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Our favourite London wedding suppliers of 2015 so far….

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It’s been a busy and great year so far, we’ve had the chance to work with so many fantastic couples and in so many great venues in and around London. We have photographed overseas for some destination weddings in Europe too, so it has been an action packed time all round!

This is the time of year now when many couples begin to look in earnest for their London and Home Counties wedding suppliers, and we thought we would give our experiences of some of the best people we have had the pleasure to work alongside in the past ten months or so.

We will keep it at two categories for this particular blog post, and those are videographers and cinematographers and wedding DJ’s. That sounds like three categories but its just that we never know what to call video people these days, filmmakers, yes that will do! Ok so DJ’s and filmmakers it is then.

We would say right from the start that ANY of these good folks would probably be a great fit for anyone’s wedding day. There are many fantastic suppliers out there, these guys just happen to be ones that we have worked with and found to be a “cut above.”

By the time bride and grooms to be meet with us, many have chosen their film makers and DJ’s, but a large amount have not. We would suggest meeting in person any London wedding supplier that you are potentially interested in to see if their personality suits you and your wedding day.

In no particular order then is one of two film makers we regularly recommend. This is John De Rienzo of De Rienzo Films.

John is a multi award winning film maker winning eight awards alone since 2007. He is one of the original wave of wedding cinematographers much copied by others newer to the genre. He invests heavily in new equipment and techniques and you can check out his website here: De Rienzo Films

Here’s a wedding we shot together recently: Landmark Hotel wedding photographer

Landmark Hotel wedding photographer

And here is a recent sample movie of his: De Rienzo Sample Film

Another film maker we were very impressed with is Martin Family of Special Occasion Video Productions, website: Special Occasion Videos  He’s a very busy  and popular man.

We worked together on this wedding at the London Gherkin and also The Dorchester Hotel: Gherkin Wedding Photographer

London Gherkin wedding kiss black and white image

Here is his film of that day: Gherkin Wedding Film

Ok now it is time for our wedding DJ recommendations, and once again it will be just a matter of taste as to which of these three would best suit a particular wedding day. All three are great “people” people. All three are well ahead of the crowd and have the best sound and lighting equipment out there. All have won awards, and all of them will make your day and evening memorable for all the right reasons! It may just be a matter of finding which one of them would be available on the date of your special day as they are all in great demand, and booking well ahead is advised.

Have a real dig around on their websites, meet them, and then get excited if you manage to be able to book one of them. Don’t even think about sticking an iPhone into a docking station for your wedding day, seriously it’s like ordering your wedding dress from a pound shop (no offence Pound Shop….) These guys are memory makers for your once and only big day.

So in no particular order, we have Terry Lewis, here’s his site: DJ Terry Lewis

Here’s a wedding we did with Terry: Bush Hill Park Wedding 

Mark Van Den Berg of Mighty Fine Entertainment. Website here: Mighty Fine Entertainment

Here’s a Camden wedding we did with Mark recently: Camden Wedding Photographers

Barney Grossman of Party Events Unlimited, website here: Party Events Unlimited

Here’s an Enfield wedding we did recently with Barney: Enfield Wedding at Royal Chace Hotel

So there we are, some of our very favourite London wedding suppliers of 2015. If your wedding is further afield that’s no problem, as all of these in demand people travel, some of them all over the world. Thumbs up for John, Martin, Terry, Mark and Barney we know they are going to have a great 2016!

By David Green

 

 

 

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Enfield Wedding at Royal Chace Hotel

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One of the first big days that we captured ten years ago was an Enfield wedding at the Royal Chace Hotel. Although so many of the weddings we photograph now are at destination venues around the country or in central London, it is always great to work close to home too! The Royal Chace hotel for many years has been a must visit for local couples looking for a reception venue.confetti shower wedding couple Royal Chace hotel Enfield

banner image for Enfield wedding shotsIn it’s favour it is licensed for ceremonies both large and smaller at opposite ends of the hotel, and has three dedicated reception spaces. We know from working there so many times how happy couples have been with the service, pricing and general quality of the venue. Some members of the wedding day team have been there for a considerable number of years, and really know what they are doing.wedding ceremony at Royal Chace Enfield shot

confetti throw at Enfield wedding

Liz and Ben recently bought themselves a lovely home of their own a few streets away, and felt that Royal Chace was perfect to host both their civil ceremony and wedding breakfast too. Coverage began with Liz getting ready in their Enfield “love pad” complete with mum dad and bridesmaids in helpful attendance. We soon realised from looking around the place what dedicated Manchester United fans they were! With the arrival of the Vintage Rolls Royce from Lords Cars, another wedding vendor we have worked with around London numerous times and one we recommend, we sped off to the hotel to catch Ben and his groomsmen’s preparations.

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The wedding ceremony itself took place in the Mandeville Suite, and a special reading in the form of a self penned poem came from Liz’s mum. Outside the front entrance the wedding party enthusiastically threw confetti, and then the newly weds left in the wedding car for thirty minutes or so to historic Gentlemens Row in Enfield, where we met them for some couple shots. It’s always a memorable time for wedding couples not only because myself and Joanna make it fun and relaxed, but also because these are some of the very first moments relatively alone for man and wife after their ceremony. They walk talk and have a good time with us as an official Mr and Mrs!

Family photos a little later were taken care of by David on the back lawns of the hotel, while Joanna captured guests mingling and the various details of the wedding breakfast tables and room. There were lots of references from the the table plan to wedding favours featuring all things Manchester United. In fact current manager Louis Van Gaal sent them a personalised congratulations letter read out at the head table. After some fine dining, speeches and cake cutting it was time to boogie on down courtesy of Barney Grossman a fantastic DJ who runs Party Events Unlimited

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first glimpse at the wedding ceremony

First dance started oh so traditionally, but there was a twist to come as Liz and Ben a couple of minutes into their routine broke off and quickly changed into fancy dress versions of ZZ Top, which sure got the party rocking pretty quick!wedding reception at Enfield compilation shot

Here’s are some related posts featuring Enfield, the Royal Chace Hotel and our Star Wars wedding image photographed at the hotel’s helipad, that currently features in Enfield Museum’s retrospective of 150 years of local wedding photography.

Further reading here:

Enfield Wedding Photographers

Star Wars London Wedding

And some nearby weddings that you can take a look at are here: Enfield wedding at Bush Hill Park

Update: We’ve just received this lovely review on google plus from Liz and Ben that you can read here:

“From the first day we met David and Joanna we knew we were in safe hands! They are such a friendly couple they made us feel at ease straight away and after the first consultation we had no doubts whatsoever as to who our wedding photographers would be. They listened to all our ideas and after seeing examples of their work we knew they would also have lots of fantastic ideas. They came up with a brilliant idea to shoot in a local area near the canal and it was like they had read our minds – it happened to be one of our favourite routes to walk along and feed the ducks every weekend. Before the day we compiled a list of ‘must not miss’ shots to make sure that all key players were included and no one was disappointed. A couple of days before the wedding I was getting very stressed, particularly with the weather forecasts looking ominous, but I had a phone call with David who reassured me that no matter what the weather he would get some amazing shots. On the day David and Joanna both slotted in so well that you’d just think they were other wedding guests. They made everyone laugh and feel at ease. We’ve known photographers at other weddings to be quite bossy but they managed to capture all the group shots easily and organise guests without being stressed. The big advantage of choosing Big Day Weddings is you essentially get two fantastic photographers for the price of one! In addition, you have a friendly couple who can capture male and female perspectives from multiple angles. We received our photography package this week, only 2 weeks after the big day, and we honestly cannot believe how wonderful they are! They managed to capture everything we wanted but also captured so many amazing, personal details that we didn’t even notice ourselves and it has been lovely to look back on the day through the photographer’s eyes. Our ‘couple shots’ are just outstanding and we’ve had so many compliments from family and friends to say how amazing all the photos are. As part of our package we received a USB with over 1000 images both high quality and with a folder of smaller images to easily post on social media. We had 2 x 50 minute slideshows with music to watch on DVD and we had a lovely time reminiscing with these and it’ll be a great way to show our relatives. As another personal touch they also wrote a blog on their website about our wedding with some of the best images and it was a lovely account of our day. We are both incredibly happy with our wedding photographs and how they managed to capture the best day of our lives. It was worth every single penny as we have been inundated with compliments from our wedding guests who all love the photos too. We cannot recommend them highly enough.”

Liz Worsley

See the original review here: Google Plus Big Day Weddings review

And a seperate review on Hitched from Liz and Ben: Big Day Weddings Hitched review

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