Drinks Reception at Marylebone Town Hall

Drinks Reception at Marylebone Town Hall

Let’s face it, weddings are expensive. Every single part of them so here’s an idea that one couple used to have the best value drinks reception in all of London. Rose and Rohan are New Zealanders currently living in London and they wanted a super low key but fun wedding. They booked me for just a few hours for their wedding at Marylebone Town Hall, one super rainy October afternoon. I met them at the venue, shot the ceremony and some pictures inside and then confetti on the steps – the usual kind of thing.

They bought some bottles of champagne and disposable flutes and held their drinks reception right there, on the steps of the Registry Office. It was the cutest thing. I love working with laid back couples and this pair must be right up there with the most relaxed I’ve ever shot. I have to say, it was super fun and proves that you don’t have to have a fancy venue to have a wedding. I should point out – They did only have a handful of guests and they did head to a nice restaurant afterwards.

Funny but I always seem to wind up here with you. Nice to know somebody loves me. Funny but it seems it’s the only thing to do. Run and find the one that loves me …

London Warehouse Wedding | Tien + Kenzo

London Warehouse Wedding | Tien + Kenzo

When Tien and Kenzo first got in touch about booking in the photography for their London Warehouse Wedding at Dilston Grove in London, here is what they said. ‘We love your style of photography. A really good mix of awesome highly editorial group shots coupled with some really great reportage style ones. In my head, I would like to shoot all the couple and group shots before all our guests arrive so we can spend as much time having fun with them as possible. We want our wedding to be a helluva party.’

Well that sounded perfect to me. So I went to where Tien was getting ready with her bridesmaids and my second shooter, Sam met up with Kenzo and his groomsmen. We all came together at the amazing Dilston Grove and started with group shots and their portraits. This did make everything after that point very relaxed and they could spend all their time with their guests. It also did make me wonder why more weddings don’t run this way?! ( Big thanks to Laura at Devine Bride – their wedding co-ordinator)

 

It’s the way that you know what I thought I knew, It’s the beat my HEART SKIPS when I’m with you …

 

Artist Residence London Wedding | Lucy + Jacob

Artist Residence London Wedding | Lucy + Jacob

When you work for a supercool chain of hotels, trying to find the perfect venue for your wedding might be quite difficult. You might have pretty high standards, but luckily for Lucy, her bosses at the Artist Residence suggested that she held her wedding reception at their London Hotel. In fact they gave over the entire place to Lucy and Jacob for the day.

So when it came to doing portraits, not only did we have the surrounding streets of Pimlico to play in, we also had ALL of the hotel bedrooms. The decor and the light in all of them was so great but my favourite shot has to be with the blue shark print. You should have seen us all squashed into a bathroom to take it. Totally worth it though!

On the wrong side of the road, ‘tween the leaves and the VELVET SNOW, I got lost in your eyes …

Lauderdale House London Wedding | Grace + Deri

Lauderdale House London Wedding | Grace + Deri

Sometimes I get booked for just a few hours to cover a wedding. I quite like the short and sweet approach, (like Grace’s short and sweet wedding dress). Not everyone wants all day, beginning to end photos and as I charge by the hour, the time I spend shooting a wedding is entirely up to you. You might be wondering, what does short coverage look like? You can still end up with a fair few images, think about it, the middle part of any wedding is the busiest!

Grace and Deri wanted me to start at their wedding ceremony which was held at Lauderdale House in Highgate, North London. They had it for a couple of hours so we popped over to the park for a stroll about and some photos in the flower beds. I also joined them at The Peasant pub for the wedding reception and left as they all sat for dinner but not without taking a portrait of them inside the pub. Its interiors are pretty damn cool.

I can’t seem to drown you out long enough, I fell victim to the SOUND OF YOUR LOVE. You’re like a song that I ain’t ready to stop, I got nothing but you on my mind …

The Battersea Club, London Wedding | Jen + Pip

The Battersea Club, London Wedding | Jen + Pip

The Battersea Club is a very rare thing… a private members club in London that hasn’t been redecorated since the 1970s. The very lovely Jen and Pip took it over for their summer wedding and set about transforming it into the ultimate party venue. They confessed that they ended up spending more money on glitter curtains that the venue hire fee. That’s my kind of wedding for sure.

It was pitch and camp, disco and Mexico all mashed up together with a ton of cute DIY details. But also we need to talk about their outfits, how adorable did they and their baby daughter look? Jen’s gorgeous frock was from Temperley London in case you are wondering. This wedding was such a huge amount of fun to be a part of and to shoot, I mean look at all this colour!

You’re my reality yet I’m lost IN A DREAM. You’re the first, the last, my everything.

Syon House, Syon Park London Wedding | Aoife + Ali

Syon House, Syon Park London Wedding | Aoife + Ali

True story, when Aoife and Ali first got in touch about their wedding at the wonderful Syon House in Syon Park, London, they asked me if I’d ever been there before. Yes but many, many moons ago and it was a photo shoot with Sir Cliff Richard. I remember him leaning off a balcony looking wistful.. Anyway, it was nice to be back as this is a truly magnificent venue. I spotted some wedding photos of the current owners on a side table with the actual Queen in them! Yes, it’s a helluva fancy place.

The bride and groom were super lovely and they know how to throw a mighty bash. After a beautiful and personal ceremony in the main house, we made use of the interiors for photos, including one of those super long galleries that were built for having a walk about in and a gossip after dinner. Then we all headed to the Great Conservatory for the reception. This was my favourite part, the light is gorgeous and the collection of botanics is very impressive. Who knew that’s what a cactus can grow to after a few hundred years?!

I’ve been all around the world, Marching to the beat of a different drum, But Just lately I have realised, MAYBE THE BEST is yet to come …

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