered bang on time to our couples, and the only thing that suffered a little was the updating of this blog! Many many stories to share here over the next few weeks, at last!

The very start of the year saw us flying high in the sky again for another memorable wedding on the Official London Eye. Imagine that view combined with one of the greatest moments of a couple’s lives, and you get a sense of how special it can be to be a London wedding photographer.

Of course it wasn’t all central London this year. As usual we did our fair share of barns, farms and stately homes around the home counties and beyond. Particular favourites this time round were times spent photographing at Stoke Place, Fanhams Hall, Shendish Manor, Leez Priory and Woburn Abbey.

In central London we were delighted to be back at London Zoo, Lord’s Cricket Ground, Tower Bridge, Park Lane with the Sheraton, Four Seasons and Intercontinental Hotels, Claridges, the Connaught Rooms, and many of them more than two or three times. We certainly put lots of money into the hands of Pret-a-Manger as we prepared in the mornings for many of those big days!

It was also great to see many of our established friends in the industry too, the florists, makeup artists, wedding planners, video and cinematographers, toastmasters, great bands and fantastic DJ’s. You know who you are 🙂

And to the glue that holds this full-time vocation together for us, we say “thank you” to the lovely couples who we worked with on one of the greatest days of their lives as husband and wife! Many we keep in touch with and some have become great friends. Long may it continue.

Wishing all those we have mentioned a happy and healthy 2018!

By David Green

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Wedding couple kiss by chandelier at Stoke Place Hotel

Stoke Place Hotel Wedding Photography with Kym and Jamie

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We knew Kym and Jamie’s wedding at Stoke Place Hotel in Buckinghamshire would be a lovely affair, because we knew what great people they were! An engagement shoot a few months beforehand at Alexandra Palace in north London had meant a chance at getting to know them better, and also putting them at ease as far as photography was concerned.

Wedding dress hanging at Stoke Place HotelThis was always going to to be a full on and exciting day starting early with two sets of preparations, as the couple were having a traditional Chinese tea ceremony first. Kym had a special outfit for this, and then changed into her wedding dress for the rest of the proceedings and the civil ceremony.

Traditional Chinese wedding dressed bride and groom Stoke Place

As soon as I arrived and saw Mark from Mighty Fine Entertainment setting up mood lighting around the ceremony room in typically dedicated fashion,  I knew that Kym and Jamie had not only chosen a great wedding venue, but experienced and highly regarded suppliers to add to one of the biggest days of their lives.

Bridal shower at Stoke Place wedding

Stoke Place is a gem of a wedding venue for Buckinghamshire. A country house hotel set in twenty six acres of grounds it was originally built in 1690. So there is tons of history and period detail throughout the venue. It feels so private and secluded yet it’s only 15 minutes from London’s Heathrow airport!

Groomsmen on bicycles at Stoke Place Hotel wedding morning

Bride make up at Stoke Place Hotel wedding image

As a professional wedding photographer with experience of venues far and wide I can see that the management has thought carefully about adapting it’s various spaces to make for a varied versatile and ultimately very special wedding day.

Bridesmaids talk and laugh by Stoke place Hotel chandeliers

This was indeed a day full of love laughter and unforgettable moments, and I feel we did a great job of capturing them as well as creating a few of our own. I loved suggesting to Kym some shots in the roll top bath in her room just after she had put her wedding dress on. I loved even more that she took that all in her stride as though it was the most natural request she’s heard all day long! Jamie was just as open minded and relaxed, it was no problem for him or his groomsmen to ride bikes or juggle apples on this particular wedding day.

Groom waits for bride in Barn ceremony room Stokes Place

Disclaimer: every couple and every wedding day is different: we will never force you to juggle apples or get in a roll top bath on your special day! Honest! It’s an interesting point, because some photographic coverage is very much documentary, but for these guys it was a little bit of everything. The most important thing for us is to give you the coverage you value and that suits your personalities.

Bride and father arrive for Stoke Place wedding ceremony

The ceremony itself was held in the Barn Room with bubbles and confetti straight after outside at the Lakeside exit. Being a typical English day of weather we had both sunshine and rain, and we did what we could outside until the heavens opened. No problem though, that just meant it was time for some chandelier and drawing room shots inside Stoke Place itself.

Stoke Place Hotel wedding ceremony

While guests enjoyed drinks and canapés the venue was able to transform the Barn into an impressive space for the wedding breakfast and speeches. I particularly enjoyed the groomsmen’s mass impression of Jamie’s dancing technique, and later on his brother performing a song on guitar for the newly weds.

Confetti and bubbles at Stoke Place wedding day

After the meal came time for serious partying in the Lakeside which Mark from Mighty Fine had transformed  into a DJ and dancing space. Needless to say the love laughter partying and dancing went well on into the night!

Wedding party fun pose at Stoke Place Hotel

A special mention too for the excellent Toast Master Patrick Collins find him here Patrick Collins, and we also enjoyed working alongside Tracey the videographer from The Little Picture Studio. Mighty Fine Entertainment are here: Mighty Fine Entertainment

Wedding couple by lake at Stoke Place Hotel

Bride waters bouquet in bath at Stokes Place wedding

By David Green

Wedding couple laughing on balcony Stoke place Hotel

Groomsmen dance at Stokes Place Hotel wedding reception

First dance at Stoke Place wedding reception photo

Bride groom and guitarist at Stoke Place wedding reception

Not long after their Stoke Place Hotel wedding day Kym and Jamie wrote this lovely review on Google:

Where do we start? Thank you so so much! You’ve captured our day beautifully! Going through the photos have helped us re-live it all over again! Every single photo is shot to perfection, great angles and extremely clear with great colour! We loved all the special effects and filters you’ve put on too, especially the one with Kym “showering” herself! 🙂 You have captured all the special moments, especially the ones that went very quickly – such as our dip towards the end of the first dance (as we couldn’t hold that position for long! 🙂

We absolutely loved working with you both, you’ve made us feel at ease behind the camera, right from the moment we did our engagement shoot. It really helped us relax during the day. David you have a great way with making people laugh and have fun! We had many comments from our guests on what “cool” and “fun” photographers we had at our wedding. It was great to see everyone else was having a great time with us too.

Thank you again! We’ve already recommended you on to a couple that are looking for great photographers at their wedding!”

Stoke Place Hotel on a wedding day

Barn wedding ceremony room at Stokes Place Hotel

Bride in Chinese wedding dress by tree Stoke Place

And finally here’s a couple of the most popular and hard working wedding professionals out there, DJ Mark Van Den Berg of Mighty Fine Entertainment, and Patrick Collins Toastmaster.

Wedding DJ Mark Van Den Berg imagePatricj Collins toast master photo

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Bride and groom walking to their London Eye Wedding ceremony

London Eye wedding photography, the real behind the scenes stories

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We thought it would be interesting to occasionally blog about the stories behind some of our recent images. To be honest we don’t write blog posts about every wedding we do, because after shooting and meticilously editing the weddings, travelling and aiming to occasionally have a family life too, there’s not a lot of time left! So we see this as a good way to do a mini post. There are thirty out of forty weddings from this year we haven’t and won’t write about for those reasons. Google won’t love us as much for less frequent updates, but we like to think our couples appreciate the extra attention their wedding’s gets before and afterwards.

So the photo above is from earlier this year, and one of our favourites, a lovely wedding held on the London Eye. You can see the original post here: London Eye Wedding Photographers Time Out Recommended 

It’s a documentary image shot by myself David. We had been caught in traffic in a huge stretch limo hired by the couple with rather a lot of champagne flowing. People were pretty merry by the time we arrived, no bad thing on a wedding day! My intention had been to shoot the wedding party from various angles as they made their way to the Eye, but because we were running late these guys shot ahead. Not a problem though because I had in my imagination a similar idea of perspective to capture the couple from at some point. I took three shots and liked this one the best, mainly because of the bride and groom’s position in relation to the wheel, and by this time the wedding party had also spontaneously began to link arms.

I converted to black and white because I felt that emphasised their linking arms shape and that of the wheel and clouds. The couple naturally got all three version in original colour and black and white. I’m glad I declined the champagne in the limo myself though, otherwise who knows what this shot would have been like!

By David Green

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Bride in a barn at her South Farm wedding photo

South Farm Wedding Photographers, and what a venue!

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Lorna and Andy booked us as their South Farm wedding photographers almost two years before their big day, so we had plenty of time to get to know them a little better and plan our approach. Sometimes I feel that couples when they find us on an internet search think that we only specialise in Central London as we feature it heavily, but actually although we naturally love the capital, a great deal of our work is also around the home counties too. Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Essex are counties we are frequently photographing in and there aren’t many venues that we don’t have previous experience with.

Bride in bridal suite at South Farm wedding

What we love about South Farm is the fact that they have really understood the value of having a variety of locations for the elements of a wedding day. They have a dedicated bridal suite and rooms for the groomsmen, and a fantastic main house, but that’s just the beginning. There are beautiful and various crafted gardens, authentic attractions like their vintage painted Romany and Showman’s caravans, and separate spaces for ceremony, reception and dancing.  The old Tudor barn is particularly great to host the evenings’ celebrations. While there are outside and inside spaces for the ceremony depending on preference and the weather of course. There are also areas incorporated from the working farm itself, and for bride and groom they can meet the baby piglets too, more on that later…

Bride and father in aisle at South Farm wedding ceremony

Our coverage began with Lorna’s bridal prep in the dedicated suite, and Andy and best man in the groomsmen’s rooms. As usual I (David) flitted between everyone and everything, good exercise! October allowed the couple to plan for a halloween theme too, so it was fun to see all the pumpkins lining the aisle as I made my way through room after room documenting all the time and effort the couple had put into their preparations. That’s one of the main jobs of a wedding photographer to take a permanent quality record of those important little and big touches, as well as all those magic people moments too.

Bride and groom by caravan at their South Farm wedding

Particularly moving for me was seeing Lorna’s father push through the discomfort of some mobility issues to  join her half way down the aisle and lead her to Andy. Priceless forever moments.

South Farm Royston Cambridgeshire photo

A lovely heart felt ceremony was followed by confetti and a drinks reception with plenty of entertainment provided by remarkable magician Lee  Smith. He personally showed me a couple tricks later in the day and I was quite literally astounded – highly recommended.

Couple hold hands at South Farm wedding in sunlit doorway

We used this time to take the couple around the venue for some shots just of themselves. I particularly enjoyed the farm part, and I will always remember this particular South Farm wedding day for the “accident” one of the little piglets had on Lorna’s wedding dress! I was tempted to include a photo of that but… Anyhow a wet wipe and Lorna’s good humoured approach made sure that wasn’t a big issue for the rest of the day.

Couple laugh in doorway South Farm wedding

We do a great variety of weddings in many different venues, but one thing that really struck me was how well South Farm has catered for a couple’s big day, from facilitates and locations, to the great attitude of the staff. I’m personally really looking forward to returning there soon. Next time I would like to see one of my good friends in the wedding business Martin Family of Special Occasion Videos working along side us as he has many times, and I know he is very experienced at South Farm.

Bride and groom head to head in South Farm wedding summer house

The evening itself was rounded off with the wedding breakfast in the Tudor Barn, and dancing and boogying in the beautifully restored Horse Barn complete with impressive partial glass floors.

A lovely memorable day all round for everyone concerned.

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Barnet wedding day at St Mary the Virgin Monken Hadley

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It’s great to have the variety of working around the home counties and London itself, but it’s lovely to work close to where we live occasionally too! This Barnet wedding day was on a Saturday and followed a busy week of weddings on consecutive days Thursday and Friday. It’s nice to be busy but in all honesty I wanted this Saturday off, but when I met Lucy and Peter I couldn’t say no, they were just so lovely!

Couple pose under tree after Barnet wedding

These guys choose their local church St Mary the Virgin at Monken Hadley on the outskirts of High Barnet which over the last ten years we have photographed at many times. The site itself has had a religious building on it for hundreds of years but the present church dates from roughly 1494.

Exchange of rings St Mary Barnet wedding image

It sits in a beautiful churchyard and is near to Hadley Woods and Hadley Common. This is an area we often walk through with the kids or dogs or both! Lucy and Peter know and love it too, so it was natural to go to this nearby walkable area for their couple shots.

Bride and groom church recessional at Barnet wedding

Barnet wedding couple head to head pose photo

Bridesmaids laugh together at Barnet Church wedding

Their wedding reception followed at Hadley Golf Club which I went to on my own to do room shots and general reportage for a while, and then waved everyone goodbye as they sat down for their wedding breakfast. I was pleased for the new bride and groom because not only did they get photographed in one of their favourite places, but contrary to the weather forecast the sun shone for them all day long.

Confetti throw at St Mary church Barnet wedding

Barnet wedding couple hold hands by red post box

Barnet wedding couple in front of London stable doors

After the big day they wrote us a lovely google review which you can read below: “AMAZING WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS”

“After trawling through dozens of photographers for our wedding, we chose David and Joanna and were not disappointed. We were attracted by their style and the bonus of having two photographers to ensure all angles were covered. We booked David and Joanna immediately after our first phone call enquiry – there was no need to keep looking. David’s humour as well as knowledge and professionalism made us feel at ease. We felt that David’s relaxed and humorous personality suited our personalities and that of our family and friends. We wanted a relaxed, family atmosphere and felt David and Joanna would suit that perfectly. We had an amazing engagement shoot at Alexander Palace. David gave us valuable tips for taking the perfect shot which we used on our wedding day. The photos were beautiful! Communication with David and Joanna was excellent. We had a call with David before the wedding to discuss all details of the day including the schedule and any specific shots we wanted. David brought up things about the day that we hadn’t even considered which helped us to make sure our day ran smoothly (we’ve never planned a wedding before so it was great to get insight from someone who has been to so many!). On the wedding day, David and Joanna didn’t disappoint. They were professional, timely and brought their humour and friendly personalities. When appropriate e.g. during the service, David and Joanna were discreet and nonintrusive. When needed, David and Joanna did a great job of rounding up family and directing group shots. We’ve seen some preview shots and are they are beautiful! We can’t wait to see the others. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend David and Joanna! Thank you for helping to make our day special and to run smoothly!”

Here’s a link to the original review on google: Big Day Weddings Google Review 

Barnet wedding couple look across lake image

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Another great Google review just in this time for St George’s Cathedral and Belair House Dulwich

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Google review for Big Day Weddings screen grabDelighted to receive this Google review from Sam and Marcus’s very recent wedding at St George’s Cathedral London and Belair House Dulwich. Gives a good insight into the process of choosing a wedding photographer.

First kiss St George's Cathedral wedding London

Here’s the written text of Samantha’s review itself:

After trawling through dozens of photographers for our wedding, we chose David and Joanna and were not disappointed. We were attracted by their style and the bonus of having two photographers to ensure all angles were covered. We booked David and Joanna immediately after our first phone call enquiry – there was no need to keep looking.

David’s humour as well as knowledge and professionalism made us feel at ease. We felt that David’s relaxed and humorous personality suited our personalities and that of our family and friends. We wanted a relaxed, family atmosphere and felt David and Joanna would suit that perfectly.
We had an amazing engagement shoot at Alexander Palace. David gave us valuable tips for taking the perfect shot which we used on our wedding day. The photos were beautiful!

Communication with David and Joanna was excellent. We had a call with David before the wedding to discuss all details of the day including the schedule and any specific shots we wanted. David brought up things about the day that we hadn’t even considered which helped us to make sure our day ran smoothly (we’ve never planned a wedding before so it was great to get insight from someone who has been to so many!).

On the wedding day, David and Joanna didn’t disappoint. They were professional, timely and brought their humour and friendly personalities. When appropriate e.g. during the service, David and Joanna were discreet and nonintrusive. When needed, David and Joanna did a great job of rounding up family and directing group shots. We’ve seen some preview shots and are they are beautiful! We can’t wait to see the others. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend David and Joanna! Thank you for helping to make our day special and to run smoothly!”

Wedding couple in grounds of Belair House Dulwich image

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Bridesmaids laughing at Lords Cricket Ground wedding

Another great wedding at Lord’s Cricket Ground

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Lord’s Cricket Ground in St Johns Wood has to be one of our favourite venues, and a truly special and memorable place to host a wedding day. As a theatre of sport it is now over two hundred years old, and it will probably be entertaining crowds and cricket fans in another two hundred years too!

Silhouette of wedding couple kissing Lords Cricket Ground

Fiona and Andy chose it as Andy is a massive cricket fan, and Fiona was open minded to a venue with a difference to celebrate their marriage.

Bride leaves in rain for Lords Cricket Club wedding day

The day started with documenting bride and groom’s preparations in Chelsea with Fiona getting ready at a close family friend, while Andy and his groomsmen enjoyed pre ceremony drinks around the corner at Chelsea Farmers Market.

Bride and groom recessional at St Lukes Chelsea wedding

Rain had threatened and duly poured down for Fiona’s departure by vintage car, but as so often in England it didn’t last too long, and rain certainly wasn’t going to stop play this day of all days.

Kissing by London red bus at Lords cricket ground wedding

The couple decided on a church service at the very grand St Luke’s Church in Sydney Road. It was designed in 1819 and is apparently one of the earliest gothic revival churches in London. It’s certainly a beautiful place for a wedding ceremony.

Bridal party by St Lukes Chelsea wedding

After confetti and some family photos two vintage red routemaster buses took the entire wedding party to Lords Cricket Ground for the reception. Pimms and snacks were enjoyed by all onboard.

Fun group shot at Lords Cricket Ground Wedding

Rain once again played a small part as everyone arrived meaning the drinks reception started in the famous Lords Long Room instead of outside, but after a little while Plan A was resumed and we were all allowed to take the fun upstairs to the Pavilion roof terrace which has great views over the grass of Lords itself. It’s here where I took the deliberate silhouette shot among others.

Bride arrives for Lords Cricket club wedding in car

I used this time to shoot a mix of reportage photography of guests and all the fun and emotion on display, and then a little while away with the newly weds to get those all important ‘couple’ shots. I had a great time with the bridal party and the couple’s friends and family.

Bride and groom pitch side at Lords Cricket Ground wedding image

I had previously signed disclaimers with the management of Lords in case I fell off the ten foot ladder we arranged I would stand on to take the shot in the Long Room of the entire wedding party! Needless to say I’ve lived to tell the tale.

Groomsmen hold bride in stands at Lords Cricket Ground wedding

The wedding breakfast was held in one half of the dedicated function room called The Thomas Lord Suite, and the dancing and partying till late was held in the other.

Wedding couple at Lords Cricket Ground photo

Once again a fantastic day in Chelsea and Lord’s Cricket Ground, and as I like to say to couple’s when we plan ahead for their big day and I mentioned here: “Rain never stops play.”

London wedding couple on routemaster bus at Lords Cricket Ground

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London Zoo Wedding Photographers Time Out Recommended

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Without doubt one of the more funky wonderful and unusual places to celebrate your wedding day in the capital is at London Zoo. We are frequent London Zoo wedding photographers, probably the most experienced now, and every time we visit is just as special as the last.

Dress and bouquetvbefore London Zoo wedding photo

In fact it is an almost surreal experience to work and photograph in such a place with so many great childhood memories. I have very few toys left from those distant days, but I still have the model rhino that my father bought me from the zoo shop when I was six years old.

Wedding ceremony at London Zoo

Another factor that makes a London Zoo wedding such a special affair is the quite frankly excellent staff, from the security to caterers to coordinators on the day. Nothing is too much trouble for them and they are all charming and completely unflappable, a bit like ourselves then!

Wedding couple on carousel at London Zoo

London Zoo wedding photographers couple outside Reptile House image

This particular wedding day for Jackie and Chris started with a bridal prep visit to Jackie’s west end hotel. We had been sent the room number by email but unknown to us it had changed at the last minute. We duly knocked on the wrong door only to be greeted by world famous West Indian cricket legend Sir Gary Sobers! A quick giggle and hello’s and goodbye’s later we soon found the new room number and Jackie and her family.

Couple kiss under arches at their London Zoo wedding

A short cab ride after that we made our way to the zoo, and the Prince Albert Suite where the wedding ceremony and later the reception would be. This is a great space with a super balcolny overlooking the zoo, and down below to the side a good space for a drinks reception and easy access to the rest of the exhibits and experiences. We have of course worked at the Prince Albert Suite before, and also at the other venue onsite for a wedding ceremony and smaller reception, the pretty Mappin Pavilion. We love them both for different reasons.

Bride and groom at their London Zoo wedding in the grounds

After a lovely ceremony in the Prince Albert, guests and the newly weds enjoyed their drinks reception and a meerkat experience laid on by zoo staff. After this we took a little time to wander around the zoo with Jackie and Chris to shoot some couple images for them which included stops among others  at the classic Penguin Pool, Edwardian Reptile House and must ride on before you go London Zoo carousel.

Wedding couple hide behind flowers at London Zoo Penguin Pool

Everytime we are there at the carousel the man that operates the ride (forget his name now – sorry!) is always so friendly and accomodating. I always think to myself of how many perhaps hundreds of thousands of times he has operated the ride over the years and still has such an enthusiastic nature.

London Zoo wedding couple kiss outside the Tiger Territory enclosure

Even though we have often photographed at London Zoo, we always aim to create unique images for couples that are not just a repeat of what has gone before, whether from ourselves or others as we know these images will be treasured for many years to come. We enjoy the creativity and the pressure!

London Zoo wedding couple in mini van

After the wedding breakfast and speeches in the Prince Albert Suite, guests had a chance to mingle again and have a few free complimentary rides on the carousel which the wedding party now had for their exclusive use.

Wedding speeches at London Zoo

Kiss during speeches at London Zoo wedding breakfast

Later on after cutting of the wedding cake, a first dance and some general boogying, I rode off into the sunset in my imagination on my plastic rhino, I knew it would come in useful again….

Exchange of rings at London Zoo wedding

The end of a perfect London Zoo wedding day.

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Northcote House Wedding and Reception in Sunningdale Park

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We love to discover new wedding venues as well as to return to old favourites, and a Northcote House wedding and reception was one of those fresh discoveries for us. Hollie and Chris came to us through recommendation from John De Rienzo who we have worked with many times and is well known for his cinematic style which complements well with our own approach.

Wedding couple kiss by tree at Northcote House

The day began with seperate coverage of both bride and groom’s preparations in Addlestone and Walton on Thames, and then moved to their wedding ceremony at Holy Family Church.

Wedding recessional for bride and groom for Northcote House

After a traditional throw of confetti it was time for the newly weds to get in their vintage wedding car and head to the reception at the wonderful Northcote House in Sunningdale Park.

Bride and groom hug in gardens at Northcote House wedding

Northcote House was built in 1931 and is a Georgian Style manor house which is now grade II listed. I particular liked it’s internal balcony and staircase. After documenting the drinks receptions we went by golf buggy, which was fun, to some of Hollie and Chris’s recommended spots and took some signature couple shots for them.

Bride and groom dancing at Northcote House wedding reception

After the wedding breakfast, cake cutting and speeches, a live band played long into the night for a wedding that will live long in the memory too.

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Another lovely Islington Town Hall Wedding & Reception at The Albion

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There was a lot of love in the air at this Islington Town Hall Wedding day. It was small and intimate, fun filled and loving and was covered by just myself David as the entire wedding party was just ten people. Carmen and Andy decided to invite their closest family and friends, and to make it an early 10am ceremony so they could enjoy a private lunch at one of my favourite north London gastro pubs The Albion on Thornhill Road Islington.

Couple hug in ornage doorway after Islington Town Hall wedding day

I got their early and was met by a guitar and flute player the couple had booked to play at their wedding ceremony. It was a lovely image for me to witness them practicing walking up and down the corridors in the town hall beforehand. Music was good too!

Small wedding ceremony at Islington Town Hall London

Carmen arrived first in a traditional London back cab so had to hide a for a while as Andy came next with his parents. The ceremony was emotional, and the couple had written their own vows to each other for a more personal feel.

Islington wedding couple by blue door Upper Street

After a traditional confetti thrown on the steps in front of the town hall the wedding party walked along Upper Street a nice winding route to The Albion. I used this time to photograph the couple in various spots along the way including Hoxley & Porter.

Couple kiss in corridor at their Islington Town Hall wedding

Islington has a lot of memories for me as I lived there for many years, ran a business on Essex Road, and two of my children were born there. Almost every street has a story attached, but I enjoy creating new moments and memories for brides and grooms in a photographic sense, and that also means I see familiar places a fresh each time.

Couple hold lamp post after Islington Town Hall Wedding image

The Albion itself is a great Georgian pub, in fact I like it so much that when I’m in the area I try and pop in. It has a fantastic walled beer garden at the back which is great for both eating and drinking, and I feel like I’m somewhere in southern Italy sat out there at times.

Islington wedding couple outside Hoxley & Porter Upper Street

Carmen and Andy had booked out the beautiful private dining room upstairs for lunch. Food and service was excellent of course, and I documented their speeches and cake cutting before waving them au revoir.

Wedding couple kiss in garden of Albion Pub Islington

Weddng couple kiss outside The Albion pub IslingtonBy David Green

Wedding couple inside Islington Town Hall

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Islington Metal Works wedding day starting at Hampstead St Stephen’s church

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Wedding cake upstairs at The Albion reception

Wedding couple by sign in The Albion pub Islington

Funky photo of wedding party at Fanhmas Hall Hertfordshire

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If you are going to have a wedding at a stately home in Hertfordshire you would be hard pressed to find a better all round and picturesque venue than Fanhams Hall near Ware. This is the place that Jess and Theo fell in love with, and it’s one of our favourites outside of London.

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Groom waits for bride at Fanhams Hall wedding ceremony

We have photographed there many times and our portfolio from this lovely wedding venue is one of the reasons we are often booked to capture a couple’s big day. There is something about our personal experience with the place that gets our creative juices flowing and we are always delighted to return. The air is fresher than central London too!

Fanhams Hall wedding bride and groom in wisteria garden image

Fanhams Hall is grade two listed eighteenth century manor house that was further extended in 1901. We particularly like the tasteful mix of old and new, and of course the fantastic and extensive gardens.

Bride sees groom for first time Fanhams Hall wedding ceremony

Jess chose to get ready at Fanhams on the morning of the big day with the help of her bridesmaids, flower girls and mum. Theo arrived a little later with his family and groomsmen. Naturally we were there and everywhere to get all the details and magic moments as they happened.

Wedding kiss at Fanhams Hall Ware Hertfordshire

The wedding ceremony was in the impressive Long Room which among other things, because of its length, gives a dramatic entrance to any bride and her bridal party. It’s long enough to really savour that classic moment, and it’s good for making the groom wait a little longer before he sees his wife to be!

Confetti throw at Fanhams Hall wedding

Bride and groom by trees at Fanhams Hall wedding

Afterwards we had a great confetti throw outside on the lawn and then straight into the drinks reception for all the guests. A little time after that David took the bride and groom away for a while to get some couple shots, before some family and group shots with a difference. Nothing stiff and over formal here!

Bride and groom head to head in Fanhams Hall wedding garden in black and white

A typically fabulous wedding breakfast and speeches took place in the famous Jacobean Great Hall. After some memorable speeches, particularly the best men, it was time for cake cutting and dancing the night away.

Bride and groom laugh between bushes at Fanhams Hall wedding

Wedding couple pose in hole in wall at Fanhams Hall

Another brilliant day as Fanhams Hall wedding photographers.

Wedding party group shot do mass dab at Fanhams Hall wareBy David Green

Flowers and wedding couple in grounds of Fanhams Hall

A couple of our many other Fnhams Hall wedding days previously on the blog here:

Another fabulous Fanhams Hall wedding day in sunny Hertfordshire

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Claridges Wedding Photographers and St Olave Hart Street London

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It’s always great to return to Claridges as wedding photographers in the heart of London’s Mayfair. It’s probably the most famous and iconic hotel in that area, and always a real pleasure to work in. What was also a pleasure was to find that the lovely couple Xanthe and Steve lived just two streets away, so that made it pretty easy to meet up and discuss a plan for the day!

Wedding kiss at St Olave London crypt photo

This particular wedding I did on my own (David) as the entire wedding party was a very intimate seven people, which I personally really enjoyed. It meant I got a real sense of what the people involved were about, and I believe it subtlety helped me photograph them even more sympathetically.

Wedding couple at the gates of St Olave Hart Street London

St Olave’s is a very special church with a rich history so I was excited to shoot there. I’ve photographed a great many central London and home counties churches but not this one. This was Samuel Pepys local and most favourite church, in fact he and his wife are buried there. The building as it stands today dates from around 1450, and managed to survive even the Great Fire of London. Xanthe and Steve’s service was conducted downstairs in the intimate crypt . The vicar told us that this was the original medieval street level, which is way below what we walk across today. With incense burning and one of St Olave’s best choir members singing unaccompanied, it was truly memorable.

Wedding couple in pub doorway central London

Afterwards a few bottles of champers were cracked open and we took twenty minutes with the couple to shoot some shots around the surrounding streets. After that it was time to head to Claridges for the reception of afternoon tea, impeccable served by their staff of course! The couple were pleased to be sitting near Whoopi Goldberg because as anyone who is familiar with Claridges will know it is very popular with celebrities and of course those that can afford it!

Claridges wedding bride and groom on the balcony photo

I had a further ten minutes to discreetly get some shots in the hotel, before waving goodbye to the wedding party and heading off into the sunset.

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London Eye wedding photographers coca cola kiss photo

London Eye Wedding Photographers Time Out Recommended

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Some wedding days are destined to live long in the memory, and Tiffany and Ryan’s Coca Cola Official London Eye ceremony and Tower Bridge and West End wedding adventure is one of them.

Wedding dress and shoes hanging at Le Meridien Piccadilly London

We first spoke to Tiffany via Skype as she and Ryan are residents of Toronto Canada but truly love London and try and get over as much as possible. After finding us as London Eye wedding photographers, and knowing we were Time Out Recommended, they wasted no time in getting in touch and sharing their exciting wedding ideas with us.

Bride and groom walking to their London Eye Wedding ceremony

The day started for us capturing the couple’s wedding preparations which were taking place at the lovely and classy Le Méridien hotel in central London’s Piccadilly. A five star hotel built in 1908 it’s just a few short metres from the iconic Eros figure that along with places such as Tower Bridge, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace are timeless symbols of the capital.

London Eye Wedding ceremony photo

We particularly liked Tiffany’s white Doc Martin wedding boots which reflected her personal style and tastes in music and did look great with her wedding dress.  In fact we found we had lots in common in the music department with the couple.

Wedding ceremony photo taken on the London Eye

It was a small intimate wedding party of just eight people, all Canadian and all super friendly. When everyone was ready we all boarded a huge white wedding stretch limousine waiting outside Le Méridien for us.

Wedding couple kiss by Tower Bridge London

We had quite a bit of time allocated for photos before heading to the London Eye, so we set off towards Tower Bridge and Butlers Wharf. However London traffic being what it can be at the weekends, or for that matter anytime, we were left with just twenty minutes when we finally arrived!


No matter though because we are used to working in tight schedules and had plenty of fun getting a good mix of classic and quirky. I think the fact that the wedding party had extra champagne drinking time in the limo probably helped loosen everyone up too.

Bride and groom at London Eye wedding

Not that anyone needed loosening up, in fact the naturally friendly nature of the wedding couple and their friends meant that wherever we went people wanted to join in for photos, selfies and even two like minded tourists were invited to the ceremony itself. I’ve never seen that before!

London bride and groom in front of red roller doors photo

At the Coca Cola London Eye the couple were looked after in the VIP lounge before being fast tracked onto their flower decorated personal wedding pod. For the first half hour rotation they had their ceremony with dedications and signings. For the second half we did some photos and drank more champagne….well we only had a little, ever the professionals, maybe…

Wedding couple and daughter pose on the London Eye

After that it was back to the stretch limo and our ever patient driver Jo, and zoomed off to the West End and Charring Cross Road to head to The Crow Bar.  This rocky themed venue is a favourite watering hole for Ryan that he wanted to drop in to as part of the celebrations of the couples special day.

Wedding couple kiss inside red London phone box image

From there it was time for the reception and final meal at the Gaucho Piccadilly.

London wedding couple pose for photo by Tower Bridge

London wedding couple pose with tourists at Butlers Wharf photo

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Bride in reception at Le Meridien Hotel London wedding



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Couple on beach by Oxo Tower engagement photo shoot

Oxo Tower and London’s Southbank engagement shoot

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Engagement shoot couple walk on by Thames on Southbank

Barbara and Andrew have lived and loved in  London for a while now, but have decided to emigrate to Canada and start a new life in Vancouver. They wanted a romantic engagement shoot in the capital to celebrate their relationship, and to have a permanent set of photographic memories in places special to them to mark their time here.

Couple laugh on beach for London Southbank engagement shoot

Usually this kind of photography is done before a wedding day, but then again there really are no rules and the couple decided to do it a few months afterwards. We had great pleasure photographing their special day at Asia House and Sketch, and you can read about that, and see some of those images here on the blog: Wedding day at Asia House and Sketch in Central London

Couple in window at Southbank engagement shoot

We met each other on a very windy afternoon by the Oxo Tower building on London’s Southbank. It’s an area we have taken the kids to many times on a Sunday, and also one we have a great deal of experience photographing in. From weddings at the Oxo: Oxo Tower Wedding Photographers and St George’s Cathedral to many other engagement shoots in the area: Chinese Engagement shoot in Central London, Tower Bridge and Southbank and London Southbank Engagement Shoot to highlight just a couple.

Couple on pebble beach London Southbank engagement shoot

Engagement couple stood behind Oxo Tower London

The Southbank is an area that has had a massive regeneration over recent years, from retail and artistic spaces to state of the art apartments. Yet it retains an urban almost shabby chic look that is visually very appealing.

Engagement couple kiss in doorway London Southbank

From the areas around Festival Hall to Gabriel’s Wharf and Oxo Tower, it has many quirky spaces. If we are lucky on an engagement shoot day and the tide goes out near the wharf, then we can shoot on the beach with St Paul’s and the London skyline behind us.

Engagement shoot at London's Oxo Tower and Southbank

Engagement couple by boat in London Southbank

Engagement couple on beach by Oxo Tower at London Southbank photo

As usual during this kind of photo experience we had a lovely relaxed and fun time, as this mirrors our own personalities, and we feel it is reflected in the imagery. We wish Barbara and Andrew all the very best for their new life in Canada, and look forward to hearing their news in the future.

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Kenwood engagement shoot on Hampstead Heath photo

Kenwood House Engagement Shoot Photography in Hampstead

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We are looking forward to Sophie and David’s central London wedding day in July. They came to us through recommendation which is a frequent and pleasant occurrence in wedding photography, and always a good start! For them Kenwood on Hampstead Heath was a place with memories and meaning, and the perfect place for their engagement shoot photography.

Couple kiss in front of Kenwood House engagement shoot

Many is the time we have visited this lovely place to walk both the dogs and our children, and for this shoot it was half term so I (David) took two of our sons with me as well. The boys happily went off to play football in front of the stately home, while myself Sophie and David went on a little photographic adventure.

Engagement photography at Kenwood lake Hampstead

Kenwood House is a former stately home and dates from the seventeenth century. Notably it was a seat for the Murray and Guinness family of aristocrats. It was eventually bequeathed to English Heritage and had a complete refurbishment finished in 2013. Inside there is a fantastic art gallery with priceless paintings by Rembrandt and Van Dyck to name a few.

Wedding couple on Hampstead Heath stare into each others eyes photo

The back of Kenwood has been cleaned up so much compared to what we have been used to seeing over the years, and now it gleams bright white in the sunshine, to the point where it is almost blinding and I wanted to feature that at the end of our shoot. The hardest part is trying to get those shots without all the visitors walking past. Fortunately this was a Tuesday afternoon, it would have been impossible on a weekend, and besides we would probably be photographing a wedding then anyway!

Engagement couple sit on grass at Kenwood House photo shoot

I also wanted to feature the meadowy parts of Kenwood (“meadowy” – is there such a word!??) with lovely spring flowers and blossom, and also try and incorporate the lake nearby in some form. Of course an engagement shoot at Kenwood or anywhere for that matter is a good chance to get to know a couple better, and reinforce the fact that photography in the hands of experienced shooters is fun and rewarding.

Couple hug by tree during Hampstead and Kemwood engagement photography

Couple kiss in arch at Kenwood House London

They sent a quick email after receiving the shots saying:

“Hi David,

Thank you so much for the amazing photos! We love them and everything you captured. We’re now having difficulty trying to choose our favourite for the invitation!!

We are really excited for the wedding photos!

Thanks for also doing this so quickly.

Sophie and David”

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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.

Hampstead wedding shot summer

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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