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Bride and groom laugh in church doorway at London wedding

West Lodge Park, Christ Church Southgate and Trent Park Country Club wedding day

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Some wedding days happen all in one place, and that’s great, no one gets lost! And some wedding days are all over place, literally!

Bridal wedding prep at West Lodge Park Hotel

For Adriana and Alex’s special day it was three venues but all about five minutes from each other, perfect and nice variety too. Yes it rained, this is England of course, and we had to go to Plan B, but that didn’t matter as rain never stops play on a wedding day.

Bride gets ready with mirror West Lodge Park Hotel

From our first meeting I knew these guys had a sense of energy and fun and that really shone through on their wedding day despite the weather.

Wedding processional at Christ Church Southgate London

Coverage started at the lovely West Lodge Park Hotel, a venue we have photographed many a wedding day at, and I began with bridal preparations and seven bridesmaids and mum all in the same room, having a great time of course.

Bride and groom portrait at Christ Church Southgate wedding

Meanwhile Alex was being photographed arriving at Christ Church in Southgate and doing his pre ceremony meet and greet.

Wedding recessional bride and groom Christ Church Southgate

That’s one of the beauties of two photographers, very little gets missed and later on bride and groom get to see what the other was up to on one of the greatest days of their lives as a couple.

Confetti throw at Christ Church Southgate wedding

By the time the wedding ceremony was underway the heavens opened and rain began to pour. Conveniently it stopped for confetti throwing which I was pleased about for the couple, but started straight after so we did some family and couple shots back inside the church.

London wedding couple laugh together under umbrella

My attitude to weather conditions is very simple. You get what you were always meant to get on your wedding day, there’s nothing you can do so…enjoy it. And we did. Alanis Morissette famously sang that it was ironic if it rains on your wedding day, it’s not, it just IS.

Bride and groom under umbrella after Southgate London wedding

Anyway, we worked in the immediate area around the church with our trusty umbrellas out, and after a while it was time to make our way for the couple’s grand entrance to their wedding breakfast at Trent Park Country Club.

Wedding cake table Trent Park Country Club

We’ve photographed there before and were very happy to see a recent major upgrade and transformation to the club.

Wedding couple and wall of flowers Trent Park Country Club

After a fabulous meal and some lovely and emotional speeches it was time for some serious boogying the night away for the wedding party.

Wedding first dance Trent Park Country Club

By David Green

Wedding dress hanging at West Lodge Park Hotel

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Bride's veil blows in wind at Hanbury Manor wedding Hertfordshire

Hanbury Manor Wedding Photographers

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It is always a pleasure as a Hanbury Manor wedding photographer to return to one of Hertfordshire’s best wedding venues.

Wedding couple in big deckchair at Hanbury Manor

It’s a large well maintained and pretty venue, with great grounds and excellent staff to match.

Wedding couple laugh in gardens of Hanbury Manor

When Yui and Mark booked us last year I was excited to hear of their plans and wise choice of venue.

Bride getting makeup for Hanbury Manor wedding day

Before the big day itself we had a great chance to get to know each other a little better with a lovely engagement shoot on central London’s Southbank, and then on to the Tower Bridge and Butlers Wharf areas.

Groom gets ready in mirror for Hanbury Manor wedding

The wedding day itself started with us capturing Yui and her bridesmaids preparations, and also friends and staff as they set up the ceremony and receptions rooms too. Mark and his best man arrived shortly after to check everything was going to plan and of course to meet and greet friends and family.

Wedding ceremony at Hanbury Manor wide shot

I particularly appreciated the fantastic floral arrangements of blossom trees used for both the ceremony and wedding breakfast, and the lanterns and origami birds on the place settings.

Wedding recessional at Hanbury Manor photo

One of the wonderful benefits of a wedding day at Hanbury Manor is the chance to use their magnificent Poles Hall as a venue for the wedding ceremony. This former chapel is very grand and even has it’s own minstrels gallery! It looked truly beautiful decked out in the bride and groom’s choice of blossoms. The manor itself is a grade II listed building which is mainly Victorian, but the history of dwellings on the site starts all the way back in the sixteeneth century.

Confetti throw at Hanbury Manor wedding day

After a lovely ceremony and then confetti throw in the courtyard of Hanbury we did some family photos and the usual reportage of the drinks reception, before zooming off on a golf buggy to create some couple shots around the grounds of the manor, which is also has a very popular golf course.

Bride and groom in daffodils at Hanbury Manor Wedding

We were back in good time for the couple’s grand entrance for their wedding breakfast in the Thundridge Suite. After speeches and cutting of the cake it was time for Yui and Mark’s first dance, and as a photographer I always appreciate a good confetti cannon explosion right in the middle of one!

Wedding couple walking in Hanbury Manor walled garden

I stayed to capture some good old boogeying on down, as well as the tossing of the bouquet and Yui’s wedding garter.

Hole in the wall wedding at Hanbury Manor

All in all a fantastic day for these two lovebirds and their Hanbury Manor wedding photographers.

Confetti cannon explodes during Hambury Manor wedding first dance

By David Green

Poles Hall Hanbury Manor ready for wedding ceremony photo

Here’s a peek at the couples pre wedding shoot: London Engagement shoot at Southbank and Tower Bridge again

 

 

Outdoor Jewish wedding ceremony at Shendish Manor

Shendish Manor wedding photographers, fun in the sun!

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Shendish Manor is another of Hertfordshire’s more grand locations worth considering for a couple’s special day.

Jewish Dancing at Shendish Manor wedding reception

As Shendish Manor wedding photographers we were pleased to provide images for their new wedding brochure which featured photos from Gemma and David’s big day described here in this blog post.

Wedding dress hanging at Shendish Manor

Bride dress and mirror Shendish Manor wedding

Shendish Manor caters for weddings of all faiths and nationalities, and Gemma and David’s wedding was a grand and stylish Jewish celebration.

Groom by mirror Shendish Manor Hotel

Groom laughs getting ready for Shendish Manor Hotel wedding

We had all been crossing fingers for rain free weather as their ceremony and ‘Chuppah’ (wedding canopy) was located splendidly and rather dramatically on the lawns at the back of Shendish. All told Shendish Manor actually has about 160 acres of gardens and parkland, so it’s huge!

Bridal makeup Shendish Manor wedding morning

Bride looks out of window at her Shendish Manor wedding

Those crossed fingers worked as it was a gloriously sunny day, all day.

Groomsmen walking to Shendish Manor wedding

Coverage started with Gemma and David’s preparations within the hotel, and their interactions with friends and family arriving and assisting.

Jewish-wedding-ceremony-at-Shendish-Manor-Hotel-gardensBride and groom kiss after Shendish Manor wedding

Following in typical Jewish wedding day tradition once bride and groom were ready David assembled with the male side of the family for his “Tish”. This is a chance for the groom to meet publicly with his rabbi, get advice, have a drink, and sign a pre wedding document know as a ‘ketubah’, basically a Jewish wedding contract.

Wedding couple by tree at Shendish Manor

Gemma meanwhile prepared in a separate room for her “Bedeken” which is a veiling ceremony whereby groom enters and checks that this really is his bride! This is usually with only close family and wedding party and in our experience is typically a touching and emotion affair too, as it the first time future man and wife see each on the day.

Wedding couple in grounds of Shendish ManorBride and groom kiss by tree Shendish Manor wedding

After this it was out into the rather warm sunshine for a beautiful ceremony conducted under their wedding ‘Chuppah’ which is the canopy that everything happens beneath, also good for shading from the sun!

The formal ceremony ended with the grooms breaking of the glass underfoot and the celebrations began in earnest.

After some family photos we spent time with the bride and groom in the immediate grounds of Shendish. We were on a tight timescale (nothing unusual there!) so we had about 25 minutes to create some special memories.

For the rest of the day along with the wedding breakfast, toasts and speeches there was plenty of Israeli dancing and enthusiastic boogying on down throughout the evening.

A memorable Shendish manor wedding day for sure, and one I know David and Gemma will always cherish.

By David Green

London engagement shoot by Big Ben and Westminster Bridge

London Engagement shoot at Southbank and Tower Bridge…again

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We love our London engagement shoots and we love a challenge too. This particular pre wedding photo fest in London’s iconic Southbank and Tower Bridge was no exception.  Engagement shoots are a excellent way to get to know a couple before their wedding day, have some fun, and get some great extra images that can be shared and shown on the big day itself.

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Many our shoots are in the north London region typically places such as Alexandra Palace or Kenwood House in Hampstead. But for Yui and Mark’s we had arranged for it to happen around London’s Southbank.

London engagement shoot couple by southbank graffiti

Things kicked off with a quick cappuccino, always a good start it in our opinion, by one of our favourite wedding venues the Oxo Tower.

London eye engagement photo silhouette

We know all these areas like the proverbial “back of our hands” and relish the chance to photograph around Gabriel’s Wharf and it’s surrounding nooks and crannies. This Tuesday afternoon in March after the ‘beast from the East’ cold spell began with rain and heavy clouds. I asked the couple if they were ok with this and troopers that they were we started their shoot in the rain. Taking a quick peek at the LCD on my rain soaked cameras I could see all he individual drops of rain in front of their faces, which was kind of funky but I hoped for their sake we would get a little bit of dryness too. The rain stopped to order and I worked nice and fast to keep the energy level up.

Engagement photo shoot at Southbank beach London

I did this particular shoot on my own (David) which often happens for engagements, and that tends to make things a little more intimate and relaxing too as a bonus.

London engagement couple by quay on Southbank

When you photograph in central London you have to accept the fact that there will always be other people around and something happening. So I tend to start in back streets first to get couples acclimatised and then move into more public areas.

One of the issues professional photographers may well encounter at Southbank are security guards who tend to tell you to move on, and that you are not allowed to photograph here. Sometimes it happens other times not. I will keep my opinion to myself on this one, but we did have to move on twice because of this.

London engagement photo by Tower Bridge

One of those instances was in front of the London Eye. I though this might happen from previous experience so I had to work fast. It’s ironic really as we shoot weddings on the London Eye as official photographers, so it feels very strange to get moved on!

Warped engagement shoot on Londons southbank

Considering the tiny amount of time we had there I’m very happy with the results we got.

Engagement couple by London Houses of Parliament

The London and Southbank engagement shoot carried on towards the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Bridge, and then we hopped on an Uber to finish off at Butlers Wharf and Tower bridge.

Engagement photo by arch at Londons Butlers Wharf

We had lots of fun, and as I mentioned at the beginning of this post it was a great opportunity for us all to get to know each other better.

Roll on the big day itself which will be in one of Hertfordshire’s best wedding venues Hanbury Manor!

By David Green

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Great Hertfordshire wedding venues to consider for your ceremonies and receptions

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When it comes to counties with great wedding venues for both ceremonies and receptions, few can beat Hertfordshire! The sheer range of quality and choice is almost overwhelming.

Whenever we are booked for a wedding, whether that is in the home counties or central London, we always make a point of asking which other venues couples had a look at. You could call it professional curiosity, or just plain nosey, but we love to know that people value and why!

Funky photo of wedding party at Fanhams Hall Hertfordshire

As far as this post is concerned we are going to concentrate solely on venues in Hertfordshire. We will post some photos we have taken in those places, and where relevant include links to previous articles and wedding days we have featured at them.

We have no vested interest in these suggestions as we don’t pay to be on anyones recommended supplier list. So many times in initial enquiries we hear a similar story, a couple quite naturally has checked out a venues list of preferred suppliers first and then cast their net wider perhaps unconvinced at what they find. Our experience from speaking to most venues is that if you pay them per year you will be featured, which is hardly an independent recommendation! Thank you to Google for making this optional for wedding photographers and brides and grooms to be 🙂

Ok so on to our personal take on some of the lovely Hertfordshire wedding venues we have worked at, and in no particular order:

Fanhams Hall

It is a rare couple looking for quality in Hertfordshire that will not have had Fanhams Hall on their bucket list of places to consider for their wedding. We have photographed there countless times, and whatever the weather have never ever had a dull day.

Confetti throw at Fanhams Hall wedding

Both inside and outside of Fanhams has so much depth and variety in terms of locations and ambience a good photographer is spoilt for choice. From wonderful themed gardens with fountains, walls, bridges and pagodas to elegant internal stair cases and grand receptions rooms and more. Don’t take the rather boring and old fashioned wedding albums on display there as too much indication of what can be achieved! Fanhams Hall as a premier Hertfordshire wedding venue never disappoints.

super wide shot at Fanhams Hall wedding

Take a look at a recent Fanhams Hall wedding from ourselves here: Fanhams Hall Wedding Photographers, with laughter love and fun in the sun!

and here too: Another fabulous Fanhams Hall wedding day in sunny Hertfordshire

Offley Place

Offley Place is a gem of a venue lying on the border of Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. It has a lovely large conservatory dedicated for the provision of wedding ceremonies, which then gets turned around during the drinks reception ready for any ensuing wedding breakfast. The grounds are nice and mature with plenty of nooks and crannies for interesting photography, and the classic 17th century manor house interiors are also pretty for extras shots, or in case of inclement weather.

wedding couple on bench at Offley Place Hertfordshire

Here’s one of our wedding days at Offley on the blog: Offley Place wedding photography. It’s not London, it’s the Hertfordshire Bedfordshire border

Groom and best man at London wedding photo

Wedding recessional photo Offley Place

Shendish Manor

Shendish manor is a very versatile wedding venue, and is able to cater to both small and large numbers of guests. The last time we were there the large scale ceremony was held outside in the grounds, and the reception inside. The hotel itself is set in 160 acres of gardens and parkland, and of course it has it’s own golf course, a bonus for those addicted to the sport! Historically there has been a manor house on the site since the 1300’s with most of todays buildings dating from the early Victorian age.

Jewish dancing at Shendish Manor wedding reception

Outdoor Jewish wedding ceremony at Shendish Manor

Of course with so many venues in Hertfordshire this can never be a truly comprehensive list, but we just wanted to highlight some of our favourites. Other locations that we regularly photograph in that are worthy consideration are: West Lodge Park, Theobalds Park, Hatfield House, Knebworth House and barn, Brockett Hall and Moor Park.

Bride and groom kiss after Shendish Manor wedding

By David Green

Bride looks out of window at her Shendish Manor wedding

Fun group shot at Lords Cricket Ground Wedding

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.

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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

Essenden Country Club wedding photographers couple shot

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”

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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

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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.

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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!

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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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Bride and groom laughing on stairs at Lords Cricket Ground wedding day

Wedding party heart shape in Long Room at Lords Cricket Club

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London Zoo wedding bride and groom in front of jungle mural

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 photographers balcony photo

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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Couple hold hands by old wall for Islington Town Hall wedding photographers

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

Bride enters ceremony room at Islington Town Hall weddingOther recent Islington weddings can be seen here:

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Islington Town Hall Wedding & Peasant Pub Clerkenwell Reception

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

Islington Town Hall Wedding

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

Fanhams Hall Wedding Photographers, with laughter love and fun in the sun!

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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.

Wedding dress hanging in window at Fanhams Hall photoall

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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