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Shoreditch Engagement Shoot, inner London photography

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Well there’s only one thing David likes more than hanging around in a place like Shoreditch, and that is doing a Shoreditch Engagement Shoot!

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Many times we have done a wedding in this most colourful of areas, and then had ten to twenty minutes to get some couple shots between the ceremony and reception. Here’s an example of that at Eight Club Moorgate: Eight Club Wedding in Moorgate and Shoreditch

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For this shoot I had about fifty minutes, what a luxury, and what a pleasure to work with M and D. This fantastic twosome are getting hitched at the lovely and funky Clapton Country club in August, and quite frankly I can’t wait.

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We started by meeting at Old Street tube station, at 6.30pm. Early evening is ofter best for the quality of light and also the fact that most people working in the city will have wandered home, or into a bar….

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Even so, this is a really buzzing place with people, cycle and electrics scooters whizzing everywhere.

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I had a quick walk around before going to Old Street to check a few places I knew, and what has and hasn’t changed graffiti wise and to check whether there was any new scaffolding obscuring anything. Yes scaffolding, London never stops building and growing!

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From our Zoom call earlier in the year I knew I had a great rapport with these guys, and this continued all the way through the shoot. M and D love all things urban and are also partial to any interesting graffiti. This is exactly what suits a Shoreditch engagement shoot.

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Such fun finding places, creating reactions, and making use of different lighting and backdrops. Generally speaking I try and make engagement shoots discreet for the couple so that they can relax and feel unselfconscious, usually starting in places where very few people are around.

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That’s virtually impossible in Shoreditch, though I did manage, but really these ladies were not  shy and just got into the energy and fun of the shoot.

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We celebrated a successful time with a cheeky beer afterwards at the Old Blue Last pub.

In fact for those interested I used the area behind and around the Old Blue Last extensively, plus two blocks away from Old Street Station to begin the session.

Next stop Clapton Country Club…

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Weddings at Old Marylebone Town Hall 2021 style

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Here’s a very recent small intimate and covid friendly wedding at London’s iconic Old Marylebone Town Hall. This June wedding was shot by myself David, as there was just seven people involved and to be as unobtrusive as possible.  I had a great time with this bunch of very positive people, and huge congratulations to Valentina and James for tying the knot 🙂

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Both of these guys work in the bus and transportation industry in Oxford, and decided to come down to the “big smoke” to have their ceremony in a town hall that has hosted more famous weddings than perhaps any other single venue in London.

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My first sight of Valentina was crossing the busy Marylebone Road with two of her guests, having stayed the night at The Landmark Hotel. Time for James to get inside and speak with the registrars!

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What I usually do in these situations is start documenting the scene, ie: buildings, room if possible, details etc, then the arrival of groom and anyone that is with them, until the bride arrives. Usually I get a minute or two to get some shots before she too has a pre ceremony chat with the registrars.

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Much as I like the staff at Old Marylebone Town Hall, they are friendly and efficient, but in my humble opinion a little too efficient at times. I get the least amount of time allocated in the building of any London registry, on average 3 minutes after a ceremony in the corridors and stairs. I know they are very busy, but…not that busy. Ok I’ve said it, I know plenty of other photographers who feel the same, they won’t say it though, not publicly!

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Speaking of ceremonies, this was one of the most affectionate and love filled I’ve seen in a long time, and I’ve documented a lot! Valentina also had the most wonderful and infectious laughter too, which was a joy to capture.

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Afterwards I used my three minutes inside with the newlyweds at fairly high speed. I work fast anyway and it certainly kept the energy levels up.

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Outside on the famous Old Marylebone Town Hall steps it was time for confetti in super bright sunshine. So many times I’ve heard guests at weddings say that they think the personal photos they are taking will be better in sunshine. Well, while we all love sunshine, it usually makes people squint and…let’s just say it’s not that flattering to many skin tones. I noted the sun was going in and out fairly rapidly, so after a few group shots I asked if there was any confetti left, and everyone enjoyed another throw in what is known in photographic speak as “open shade” and so much better!

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My coverage for this was at my minimum two hours, so we had plenty of time to walk towards Regents Park and get some shots there. As is my usual style anything on the way that looks interesting we used for shot variety and some fun. Roller doors, bus stops iron railings and general walking shots. I’ve also included an image with a happy cyclist riding past, I spied her out of the corner of my eye and definitely wanted to include her for a more funky take on a fairly traditional shot.

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I celebrated a little with the couple afterwards in the park, and then got on my horse and road off into the sunset for the day.

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One week later I was able to send them just under 600 edit images for a permanent reminder of a really fun time. Congratulations to Valentina and James and their super wedding at Old Marylebone Town Hall!!!!!

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All Souls Church Wedding London – with plenty of social distancing joy!

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To say that 2020 to 2021 were challenging years for the world as a whole is of course obvious and a bit of an understatement. The wedding industry like most others was challenged and had to adapt too. We thought it would be a good idea to show what a “socially distanced” wedding looks like for a number of reasons, the main one being to showcase that the the joy, love and uniqueness of a big day, though smaller in scale, is absolutely undiminished!

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David was the busiest last year, sometimes capturing four weddings a week. Although the first three months were well booked with “normal” size and timeline weddings, come March we all had to massively adapt. Many couples understandably moved their dates, but many others decided to press ahead when they could and scale back their plans.

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Featured here are one such couple Rebecca and Matt, who’s original grand plan was a ceremony in the lovely All Souls church next to the BBC in London, followed by a shoot as newly weds around some central city sights, and then on to a large reception at Crypt on the Green in Clerkenwell. A long planned fusion of American and English families coming together in the capital where the couple met. As ultimate reality would have it, it was 15 souls at All Souls, and a restaurant dinner afterwards, with an amount of Zoom, and some recorded video messages too.

I’m just delighted it went ahead and I was able to be part of an intimate heartfelt and memorable event. As you can see from Rebecca’s arrival it was a mask on mask off affair. Thankfully once things were underway  both bride groom  and clergy were exempt. I was lucky enough to do twelve such socially distanced weddings and this was pretty much the norm, but absolutely non were any the less for it. I particularly like the two shots below where you can see Matt going from happy and excited to overwhelmed when he first sees his wife to be walking down the aisle towards him.

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There was so much emotion and love in the room it was palpable 🙂

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When there was some live guitar and singing interludes I snuck quietly up on the balcony, to get the kind of wider shot you can see below.

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We take a lot of shots by the way, all with a purpose, and all of which we give to our couples after editing. Back to the ceremony, one of my favourite parts was where a family friend performed magic tricks which he’d taught himself especially for the wedding. Very unusual end to the ceremony, and very entertaining too.

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By the time the register was signed and Rebecca and Matt walked back down the aisle it was dark outside. Still I’m very experienced with winter weddings, and I was very happy with our confetti shots, family groups and the five minutes or so I had to grab some couple shots outside. A bit less time than the hour we had had originally planned though!

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All in all a lovely time, and I’m sure the start of a wonderful life for these two guys together.

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Zetter Town House wedding and St Bart’s Brewery Reception

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While the year 2020 is going to be remembered for many many reasons, photography-wise there were some lovely wedding moments we were still able to capture. Some of them were small and intimate, some at the beginning of the year were large and boisterous, still others were socially distanced, but nonetheless all fabulous affairs in their own right.

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Towards the beginning of 2020 we were delighted to photograph Catherine and Joe’s Zetter Town House wedding in Clerkenwell, followed by a a blessing ceremony in Smithfield’s fantastic St Bart’s Brewery, and then a reception there afterwards.

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We have worked at the Zetter many times, in fact there are two of these great hotels in Clerkenwell central London. One is an original Georgian Town House built next to historic St John’s Square,  and the other is a modern version known simply as the Zetter Hotel built directly onto Clerkenwell Road Farringdon itself. It too is a brilliant and quirky hotel that we have photographed bride and groom’s wedding morning preparations on countless occasions over the last twelve years. This time it was groom Joe at the newer building and bride Catherine in the intimate Georgian splendour of the Town House.

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The legal ceremony was downstairs at the Zetter Town House in what it known as “The Games Room.” It’s an intimate space and was perfect suited to the couple’s plan for a close family only ceremony and subsequent lunch. The more public blessing ceremony and reception for a large crowd of friends and family was well served by the large St Bart’s Brewery at the edge of Smithfield market.

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We had a fun time with new bride and groom around the streets of Clerkenwell doing a variety of couple shots before the reception and the short walk to old Smithfield.

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Catherine took time back at the hotel to change into a different outfit for the blessing and reception, while Joe busied himself on a meet and greet at the St Bart’s reception venue. St Bart’s is of course a short way of saying Saint Bartholomew’s.

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The blessing ceremony itself was hosted by a chaplain from nearby St Bart’s Hospital, and was an emotional yet joyous affair followed by the party of all parties to see out a tremendous wedding day in a very historic part of central London. Definitely a highlight of 2020 for us.

 

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Last ever Islington Town Hall Wedding…before lockdown

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This was a truly lovely and somewhat surreal wedding spent with Alex and Brett, for the very last wedding ceremony at Islington Town Hall before London’s end of March lockdown.

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It felt a privilege, and quite honestly inwardly a little sad for me, to document a special day which none of us knew from the registrars to general staff of the Town Hall, when any of us would be back.

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That didn’t dent the energy of myself or this really fantastic couple and their three guests. One photographer only (David) plus five people, that’s all we were legally allowed!

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No reception either, as the government at that time had already ordered the closing of venues.

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Anyway, I had a good sense of what Alex and Brett were looking for from our chats on the phone, and as a former resident of the borough and a very frequent wedding photographer at Islington Town Hall, I knew where to go and where the light would be in the surrounding area.

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Meeting firstly in front of that imposing Islington landmark we hit the ground running, with literally energy and laughter all the way.

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We spent just under thirty minutes on our pre-ceremony travels before returning to the Majors Parlour for the big event. Ahh how we love the Mayors Parlour. Why? Because that’s where we were married ourselves, so it’s always very special to return to that particular part of the Town Hall.

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After a suitably touching and intimate ceremony and some quick shots in the nearby corridors, it was time for the world’s smallest confetti throw on the steps leading to Upper Street!

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I said my goodbyes as these crazy cats skipped away down the street and I rode off in the sunset.

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Islington we love you. Until next time…Adios.

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Going to let our little bridesmaid have the final say 🙂

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St Paul’s Cathedral Wedding ceremony and Smithfield Reception at The Butchers Hook and Cleaver

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When we started capturing wedding days St Paul’s was on our bucket list of places to photograph, if the opportunity arose. Little did we think we would be there multiple times, let alone become regular St Paul’s Cathedral wedding photographers.

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When ‘J’ and ‘N’ got in touch to tell us their big day plans for a ceremony at this national treasure, we knew exactly what to expect and also the protocol and rules that St Paul’s asks wedding photographers to abide by.

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Having done an engagement shoot with these guys in Greenwich Park, we had already got to know them a little better and what worked best for them image wise. Here’s one of those images below.

The day started with myself jogging between ‘J’ and her bridal prep at the lovely Leonardo Hotel in the shadow of the cathedral itself, and then with N with his son and best man at a coffee shop a few streets away. Joanna stayed with the bridal party because she doesn’t like jogging, ha ha just a little joke of course.

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When the time came I also took a bunch of candid and messing around shots with the wedding party meeting on the famous steps of the cathedral. These parts of the day are always interesting because it’s such a public space and you know that the photographer and their antics are also becoming an Instagram post for someone visiting the capital.

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For wedding ceremonies at St Paul’s everything takes place in the atmospheric OBE chapel. For photographers the rules are strict. We are only allowed to photograph the wedding party before the ceremony, then the brides entrance, the first hymn and the recessional. All shots have to be from the very back of the chapel, and all without flash of any kind. No problem!

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After the ceremony there is a couple of minutes to be able to take non flash shots under the iconic dome, so there will always be interested members of the public behind you.

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The place where we usually do any requested family and friends shots on the steps of the north transept entrance, was having some renovation. That is a fairly private area, whereas the south transept we had to use as an alternative exit is not. Nevertheless we got some great shots, and I particularly liked involving the public on their London buses waving at us all. See the pics above 🙂

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After that it was time for the wedding party to head to old Smithfield and the impressive Butcher’s Hook and Cleaver gastro pub.

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While this happened we spent half an hour with the newly weds doing some quick couple shots around St Paul’s, and then by Smithfield Market itself. It’s one of our favourite parts of the day, and from what couples tell us, one of theirs too.

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A fantastic drinks reception at the Butchers Hook and Cleaver was followed by speeches, cake cutting, much merriment and an excellent live band to boogie the night away to.

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Here’s another St Paul’s Cathedral wedding on the blog: St Paul’s Cathedral Wedding Photographers & Skinners Hall Reception

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More of our favourite wedding images from in and around London in the past year

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Here we go a nice quick overview of recent wedding images from in and around London, as three sets of nine, Instagram friendly, easy to digest, and good for the soul, honest!

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Venues featured and photographed at are The House of Commons, The Gherkin, St Paul’s Cathedral, The Ivy, Blenheim Palace, The Sheraton, The Brewery, The Ned central London, Trinity Buoy Wharf, Eight Club Moorgate, Brook Farm Cuffley, Leadenhall Market and Smithfield, Chelsea Old Town Hall, Royal Chace, The Waldorf and Gaynes Park.

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All in all a busy year and it’s a good job we are full-time otherwise we would have struggled! With that in mind we made a conscious decision not to follow the crowd and blog incessantly to appease Google, nor to post a zillion images on Instagram. We put our time and effort into our weddings and home life too.

In 2020 to keep the right balance we are limiting our weddings to thirty five a year. That way we will be fresh and able to put maximum effort into every wedding we capture, and the post production and editing that is needed afterwards. It will also give us time to put quality attention towards our kids and hobbies as well.

Having said that we will still be living in perpetual wedding land, in that we will continue to spend our working hours shooting, editing, speaking to you, and planning the many special days we are entrusted with. Bearing that in mind always feel free to get in touch whether that’s by email, phone, Whatsapp, Instagram, Facebook Messenger or smoke signals. Whatever floats your boats!

Speak soon 🙂

Here are some blog article links to a few of the images featured here:

Eight Club Wedding in Moorgate and Shoreditch

Best London Engagement Shoot from Covent Garden to Leadenhall Market

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Mayfair wedding day Google review just in, for Farm Street Church & Lansdowne Club Mayfair

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Just in another Google review this time from renowned Sunday Times senior journalist Rosamund Urwin.

We had the pleasure of photographing Rosamund and Charlie’s wedding at Farm Street Church and then The Lansdowne Club, both in Mayfair central London.

It’s a popular combination of venues as they are literally just a couple of streets away from each other, so very hard to lose your guests! There’s also a great pub The Punchbowl just yards from the church should anyone feel the need to congregate there beforehand.

Behind Farm Street Church itself is a nice little park for group photos if needed, and the streets around have a good London vibe for couple shots.

The Lansdowne Club is a fantastic members only venue with a very impressive grand hall and dining room. It was also a former home for renowned socialite and businessman Mr Selfridge. No prizes for guessing the name of the department store he founded!

Congratulations to Rosamund and Charlie, and wishing you both the best for the future.

Here’s a link to a recent Farm Street and Lansdowne Club wedding day: Lansdowne Club and Farm Street Church Wedding Photography

Here’s the original text of the review:

“David and Joanna were absolutely fantastic. I love the photographs – they did really well with the light in the church particularly – but I love the photos they took in the venue too. I couldn’t be happier with the result, and they were charming to our guests too. Can’t really recommend enough.”

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Best London Engagement Shoot from Covent Garden to Leadenhall Market

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Now when we say best London engagement shoot, what we mean by that is that we think we followed best practice for these particular guys, in the time we had, and the areas of London we were in.

‘A’ and ‘A’ are getting married in Faro Portugal with us as their wedding photographers. This London engagement shoot gave us a good chance to get to know them better, and find out before the fact how they respond to our way of working.

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Now we are course a little like chameleons in our approach, adapting quickly to suit personalities and situations. Reason being that ultimately our job is to bring out the best of what is already there within people. Add to this we put our particular spin on things, but then always remembering to give our couples what they value in terms of imagery and approach. And then go beyond…

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For this lovely couple with their wedding being abroad and with special requirements, we designed a package to suit them, with a built in central London engagement shoot too.

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As is usually the case David did this particular assignment, and what an early start on a Sunday it was too. These two actually had their first date at Dean Street Townhouse in Soho and they were keen to incorporate the venue in some of their images.

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The Townhouse gave us a fifteen minute window of opportunity just after they opened for breakfast at 8 am. I’m particularly grateful for the free expresso’s they gave me!

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As a popular wedding photographer I believe you need excellent people skills, and that boils down to really enjoying the company of others and the fun of meeting new people, and be able to relax and relate fast. To illustrate, the first black and white image of ‘A’ and ‘A’ sat in the Dean Street Townhouse restaurant is taken less than three minutes after first meeting them. They look pretty chilled and happy don’t they?

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When I arrived in my Uber to Soho it was pouring with rain, fortunately when we had finished our 15 minutes in Dean Street it has pretty much stopped. We then walked towards Covent Garden and took shots wherever we felt was relevant, including good old Ronnie Scott’s jazz club.

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I’m always on th look out for an iconic red London phone box to anchor a shot with too.

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I loved the fact that Covent Garden was virtually empty. I’ve been there so many times, but it’s a different place early on a cold Sunday morning in the rain! A chance to play around the pillars near the Royal Opera House with absolutely nobody in the background. Nice.

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Walking down to Westminster Bridge and then on to one of my favourite spots the Victorian splendour of Leadenhall Market, which once again was fairly people free. I put the above image into an international image competition and won, so that was a welcome bonus.

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A quick jaunt to the Lloyds building and then it was time to say goodbye. All in all, in terms of the way we did things it was the best kind of London engagement shoot and we really look forward to working with these guys in Portugal on their wedding day.

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You can see some more of our London engagement shoots by following any of the links below:

London Engagement shoot at Southbank and Tower Bridge again

Kenwood House Engagement Shoot Photography in Hampstead

Oxo Tower and London’s Southbank engagement shoot

Engagement Shoot at London’s Alexandra Palace in Muswell Hill

There are many more if you use our search facility on the site too 🙂

 

 

 

 

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Our latest international award winning London wedding image

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Just a quick note to post our latest award, this time an international one from Wedaward who are one of the main and most recognised awarding bodies for photographers across the globe.

This was an early morning wedding engagement shoot that took place across multiple venues in central London. This image was done with a fish eye lens at one of our favourite places Leadenhall Market. We used this along with other lenses of course to pull in to the frame the truly incredible Victorian structure that exists intact to this day.

When I say early morning I mean VERY early morning. Hope you enjoyed your lie-in Joanna…

This is ‘A’ and ‘A’ featured here, and we are really looking forward to capturing the story of their wedding soon in Faro Portugal.

Thanks ‘A’ and ‘A’ and thanks Wedaward.

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Eight Club Wedding in Moorgate and Shoreditch

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There’s something endlessly fascinating about the streets of central London. It’s not just the rich history of our capital, it’s the architecture, it’s the energy and the sheer variety of what is around us. Whenever we work there for a wedding day we remain  equally motivated and fascinated by this environment.

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When we spoke with V and B we were as ever excited to be working in iconic areas, and this time it was to be Shoreditch and Moorgate, which had a lot of both personal and professional history for them.

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The day was to start at B’s local pub with the boys at the Old Blue Last on Great Eastern Street, and a bit of fun in a few places around the block. The Old Blue Last has a very colourful history, including being a formal brothel, site of a theatre Shakespeare hung out at and is now a vibrant music venue too.

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V and her bridesmaids were getting ready at the Montcalm Hotel in Finsbury Square. Joanna started there and I joined her after a while.

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The venue foe the ceremony, wedding breakfast and reception was the rather fabulous Eight Club Moorgate. A lovely members club with fine dining, private meeting rooms and large airy modern spaces with terraces around making it a special place to host a wedding ceremony and reception.

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V and B chose a celebrant to host their ceremony and to make it meaningfully personalised for them, and we have to say she did an excellent job.

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Their recessional was played out to bubbles from the guests and Sucker for You by The Jonas Brothers. I have to admit to being a little bit of a sucker for that track myself.

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Whilst the guests enjoyed their drinks reception on the sunlit terraces of Eight Club, we took to the surrounding streets of Moorgate and Shoreditch to do some shots once again in places that had memories and meaning for the couple.

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In my opinion that’s the best kind of wedding day, one that is filled with relevance and meaning to the couple themselves. While a country mansion is great too, unless it was your ancestral l home (!!!!) I don’t think it could resonate quite the same way.

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The wedding breakfast and speeches were in the stylish Quartier restaurant level of the club, while the upstairs bar and terrace areas were readied for the first dance and evening partying.

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All in all a great day, and a special mention to the staff of Eight Club Moorgate who were great throughout the ceremony, reception and party.

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New review in from Old Marylebone Town Hall wedding day

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Thanks to S and Y for the review submitted to the The Wedding Industry Awards which has just come through.

I had a great time with these guys at Alexandra Palace in torrential rain for their engagement shoot.

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Later in the year I photographed their wedding ceremony at Old Marylebone Town Hal,l and then their reception Chinese banquet at the wonderful Phoenix Palace near Baker Street central London.

Old Marylebone Town Hall has just had a major refurbishment, and many may now know it as Westminster Council House which it has emblazoned across it’s frontage. It’s the grandest council house I’ve ever seen…!

I particularly enjoyed our fun with the bubble guns the wedding party brought along for the day.

First here’s the couple’s reaction to their engagement shoot, and then their review of the wedding day itself:

“Hi David, Just wanted to let you know we received the USB and CD today. The photos are lovely. We liked how everything turned out. Thank you for a wonderful engagement shoot :)”

“We decided to go for David after meeting him and seeing his portfolio. On our wedding day he was well prepared and arrived early to take photos of the guests. He was funny and engaging so it helped us relax a lot. He took really lovely photos of us at the town hall and banquet. We received a lot of compliments when we showed the photos to our friends and family. He was also a great photographer during our outdoor engagement shoot despite it raining heavily on the day. Great photos and memories!”

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Two fantastic brides marry at Essendon Country Park. Gay wedding photographers London since 2006

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It has been one of the great pleasures as wedding photographers to experience many different faiths and outlooks across a tremendous variety of venues. What has also been inspiring is to have witnessed first hand  a sea change in attitudes to same sex marriages.

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Since 2006 we have been busy with an ever increasing amount of civil partnerships each year, and were also delighted to be the first photographers in a number of London borough’s who were chosen to shoot a so called ‘gay wedding’. We say “so called” because it has always been our attitude that it is a wedding full stop, nothing more nothing less, no need to differentiate. Whether it’s LGBT, or a traditional orthodox religious ceremony it’s the joining of two people who love each other. And what could be better?

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When Z and M got in touch it was easy for us to convey our long time experience in all these areas, and as usual we were able to show much more importantly the kind of “people people” we are, if that makes sense!

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This big day took place at Essendon Country Club near Hatfield in Hertfordshire which we have photographed at previously. It benefits from an impressive raised barn on one level with dramatic steps down to a large dining area for a good sized wedding breakfast and reception.

There are outside areas for alfresco drinks, and of course parts of the golf course for some external photography too.

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Both Z and M wanted their coverage to start from just before they entered for the wedding ceremony, and what a memorable and dramatic entrance it was. Each bride wound their way through the decorated dinner tables, up the impressive staircase and into the grand barn. The look on each others faces as they saw each other for the first time was priceless and that’s why I included that particular shot in this post. In fact the focus of this description is really to show the love between this fantastic couple and their friends and family rather than endless detail shots. Although we gave the couple over a thousand edited images so there’s plenty of those too!

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After the drinks reception and some family photos, time restrictions dictated a fast shoot near the barn with the couple. That was fine we are used to that and the results were great.

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After the wedding breakfast and speeches it was party time, and as M’s family were Greek we were guaranteed a great and lively one. During that we snuck out for ten minutes with the girls to get a few moody shots in the darkness of night before returning to the bright lights and dance tunes of their big day.

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First dance for Z was with her father, and for M it was with each of her brothers, which was refreshingly different and really touching to watch.

By David Green

Here’s a copy of the testimonial from these guys I put on a separate post here:

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“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.”

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Was this our best year ever? 12 months of wedding photography inside…

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Goodbye 2019. Hello 2020. That was one great year of wedding photography with truly special big days we were super excited and privileged to be a part of.

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For us all wedding days are fantastic to be a part of, and we worked our socks off to do every single one of them justice for the couples and their guests.

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Eleven years of London and Home Counties wedding photography has not dimmed our enthusiasm, in fact every year it grows as does our experience and technique.

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Looking ahead to the next 365 days we have our usual mixture of iconic venues, hipster hangouts, warehouses, stately homes and Victorian gastro boozers to look forward to. A whole host of new places and faces to explore, and also a return to favourites St Paul’s Cathedral, The Gherkin, The Shard, London Zoo and Tower Bridge.

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In truth though it doesn’t matter if the venue is humble or spectacular, for us it is about the people and making them happy with an approach and imagery that they value.

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We are lovers of wedding photography and its challenges, but we never ever forget that we are in the service industry, and that it is about the couple first and foremost and what is best for them.

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It’s interesting that a few brides and grooms told us last year that they felt many photographers they were talking to were more interested in the possibly photogenic venue to shoot at rather than the plans of the couple themselves. That’s a mistake because great photography can be anywhere.

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We don’t blog every wedding, very simply because we are busy both photographing and living our lives. Every year we shoot between thirty and forty weddings. That’s enough for us to give the right level of time and attention to every one of those big days. Once we have our limit of bookings we stop for that calendar year, unless it’s an emergency to help someone out.

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There are some 2019 weddings that were highlights we haven’t blogged, so we choose some of the favourites from the ones we did in our featured collages. Hope you enjoy and feel free to ask to see a whole wedding, which on average will be over 1000 individually edited images we present to each couple.

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Looking forward to 2020 and beyond!

By David Green

Here links to some of the featured images in this post:

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall

Trinity Buoy Wharf wedding photographers, and a sky full of stars

Eight Club Wedding in Moorgate and Shoreditch

Islington Town Hall Wedding Photographers, reception at Dead Dolls House

St Georges Cathedral & Gherkin wedding photographers

Hanbury Manor Wedding Photographers

 

 

 

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Trinity Buoy Wharf wedding photographers, and a sky full of stars

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Trinity Buoy Wharf London is one of those weird and wonderful wedding venues that we have been asked to photograph many times but we have always been doubled booked! So naturally we were delighted for the first time to be able to say ‘yes’ to T & M’s November big day.

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We love a good winter wedding which is just as well as it’s always a busy time for bookings with us every year. Never mind it was wet and windy, we are used to that too!

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Our day started in London’s Canary Wharf quarter with T’s bridal preparations in an apartment overlooking the Thames. There was certainly plenty of laughter anticipation and energy on show. After a while I (David) headed off separately to document M and his three best men and groomsmen’s arrival at the wedding venue and their “meet and greet” of all the arriving guests.

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I grew up next to a lighthouse in Yorkshire so it was special for me to experience London’s only such beacon across the Thames from the O2 arena as well. So what if it doesn’t work anymore, what could be more cool than a lighthouse with a wedding ceremony and reception venue beneath!

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T and M arranged some great decor for the venue and we particularly liked their hangings from the ceiling. This made me think of Coldplay’s Sky Full of Stars and I was keen to incorporate it in some of the angles I shot for the wedding ceremony. Unfortunately the registrar was in the line of sight for most of the proceedings except for the first kiss, so when that window of opportunity arose I dropped to my knees and got the shot  I’d seen in my minds eye, and which I’ve used as the featured image in this post.

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Anyway it was a great ceremony and afterwards while Joanna documented the drinks reception I went off with the newly weds straight to the top of a very windy, cold and slightly rainy lighthouse to do some couple shots. Nevertheless we had a great time and the rain did us a favour and stopped for an hour after a while so I had a chance to do some family shots too just outside of the venue.

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History wise Trinity Buoy Wharf is really two buildings. The area for wedding ceremonies and receptions was a storehouse and maintenance depot for buoys, and the lighthouse was added and completed in 1866. As well as doing it’s traditional lighting duties the structure was used to train lighthouse keepers and was also used for experiments by famous scientist Michael Faraday.

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After a super wedding breakfast, speeches and a bouquet toss it was time for the first dance and getting down to some serious partying!

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If you are looking for, and would love an alternative wedding style and venue take a look at this related post here: Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall

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What are David and Joanna’s approaches and attitudes to wedding photography?

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Recently we were nominated by one of our lovely couples for The Wedding Industry Awards, which are the biggest and most comprehensive in the UK, that led to many more voting for us, and nicely we have been chosen as one of the finalists for later in the year.

Below is the TWIA questionnaire we filled out after our nomination. It was an excellent exercise to answer their well thought out questions and we thought it would be a good idea for prospective and past wedding couples to read about our approach and philosophy for what we do and love.

Here’s our answers in full:

What Is Your Company ethos?

Very simply, as a couple we wanted the best for OUR special day, so we feel it is only fair that we give our very best for YOUR special day. The fact that we love what we do is just a bonus!

What makes you different from your competitors?

We are a couple who work on the basis of striving to give as good or better than we had on our special day. It’s only fair and we love it! We believe we have above average dramatic flair. We analyse every wedding to see where we have done well, and where we could improve, and this process has never stopped for us. It’s our definition of photographer’s ‘integrity’.

Choosing only one, what is the most valuable aspect of the service you offer to wedding clients?

Truly listening to people. We know that we can do a great job for people, but by listening to what they value the most, it allows us not just to meet all their expectations of us, but to actively exceed them.

What was the most valuable thing you learned in your last year of business?

The importance of remaining open minded. You can never know everything, no matter how experienced you are. It’s a joy to keep learning and pushing yourself. Learning from someone who has only just began their photography journey as well as the masters. If you are open minded you can continue to absorb, learn and grow. Anything less is probably naive.

How do you manage the client journey from booking to the wedding day?

Communication is key. So from the minute someone books with us we keep in regular contact, even if it’s just to touch base. This allows us to build a relationship over time and really get a sense of what makes that couple tick and what they value. All our collections include a pre wedding shoot, so a proven great way to further develop that relationship and get an ever clearer picture of our combined approach for the wedding day. A week and a half beforehand we have either a face to face meeting again or a Skype call to go through the timeline and the plan one last time in detail. On the day itself we always arrive a little earlier than expected so that we have a an extra chance of having everyone super relaxed and happy before we start shooting.

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Describe your approach to the wedding itself. What, when, how and why do you do what you do when shooting a wedding?

Our approach starts with the mind set of: “what can I do or not do, to make the images the best we can create on the day” that means where to ‘step back’ and where to gently ‘step in’ to direct a situation.

The day starts with arriving earlier than planned to look at the light in and around the venue, because this will affect our photographic choices later. Next, looking for establishing shots and any other details we can get earlier rather than later, so our focus can primarily be on people and the chemistry between them.

Next we literally breath in the atmosphere of who and where we are to begin our coverage. We introduce ourselves according to the personalities and people we are photographing and then start to shoot.

We have a mental checklist of must have shots and requests as a framework to give structure, but are constantly looking for those unstructured magic moments too, and opportunities to create something a little different from the usual.

Again knowing when to step back and observe, or gently step in is critical.

If it’s a wedding with both of us, we are looking to maximise our workload and time management. So we will take up different vantage points for both ceremony, drinks reception, wedding breakfast, speeches and evening celebrations.

If David is doing some couple portraits then generally Joanna will be roaming the drinks reception, photographing details and wedding breakfast rooms etc. David will pitch in with this and then move to photograph any family and friends groups a couple have requested.

Because we have planned extensively beforehand we can concentrate on being ‘in the zone’ for our couple and their guests.

We often joke between ourselves that a wedding day is the only time we are ever truly single minded. We literally cannot think about anything else and we believe that shows in what we ultimately produce.

Wasn’t sure how much detail to go into on this question!

What is the single most important thing that is required to be an excellent wedding photographer?

Adaptability. Looking at that it is actually two words, adapt and ability. Adapt to the light, the situation, the people and personalities around you, the weather and opportunities that arise. Put that with ability and it becomes a win win combination.

Describe your style and approach to being a wedding photographer.

We would describe it as creative documentary. That means ‘taking’ as well as ‘making’ the most memorable shots possible. During the day it means total concentration to be ‘in the zone’ so that no opportunity or angle is missed in the purely documentary side of coverage. It also means if the chance arises “fighting for the shot”, which is simply if you see a chance for something dramatic or different to make that couples memories even more special, then go for it. But of course only if the couple or guests are happy and it fits their personalities!

How Many Weddings Do You Supply Each Calendar Year On Average?

35

How many clients whose weddings you photographed between 24.10.17 and 09.10.18 have seen their finished product (eg: prints or album included in their package or ordered after their wedding)?

All of them

You can also find out more about us on the website here: David and Joanna

 

 

 

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St George’s Cathedral & Gherkin wedding photographers

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It’s been a really multicultural and international year for us so far with our wedding photography. This particular big day was a very Swiss affair, with some of that Alpine magic coming into play from our lovely couple S and A.

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The day began with coverage of our bride in the couple’s apartment in Bermondsey, with mum and bridesmaids in attendance.

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When I  went on their balcony to take some shots I saw something that definitely made me smile, there it was in the distance, the main building in view – The Gherkin. Everyday these guys look upon that architectural marvel, no wonder they chose it for their wedding reception!

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While I documented the excitement of the morning, Joanna was at St George’s Cathedral to capture the groom’s preparations and his ‘meet and greet.’

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We’ve photographed at St George’s near the Imperial War museum a few times now, and it really is a grand structure.

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St George’s Cathedral itself was built in 1848, but was extensively damaged in the blitz of the second world war, and had to have a large amount of rebuilding.

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It looks truly striking and magnificent today, no wonder couples enjoy their wedding ceremonies there.

After the ceremony close family went to the park next to the war museum for some group photos, and then it was all aboard an old London Routemaster bus for a scenic tour before arriving at The Gherkin.

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Now this was no ordinary route master wedding bus. I would have to say it was our favourite one ever because it was run by Bridget’s Bakery, and it was fitted out with lovely tables and cake and sandwich displays for enjoying the best of the bakery, while taking in the best of London on the way. Brilliant!

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I got off at Trafalgar Square with S and A for some couple shots in and around the area, while Joanna travelled with the rest of the part to 30 St Mary Axe, also known popularly as The Gherkin building.

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Something to remember for any couple planning to travel around central London with your wedding photographer on a Saturday: it’s going to be very public and very busy. Actually that is one of the highlights that you really need to embrace to get the best out of the scenario.

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If this is your plan you will find it’s pretty special to be applauded and congratulated as you walk the streets. Everybody loves a wedding couple, trust me I have seen it a great many times.

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The other things to bear in mind is that time and opportunity is limited. You have on average 20 to 30 seconds at most to get that shot because of opportunity and the general public. You may well be moved on by security too as many places actually require a pre paid license for professional photography.

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There are ways around this sometimes, and if there’s a way around it we know what it is!

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We had fun on The Strand, down to the embankment and finishing on Waterloo Bridge, before  hailing a cab back to The Gherkin.

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Searcy’s look after fine dining and entertainment spaces at the Gherkin so I knew the setup would be lovely.

We had a little time to take shots of S and A in the wedding breakfast room and a corridor near by before dinner was served.

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The thing about weddings at The Gherkin is that depending on the size of your wedding party and requirements, the space can be opened out or divided up. For these Swiss lovebirds, it was a more intimate affair so a room that we are used to seeing larger for ceremonies was divided into two.

After dinner it was time for speeches and cake cutting. We then witnessed a Swiss tradition we haven’t encountered before which was the couple dancing beneath an umbrella while streamers were continually thrown over them. It’s similar to Italian traditions except they don’t have the umbrella!

All in all a fantastic day from Bermondsey to St George’s Cathedral, around London in the tea bus to the Gherkin for the wedding reception.

By David Green

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Another lovely ‘Thank you’ card through the post. Well, thank you!

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It was great to receive this ‘thank you’ card through the post from Yui and Mark today. These guys were married at Hanbury Manor earlier in the year, and they also nominated us for The Wedding Industry Awards. It’s the first competition we have ever really entered, so fingers crossed and thank you to you two for putting us forward.

Home - Blog London Wedding PhotographersHere’s a link to their wedding day in April: Hanbury Manor Wedding Photographers

And their Google Review of us: Another Big Day Weddings 5 star review for David and Joanna, thank you!!!

Here’s what these guys had to say:

“Dear David and Joanna,

We Hope this finds you well! It’s hard to believe that six months have passed since our wedding at Hanbury Manor, and this card is long overdue! The past months have been busy, but we have had time to reflect on our wedding and truly appreciate just how beautiful everything was! Big Day Weddings really made a difference to our day…both of you are brilliant at what you do and you managed to capture the occasion beautifully from the “record” shots down to the details, the candid shots, groups, guests, US, and everything in between! You handled our guests so well and your people skills were out of this world! Thanks again for a fantastic job done and for being part of our day! You have our highest recommendation!!

Mark and Yui Redford”

 

 

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Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall

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We knew from day one that Kristine and Oliver’s wedding day would be fabulous from beginning to end. Why? Because they are Norwegian, and Norwegian people know how to enjoy themselves big time!

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Actually in repeated survey’s of the happiest nationalities in the world, Norway is always close to the top. First hand, we understand why.

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Truth be told though these guys were open minded to trying different things photography wise, and they also had plenty of their own ideas too.

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Naturally we are going to document the day with quality reportage, but we relish to the chance to “make” photos as well as “take” photos. That’s a little bit simplistic to say “take” photos because there is so much to consider: light, angle, technical settings, emotion, action etc but we hope you get the essence of what we mean.

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Ha ha, you are probably just looking at the pictures and not reading this, and who could blame you!

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This was a day of many locations and it started in the morning at the London Courthouse Hotel. This place is a brilliant conversion of Old Street Magistrates Court and police station. Both K and O stayed here separately the night before, so morning time we were able to juggle between the two.

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I loved photographing the boys on some of the original police cells they have retained in the bar area, including Ronnie Krays where he has held for “demanding money with menace.”

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Oliver used to a professional footballer, so it was fitting that we ran into West Ham’s coaching staff and current manager Manuel Pellegrini on the main staircase. I swear every time they lose he gains another wrinkle…

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Next if was time to take a cab ride to our wedding ceremony venue the lovely Stoke Newington Town Hall. I particularly enjoyed this ride, not just chit chatting with the boys but boring everyone by pointing out where we used to live in Islington and my first studio business on Essex Road.

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Anyway, what a great wedding ceremony venue at Stoke Newington Town Hall. One of the groomsman performed mid way through a live rendition of  Elvis Presley’s iconic song ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love.’  Always loved this song, and I actually had to fight back the tears myself. As your one of the photographers at a wedding it’s never a great idea to cry into your viewfinder as it makes everything blurry afterwards!

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After confetti throwing round the front of the town hall we went for a wander with the newly weds around Clissold Park. Boy oh boy I remember pushing our kids prams around there a few times!

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Now I’m not being stereotypical when I say that Norwegian people enjoy a drink, and why not? That meant before everyone got on to a specially commissioned London Routemaster bus we had an hour or so’s pit stop at the Irish pub across the road from the ceremony venue.

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All refreshed, the bus toured around central London just in time for the heavens to open and it torrentially rained for a while. It didn’t last long though, and later I (David) left the bus near St Pauls Cathedral and took a walk with the couple to shoot some portraits around there and the Southbank.

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Thanks to Uber we got back in time for the wedding reception at Tanner Warehouse in Bermondsey, or to be more precise 50 Bermondsey Street. This is a great wedding venue with fantastic staff. I love the fact that it started life as a chocolate factory too, as my first ever job was working in a handmade chocolate shop and then as a student I did part-time shifts making Rolo’s at Rowntrees chocolate factory. Mmmmm…..

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At Tanner Warehouse its was food, drinks, socialising and of course partying. We enjoyed the speeches, even the ones we didn’t understand in Norwegian. After cake cutting and first dance our talented groomsman from the Stoke Newington Town Hall ceremony took to the microphone and guitar again to get the wedding party boogeying.

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We thank Kristine and Oliver for their open mindedness with their wedding photography and their fantastic hospitality to us as well.

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I’ve looked online at Bergen in Norway where they live and I’ve put it on my bucket list to visit soon. Kristine and Oliver, you have been warned…

By David Green.

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