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Big Day Weddings Hitched Wedding Awards 20200

Winners for London and beyond 2022 in UK’s biggest wedding competition. Thank you!!!

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We are humbled, and beyond delighted to win for London (and our work in the home counties) in the Hitched Wedding Awards 2022. Hitched, and their owners The Knot Worldwide are the biggest global wedding brands out there, and their competition is all down to the people that matter the most, wedding couples themselves. Winners are judged on how happy the couple are with their photographers on a range of criteria, from great imagery to people skills and professionalism and more.

Winners for London and beyond 2022 in UK's biggest wedding competition. Thank you!!! London Wedding Photographers

In truth we did nothing but what we always do, which is to work our socks off for our brides and grooms and their families, without every letting them see us break into an obvious sweat! There’s no point having all the technical knowledge in the world, and the best equipment money can buy to go with it, if you don’t deliver what the good people who hire you WANT and more. If you can listen, if you can put yourself in other people’s shoes, if you can dream their dreams for the big day, then you are beginning to do what we believe the very best wedding photographers and videographers do.

Winners for London and beyond 2022 in UK's biggest wedding competition. Thank you!!! London Wedding Photographers

You can have all the flowery prose, current buzz words in the world in your website and your marketing, but if you don’t look after the people that put their money and faith in you, then you won’t last long. Wedding photography is a great vocation, but it’s a hard one too. Everybody wants to be a photographer, and everybody IS a photographer. But only those that consistently deliver will last, and in our close to fourteen years full-time in this wonderful industry, we can only think of five photographers we know of that are still here today!

Now there ARE a lot of brilliant photographers out there. Absolutely no doubt. You may get lucky, and we wish you all the best with that. There are people we follow ourselves for extra inspiration and ideas, we’re always learning too.

But, if you would like a couple who still deliver, still win, and most of all (and actually we are humble, but we have to shout about ourselves sometimes!) are “people” people who listen, then get in touch, talk to us about your exciting plans, and at the very least get some friendly no obligation advice about your wedding day.

And truly, thank you for all the brilliant couples we worked with in the last year that voted for us, without us even asking! We would be nothing without you, that’s for sure 🙂

David and Joanna

Google review Claridges Big Day Weddings

Another 5 star review from a very recent Claridges wedding

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It’s always great to return to the historic and iconic London luxury hotel Claridges for a wedding day. It’s also fantastic to receive this kind of five star review on Google afterwards.

Michele and Stephen’s Christmas wedding held in the French Salon and dining room for sixty guests was a joyous emotional coming together of many who had not seen each other much, if at all since the pandemic, which made it extra special.

Here’s the review copied and pasted from Google and our reply:

“I cannot recommend David & Joanna enough. They were so brilliant on, before and after my wedding. Not only are they so professional, they are just the nicest people too. I could not have chosen better people to mix with my friends and family, they felt like they belonged. Their photos are outstanding and everyone who has seen them have been so complimentary. You will not go wrong with Big Day Weddings.”

“Michele thank you so much! We had a lovely time documenting your wonderful wedding at Claridges. It was fantastic to meet your friends and family, and we would like to wish you both the very best for the future. David and Joanna :-)”

To see more of our reviews on Google click the link: Google reviews for Big Day Weddings

By David Green

 

Islington wedding couple outside Upper Street pub image

Another great Islington Town Hall Wedding Day

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It’s a London wedding icon, we’ve photographed there many many times, but no matter how often we visit it’s always a very special occasion. We are talking about Islington Town Hall, it’s our favourite, closely followed by Old Marylebone Town Hall and Chelsea. Ok there’s a little piece of our heart in Stoke Newington and Finsbury too!

Another great Islington Town Hall Wedding Day London Wedding Photographers

Another great Islington Town Hall Wedding Day London Wedding Photographers

Anyway on to S and J’s intimate wedding, a total of ten people amid some of this years restrictions that David photographed by himself. This was the legal part of their wedding in the UK with very close family only, to be followed by a celebration a few days later in Sicily.

Another great Islington Town Hall Wedding Day London Wedding Photographers

S is from America and now working in the UK while J was English born and bred. Naturally we got on like the proverbial ‘house on fire’. It’s myself David writing the piece, and it’s no waffling exaggeration to say I absolutely love meeting new people and getting the best images, moments and reactions I can for their wedding day.

Another great Islington Town Hall Wedding Day London Wedding Photographers

Another great Islington Town Hall Wedding Day London Wedding Photographers

For our time together the sun shone, but brighter than that were these two as the stars of their own romantic show. There’s something very special about being a professional guest with such an intimate wedding, and it’s critical that a photographer mirrors the personality and outlooks of the people they work with. It’s essential to get truly natural and relaxed shots. I love that these too were open minded for some creativity too.

Another great Islington Town Hall Wedding Day London Wedding Photographers

Another great Islington Town Hall Wedding Day London Wedding Photographers

The ceremony itself was in the grandest of spaces at Islington Town Hall: the Council Chamber, and even though there were only a few of us the love and enthusiasm of this wedding party more than filled the room. Afterwards we had ten minutes or so to take advantage of some of the locations this fantastic building has to offer. As usual we were looked after by wonderful registrars, many of whom I know personally now!

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As a former longtime resident of Islington I was able to take these guys to some of my favourite little spots afterwards. I particularly enjoyed their champagne reception at Fredericks restaurant near Angel Tube. It’s a place I’ve visited many times myself over the years.

Another great Islington Town Hall Wedding Day London Wedding Photographers

After that it was into cabs for an afternoon tea celebration at famous Brown’s Hotel in Mayfair. A splendid end to a splendid day.

Another great Islington Town Hall Wedding Day London Wedding Photographers

I’m showcasing some of my personal Islington favourites here. I was able to give the couple 800 edited images of the day telling its story in full for them to treasure and share.

Here’s link to some of our other blogged Islington weddings:

Last ever Islington Town Hall Wedding before lockdown

Islington Town Hall Wedding Photographers, reception at Dead Dolls House

Another lovely Islington Town Hall Wedding & Reception at The Albion

Islington Metal Works wedding day starting at Hampstead& St Stephen church

By David Green

 

Top 100 photographers badge Big Day Weddings

Another award to end 2021, thank you to all our couples and industry partners!

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It’s always great to win an award even though we don’t actively enter many competitions. This is the third year in a row we’ve either won a national wedding award or appeared in a final.  Voted for by Your Perfect Wedding Photographer as best in the UK is  satisfying as it is one of the largest wedding portals out there.

In truth though, all the wedding awards in the world are meaningless unless that translates to a great experience for the people that work with us. When our couples come back to us delighted (and often leaving reviews) with their images and how we behaved with themselves and their guests on their wedding day, then that is the best award of all.

Have a read of our reviews on Google and other places to see people’s real world experiences of us for yourselves.

Google Reviews for Big Day Weddings

Feel free to get in touch to talk over any wedding plans you have. We are more than happy just to give advice and some inside knowledge of venues you may be thinking of, regardless of whatever your final decisions may be.

Wishing all a wonderful 2022!

David and Joanna

Clapton Country Club wedding day two brides laugh image

Clapton Country Club Wedding photographers

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We love a quirky wedding venue, almost as much as we enjoy a challenge. Clapton County Club is certainly one of London’s great alternative wedding spaces, and perfectly complemented the vibe and values of D & M.

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Clapton Country Club used to be a tram depot and all throughout its different spaces there’s was evidence of its former role. D & M told us they wanted photographers experienced with urban and quirky weddings and plenty of creativity when we originally spoke, and we were delighted to give them exactly what they wanted and then some 🙂 Not your home counties stately home big day for these guys!

Clapton Country Club Wedding photographers London Wedding Photographers

Clapton Country Club Wedding photographers London Wedding Photographers

David had built a rapport with both through zoom and a very enjoyable engagement shoot in Shoreditch central London. Here’s a link to that shoot: Shoreditch Engagement Shoot, inner London photography

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A new challenge for us as photographers was the fact that both brides were deaf and so were ninety percent of the wedding guests plus the two videographers.

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In truth, through communicating through a bit of universal sign language and skilled lip-reading on D & M’s behalf made everything a pleasure. In fact, I for one (David) hardly thought about it throughout the day and it ultimately made no difference whatsoever, which is of course how it should be!

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Our day started with both brides getting ready in a lovely hired Airbnb loft space five minutes away from the venue.

Clapton Country Club Wedding photographers London Wedding Photographers

A swift walk with cameras and equipment through the streets of Clapton lead us to the Country Club to get some establishing shots and into the wonderfully titled “Department of Life” which is used for wedding ceremonies.

Clapton Country Club Wedding photographers London Wedding Photographers

Clapton Country Club Wedding photographers London Wedding Photographers

A great ceremony followed with sign language interpreters so everyone totally understood, including D & M, what was being said by the registrars, interspersed with much love and laughter.

Clapton Country Club Wedding photographers London Wedding Photographers

When the big deed was finished and that magical first kiss as married partners was done, we had a little time around the venue during the drinks reception to get some couple shots before some more structured pics of friends and family.

The Country Club’s largest internal area is called…wait for it…Clapton Country Club! In this chic industrial space D & M had their reception. It’s also used for ceremonies too if there’s more people than the Department of Life can hold, or the couple favour it.

We’ve put an image of it shot from the balcony to give a sense of this excellent space.

Food, speeches, laughter and then a lovely first dance where D & M romantically signed the words to each other, set the tone for the rest of a fabulous evening. Congratulations to the both of you, and thank you Clapton Country Club for your hospitality and professionalism throughout the day!!!

By David Green