Top 10 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer Before Hiring

Top 10 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer Before Hiring

Choosing the right wedding photographer is super important. After all, you want the pictures of your favourite day to be as beautiful as you remembered it. To make sure you make the right choice, check out these 10 questions to ask your wedding photographer before hiring.

The days of awkward blurry photographs from your wedding day are over. Nowadays, 90 percent of wedding couples hire a professional photographer to make sure they get the snaps they want.

Your wedding is your special day. You want to capture the wonderful moments of the day to remember for the rest of your lives. That's why it's important to hire a wedding photographer that's right for you.

You are going to spend your wedding day with the photographer. So it's also important to get along well. That's why it's always good to meet in face-to-face. In person if possible, or via video call, which is just as good and very often more time efficient!

But if you've never hired a photographer of any kind, it can be difficult knowing the questions to ask your wedding photographer. That's why we've put together this guide for the top 10 questions to ask your wedding photographer.

1. What's Your Photography Style?

Photography is an art form that comes in many different styles.

Most photographers have a preferred style. It's important to hire a photographer that is passionate about the same style as you. Photography styles range from traditional to photojournalism to fashion to fine-art to black-and-white.

wedding photographer london cofetti shot2. What's Your Experience?

It's important to find out about the experience of the photographer in the interview. Do they specialise in weddings or do they do any other type of photography?

It's always good to know that your photographer has many years of experience shooting weddings.

You want to know how many weddings they have shot. After all, plenty of professional photographers don't work full-time. They might have only shot a few weddings over a period of a few years.

It's important to keep in mind that just because someone has been taking photos for many years, it doesn't necessarily mean they're better than a photographer that's new to the game.

3. How Would You Describe Your Working Style?

This question is quite important as it will give you an idea of how your photographer will behave on the day and how will they interact with you and the wedding guests.

They can either have a more unobtrusive approach, blending in with the crowd or shooting from the distance. This is more characteristic of documentary or photojournalistic wedding photography approach with less interference and documenting things as they unfold.

The other approach is a more traditional one, where the photographer takes more active involvement in setting up and choreographing the shots.

lillibrooke manore wedding couple shoot4. Do You Provide a Wedding Photographer Contract?

Many professional photographers don't provide clients with any kind of contract. It's not worth risking this. Avoid any photographer that refuses to grant you a contract.

Make sure you obtain a contract that provides the details of the service they're are providing you. This should include the charges and the terms and conditions.

This way you're protected if the wedding photographer doesn't fulfil the agreed terms, such as failing to show up on the day.

The photographer may be unable to attend your wedding day at the last moment, for example, due to illness. It's important to make sure the photography studio compensates you and provides a substitute photographer.

5. Are You Insured?

It's essential that you make sure your wedding photographer has insurance.

This way you can be certain that you're not liable for the photography equipment in case of theft. Or, for example, if a guest is injured by the equipment, the photographer is insured.

the best wedding photography photos6. What Will You Wear?

You don't want your wedding photographer to look out of place at your wedding. It's important that they dress according to the theme or style of the wedding day.

For example, if you're having an especially formal wedding or a very casual wedding, this could affect how you want the photographer to dress.

If your wedding is of a particular religion or culture, your wedding photographer might be required to wear specific colours or patterns.

Most experienced wedding photographers dress in plain and formal clothes. But it's always worth asking to make sure.

7. Will you be the Photographer Shooting My Wedding? If so do You Work Solo or With an Assistant?

Many photographers run larger studios and will often send one of their associates to document the wedding, hopefully in the style and approach that you expect. If so, it is important to meet the photographer who will actually shoot your wedding to see if your personalities match and to talk things over before the wedding day.

Whether they have an assistant is also important. As this may result in the more visible presence of the photographer(s), especially if the wedding is more intimate or you prefer more unobtrusive approach.

On the other hand, they may be able to cover more angles throughout the day, as well as be able to cover the preparations of the bride as well as the groom. Especially if you are getting ready in locations that are far away from each other.

the best wedding photography in e world8. What Happens with the Wedding Goes Over-Time?

It's always difficult to know how long the reception of the day will last. Many wedding receptions party into the early hours of the next morning.

It's worthwhile asking the wedding photographer what happens with the wedding event goes over-time. You want to know whether they charge extra. Or even, you might not want them to pack up and leave before the event is over.

9. What Equipment Do You Use?

This can be a tricky question if you're not knowledgeable about photography. But it doesn't matter how much you know. Ask the photographer about the kind of camera body he/she uses and the lens type.

Even though it's not essential that your photography has the best quality equipment on the market. You can produce excellent pictures without using the top equipment.

Always ask that the photographer has backup equipment. You can't risk something going wrong on the day with the lens or camera.

10. What's the Post-Production Process and How Long Until the Photos Are Ready?

The style of the finished photographs is also determined by the post-production process. It's important to ask whether they provide post-production services or not.

Many photographers do not provide clients with the finished and post-produced product. It's important to make sure they provide you with a professional product.

There are often post-production techniques that you can choose from. For example, colour correction. It's important to ask advance if you have a particular look for the post-produced pictures.

It's understandable that you'll be impatient about receiving your wedding day photographs. But it always takes time to produce and deliver professional photographs.

You should expect to have your photographs anytime between a couple of weeks and a few months. It mostly depends on the post-production process and also whether your wedding will be more towards the beginning or the end of the wedding season.

However, be aware that many photographers might tell you that they can produce and deliver the photographs within a week of the wedding day. It's important to watch out for cutting corners.

Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer

With our wedding photography checklist, you can make sure you know which questions to ask your wedding photographer in the interview.

It's important to hire the best wedding photographer to capture your special day in the highest quality.

If you want to find out more about my wedding photography services, get in touch today!


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East Quay Venue Wedding

East Quay Venue Wedding Photography

Recently I had an enormous pleasure of documenting an absolutely beautiful wedding of Cathy and Moyo. The whole affair took place at the East Quay Venue in Whitstable in Kent. As I met the happy couple (as well as Cathy's lovely mum) before when we did our engagement photo shoot around Greenwich in London, I knew it is going to be a very nice day in great company. And...I was right! C & M are just such an amazing couple. Not only beautiful but kind-hearted and with the right set of values.

The East Quay Venue was a great backdrop to the wedding day. It is the original oyster grading room, not much changed since the times when it was operational. It still has its original brick structure and coastal heritage charm.
The venue is located within one of the Whitstable’s oldest buildings, located directly on the end of the east quay in Whitstable harbour. Because it is right next to the beach itself, it is a completely unique and is a perfect place to hold a wedding reception.

I just loved the location, which helped us to create some beautiful images of the couple and their guests. The waves breaking over the shingles as well as well as the original shapes, colours and structures of surrounding buildings all added to the atmosphere of the day.

 Kent Wedding Venue

Now, about the day itself. We started at a nearby hotel where Cathy and the girls were getting ready. So after quick hair and make-up shots, off I was to see Moyo and the boys in a nearby bnb. The atmosphere was calm and joyful, which was a good sign. I really loved the socks of the groom and his ushers. A nice splash of colour on a foggy and windy day.

Yes, the weather on the day was chilly to say the least! Although it was a Spring wedding, it definitely felt like Winter. I have to give a big respect to Cathy, who in spite of what felt like freezing temperatures ventured with me and Moyo to the water's edge to get some shots of just the two of them. In my opinion, it was so worth it! And Cathy looked absolutely gorgeous in her wedding dress, which looked just beautiful and dramatic blowing in the wind!

The ceremony took place on the mezzanine level of the Venue. The meal was local fish and chips, which was delicious and perfectly suiting the seaside setup. Other great parts of the day included cutting of the cake, photo-booth, and some crazy dancefloor moves the tunes of a live band.

Thank you so much Cathy and Moyo for letting me document your beautiful wedding. I enjoyed every minute of it!

If you are looking for a wedding photographer and like the vibe in the photos below, then please get in touch. You can also check other weddings I shot in Kent in Mount Ephraim Gardens and the Old Kent Barn. I would love to hear more about your plans!

Other professionals who helped to make this day special:

Make-up Jess Hawkins Make Up

Hair Kim at She Said Yes Bridal

Dress Alex and Nicole at The Wild Heart

Flowers Jane at Graham Greener

Band The Beat Roots

 

 

 


chinese wedding london couple on the bus

Chinese Wedding Photography London

Chinese Wedding Photographer London

A few weeks ago I had an enormous pleasure of photographing a Chinese wedding of Amy and Chi in the Hall Place in Bexley in London. Well, the wedding really mixed Chinese traditions like the Tea Ceremony and Chinese Banquet with western vibe during the main ceremony. A perfect mixture of both worlds and a treat for any wedding photographer. I just loved capturing the colours of traditional Chinese outfits. As well as the atmosphere of happiness but also respect during the Tea Ceremonies. That is when the couple served traditional Chinese tea to both parents of bride and groom, as well as other close family members.

The evening banquet took place at the Yi-Ban Restaurant right next to the London City Airport. Very unusual and interesting setting. It was great to see the planes taking off and landing just across the water channel. All the guest travelled between the venues in a traditional British London red Routemaster double-decker bus. Well, apart from the bride and groom who travelled in a classic cream Bentley!

The banquet itself was a true feast for eyes and most importantly the taste buds of all the guests, as well as me! So many traditional Chinese dishes cooked to perfection and beautifully served. The crab was simply to die for!

Hall Place Bexley Wedding Photography

The main venue for the day, the Hall Place in Bexley, is a stunning Tudor house with magnificent gardens sitting on the banks of the River Cray. I absolutely loved shooting there as the Hall Place has a beautiful architecture inside and outside, with timber walls and beams which give even some of the largest rooms a warm and cosy feel. The venue also boasts extensive grounds with blooming trees and trimmed hedges, which we used as backdrops when we went with the couple to do their photographs after the ceremony.

The ceremony there was gorgeous and the atmosphere was even more enhanced by a group of musician ladies playing some beautiful tunes on their classical instruments.

Coming back to Amy and Chi: Those two are just such a fun couple. We have met before when we did our engagement shoot around the grounds of Hever Castle. Because of that, I knew I'm up for a day filled with joy and laughter in their company. And it was indeed a great day. Not only the couple but also their family and friends were fun to be around and made me feel very welcome. They also cared about having great photography on the day, which made me very happy indeed.

Thank you so much guys for trusting in me to document your special day. I enjoyed it very much!

If you liked looking through the images from this Chinese London wedding and are in search for a wedding photographer, then please get in touch. I'd love to chat about your day!

You can also check this London wedding I photographed recently.

Other supplliers who helped to make this day so special:

Make Up: Tammi tamminguyen.co.uk

Flowers: Lisa gorgeousfloraldesign.co.uk

Cake: Pamela Pochums

Musicians: Trifonics trifonics.com

Dress: Olvi's olvis-lace.com/bridal


mount ephraim gardens wedding

Mount Ephraim Gardens Wedding

Summer Wedding in Kent

Last summer's Mount Ephraim Gardens Wedding in Kent was one of those great ones. Awesome couple and guests in a beautiful setting. And what a glorious day we had! We also experienced the typical British weather with sunshine, rain and everything in between.

The happy couple of the day were Carl and Cardine. We have met before when we did our engagement shoot in Richmond Park in London. Because of that, I knew it is going to be a good one. Carl and Cardine are just that kind of people who make you feel comfortable from the start and I felt like I've known them for ages! They are also a couple of kids, only disguised as grown-ups. I just have to add that Cardine looked absolutely gorgeous in her wedding dress!

They were surrounded by a group of joyful friends and family, who added to the happy and relaxed vibe of the day.

Mount Ephraim Gardens Wedding Photography

The venue for the day was the glorious Mount Ephraim Gardens in Kent, an Edwardian terraced garden located at Hernhill, near Faversham. This beautiful family-owned estate in the heart of the Kent countryside is just perfect for a wedding celebration.

It is surrounded by acres of land and beautiful, landscaped gardens. There is so much of them I almost got lost while scouting the grounds at the start of the day! With regards to wedding photography, I was so spoiled. In the gardens of the venue you can find impressive terraces, water features and streams with bridges over them. On top of that there are ponds, gorgeous flowers which were taller than me and great architectural features like old tower and gate. All of this on a natural hill, on top of which there is the late-Victorian manor house, with beautiful interiors and sweeping staircase into the main hall. That is where the ceremony took place as well as the evening dancing.

The day was expertly run by our wedding coordinator Gosia, who together with other staff members made sure that the guests were happy and well looked after. The food was delicious and garden games entertaining, with Jenga being the favourite, especially amongst the kids.

Thank you so much Carl and Cardine for trusting in me and Blue Lily Weddings to document your special day. It was a true honour and so much fun!

If you like this post feel free to have a look at this other Kent wedding, but a winter one for a change. If you are looking for a wedding photographer to capture your upcoming big day, then please get in touch. I'd love to chat about your day!

Other professionals that helped to make the day awesome:

Hair Strawberry Blonde
Dress Ring o Roses
Flowers Sweetpea Florist
Band The Rhythm Stars
Cake Oh So Delicious


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Wedding Photographer Winchester

 Norton Park Wedding Photography

The recent winter barn wedding of Katie and Matt at Norton Park in Winchester was a great celebration of what is important in life.  And that is simply a love of two amazing people and connection they have between themselves, as well as their family and close friends. The bride and groom, as well as all their guests, were such a great company on the day. They made me feel most welcome from the start and filled the day with joy and laughter.

The wedding venue was Norton Park, an imposing hotel with beautiful grounds and gorgeous Hampshire countryside surrounding it. The Manor House next door was a perfect place for the bride and her bridesmaids to get ready. As well as for the drinks reception later on. The ceremony and the wedding breakfast took place in a 17th century Tythe Barn. The barn was recently refurbished. With its underfloor heating, it was perfect for the winter wedding celebration, keeping everyone warm on a chilly March day.
The evening part of the wedding included cake cutting, first dance and some crazy dancefloor moves to the tunes of an awesome band The Tricks. It all took place in the conference room of the hotel, which was just perfect for it. And Katies pink dance wedding trainers just toped it all!

Hampshire Winter Wedding

I loved pretty much everything about this Hampshire winter wedding. The people, the venue, the beautiful handmade decorations in the barn. And also the beautiful flowers by The Blooming Workshop. Maybe with exception of the temperatures this time of year which were slightly on a chilly side. Because of the rain, we couldn't do any shots on the waterlogged grass, even with Katie's special mud sink stoppers!
Fortunately, we didn't have to venture far to find a great location with some nice backdrops for our couple shoot. Although it only took a few minutes Katie and Matt were great models and we got some beautiful shots.
Another great part of the day were the speeches. Especially the one made by Matt's best men who didn't spare the groom embarrassing stories with added photographic evidence. What a great evening it was!

Thank you so much, Katie and Matt, for trusting in me to document your beautiful day. I enjoyed it so much!

If you are looking for a wedding photographer in Winchester and Hampshire, as well as all over the UK, please don't hesitate to get in touch. Or you can check more of the Hamshire weddings at the Froyle Park, the Clock Barn, the Pitt Hall Barn, Skylark or the Bury Court Barn. I would love to have a chat about your day!

 

 

 

 

 


Tipi Wedding at the Secret Walled Garden

Tipi Wedding Photography

Last summer's DIY outdoor tipi wedding of Alice and Richard was simply awesome. The whole thing took place at The Secret Walled Garden in Wasing in Berkshire. I just love tipi weddings. They are a great combination of indoor and outdoor, making for a perfect choice for a summer celebration. And also have a nice rustic feeling to them, which is an advantage over marquee wedding setup.
Well, first we started at Alice's parents home when the bride to be was getting ready accompanied by her bridesmaids, parents and brother. A truly cheerful bunch of people that helped to set the vibe for the day. Which was simply happy and full of love!

I had a feeling this wedding is going to be a good one after meeting Alice and Richard and doing an engagement shoot with them in central London. Which we started at the pub where they first met! About the couple themselves... Two professionals living and working in a busy London. And on the inside... Two kids in love always up for a laugh and a bit of mischief. In summary: perfect!

The Secret Walled Garden Berkshire Wedding

The weather forecast for the day looked gloomy. As this was my 4th wedding this glorious British summer with rain, I felt more than ready. And it was raining pretty much all day. But, as the old saying goes: We took those lemons and turned them into lemonade! Thanks to the bride and groom and their awesome guests the spirits were high and the rain definitely didn't dampen the positive mood.

The Secret Walled Garden in Wasing certainly delivered as a venue with a large tipi raised on a grass field in the garden. There is definitely something special about organising your wedding day in a walled garden. There is a romantic atmosphere of intimacy and privacy you can share with your close ones. In my opinion, it was a perfect choice with its blooming flowers, singing birds and fields of surrounding countryside. The ceremony was to be held outside. For some it would be not the best option in case it rains, which in our case of course it did! I found, that on the contrary, it just added to the overall awesomeness of the day with the bride and the groom safe under the small roof and the guests hiding under a bunch of colourful umbrellas.

Then it was to the tipi for the meal, speeches and dancing. The day was finished with a spectacular sparkler send off. Nice one guys!

Here are a few words from a thank you email from Alice and Rich:

Hear, hear Marek! Thank you so, so, so much! It was an absolute pleasure to have you photograph our wedding – you are completely brilliant and have captured so many fantastic moments (in spite of the rain!).

We had such a happy evening going through the photos last night, laughing at moments you’d captured we didn’t even know about (the kids sticking their tongues into the rain!!!), reminiscing on emotional moments and generally just reliving the whole magical day. Thank you for all your attention to detail in photographing all the little elements we’d worked so hard on and for generally being a wonderfully easy, happy presence during the day. It can’t have been easy contending with that weather and you managed it all with a smile on your face.

Your photos will give us such pleasure for years to come and we’re so very grateful. THANK YOU!!!

Mr & Mrs B! x

If you like this post and are perhaps looking for a wedding photographer in Berkshire or beyond to capture your special day, then please get in touch. I'd love to meet up and chat about your day!

For more Berkshire wedding love please visit my latest weddings from Lillibrooke Manor. It's worth it!


london wedding with green wedding dress

Wedding Photography Prices in the UK 2019/2020

Wedding photography prices in the UK

Wedding planning is very often a challenging task. I know it first hand as we just got married ourselves this year, and things were very often overwhelming with so much to think about and plan!

One of the most important tasks is definitely finding and booking a wedding photographer. The challenge is finding one that will be able to document your wedding and present your vision in a beautiful way, and not cost a fortune!

How much is a wedding photographer in the UK?

The simple answer is: anything you are willing to pay. With enough research you can find a student who will do it for a few hundred pounds to build up their portfolio. You can also find wedding photographers charging up to 10k for a wedding. If you want additional products like prints, albums, engagement and trash the dress shoots, the cost can be much higher.

bride and groom showerd with confettin at lillibrooke manor

What is the average cost of wedding photography in the UK?

According to the recent survey by YPWP which you can find here it’s £1480. The results vary depending on region with the north-east being the cheapest and the south-east the most expensive.

Why is wedding photography so expensive?

The short answer is because it is time-consuming and there are many costs of running this kind of business. For example:

  • The cost of all the equipment, which very often exceeds £10k and needs to be partly updated every season.
  • The cost of software and running online galleries.
  • Cost of USBs, prints and albums.
  • All the relevant insurance.
  • Cost of marketing, running a website, advertising campaigns.

Time-wise shooting a wedding is just a small fraction of the time spent as a wedding photographer. The extras include exchanging emails (not all of which lead to bookings!), editing (often for 30hrs plus), social media posts, blogs and website updates. And also designing albums.

kent wedding happy couple with red backdrop

 

Why are wedding photographers so different in price?

As most brides and grooms are doing this thing for the first time it may seem a bit confusing. Why so many photographers tend to differ so much in price?

The answer would be simply because it is really up to the photographer to set the price themselves. So full-time, well-established photographers will charge much more than the ones just starting in the business or doing wedding photography as a second income.

Why are some photographers more expensive than others?

The best answer would be because of quality of service and finished product, their talent and skills. A great indicator is being able to deliver excellent results on a consistent basis. This really comes down to experience and having shot many weddings in different situations and light conditions. The result is a professional who is flexible and can think on the spot as well as anticipate what may happen next!

wedding couple posing on millenium bridge in london

 

Is price a good indicator of the quality of a wedding photographer?

The simple answer is: yes, as the more expensive photographer is better and you get what you pay for. But very often it is just not as simple as that.

I definitely know quite a few photographers who charge a lot mainly because they are great businessmen rather than shooters.

I also know a lot photographers who just want to shoot weddings and neglect the business side of things and are not booking as much.

Most photographers who charge a lot do it because they are in demand.

They are very well established, getting many enquiries and referrals and ranking highly with search engines. Because of that, they tend to get a high volume of inquiries and subsequently bookings to fill up their calendars.

The risk with cheaper photographers is that they will probably not be not as experienced, not as consistent and perhaps lacking proper insurances and full equipment backups.

How much should I spend on a wedding photographer?

The general rule of thumb is 10-20% of the total wedding budget but that also depends how much you value having absolutely best photos from your special day.

Couples who want to get great photos (like us for example) may be willing to spend more than average.

I know that the photos will be one of the few tangible things left over after probably the most important day of our lives, so we’d rather try to save money somewhere else.

We will be getting a photographer who we not only like and will have a pleasure to have around, but also the one who will document our day in a beautiful and emotional way. We want to look our best and we want for our family and closest friends to look great too!

It will be something most important, those moments frozen in time that we will share with our kids and hopefully grandkids after the day becomes a distant memory. 

So the most important indicator would not be the price but the quality, the consistency of the photos and the connection with the person taking them, someone we will enjoy to have around.

london st pancras wedding

 

What to look for when choosing a wedding photographer?

Their style, the way they take pictures, the moments they capture, how much they love their work and the way they edit the shots.

Just as important is their personality. You want someone who will help you have a fantastic day.

See if you can find reviews about them from their past weddings and read what other couples had to say about them.

I think when you find the perfect photographer for you, the money becomes less of an issue because the memories they will capture will be priceless.

So how do I find a good value for money wedding photographer that will be right for me?

Find a shooting and editing style you like.

Make sure they are consistent and their style will work with the possible lighting conditions at your venue.

Have a chat. A video call is a great option as it saves time and can be done quickly and efficiently from the comfort of your own home.

Double check if they have the necessary insurances as well as full equipment backups.

And then, if they are within your budget, book them as early as possible. The good ones get booked up fast.

If you want more practical wedding tips, check this great post that will help you Get the Most out of Your Wedding Photos or this one about simple and Practical Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer Before Hiring.

old kent barn wedding

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If you are looking for an experienced and consistent wedding photographer at a right price feel free to check my latest work. And if you like the Blue Lily Weddings style just drop me a line. I'd love to chat about your day!


wedding couple at castle combe

Wedding Photographer Bath

Bath Wedding Photography

Last summer I had an enormous pleasure to be a Bath wedding photographer for a couple who came all the way from Hong Kong. Noelle and Kevin-two amazing people... or more like two kids in love. They got in touch with me a few months before, asking if we could do a couple shoot in Bath and Castle Combe. There could really only be one answer: yes please, let's do it! The scenery that the couple chose was simply breathtaking! It had just the right amount of beautiful architecture and nature mixed into it. What they asked for was a mixture of romantic and relaxed photos, which I think you could agree with me, they received at the end!

We started our shoot in a picturesque hotel in Bath with some great outdoor features like gardens and pagodas. Bath is such a great city to photograph, with sandstone coloured buildings, Roman baths and river Avon flowing through it. Just a great backdrop for anyone thinking of doing wedding photography there.

Castle Combe Wedding Photographer

The next step in our journey was Castle Combe. The tiny village (literally one street!) is an embodiment of a fairy tale medieval place. It has gorgeous and quirky architecture as well as beautiful gardens and rolling hills in the background. The place itself seems like out of this world. It is a quintessentially English village named as the ‘prettiest village in England.' It sits in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in north-west Wiltshire. There is a stream going through the village at the bottom of it with a cute bridge going over it. Most of the area is private and we had to be very respectful and ask for the permission of the local folks to continue shooting along the stream. It has been definitely so so worth it!

At the last part of our little adventure, we went back to Bath. There Noelle changed into her 60's inspired black dress with a gorgeous facepiece. We managed to snap some intimate photos in the golden hour of the sunset light. And all that with stunning architecture of Bath in the background.

Noelle and Kevin were just a perfect couple for the day, easy going and fun to be around. Thank you so much guys! x

If you like this post and are looking for a wedding photographer to cover your Bath wedding (or beyond) please let me know. I would be great to get to know you and see if I could be a part of it!

 


pembroke lodge wedding

Richmond Wedding Photographer

Pembroke Lodge Wedding Photography

The summer London wedding of Emma and Graeme was simply a joyful celebration of two people in love. The venue for the day was Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park. Out of many wedding venues around West London, the Pembroke Lodge must be one of my favourites. It is not too far if you live in the city and surrounded by beautiful Richmond Park, with its amazing greenery, majestic oaks and ferns, as well as a huge number of deer. I remember visiting there so many times years ago trying to get that perfect shot of a deer in a mist. My best effort can be still found online right here.
The venue itself, the Pembroke Lodge, is a unique Grade II listed Georgian Mansion which sits right in the highest point of Richmond Park. It boasts spectacular views over Thames Valley to the west with Heathrow airport and even Windsor on the horizon. And it's not only a perfect place for a wedding, but also for an afternoon tea. Especially after all day of strolling through the largest Royal Park in London.

West London Wedding Photographer

It was really amazing to see the bride and groom together surrounded by their closest friends and family in such beautiful surroundings. Most of the celebrations for the day were planned outside. But, as it often is with the British summer, the skies opened half an hour into the ceremony. And it kept on raining pretty much non stop until the end of the wedding day. That, of course, did not dampen the mood in a slightest and happy atmosphere dominated all the way through the wedding. Also, I really like shooting in the rain, getting the hair a bit wet with some cool umbrellas as props! And last but not least Emma looked absolutely stunning in her dress from Cutting Edge Brides!

I would definitely recommend Pembroke Lodge if you are in search of a great wedding venue. And if also in search of a wedding photographer feel free to get in touch so we can have a chat about your day. Perhaps by an afternoon tea at the Pembroke Lodge itself!

 


nelyweds kissing in the corner of the street by london wedding photographer

London Wedding Photographer

London Wedding Photographer

Amy and Lewis! What an amazing couple, surrounded on their big day by a lovely bunch of family and friends. I had such a great day being their London wedding photographer. But don't take my word for it, just browse through the photos below and see for yourselves!

The preparations, the ceremony and meal took place at the York and Albany. It's one of Gordon Ramsay's London restaurants situated in Camden. Just at the edge of Regents Park. This stunning regency townhouse was a fitting London wedding venue for our couple. And the weather through the day was just perfect, some even said it was too hot!

So, after a few shots of the venue and the bride and her party getting ready we went to the Regent's Room for the ceremony. All the decor of the York and Albany is definitely on the stylish side. Especially some very interesting chandeliers! The staff and coordinators were very helpful and efficient in the day. Because of that the whole experience was so much more pleasant for everyone.

Regent's Park Wedding Photography

The quiz with guests answering questions about the couple was a fun one with lost of laughs, as well as an emotional speech by the bride. The meal was filled with some exquisite dishes straight from one of the finest kitchens in town. After that, we did a few semi-formal group shots, and we even managed to go with the happy couple for a short walk around Regent's Park.

The second, evening venue for the day was The Botanist at the Broad Gate circle in the City of London. On the way there we planned to stop by St.Paul Cathedral for a few photos. But because it was so busy with tourists that we quickly changed the plan. We checked a narrow passage off the main road. Right inside we found this awesome staircase. I was a bit hesitant considering legalities of trespassing but before I was able to say anything the happy couple was already halfway up! This was just brilliant, and looking back at the photos makes me so happy that Amy and Lewis were so brave and easy-going.

We even hopped on the bus when we couldn't find a taxi. And (of course) managed to get lost around the city looking for the venue. Well, we found it at the end, where the whole crowd around the busy square gave the couple a big cheer!

Thank you guys for choosing Blue Lily Weddings to be your London wedding photographer.

I enjoyed it so much! x

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Morden Hall Wedding Photography

Morden Hall Wedding

Finally, I've put myself together to post this blog from the last summer's Morden Hall wedding of Rika and Os. It was a great and unusually hot day, full of sunshine and love. Rika and Os are such a great couple. We got to know each other during our couple shoot around the city of London. Because of that I was really looking forward to the big day.

Morden Hall wedding venue is an exquisite 18th Century country house in South London. It is set within 125 acres of beautiful National Trust parkland. Renovated in 2015, it has been designed to create a unique experience for couples and their guests. 'From elegant ceremony rooms to stylish bar areas, an exceptional dining space and beautiful gardens. Morden Hall offers everything and more for your special day. I also knew the area quite well, especially the surrounding park. Simply because we frequently visited there with the family when we lived in South London.

South London Wedding Photographer

The whole day was just as it should be: relaxed and full of joy and laughter.

One of my favourite moments must have been when Rika's veil decided to separate itself and hed simply flown away in a gust of wind!

After I delivered the full set of photos to the couple I was delighted to find this online review from Rika: 'Marek is a superstar when it comes to wedding photography - he has a really artistic vision and infectious energy and passion for what he does. You'll be able to see some great examples of his natural talent on his website! Neither I nor my husband are natural models but Marek captured some great moments from our wedding day with his friendly and approachable manner. The pre-wedding shoot and Skype call beforehand was a nice touch - it meant we could get to know him a little better before the wedding day itself. If you're looking for a great, professional photographer for your special day - go for Blue Lily Weddings!'

Thank you so much guys for letting me your South London wedding photographer- it has been a true honour and pleasure!

If you are looking for a wedding photographer I still have a few dates available for 2018 bookings and 2019 is filling up quickly. Please get in touch so we can chat about your day!

 


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Old Kent Barn Wedding Photography

Beccie and Tony's winter Old Kent Barn wedding was just brilliant. Beautiful bride, handsome groom and a very happy bunch of friends and family around them. I couldn't have been more thrilled to be their Kent wedding photographer.
We did meet before with the couple when we had their pre-wedding shoot in Greenwich. They are both just an amazing people, down to earth and always up for a laugh. I just knew it is going to be a great day... And I wasn't wrong!

Kent Wedding Photographer

All the action of the day happened in and around the Old Kent Barn wedding venue. With it's beautiful, cosy interiors and surrounding grounds, the barn made for a great backdrop for the pictures. The Chrismas tree, fairy lights and table decorations really helped to create a magical atmosphere. And the wedding coordinator Kylie couldn't be more helpful.

Old Kent Barn Wedding

But, what really made this wedding so special were the couple themselves together with their guests.  So much laughter, cheers and tears. And the dancefloor moves were just awesome! I have to say the same for the speeches. Tony was simply a natural and his best man, well... he nailed it too! Despite being quite nervous, seemed like a couple of glasses with bubbles helped to muster the courage!
I have to give a big respect to Beccie, who looked absolutely stunning in her Bows Boutique dress. The temperatures outside seemed to be below freezing and she managed to keep her smile on all through the formal shots as well as the couple shoot. In huge part thanks to Tony as well, who kept his bride warm!

Thank you so much guys! x

If you are looking for a Kent wedding photographer, I still have a few last spots available for 2018 and am now also taking bookings for 2019. Please get in touch so we can chat about your day!