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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 othersĀ  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.

By David Green

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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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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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Claridges Hotel wedding photographers couple photo between arches

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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