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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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Camden Town Hall Wedding, then Bounce near Hatton Garden, and reception by Camden Lock

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When we first met Danielle and Chris we knew their wedding would be especially fun and interesting. Both had great personalities, which their wedding would reflect, and they really wanted to make their special day memorable, not just for themselves but also their guests. We think they were first attracted to myself and Joanna for our sense of fun and originality in our wedding shots, which we would describe as a mixture of documentary, fashion inspired and quirky. It is no coincidence that the couples we photograph look relaxed and happy in their images, if they didn’t we would definately blame the photographer!

wedding celebrations at Camden Town Hall

I secretly gave Danielle ten extra brownie points for coming from Yorkshire (just kidding) and was immediately prepared to overlook the fact that Chris was a life long West Ham fan (once again only kidding, so are some of my friends, oh well…)

couple laughing in Hatton Garden marriage pose

They told us that on the day of their wedding they would have a secret magical mystery tour for their guests before the reception. This would lead them to the Bounce venue in Holborn which was apparently the birthplace of the game Ping Pong, also known of course as table tennis.

Groomsmen before wedding ceremony in Camden Town Hall

The day began with Joanna documenting Danielle’s preparations at the Holiday Inn in Camden Lock, which was also to be the venue for the wedding breakfast and reception in the evening. I meanwhile hung out in the pub with Chris and the boys at O’Neills across the road from Camden Town Hall, as they prepared for the big day ahead. Tough life. I say prepared, because this seemed to involve the consuming of various drinks and generally having a good time, so wise men indeed then!

Bride walking down the aisle Camden wedding ceremony

We love Camden Town Hall weddings as we used to live nearby and two of our children’s births are registered there. It’s also a pretty nice venue to get hitched in. Danielle arrived in a fantastic vintage American car, the kind I could image Elvis travelling around in no problem.

Hatton Garden safety deposit wedding job 1

After the ceremony and some group photos the newly weds exited the town hall to a sea of bubbles, three times no less, I think it was a West Ham thing, and it was a great moment.

wedding couple on steps of Bleeding Heart Yard

A London route master bus was on hand to take the wedding party to Holborn and Bounce the ping pong venue, for a couple of hours of competitive table sporting fun.

wedding reception shot outside Bounce venue London

After a while we snuck off with Danielle and Chris to shoot some photos around Holborn and the Hatton Garden jewellery quarter round the corner. We couldn’t resist some images in front of the now infamous Hatton Garden Safety Deposit company, and then headed to Bleeding Heart Yard which I knew from taking Joanna on our anniversary there for a very nice French meal. Bleeding Heart Yard has a rather gruesome history, so maybe it’s best if I don’t mention it, and if the reader is interested then google will reveal all.

newly weds in front of London roller doors Camden

posing against wall on London wedding day

On your wedding day walking around the streets of London shows that Londoners love a wedding couple with all the congratulations and quips they give. One of my favourite moments from this walkabout was when a local Jewish jeweller humorously tried to sell Chris another couple of wedding rings, candid photo and Danielle’s reaction attached.

wedding fun in Hatton Garden

From Bounce the home of ping pong, everyone was transported to the Holiday Inn at Camden lock for a drinks reception, and then the wedding breakfast. DJ and MC duties were handled by excellent host Mark from Mighty Fine Entertainment, who also provided the illuminated Love letters. Check them out here, they are worth it: Mighty Fine Entertainment

couple in doorway Hatton Garden

I went to the top of the Holiday Inn and leaned over the balcony for the whole wedding party shot you can see below as everyone made their way to Camden Lock bridge which was fun. There were also plenty of close up versions too.

whole wedding party shot on Camden Lock bridge

The wedding crowd were a great lot, a good combination of North meets South that we particularly enjoyed being around.

Bride by Love sign light at Camden wedding Holiday Inn

laughter in a London alleyway photo

All in all a great day, and we wish Danielle and Chris and their families all the very best for the future.

couple by graffiti in Camden on their wedding day image

Here is a related wedding post from a nearby district earlier in the year: Islington Town Hall Wedding and see also: The Hatton Garden Wedding Job

You can take a look at some extra shots featured in our new Gallery Three on the Big Day Weddings website: Wedding Galleries 3

By David Green

 

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The Hatton Garden Wedding Job. Your valuables are safe…

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The Hatton Garden wedding job relates to these particular London wedding photographer’s vocation i.e. David and Joanna, on one of many great and special days this August. In plain English: we are going to talk about a shot we took last month and why. It doesn’t relate to the recent safety deposit heist that filled the headlines earlier this year, but it was one of the factors that led to this particular photo.

This is an image from Danielle and Chris’s Camden wedding when they snuck off with myself and Joanna for twenty-five minutes round the corner from Bounce. Bounce? That is a London ping pong venue where their wedding guests were enjoying something a little different before heading to the main reception. More on their day another time. Here’s the full non cropped image:

Hatton Garden safety deposit wedding job 1

The real reason I am writing this short London wedding related blog post is that I am in the middle of editing five separate wedding days and I don’t really have the time for a full post with lots of images, and quite frankly I felt like a break! The other reason is to talk about the fact that in this country we are fascinated by these sorts of organised crime ventures. Well I know I am. The Krays biopic, Legend, is doing the cinema rounds right now, in fact I’ve just had to turn down an invite to see it in favour of editing, and others like The Italian Job, Sexy Beast and so on are enduring British film favourites. Now the perpetrators of the Hatton job have been caught, it will only be a matter of time after the trial that potential screenplays will begin winging their way to production companies.

As we were just around the corner from the Hatton Garden Safety Deposit company we couldn’t resist a couple of quick pics outside, it was certainly something for passersby to stare at and take their own iPhone versions of. In fact a couple of months earlier that’s exactly what Joanna did with myself after a meal out in Farringdon, for the obligatory Facebook post looking meaner than I am, and the following quote (see pic below) “Finally I’ve found a place to keep my ill gotten gains safe…” I’ve heard the company is now bust so I don’t know how long that particular London landmark will be around.

David in Hatton Garden photo

Ok back to editing now, another side of our London wedding job, I mean vocation!

To see original coverage of the Hatton Garden robbery look at the BBC news coverage here: BBC News Coverage

For a bunch of related images take a look at our dedicated galleries on the website here: Wedding Galleries

By David Green