Celsea old town hall wedding photos bride and groom shoot on albert bridge

Chelsea Old Town Hall Wedding Photographer

Chelsea Old Town Hall Wedding Photography

Finally, I found a bit of time to post this awesome Chelsea Old Town Hall wedding I photographed on a beautiful Summer's day in London. When the bride and groom on the day called me beforehand and asked whether I would like to be their Chelse Old Town Hall wedding photographer, the answer could only be one. Of course!

I love wedding photography at the Chelsea Old Town Hall, it is such a beautiful building and it's location couldn't be more perfect. Just ideal for anyone who would like to get married in central London. I photographed many small to medium size weddings at this beautiful London wedding venue, and always love coming back.

London Wedding Photographer

I love shooting weddings in and around London. I think it must be one of the most beautiful and iconic cities in the world! It always makes for a gorgeous backdrop to wedding photos, whether that is around iconic London landmarks or just walking through London's streets and parks.

Chelsea Old Town Hall Wedding Photos

My approach to being the Old Chelsea Town Hall Photographer is simple. I let the bride and groom and their wedding guests enjoy their wedding day and I simply document it for them. We create a full story of the wedding day through a series of beautiful photographs. All in a documentary style, but of course making time for official group photos as well as the photos of the bride and groom.

If you are getting married in London and are on a lookout for a wedding photographer to document your wedding day in a natural, relaxed and beautiful way, then please get in touch!

 

 
Here is a selection of wedding photos from this recent Chelsea Old Town Hall wedding, enjoy!

Chelse Old Town Hall- London wedding venue

Chelse Old Town Hall is such a great choice if one wants to tie the knot in central London and wishes to create beautiful wedding photography in London.

The beautiful Grade II listed, late Victorian building is so beautiful, with its impressive facade and gorgeous steps walking out right onto the famous King's Road in Chelsea. These are just perfect for the confetti shot as well as a few official group photos after the ceremony. Right outside its door, it's the typical business and traffic of central London, with so many upmarket shops and high-quality pubs and restaurants. Many of them perfect to organise the wedding dinner right after the wedding ceremony at the Chelsea Register Office.

A few of them I would highly recommend that I photographed weddings at is the Ivy and the Bluebird. It's at the Bluebird that the bride and groom of this wedding hosted their wedding dinner for the closest family and friends. It took place in the Bluebird's function room overlooking the main restaurant giving a lovely view as well as lots of privacy for the wedding party.

I have to admit that inside the Old Chelsea Town Hall is just as impressive as on the outside. Especially after it was renovated now at the beginning of 2019. The beautiful Marble columns, high vaulted ornate ceilings and dark wood panelled walls.

All of this gives this London wedding venue and register office an atmosphere of grandeur and sophistication. Such a nice backdrop for 

Chelsea Old Town Hall Rooms

Chelsea Old Town Hall now offers different rooms for your wedding needs, those include:

Main Hall

Late Victorian neo-classical architecture with its vaulted ceilings, marble columns, sprung wooden floor and cove lighting. The venue boasts original oil paintings and ornate wooden panelling and ironwork.

Small Hall

Light and airy room with lots of natural daylight. The ornate fireplace is an attractive feature within this richly decorated meeting place, ideal for marriages, luncheons, lectures, meetings and presentations

Cadogan Suite

The newly refurbished Cadogan Suite has recently been transformed into an intimate function room featuring an eclectic blend of contemporary and modern décor with the adjoining Ante Room which is perfect for a small breakout session or drinks reception.

Anti Room

The anti-room sits adjacent to Cadogan Room and is perfectly placed to receive guests for registration before a meeting/event or refreshment during the day.  It is equally suited to an intimate wedding ceremony after which the wedding breakfast or drinks may be hosted in the main room.  Together these rooms offer a host of flexible opportunities for the smooth running of tailored events.

The Chelsea Register Office Rooms

The Chelsea Register Office offers 3 different rooms for anyone looking to organise their civil ceremony there:

The Brydon Room

Classic interior with 40 people capacity.

The Rosetti Room

Lovely room with light lime green walls, perfect for intimate weddings with up to 14 people capacity.

The Harrington Room

Classy and cosy room with up to 10 people capacity.

Chelsea Old Town Hall wedding by London Wedding Photographer 

The wedding of Chloe and Jonny was almost as London as a wedding can be. We covered so many different London Landmarks as locations and backdrops for our photos. It was such a great day!

The getting ready wedding photography started at the Shard. Until not so long ago the highest building in Europe, and still the highest one in the UK. As soon as I went into the room I saw the stunning views over the whole of London. With river Thames, Tower Bridge and London Bridge Station all below us.

After a few photos off we were to the Chelsea Old Town Hall for the wedding ceremony in the Chelse Register Office Brydon Room. The father and mother of the bride and groom were already there, as well as more family members and close friends.

The vows were beautiful and after the exchange of the rings and the first kiss we had the confetti shot outside as well as a few semi-formal group photos on the Chelse Old Town Hall steps.

Then we whisked off to the nearby Albert Bridge for a couple of photos with the bride and groom. It was so much fun to photograph those two simply being themselves! From the bridge, we went to Battersea Park for more photos. It must be one of my favourite parks in London to take wedding pictures, right by the river Thames.

After the park, we drove to Tower Bridge to get a photo with the bridge being up. Such a great photo moment for the happy couple.

We finished the wedding day photography almost where we started, by the London Bridge Station. That's where the evening party took place, right by the bridge, at the London Grind.

So we took a few photos of the speeches, the first dance at the cake cutting (awesome cheese board!).

The evening finished with a lot of crazy moves on the dancefloor, what a crazy and beautiful day it was.

Thank you Chloe and Jonny, for letting Blue Lily Weddings document your awesome London wedding!

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Or you can check this London wedding I photographed recently in one of the Gordon Ramsay's restaurants! Looking to tie a knot in other famous London Register offices, check my blog posts from the Old Marylebone Wedding or Islington Town Hall wedding photography.

 


hedingham castle wedding bride and groom posing with an owl

Hedingham Castle Wedding

Hedingham Castle Wedding Photographer

The recent wedding at Hedingham Castle in Essex I had a pleasure to photograph was so much fun!

Hedingham Castle is such a beautiful and unique wedding venue, no wonder it won quite a few awards for the best wedding venue in Essex. As soon as the bride and groom contacted me asking whether I wanted to photograph their wedding at Hedingham Castle I was like: yes, please!

The bride and groom on the day, Vicky and Craig, asked me to photograph their wedding in a pure documentary approach, which I was very happy to deliver. There was not even a couple shoot or any of the formal wedding group shots!

When photographing this beautiful wedding at Hedingham Castle I was shooting in my signature Blue Lily Weddings style. I documented things as they happened without intrusion letting the bride and groom, as well as their wedding guest, simply enjoy themselves. This way I could catch genuine moments with nothing being staged.

The goal was as always to create a set of beautiful wedding images telling a complete story of the day. I focused on making sure everyone looks great and catching all the interactions between the bride and groom as well as their wedding party and all the wedding guests.

This way we were able to create a set of photos that the couple will be proud to put in their wedding album as well as frames they can hang on the walls. These wedding photos will make them relive their wedding day and bring them back to those beautiful moments and emotions they felt on the day.

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Hedingham Castle Wedding Photos

Here is a selection of eighty-something wedding photos from this gorgeous Essex wedding at Hedingham Castle, enjoy!

Hedingham Castle-One of the Best Essex Wedding Venues

So a little bit more about the stunning wedding venue for the day -the Hedingham Castle. I have to admit I have always been a big fan of all sorts of castles and fortresses and this one is a prime example of it. The only thing that could have completed it is a dragon perching on the roof! It is simply perfect for anyone looking to get married in the area and looking for something special and with character.

The Hedingham Castle, located in the village of Castle Hedingham in Essex consist of two main parts. The whole wedding took place in the Norman Keep, which is the best-preserved structure of this type in England. The second part is the Georgian Mansion House surrounded by beautiful gardens.  The 900 year old Norman keep is right in the centre of a larger estate. It is right on a hill surrounded by woodland and lakes and acres of Essex countryside. Once you get to the top the view is simply breathtaking with fields and rolling hills all the way to the horizon.

It has five floors, all of which accessible via a spiral staircase. The day's wedding took place on the bottom three floors. The ceremony took place in the Banquetting Hall, the drinks reception and party took place in the main reception room and the wedding breakfast was downstairs in the basement/cellar part of the castle.

The Castle itself has a very rich history and featured in numerous films and TV programmes.

Autumn Essex Wedding Photography 

We started our Hedingham Castle wedding photography on the day by getting some nice images of the venue and surrounding grounds. The wedding guests were gathering for drinks before the ceremony in the stunning reception hall. The groom and his groomsmen were all wearing kilts on the day. That,  in my opinion, looked great and added to the overall vibe of the day.

After a few minutes, the guest gathered in the Main Hall for the wedding ceremony. Soon, Vicky, the bride arrived with her bridesmaids and entered the Hall, such an impressive room spanning over two stories.

The wedding ceremony was just beautiful with the highlight being the wedding ring delivery. It was done by a beautiful white owl which has flown from a second-floor balcony. 

After the ceremony it was drinks and everyone getting merry. Then everyone went outside where alongside the ring-bearer owl were other birds of prey. It was so much fun seeing wedding guests interacting with the birds. Especially when Craig, the groom, was petting the falcon with his beard!

The wedding breakfast took place in the downstairs hall. It was set up in true medieval fashion, with metal wine goblets and torches on the walls. It really felt like a wedding feast of a King and Queen!

The food was delicious and after that, the wedding speeches were just as they should be moving and funny with lots of laughter and tears.

After that, the newlyweds cut the cake. The rest of the wedding took place upstairs with the first dance and the wedding party to the tunes of a wedding DJ. We finished the day off with the girls showing some serious moves on the dancefloor. At the same time, the groom and his friends went outside to smoke cigars and play football on the balcony.

Truly a special day for everyone who gathered!

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If you are looking for an Essex wedding photographer and like the look of the Hedingham Castle wedding photos in this blog then please get in touch for a chat about your day. I would love to find out how I can help you create beautiful wedding photography from your special day.

Alternatively, feel free to check this marquee Essex wedding I photographed recently. Or this Essex Gosfield Hall wedding (such a beautiful and grand wedding venue!)I documented last winter.


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Gosfield Hall Wedding Photographer

Gosfield Hall Wedding

Last winter I had an enormous pleasure to be a Gosfield Hall wedding photographer. The wedding venue on the day where all the photography took place was the gorgeous Gosfield Hall, a grade 1 listed country estate in Gosfield, near Braintree.

As I love photographing weddings around Essex countryside I was really looking forward to this one at the multi-award-winning Gosfield Hall wedding venue, and I was not disappointed!

Essex wedding photographer

I approached my Gosfield Hall wedding photography on the day in my usual style. The main focus was to document the wedding day beautifully. I photographed things as they unfolded without intrusion or staging, only gentle guiding during group shots and the couple shoot to make sure we'll get the best lighting and angles to create frame-worthy photographs. The goal was making sure everyone looks their best and the couple will end up with a set of photos that will tell a complete story of their wedding day. This resulted in the photos that will stand the test of time and can be viewed with joy by the bride and groom and future generations. By looking through the complete set of their Gosfield Hall wedding pictures they will be transported to those moments and feelings as if they were there.

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Gosfield Hall Wedding Photos

Here is a small selection of eighty-something Gosfield Hall wedding photos we created on this beautiful day in Essex countryside, enjoy!

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Gosfield Hall Wedding Photography

I always arrive early on the wedding day to take photographs of the wedding venue and also scout for good photo locations and good lighting later on. This gave me a good opportunity to get to know the impressive Essex wedding venue and its surroundings. The outside of the Gosfield Hall definitely does not disappoint. The Georgian manor house has a beautiful west facing Tudor facade and equally impressive (despite looking quite different) south facade overlooking green fields and a mile long lake at the bottom of the valley. Absolutely stunning architectural and natural features which made for great backdrops to the wedding photography on the day.

Best Essex Wedding Venue

The interiors of the Gosfield Hall wedding venue interiors were just as impressive as the exteriors. The atmosphere of grandeur and historical importance could be felt walking from room to room.  High ceilings, huge windows and gorgeous rooms with many historical features were just perfect for the wedding photos I took on the wedding day. I especially liked the entrance hall with gorgeous ceiling painting as well as the library with its dark timber walls and ornamented walls and ceilings. It is here that Queen Elisabeth the I visited frequently and king Louis the XVIII resided while escaping the French revolution.

But don't take my word on it. Have a look at this selection of Gosfield Hall wedding photos from the day and see for yourselves!

Wedding Day Photography at the Gosfield Hall

The bride and groom on the day were simply a couple of super nice people and so much in love. They made me feel very welcomed which helped to create a relaxed atmosphere for their wedding photos. They were surrounded by a group of like-minded wedding guests and the vibe throughout the wedding day was just full of laughter and positive emotions.

We started the photography with a few photos of the Gosfield Hall wedding venue. Then I spent some time photographing the bride getting ready surrounded by her bridesmaids as well as the mother of the groom. So a few pictures of the dress and the wedding shoes and the overall atmosphere and off I was to see the groom. He was in his room together with his best man and the father of the groom. There we took some nice photos of the buttonholes being applied and in no time there was a time for the wedding ceremony.

The wedding ceremony took place in the Queen Charlotte’s oak-panelled gallery, a 120-foot aisle just perfect for it. Gosfield Hall also has a carriageway which was recently licensed and is perfect for the outside wedding ceremonies on a sunny day. Or the Grand Salon is another impressive space in which the ceremony may take place, with its baby grand piano and beautiful hand-painted ceiling.

Gosfield Hall-a perfect wedding venue for your Essex wedding

Confetti photos took place right by the grand staircase of the Gosfield Hall. Then it was time for some group photos as well as a quick couple shoot with the bride and groom. The room for the wedding breakfast was Marquis of Buckingham former ballroom. It's grand setting with beautiful chandeliers and oaked pannels walls as well as gorgeous ornaments and large ivory marble fireplace made for beautiful backdrops to the Gosfield Hall photos on the day.

The wedding speeches were funny and moving and the food served for the wedding breakfast was delicious. After the photo of the bouquet toss and the cake cutting one of my favourite parts of Gosfield Hall wedding photography started- the party! After the first dance, the wedding guests took to the dancefloor and we got some great photos of everyone enjoying themselves performing crazy dance moves.

We finished the day with beautiful pictures of the wedding sparklers sendoff. All in all a perfect wedding day full of great wedding photography around one of the best Essex wedding venues, the multi-award-winning Gosfield Hall.

Other wedding professionals who helped to make this day special:

Make-up and Hair: Bumble Bee Bridal

Flowers: Stock Florist

Video: If It Moves

Cake: M&S

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If you enjoyed this set of photos from the recent Gosfield Hall wedding and like my style and relaxed approach, please get in touch. We can organise a meeting and have a chat about your wedding day plans. I would love to find out if I could help you to create a beautiful set of photos from your wedding day. It may just be the beginning of a beautiful adventure with Blue Lily Weddings!

You can also check this relaxed marquee Essex wedding I photographed last year with a slightly less formal set-up. Or feel free to check some of my latest wedding photography from all over the UK on the blog.


old marylebone town hall wedding

Old Marylebone Town Hall Wedding

Old Marylebone Town Hall Wedding Photographer

I always enjoy being an Old Marylebone Town Hall wedding photographer. Old Marylebone Town Hall is a London wedding venue. Or, to be more precise, one of the oldest and well established London registry offices. 

Are you planning your ceremony at the Old Marylebone Town Hall? If you want to have a piece of mind knowing you are in safe hands, you will look your best in the photos and your wedding day story will be beautifully documented, then please get in touch! 

I have photographed weddings and civil ceremonies at Old Marylebone Town Hall many times. I know the place, as well as the surrounding area, very well. Which is very useful in being efficient and finding the best angles for your wedding photos. And also finding great photo locations nearby for a couple photo shoot or formal photos with bride and groom and their wedding guests.

Old Marylebone Town Hall Wedding Photos

The Old Marylebone Town Hall is just a perfect venue for anyone who is looking to getting married in central London. Its location is great, right by the Marylebone underground station and many London landmarks like Madame Tussauds, Sherlock Holmes museum or Regent's Park.
Location close to Regent's Park is especially useful, as the park is perfect for photography right after the ceremony. With its beautiful landscapes, greenery and water features it makes for a beautiful backdrop for wedding photos.

If you are planning your wedding ceremony at the Old Marylebone Town Hall and would like to:
- be able to relax and enjoy your day knowing that the photography is taken care of by a passionate professional
- receive an absolutely beautiful set of photos telling a complete story of the day
- be able to look at the photos and relive the day in vivid detail as if you were there
- look great in your photos and be proud to show them to everyone and put them in albums and in frames on the walls

If those things sound like they may apply to you, then please get in touch for a chat about your wedding day.

Here is a short selection of wedding photos from a recent Old Marylebone Town Hall wedding of Ronnie and Stephen. Beautiful couple and an amazing day in their company!

 

Intimate Wedding in Central London

The wedding of Ronnie and Steve was simply beautiful. The bride and groom, as well as their wedding guest, couldn't be more accommodating to me. We had a great time in joyful and fun atmosphere throughout the day. The rainy weather certainly did not dampen the moods and I think we managed to use it to our advantage, using umbrellas as props and getting some nice lighting and reflection for the images.  
From the email I received from Ronnie the next day:

'Just wanted to say thank you so much for Tuesday everyone commented on how nice you were to have around and you managed to make the awful conditions work!'

Below-a small selection of Old Marylebone Town Hall wedding photos from other ceremonies I photographed at this beautiful venue

First one is a beautiful multi-cultural winter wedding of Tom and Sophia. That time we were lucky with the weather but it was dark right after the wedding ceremony so we went for the couple shoot as well as the family photos, right before the interview with the registrar.

The second Old Marylebone wedding in this set of photos was Rob and Isabelle's, and here are a few words from the bride after I delivered the photos:

Thank you so much for capturing our special day, we particularly love the Regent’s Park photos, the willow tree shots are amazing!
Look forward to working with you next year and all the best with your wedding!
And yes, I'll be photographing their main wedding part later this year in beautiful Castle Combe. This time it will be for over 100 wedding guests!

 

Old Marylebone Town Hall Wedding Venue

The Old Marylebone Town Hall has been fully refurbished and reopened just last year and already it is very busy with weddings and civil ceremonies.

It has 7 beautiful rooms, tastefully prepared and decorated with plush furniture and dark wood walls and ceilings. There are many other gorgeous features like beautiful mantlepieces and a lot of attention to detail in all the decor and ornaments.  All that paired with really gorgeous lighting inside all the rooms creates a perfect backdrop to beautiful wedding photography. The atmosphere of historical grandeur just adds to the overall feel of the Old Marylebone Town Hall.

The Old Marylebone Town Hall boasts 7 rooms in which civil marriage ceremonies are taking place. All of them with its own character and catering for different needs with a different number of wedding guests that they can accommodate.

In 2014 Old Marylebone Old Town Hall closed for major renovation and refurbishment has reopened at the beginning of 2018 for couples wanting to marry in this gorgeous venue.

Both exterior and interior of the building have been brought back to its former glory, with impressive columns and beautiful statue lions (check the photos above!)

Old Marylebone Town Hall  Wedding Ceremony Rooms

The seven ceremony rooms have different capacities which go as follows:

Mayfair Room – 30 capacity with warm interior and velvet burgundy seats.
Pimlico Room – 20 capacity with dark blue velvet seats and pale green walls.
Paddington Room – 15 capacity with green velvet armchairs and beautiful wood panelling as well as carved wood fireplaces.
Westminster Room – 100 capacity with wood panelling on the walls and beautiful ceiling.
Marylebone Room – 15 capacity with wood panelling on the walls and silver grey chairs.
Soho Room – 20 capacity mirroring Pimlico room with less formal sitting.
Knightsbridge Room – capacity 30 with dark green velvet chairs for more formal occasions.

The Old Marylebone Town Hall is a truly spectacular wedding venue. I think anyone choosing to say their I do's there will be happy with their decision.

If your wedding date is already booked, however, you may want to consider Islington Town Hall or  Chelsea Old Town Hall, both excellent registry offices in central London. You can check my recent blog post from beautiful Islington Town Hall wedding here.

If you like the content of this post and are on a lookout for your Old Marylebone Town Hall wedding photographer, please get in touch.

I would love to have a chat and see whether I can be of service and help you create beautiful wedding photographs from your wedding day! 

 


tewin bury farm wedding

Tewin Bury Farm Wedding

Tewin Bury Farm Wedding Photographer

Recently I had an enormous pleasure and honour to be a Hertfordshire wedding photographer and photograph a beautiful wedding of Gemma and Aaron at the magical Tewin Bury Farm.

The wedding venue on the day was the beautiful Tewin Bury Farm, situated in picturesque Hertfordshire countryside. Right by the Welwyn Garden City. Tewin Bury Farm is just a perfect wedding venue and a true joy for any wedding photographer who wants to capture the wedding day of his newlywed couple in a beautiful way. The farm, which is also an excellent hotel, consist of uniquely converted barn building situated along river Mimram. The river flows just by the farm through structures of a rustic mill.
All that creates some beautiful backdrops for gorgeous wedding photography.

Tewin Bury Farm Wedding Photography

I started the wedding photography on the day in the bride and groom's place, where the bride was getting ready in the company of her bridesmaids as well as the mother of the bride. From the first reactions and overall atmosphere I knew it is going to be an awesome wedding day!
After we snapped a few photos of the preparations, opening and pouring the champagne, off I was to the ceremony venue. Which was St Peter's church in St Albans.
The ceremony went smoothly and was just perfect. With the father of the bride walking her down the aisle, the vows, exchange of the rings an of course first kiss we had all the formal parts of the wedding ceremony covered. The bride and groom also signed the register and the whole ceremony was simply joyful and moving.
After the ceremony, we took a few formal photos just by the church. After that most wedding guests, bride and groom included, got on the wedding special edition red bus.
The red wedding bus is such a great feature and is a great mode of transport during weddings. It can sit so many people and has lots of character. And they serve champagne on board!

Tewin Bury Farm Wedding Photos

After everyone arrived at the Tewin Bury Farm wedding venue, the fun part of the day was getting started. After canapes and drinks reception in the bar, everyone moved slowly to the red brick walled stables, where the wedding breakfast took place.
The speeches were funny and moving, bringing many wedding guests to tears. Then there was time for delicious dishes served during the wedding breakfast. There also was a traditional cake cutting with gingerbread men decorated wedding cake.
I photographed all those essential parts of the wedding in my signature natural and unobtrusive style. Just documenting things as they happened to create a story of the day in a documentary fashion. The first dance was fun to photograph as I could get up on one of the balconies and get a nice view from above.

The wedding photography finished in spectacular fashion with petting and feeding of reindeers and some beautiful wedding sparklers action!

Here is a selection of photos from the wedding day of Jemma and Aaron at the lovely Tewin Bury Farm. Enjoy!

Hertfordshire Wedding Photographer

I always enjoy photographing wedding in and around Hertfordshire. This county has so many beautiful wedding venues surrounded by beautiful countryside. It is always great to come back to create some gorgeous wedding photography.

Tewin Bury Farm is definitely no exception. The venue is so beautiful and is truly a full package for anyone looking to organise their wedding in Hertfordshire. It is also perfect for wedding photos with its historic barn buildings surrounded by nature.

The wedding of Jemma and Aaron was a true joy to photograph. The wedding couple, as well as their families and wedding guests, were just a bunch of down to earth people. They celebrated this wedding day in an atmosphere of family love and joy and happiness.
The bride and groom had their little baby boy with them throughout the day. This was just perfect for my style of photography. As a father of two and soon three I love photographing babies and kids and their connection to their parents.

Tewin Bury Farm Wedding Venue

Tewin Bury Farm 17th century Tythe Barn is just perfect for a wedding ceremony. Special features of this lovely wedding venue include its beautiful solid oak floor, a minstrels’ gallery overlooking the reception venue, and a nice walk-way bridge over the river, which takes you and your wedding party onto your own private patio and meadow overlooking the River Mimram.

Tythe Barn

Tythe Barn has also its own private bar area and can fit up to 250 wedding guests for party and dancing and up to 160 guests for a sit-down meal. The light entering the barn from both sides creates the perfect lighting for beautiful wedding photos.

Red Brick Stable

Another gorgeous building of the Tewin Bury Farm is the 17th-century red brick stable. This is where most of the wedding photography on the day took place. The wedding drinks as well as the cake cutting, the first dance and the dancing to the tunes of a wedding band all took place in the red brick stable building.

The Millstream Suite

The millstream Suite sits on a first floor overlooking the river Mimram. This is such a great space as it has a wooden pagoda for an outside wedding ceremony as well as its own private garden. It also has a view over wildlife bird sanctuary as well as a water meadow. Its capacity is 60 people for sit down meal and up to 100 wedding guests for an evening dancing and party.

The Meadow Barn

The Meadow Barn is by far the largest space in the whole wedding venue. The capacity is 350 wedding guests for a sit-down meal and up to 500 for an evening reception and dance party.
Because of its neutral decor, it can be set up according to the bride and groom wishes, creating a more personal atmosphere for larger weddings.
The Meadow Barn is licensed for indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies, with the Riverside Garden as a perfect addition for drinks reception and photos. It is also powered by solar panels making it a great choice for anyone looking for a more eco friendly wedding venue.

To summarise Tewin Bury Farm wedding venue really has it all. From large spaces to smaller ones suitable for more intimate weddings. Inside and outside ceremony spaces as well as the surrounding of beautiful nature make it a perfect choice for anyone looking to find a great wedding venue in Hertfordshire.

If you are looking for a Hertfordshire wedding photographer or Tewin Bury Farm wedding photographer please get in touch. I'd love to help to create beautiful photography and memories from your wedding day.

 


Brighton Wedding Photographer-Pangdean Barn Wedding

Wedding photography Brighton

I recently photographed a beautiful wedding at the Pangdean Old Barn near Brighton. What a beautiful wedding venue and a great wedding day, as a Brighton wedding photographer I couldn't have wished for anything more!

As I photographed a few weddings before in Brighton and always enjoyed it, I knew this one will be no exception. Brighton is such a great location for a wedding. It has its seaside resort town charm and it is just an hour away from London.
Its broad shingle beach always makes for a great backdrop for photos of the bride and groom. Or the wedding itself if it's held at the beach or the beautiful beach bandstand. I actually photographed a wedding at the Brighton bandstand before and it was simply beautiful.
Brighton Pier is also a nice feature and an icon and symbol of Brighton that is always great for photography on the wedding day.
Its waterfront is also backed by many grand regency-era buildings with windows overlooking the sea.

Pangdean Barn Wedding

The wedding reception venue for the day was the beautiful Pangdean Old Barn, located just outside of Brighton. The wedding ceremony took place at St Peters Church, right in the centre of town. It is a beautiful old church, which was recently modernised to more accommodating for worshippers, which was quite interesting.

The reception for the day-the Pangdean Old Barn was just perfect for a mid-size to a large wedding. It is located just minutes drive from Brighton in the Sussex South Downs National Park. It is situated against the backdrop of rolling hills of the South Down and is a working farm with many different building and locations. All great for wedding photos.
The Pangdean Barn is situated right in the middle of it. It has been recently restored and is a type of a magnificent oak-framed barn. It was definitely perfect for our wedding photography. The intimate feel of the wedding venue created a lovely atmosphere throughout the day. The bride and groom, as well as the bridesmaids and groomsmen and all the wedding guests,  enjoyed the whole wedding from start to finish. And thanks to that we were able to create some beautiful wedding photography.

Here is a selection of Brighton and Pangdean Old Barn photos from the wedding day

Pangdean Old Barn Wedding Photographer

I've mentioned a bit about the Pangdean Old Barn wedding venue as well as being a wedding photographer in Brighton.
Now a few words about the wedding day itself. The bright and groom on the day were Tom and Ruth. They are simply a couple of super down to earth people working to help others on a daily basis. The fact that their little baby daughter was with them throughout the wedding day just made the whole experience of photographing their wedding more special and interesting.
One thing worth mentioning is that they had little to no sleep previous night as all three were down with flu.
And yet they managed to look absolutely gorgeous on their wedding in Brighton and the stunning wedding venue the Pangdean Old Barn.

Brighton Wedding Photos

So the day started at the bride and grooms house when the bride to be was getting ready. She was accompanied by her bridesmaids as well as the father and mother of the bride, and other friends and family members. The atmosphere was simply awesome, full of wedding day love, business and chaos!
First I snapped a few images of the bride to be preparing for the day. Then off I was to the ceremony venue-the grand St Peters Church in Brighton. The wedding ceremony was just perfect for wedding photography, great light and a lot of emotional moments, as well as plenty of laughs!
After the ceremony, we took the newlyweds to the Brighton beach to take a few quick photos right by the famous bandstand. The sun was out and the love and connection between the new bride and groom was clearly visible. A true pleasure to photograph!

Pangdean Old Barn wedding venue

After that, we all ventured to the wedding reception venue of the day-the Pangdean Old Barn. That's where the newlyweds were greeted by all their wedding guests and family with champagne and delicious canapes.
The rest of the wedding day went smoothly filled with positive emotions and laughter.
Some of the favourite moments were the groom's speech which was simply beautiful and emotional. It brought most of the wedding guests to tears, especially the bride.

It is worth mentioning that the staff was professional and attentive and the food throughout the day was simply delicious.
The table wedding decor was based on old classic American action movies, like die hard for example. Another interesting thing was the wedding cake bake-off between the bridesmaids and best men and ushers. There could only be one winner-girls took it hands down!
The wedding party after dinner was just perfect. It started with the first dance as well as the cake cutting. And finished with an amazing performance by the wedding band. At some point, all the wedding guests on the dancefloor went full on, singing and dancing to some classic power ballads using all sorts of inflatable props. But please do not take my word on it, just check it out in the wedding photos!
I finished my Pangdean Old Barn wedding photography late in the evening, tired but with a big smile on my face. That was a truly beautiful and emotional wedding day!

Thank you so much, Tom and Ruth, for letting me and the Blue Lily Weddings document your gorgeous wedding for you, I enjoyed every minute of it!

If you are looking for a Brighton wedding photographer or Pangdean Old Barn wedding photographer and like this post, please get in touch for a chat about your day.

 


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London Wetland Centre Wedding

London Wetland Centre Wedding Photographer

Recently I had an enormous pleasure of being a London Wetland Centre wedding photographer at a beautiful wedding of Nicola and Jackson. As I photographed a wedding at this lovely London wedding venue before I knew it is going to be a great experience.

Also, because we had our pre-wedding engagement shoot at the London Wetland Centre a few weeks prior with the bride and groom, I knew it is going to be an awesome day in a great company. And I wasn't mistaken!

Wetland Centre Wedding Photos

Here is the set of London Wetland Centre wedding photos from that day. What I really loved about photographing this wedding is the beautiful light in the ceremony room. As well as the whole surrounding of the Wetland Centre itself with beautiful greenery and wast lakes reflecting the colour of the sky.

I photographed this wedding in my signature London wedding photographer documentary approach, catching mostly real, unposed images in a natural and unobtrusive way.

The wedding day started in a nearby hotel when the bride was getting ready with her bridesmaids. There we got some nice photos of them as well as the mother of the bride and the flower girl getting ready.

From there it was off to the main wedding venue of the day: the London Wetland Centre. Jackson, the groom was already there greeting arriving wedding guests gathering in the ceremony room. After a few photographs with his best man and ushers, I took also a couple of photos of the bride with her girls and father of the bride too.

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The wedding ceremony took place in the Wetland Centre Observatory Room. After the vows, I dos and of course the first kiss we took some of the group photos and the confetti shot in the Wetland Centre grounds. Then the bride and groom took a bit of time for themselves and went for a walk around the beautiful surroundings of the Wetland Centre. We used that time for some beautiful wedding couple photos.

The rest of the day went smoothly and according to plan. There was a delicious wedding breakfast served in the Water's Edge Room after which both the bride and the groom, as well as the father of the bride and the best man, gave moving and funny speeches.

The day finished with the first dance and then some crazy dancefloor moves to the tunes of a wedding band. It was simply perfect!

Thank you so much, Nicola and Jackson, for letting me be your London Wetland Centre wedding photographer.

If you are looking for a London wedding photographer and like this set of photos, then please get in touch to check my availability.

London Wetland Centre Wedding Venue

The London Wetland Centre is such a unique and beautiful space to host a wedding in London. It is located so perfectly with just a short journey away for anyone living in a busy London. That closeness to the city centre as well as the London Wetland Centre location around beautiful nature and wildlife reserve makes it for a perfect wedding venue. And in my opinion, it is one of the best wedding venues in London.

London Wedding Venue

For me the London Wetland Centre always had a special place in my heart. Not only I have been a London Wetland Centre wedding photographer before. But also I I use to come to this wedding venue with my family to practice my photography. I used to come here and wonder for hours photographing local fauna and flora. My favourites must have been the birds swimming and flying over the lakes.

The 105 acre wildlife reserve is a scenic mosaic of lakes, pools, meadows and gardens which are home to countless wildlife species including kingfishers, butterflies and damselflies.

The Water’s Edge room and the Observatory offer panoramic views of the main lake with the London skyline as a backdrop. These light, spacious rooms provide a countryside setting but with the convenience of a city location.

WWT London Wetland Centre offers a beautiful setting for civil partnership and marriage ceremonies. The venues which are approved for ceremonies are the Observatory and Wetland Living.

The Observatory can host a maximum of 110 guests while Wetland Living is able to accommodate 42. Their services, such as catering and a tour of the centre for your guests, can be tailor-made to suit your requirements.

WWT London Wetland Centre is part of the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust so by holding your wedding here you will be directly contributing to their global conservation work.

Different Rooms available for hire for London Wetland centre wedding

Water's Edge Room

The Water's Edge room is a light and spacious room, ideal for wedding receptions, anniversaries, conferences and meetings.

It offers beautiful views across the lakes and pools of the London Wetland Centre and the room opens out onto a wooden decked balcony providing an additional area for your guests to relax.

There is seating capacity for up to 150 wedding guests theatre style and 110 guests for a dinner and wedding reception.

The Observatory

This beautiful split level, heated observatory is perfect for drinks receptions as well s for the wedding ceremony. The large 20m x 18m viewing window allows panoramic views across the reserve, where wedding guests can watch a host of wildlife dropping in to rest and feed, while enjoying a drink themselves.

The Observatory is also a wonderful location to refresh your mind during a lunch break.

Where else in London can you have a drinks reception or a wedding ceremony surrounded by beautiful wetlands and birds?

Wetland Living

Wetland living is a quaint and intimate venue with a thatched roof and whitewashed walls providing you with the perfect location for your event. Licensed for wedding ceremonies the building has a capacity of 42 people seated. Wetland Living

The wedding guests enjoy a number of complimentary services at the centre including free on-site car parking and a guided tour of the reserve showing the highlights of the centre's wildlife. Whether your planned event is simple or elaborate, you will benefit from personal and helpful service from all of the staff, ensuring your wedding will be a huge success.

Additional wedding services

Additional extras such as wedding decorations, floral displays, musicians, butler service, theatre technician and speakers can easily be referred or provided by the wedding venue.

Other professionals who helped to make this wedding day special

Make Up and Hair: Leanne Parilly

Flowers: Battersea Flower Station

Band: Popmania

DJ Rose

 


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Islington Town Hall Wedding Photographer

Islington Town Hall Wedding Photography

I just love being Islington Town Hall wedding photographer. This iconic London building on fashionable Upper Street is simply perfect for anyone looking to get married in London. Islington Town Hall is also great for a wedding photographer who wants to create beautiful memories for his newlywed couples and simply achieve beautiful wedding photography in London.

I photographed many weddings at Islington Town Hall and enjoyed every one of them. This stunning wedding venue, or should I say a civil ceremony London venue, has so much to offer.

The great thing about Islington Town Hall is that you can create beautiful wedding photography there and because it has four different rooms to offer for civil ceremonies. It is like being a wedding photographer at completely different wedding venue each time you are photographing in a different room, whether it is the Council Chamber, the Room Ninety Nine, Mayors Parlour or the Richmond Room.

Islington Town Hall Wedding Photos by London Wedding Photographer

The recent beautiful wedding of Lauren and Matt at the Islington Town Hall Richmond Room was no exception. The bride and groom of the day looked simply stunning. They were also such relaxed and down to earth newlyweds. They were surrounded by a lovely group of their wedding guests with bridesmaids, ushers and best man leading the way. I knew from the start it will be a great day with many beautiful wedding photos to show for it!

I approached my Islington Town Hall wedding photography in my typical photojournalistic style. I was photographing in an unobtrusive, documentary style, quietly observing situations as they unfolded and photographing all those important key moments. As well as documenting all the emotion, connection and interaction of the wedding day. The few exceptions were the few family portraits as well as a few intimate, more romantic photos of the bride and groom around the interiors of the Islington Town Hall.

But don't take my word on it. Feel free to browse through my selection of Islington Town Hall wedding photos below.

Islington Town Hall - A Perfect Place For Your Wedding in London

For anyone looking to get married in London, Islington Town Hall is one of the best choices out there. Whether its small or large wedding ceremony. As a London wedding photographer, I couldn't recommend this venue enough. Its central location is perfect with easy access for anyone living in or around London.

It's marble staircase as well as beautiful interiors make for some of the nicest backdrops to wedding photographs.

One of the best features of the Islington Town Hall is the choice of rooms it offers for the wedding ceremonies.

The largest of the rooms, The Council Chamber can host up to a 100 people downstairs and an additional 60 in the upstairs balcony section. It makes it ideal for large weddings with all your family and friends.

The next one is Room 99, with slightly smaller, but also very beautiful interior.

The best room in Islington Town Hall for smaller, up to 12 people wedding ceremonies is the Mayors Parlour. Small as it is it is absolutely beautiful and grand, with beautiful ornaments, fireplace and luxurious furniture. It has so much charm and character simply ideal for more intimate weddings. Its here where we sneaked in for a couple of wedding photos with the bride and groom as it is right next door to the room when they got married.

The last room where our wedding ceremony took place is the Richmond Room. It host s up to 60 people and was just perfect for Lauren and Matt's wedding. It has a long aisle and large picture windows that let in a lot of light which was just ideal for the wedding photographs.

Wedding Ceremony at Islington Town Hall Combined with Wedding Reception in a Nearby Pub

Another great thing is the Islington Town Hall is right in the middle of busy Angel and Islington, with its many gastro pubs and restaurants. Most of them can be easily and affordably hired to host a wedding reception. You can find a perfect wedding venue in the area for 10 as well as well over 100 guests.

Or if you are looking to host a party of a few hundred guests, there is the Islington Assembly Hall for hire just right next door!

That was also the case when I photographed this London wedding. After the wedding ceremony, the bride and groom, as well as their wedding guests, were transported a little bit further afield. The wedding drinks and the wedding reception took place at the Brookmill in Deptford in south east London. The location was just perfect. The pub itself was great for the wedding party with its outside space as well as a spacious function room with windows letting in a lot of light from both directions. Which was great for wedding photography on the day.

Summer London Wedding Photography Using Natural Light

I photographed this London summer wedding using natural light throughout the day. That is I think the best approach to wedding photography documenting all the wedding events and guest and showing them exactly as they were.

The wedding day photography started at the bride and grooms home in Crystal Palace. I was very familiar with this part of London as I use to live just around the corner! So little bit of make-up, many hugs and kisses from the bridesmaids as well as the mother and father of the bride. After that, it was off to Islington Town hall for the wedding ceremony.

The groom was already there with his ushers and best man, greeting arriving wedding guests. The ceremony at the Richmond Room was simply beautiful, so many emotional moments! After saying their wedding vows and the first kiss we took a few minutes for a couple of wedding photos with just the bride and groom in the Mayors Palor as well as in the corridors of the Islington Town Hall. The light and framing is just such a great backdrop for wedding photos. And Matt and Lauren were amazing, their love just shone in the pictures.

After that, it was the traditional confetti on the outside steps. After which we all moved to the Brookmill for the wedding drinks and reception. The wedding breakfast was delicious, the wedding speeches were so emotional, just check the photos!

There was also a homemade wedding cake and many of the wedding table decorations were made by bride and grooms family and friends. The flower decorations and bride and bridesmaids bouquets were provided by awesome Floral Hues.

We even managed to go for a stroll with newlyweds to a nearby Brookmill park to take some late afternoon photos in the golden light of the setting sun. The timing was just perfect!

Thank you so much, Lauren and Matt, for letting me be your London wedding photographer. It was a great honour and pleasure and I enjoyed every minute of it.

If you are looking for an Islington Town Hall Wedding Photographer or a London Wedding Photographer and like the vibe and the style of the photos in this blog post then please get in touch to check my availability. It may just be the beginning of a beautiful photographic adventure with Blue Lily Weddings!

Also, feel free to check this London Summer Wedding I photographed recently or this one from the beautiful English countryside.

 

 


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Engagement Photographer London

Engagement Photography London

As a London engagement photographer, I absolutely love documenting joy and connection on the streets of this beautiful city with beautiful couple photos.

My approach to engagement photography whether that is in London or anywhere else is simple. Firstly, I want to make sure you will look great in your photos and communicate with you beforehand to make sure the end result will meet and exceed expectations.

I also want you to just enjoy yourselves and have fun. It's then when true and honest interaction takes place and the most beautiful and natural engagement photography is achieved. It's also great to have a chat before I pick up my camera to get to know you a bit a have a feel of your personalities. I think it's very important for the photos to reflect who you are and your story as a couple.

It's also great to choose a place that has a personal meaning for you, like a favourite part of London, one of the places you like to visit or go on a date.

When it comes to lighting conditions, most often the most flattering light for engagement portrait photography is right after sunrise or just before the sunset, when the sun is low and the tones are soft. Starting early in the morning has also a great advantage if you don't want too many photo-bombers in your images!

London Couple Shoot Photographer

What I love the most about doing engagement photography in London is that the city has so much to offer. It is pretty much an endless playground for an engagement photographer. No matter how many couple shoots in London you do as a wedding photographer, you can always find new places, angles and lighting conditions. London always changes, with new buildings and spaces popping up every year and constant flow of people.

 

Best locations for engagement photography in London

London is such a beautiful, vast and unique city that almost no matter where you end up, there is always something amazing you can use in the engagement photography. The combination of new and old architecture, as well as wide and narrow streets with some of the grandest buildings in the world, makes for a great backdrop for anyone planning a couple shoot in London. Not to mention all the green spaces and gorgeous parks with something to offer in all weather and all seasons. Bear in mind that for many of the locations an official photography permit is now required. For example in Queen's Parks as well as by the Tower Bridge.

Some of my favourite locations for a couple photo shoot in London include:

Hyde Park, Green Park and Regents Park engagement photos

 

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I photographed in all of them numerous times and always love coming back. Royal Parks have a great combination of landscaped gardens as well as more wild, natural looking areas. And they change throughout the year with seasons! In most of them, however, a permit for photography may be required, so it's always great to find out to avoid disappointment.

Another great location for engagement photos in London. Canals are very picturesque with the long boats parked along the paths as well as lots of greenery and some interesting tunnels.

Camden Town and London Canals engagement photos

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Camden Town is such a great part of London, and perfect for a couple shoot with is versatile architecture. It is famous for its market, a warren of fashion and curiosities by the Regent’s Canal. A haven of counter culture, the area is popular with tourists, teenagers and punks.

Covent Garden engagement photos

Such an amazing place right in the heart of London. With beautiful, historical architecture and a place to hide in case of rain, you can't go wrong when choosing Covent Garden for your engagement photos.

King's Cross Station engagement photos

Excellent engagement photo shoot location with beautiful architecture of the King's Cross Station. Red brick walls give a nice, warm tone to the images and the huge, open space of the station is flooded with gorgeous light. It's always busy so great location to show off the hectic nature of London. It's also great for rainy days!

Big Ben, Houses of Parliament and The London Eye engagement photos

They are all close to each other and for many couples absolute must-have landmarks. Just bear in mind that Big Ben is now covered in scaffold and will remain this way until at least 2021.

London South Bank and Thames Embankment engagement photos

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Awesome locations for couple shoot with the river just by your side. The Thames river always creates a stunning backdrop and the light is also great for photography as it's a vast open space. Perfect for some intimate photos while strolling by.

Millenium Bridge, St Paul's Cathedral and the Tower Bridge engagement photos

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All iconic locations with so much grandeur and history about them. The Tower Bridge is probably topping them all. An absolute must for anyone looking for beautiful engagement photos in London.

London City, Borough Market and Brick Lane engagement photos

 

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Those locations can create some stunning backdrops for a couple shoot in London. London City has one of a kind mixture of ultra modern, high rise architecture and beautiful old, grand buildings from many centuries ago.

Borough Market is great with its amazing location, full of people from all around the world reflecting a cosmopolitan character of London.

Brick Lane must be one of my favourite spots for engagement photos. It has a more industrial feel and some of the most amazing murals and graffiti painting that regularly change so you never know what you will get!

Greenwich Park engagement photos

 

 

Greenwich Park is just a perfect location for a couple shoot in London. It has simply everything. You can start by the famous ship Cutty Sark and then walk along the river. The grounds of Greenwich University and Naval College have classic and gorgeous architecture. And once you get to the top of the park by the Greenwich Observatory it has one of the best views in London with the high rise buildings of Canary Warf in the background. It also changes beautifully with seasons and has a different charm to it depending on the time of the year.

Hampstead Heath engagement photos

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Hampstead Heath is another beautiful location for a couple shoot in London. It has stunning views and vast, green, open spaces. It also has a hidden gem inside of it which is the Pergola Garden. I absolutely love doing engagement photography there. With its beautiful structures overgrown by vegetation, it has one of a kind atmosphere. It definitely reminds of the Secret Garden!

 

Simply meeting up at home and then just wandering through the streets of London is also a great and simple idea for an engagement shoot!

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Here are the answers to the most common questions regarding engagement photographyin London:

How many hours will the couple shoot last?

An average photo shoot takes around 2 hours. But, I've also done short ones as well as ones that took all day with many changes of outfits.

How much is an engagement photo shoot in London?

My London engagement photo shoot prices start at £450.

How many photos will we receive and how are they delivered

You will get a minimum of 50 full resolution edited images in a password protected online gallery with unlimited downloads.

How long do we have to wait for the photos?

On average it's around two weeks but the times may vary depending on how busy I am. I would never sacrifice quality over speed. In special situations a few days turnaround time is possible.

We are not big fans of our photos being taken and feel a bit camera shy. Can you help?

Of course! Most people are (including me) so it's completely normal. With my natural and fun approach, I will help you create an atmosphere where you relax and look your best. And if you feel a bit nervous before the shoot, we can always start with a drink in a local pub!

What to wear for an engagement shoot?

To keep it simple just wear something you feel comfortable in. In general, I would avoid sharp patterns and bright colours. Warm and pastel colours always look good. But, if black is your thing, just go for it!

If you have any more questions, feel free to get in touch!

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If You wish to check one of the full sets of photos from engagement shoots around London you can check it here and another one from Brick Lane couple shoot right here.

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The Great Barn Rolvenden Wedding

The Great Barn Rolvenden Wedding Photographer

I absolutely loved being a wedding photographer in the Great Barn in Rolvenden. This Kent wedding venue is just perfect for anyone looking to create beautiful wedding photography.

Located in the Kent countryside this gorgeous, listed 18th-century barn serves both Kent and East Sussex, catering for up to 160 guests. Although the wedding venue is very spacious inside and can fit a good number of people easily, it still keeps an intimate vibe. I think mostly because of the timber interiors that give the venue a warm atmosphere.

The Great Barn is rented as a blank canvas providing a perfect opportunity to create your own very personal, unique wedding day. The wedding venue is also licensed to hold Civil Ceremonies in the barn, so the wedding couple and their guests can seamlessly move from the wedding ceremony to the reception.

This was not the case on this occasion because the happy couple Freya and Paul decided to get married in a nearby church, where their wedding ceremony took place.

Kent Wedding Photography

 We started the wedding photography on the day in a charming hotel in Hawkhurst in Kent, the Queens Inn. That's where the Bride to be and her bridesmaids were getting ready. I was really happy about the location as it was just 25 minutes away from my place so there was not as much commuting on the day as usual.

 So a few photos of the girls getting ready amd the usual calm atmosphere at the start quickly turned into a hectic madness by the end!

Fortunately, the future bride was very efficient and in no time she zoomed off to the local church in a lovely vintage wedding car.

The ceremony took place in St Lawrence Church in Hawkhurst, where Paul, the groom, was already waiting with all the cheerful wedding guests. The wedding ceremony was beautiful, moving and not overly long just as it should be.

After that everyone moved to the wedding reception to the Great Barn in Rolvenden.

What I really enjoyed about this wedding venue is that as well as the barn it has lovely grounds surrounding it which were great as a backdrop to the wedding photography on the day. The drinks reception took place in a large tent raised especially for the occasion.

Summer Wedding in Kent

We took the official group photos as well as part of the couple photos in the orchard belonging to the barn. After that we went with the newlyweds for a little walk in the nearby woods, field and by the lovely pond at the back of the barn.

Freya and Paul were such a great couple on the day. We had a great time and lots of laughs jumping through fences and pushing through stinging nettles to get to the photo locations. And we got some beautiful wedding photos as a result!

The rest of the wedding day just flowed in a happy vibe filled with lots of joy and laughter. The food was delicious and the wedding speeches very funny and moving. I can't remember the last time I've seen so many tears-a true feast for a wedding photographer!

I finished my wedding photography after we got lots of nice photos of the newlyweds and their wedding guest pulling some awesome moves on the dancefloor.

Thank you so much Freya and Paul for trusting in me to document your beautiful wedding for you. I loved every minute of it!

Other professionals who helped to make this day special:

Makeup Avril Jarett Make-Up

Dress Oleg Cassini 

Band The Super Rollers

If you like this blog post and are on a lookout for a photographer for your upcoming wedding then please get in touch for a chat about your day!


Wedding Photographer Reading

Reading Wedding Photography

Last summer I had an enormous pleasure of photographing a beautiful wedding of Katie and Isaac in Reading.  I met the happy couple before when we did our pre-wedding photos in the countryside surrounding Reading. Because of that, I knew it will be an awesome day in a great company. And I wasn't mistaken. I have shot quite a few weddings in and around Reading and really love the Berkshire county town, so was really looking forward to another wedding in the area. Well known for the Reading festival, the Reading town lies right where River Thames and River Kennet join. It has beautiful architecture as well as nature and fields surrounding it. Perfect backdrops for wedding photography.

Reading Summer wedding

Last summer was one of the hottest I remember in the UK. Almost every wedding we had, had clear, or almost clear skies. So many wedding guests mentioned I must be thrilled with photographing weddings in this glorious weather. Well, as long as it made my couples happy, then I was happy too! As for me, it's in huge part about capturing those happy emotions and interactions. But very often the hot summer weather proved challenging. With many wedding venues, especially barns and stately homes (which are one of my favourites to photograph at) not being prepared for it with no air conditioning.

Isaac and Katie's wedding was no exception. The weather was beautiful. But, when it comes to the best light for wedding portraits, I was keeping to the shade as much as possible as well as waiting until just before the sunset to get the photos of the bride and groom.

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The bride and groom are such a great couple. Surrounded by their families and close friends, they made me feel very welcome indeed. Everyone had a great time all the way through the wedding day which is precisely what I was capturing in the photos.

We started the photography on the day in Isaac's parent place, where the future bride was getting ready with her bridesmaids. The atmosphere was relaxed and joyful from the start, which continued all through the wedding day. The wedding breakfast and party happened in the same place in a marquee which was raised in the garden for the occasion. It needs to be mentioned that Katie looked absolutely stunning in her wedding dress, which had some of the most gorgeous details showing beautifully against the slightly creamier fabric.

Almost everything about the wedding was DIY with many people contributing to the overall beautiful look. The cake was made by one of the bridesmaids. Not only was it looking great, but tasted great too!

What was a great touch as well, was the food, which was fish and chips from the local shop as well as ice cream from an ice cream van. Delicious and supporting local businesses too.

The day wouldn't be completed without great wedding garden games, like Jenga and beer pong. As well as knocking down cans with bride and groom's photos on them, so much fun!

Bradfield College Wedding

The ceremony, however, took place in a gorgeous Bradfield College. Its interior as well as exterior architecture and grounds made for some stunning backdrops to the ceremony, confetti and the drinks reception. One of the favourite moments must have been the best man and the maid of honour dropping almost full buckets of confetti on the bride and groom. Please see photos below as the evidence!

Thank you so much, Isaac and Katie, for trusting in me to document your awesome day for you. It was so much fun!

If you are looking for a wedding photographer around Reading, Berkshire and beyond and like the style of the photos, then please get in touch for a chat about your day.


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Wasing Park Wedding Photography

Wasing Park Wedding Photographer

Oh, how I enjoyed being a Wasing Park wedding photographer! Last summer Berkshire wedding season was definitely a one to remember. Full sunshine and not a cloud in the sky at most weddings. And the recent Wasing Park wedding photography was no exception.

Wasing Park is an absolutely gorgeous wedding venue, situated in Berkshire in Wasing. It is jusaroundnd the corner from Aldermaston. It has quite a nice mixture of buildings who are slightly different architecturally, yet fit together well. I have shot a wedding at the Secret Walled Garden (also belonging to the estate) before. It can be found here and the weather there was so completely different. So I was truly looking forward to photographing the wedding in Wasing Park.

So many wedding guests were approaching me saying I must be really pleased to be photographing a wedding on a day like this. Well, to be honest on those hot days being a wedding photographer is a bit more challenging. The heat slowing you down as well as the bright sunshine in the summer in the middle of the day are not ideal when it comes to wedding photography. Luckily there is always a bit of open shade to be found on site. Or, even better, we can use the harsh sunlight to create lovely silhouettes with rim light around them.

Wasing Park Wedding Venue

The Wasing Park wedding venue certainly doesn't disappoint. It has a beautiful barn, which is a perfect size for an average to large wedding breakfast. The wedding ceremony can be held in three different places: the Parish Church, the Victorian Summerhouse, or the elegant Garden Room. Today the ceremony took place in the Garden Room which was perfect for the weather, with all the windows open the draft kept the guests cool. Having the church within the grounds was great as it is really a picturesque one and we could use it as a backdrop for some of the couple photos.

Wasing Park has also plenty of accommodation, so many of the wedding guests can stay the night, which definitely is a great bonus. Another thing worth mentioning is the food served at the wedding breakfast. Not only was it delicious but also really beautifully presented.

The whole day was run smoothly by Gemma, who was just brilliant on the day.

More info about the venue itself and its history can be found here.

Now about the happy couple themselves, Rob and Sam. They both looked absolutely stunning on their wedding day. They are also a couple down to earth and up for a laugh kind of people, a true pleasure to have around.

Berkshire Summer Wedding

So after a few getting ready photos, I went to the ceremony place where the wedding guests were slowly gathering. The wedding ceremony at the Garden Room was beautiful and emotional. After that, it was canapes, photos and garden games. Then it was off to the barn for the wedding breakfast. The speeches were great, moving and funny as they should be. The whole wedding day was just lovely. Great couple, beautiful wedding venue and grounds and we certainly made the best out of the light!

Other professionals who made this day awesome:

MakeUp http://www.makeupbyelisa.com/

Dress https://www.sassandgrace.co.uk/

Flowers http://www.cherubsfloraldesign.com

Band Smith and Sons

Catering Galloping Gourmet

 

If you are looking for a wedding photographer for your upcoming wedding (in Wasing Park or anywhere else!) and like the vibe in this blog post, please get in touch for a chat about your day!

Or you can check another Berkshire wedding here.