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Chinese President follows in the footsteps of London Wedding Photographers – Big Day Weddings

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It has been very interesting for us both as we sit here editing our latest London wedding today, to watch the coverage in the background of Xi Jinping’s state visit to the capital. It feels almost like the Chinese president follows in the footsteps of London wedding photographers Big Day Weddings! Firstly he is staying at ther London Mandarin Oriental Hotel where very recently we photographed a lovely intimate wedding. That’s the featured image here on this post.  On that particular day staff showed us the “Royal” entrance at the back of the hotel where royalty and visiting dignatories could enter and exit. This was featured on BBC news coverage and included here are a couple of shots of that very entrance that Xi Jinping has been using. The only difference is that for these visits they construct a temporary overhead structure by the distinctive black gates. It was the Chinese who requested previously to move the nearby lamp post to the side, as it kept getting in the way on this drop off and in point! Also we see the red carpet at the Mandarin Oriental was rolled out,  photo included, from our wedding coverage, and apparently this is the same one used for all such high profile visits and weddings. So we treaded that carpet first before Mr Jinping. Read about it here: London Mandarin Oriental Wedding Photography

Newly weds walk through Hyde Park gates

laying the red carpet at Mandarin Oriental Hotel

Secondly a lot of the action is taking place at Horse Guards parade, which is a where we frequently photograph when wedding couples spend sone time alone with us for some extra memorable shots, away from the wedding party and reception. There’s an example image from Aishe and Habib’s lovely day below.

Love at horse guards parade photo

Finally we see that the Chinese president is also going to visit Imperial College London, and it was only days ago that we photographed Nicki and Stephen’s big day in Imperial’s premier event venue 58 Princes Gate, which you can read about on the blog here: London Kensington Wedding Photographers There’s a shot from the venue below as well. That’s one of the great perks of photographing central London weddings in that we get to work at tremendous venues, and also access areas not normally available to the general public.

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You can read and watch constantly updated coverage of the Chinese president’s state visit on the BBC News website linked here: BBC News coverage of Chinese President’s London state visit

By David Green

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London Kensington Wedding Photographers at 58 Princes Gate

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wedding ceremony at Princes Gate Kensngton London photo

To say that Nicki and Stephen are energetic and busy people is an understatement. They contacted us as London Kensington wedding photographers to arrange an informal initial meeting, and suggested we get together after they had run the Regents Park Grand Prix 10k race.

Wedding couple toast on bench outside Victoria and Albert Museum

We rescheduled when we decided they both might be a bit too sweaty! Straight away we knew these guys would have a fun characterful and action packed wedding. Without giving too much away when Stephen saw a photo of Nicki dressed as Lara Croft and she saw an image of him skiing bare chested, they knew they just had to meet! Scouring the city for an intimate but classy London wedding venue they decided upon the very lovely 58 Princes Gate right in the heart of South Kensington, near the Science, Natural History and V&A Museums, and just round the corner from the Royal Albert Hall.

bride walks down aisle Kensington wedding

Such a great area, one that many parents like myself and Joanna know only too well from endless trips with the kids to the various iconic south Kensington emporiums of culture.

The day started with documenting Nicki’s getting ready preparations at 58 Princes Gate, while Stephen travelled energetically here and there and finally to the venue, with all the last minute details now taken care of.

wedding couple by Science museum south Kensington London image

This impressive venue the backdrop to their big day was once a private house, but is now a fantastic event venue owned by Imperial College London.

wedding couple pose on steps in London's Kensington

Nicki and her father climbed the classic stairway up to the ballroom where the wedding ceremony was to be held in front of close friends and family. An emotional and very loving ceremony was followed by drinks and nibbles for the guests. After a little while Nicki and Stephen snuck away with myself and Joanna, and took some time around the area to shoot a variety of couple shots. We know the locale of course, but we love to just see what a couple’s mood is, and also what takes our fancy on the day to determine our shots.

Kissing after wedding outside Kensington tube station

We could photograph a wedding here every single day of the week, but we know for sure that with this planned but free form approach that we take, every wedding shot would still remain fresh and unique no matter how many times we visited.

climbing Princes Gate stairs for London wedding ceremony image

London wedding photography featured here in this post shows the moment Nikki sees Stephen as she comes down the aisle at Princes Gate. The first kiss after the two are married in the ballroom. Toasting with champagne sat outside the Victoria and Albert Museum. Some randomly grand gates and steps we found, and a good old fashined romantic kiss outside South Kensington tube station frozen in time as people rushed around the couple oblivious. Oh yes and an impromptu stop at an ice cream van, Nikki waiting in her bridal prep room, and walking along a first floor corridor lit by a spotlight from my good self.

Kensington bride waits for groom to arrive

Great day, great couple, now either book us or tell your friends. The End.

London Kensington wedding collage

Actually there’s more, take a look at a similar sized venue post here, it’s also where Kate Middleton stayed before the Royal Wedding: Goring Hotel Wedding Photographers
And a small intimate wedding done recently around the corner in Knightsbridge here: London Mandarin Oriental Wedding Photography

Entrance at 58 Princes Gate Kensington photo

 

By David Green