Wedding Photographer Ognisko
London wedding taking place during a viral outbreak is going to done with great humour, a lot of emotion, glamour and frequent handwashing. The Ushers handed out neat phials of spray handwash with every order of service…
Harriette got ready at the elegant Egerton Garden Hotel in Knightsbridge, various friends and relatives came and went to check on the state of preparedness which happily gave me plenty of opportunity as the wedding photographer, especially to take photographs of the two cheeky young bridesmaids.
The Groom and his Ushers were having a more raucous lunch at Harry’s Dolce Vita in nearby Basil Street. The private dining room downstairs was a good choice with a large round table which makes for a very social setting, a cosy space as an estate agent might say, but I got a photograph of the whole table with the 21mm wide angle lens held high over my head, along with the typical documentary portraits in available light.
St Columbas Church is just a moments stroll round the corner, and the guests were greeted by Ushers elbows out for the new social alternative for hand shaking, which in a way made for a much more fun entrance to the church. Guests once equipped with the service card and hand spray made their way through a large canopy of flowers and upstairs to the large Scottish Church. The service was charming and had excellent readings especially from a very confident Iris, Charlie’s 13 year old daughter. We managed to get some of the family photographs done at the church for older members of the bridal party who sensibly shouldn’t go on the the wedding reception for health reasons, and then made our way over to Ognisko, the Polish Hearth Club on Exhibition Road.
Ognisko was the venue choice for our wedding too so it was great to re visit after so many years. It was originally a building for rest and recuperation for Polish airmen during the second world war, and has lots of memorabilia on all the walls. The drinks reception was downstairs, a quick photograph of everyone on the stairs, then up to the wedding breakfast. I had a few minutes to get portraits of the couple on the balcony and then I went back into documentary mode and capture guests enjoying the food and company.
Despite the current climate, the wedding was great fun and everyone enjoyed it immensely, and managed to forget the trials of the days ahead for a while.
These are WONDERFUL - thank you!! And we cant wait to receive the album! - Bride
Thank you so much for forwarding the gorgeous images from Harriette and Charlies wedding. It really is lovely to see images of the day.
With thanks and very best wishes
Wedding Photographer London Sites
Wednesday’s wedding was actually an elopement for Katherine and Paul from North Carolina. The couple wanted to experience as many London sites as possible after their wedding ceremony and photography at Tower Bridge.
I met them at their apartment in Mayfair and from there we took a Blue Badge Cab to Tower Bridge, then to the North Tower, half way up the are private rooms available. It was at Tower Bridge that one of the couple’s friends, Hughston read a blessing, then the couple exchanged vows and celebrated with champagne. We took the lift up to the main gantry walkways and took some fun wedding portraits among all the surprised tourists.
From the City the excellent Blue Badge taxi driver took the couple and I on a whirlwind tour of London. Bryan our guide made the day a genuinely fascinating experience by pointing out and explaining the extraordinary little known history behind all of the London land marks we passed or visited over the course of the day. We managed to fit in visiting Tower Bridge, the South Bank, Shakespeare’s Globe, St Paul’s Cathedral, The Millennium Bridge, Chinatown and the West End.
Kat and Paul were the most friendly couple and the wedding day was a joy to photograph. I needed to travel light that day so for each mini shoot I used two Leica cameras, with three lenses only, keeping the spare one in a pocket. It meant I could run ahead, scout a location, come back to meet the couple frame the image without being encumbered with my usual kit.
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Hi Sam, We were sorry we didn't get a chance to meet you. We all really enjoyed meeting Douglas. We laughed all day. I expressed to my family who lives in the UK what a great experience we had and recommended him to them if there was ever a need. - Bride
Wedding Photographer Chelsea Town Hall & Hixter
I was the wedding photographer at Chelsea Town Hall last Saturday for Rebecca and Greg. I took the ‘getting ready’ photographs of the bride at her flat in Clapham before heading over by taxi to Chelsea Register Office on King’s Road. This is a well known and fashionable venue to get married, made famous by the many celebrities who have tied the knot here.
Once the family photographs had been taken on the main steps to the Town Hall the couple and I went for a walk around Chelsea. The little streets near Chelsea Green afford some interesting backdrops with the small lanes and colourful houses. After these portraits we strolled over to the waiting wedding taxi (thoughtfully upgraded by Dora – a Bridesmaid) at the Phene Arms across the Kings Road.
A short journey later brought us to Hixter, a new restaurant in Bankside and a private room set aside for the wedding party. The food was sumptuous and visually spectacular. The main event was roast chicken cooked upside down with the longest legs I have ever seen, something of a trademark at the restaurant I understand – Swainson House Farm chicken with stuffing, chips and rich gravy.
I shoot the reception and wedding breakfast with available light, despite the remarkably low light levels in the venue, with a Leica Noctilux I can shoot all evening without any off-putting flash. It makes for much more spontaneous photographs as the first shot taken with a flash gives the game away and subjects immediately look awkward, but by using a very fast lens, I can achieve much stronger discreet images and the everyone is happier all round.
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Thanks for these - were in Mexico atm and our WiFi isn’t good enough to actually download the photos....! But we’re back next week into better WiFi so will be able to look properly through them - family have said they’re brilliant though so thanks :)
Many thanks again to Douglas for the excellent photos, which we’ve now had the chance to look at properly! - Bride and Groom
Hi Samantha, Douglas and team,
I want to thank Douglas for his beautiful photography on my sister's wedding day - the photos are absolutely stunning and it was great to share the day with Douglas too. He was easygoing, warm and funny and I thoroughly enjoyed chatting with him! - Sister of the Bride
Here you can see the birthday party photography of a fun evening for this 60th Birthday party. The guests were treated to drinks, bowl food and speeches on the ground floor of the Bluebird on Kings Road in London, before dancing the night away.
You can see some of the photography from the evening below –
Wedding Photographer with Reception at Daphnes
A fun wedding last weekend for Brian and Oliver at Chelsea Register Office on Kings Road and then a few photographs on the steps of the Town Hall before walking around the Chelsea Green streets capturing a few shots. Then on to lunch at Daphnes in Draycott Avenue. I always enjoy being the wedding photographer at Chelsea weddings as I know the area so well and the office is near by.
Dearest Douglas & Sam,
We really don't know how to thank you enough. Thank you, thak you, thank you very much for your wonderful and marvellous work. You didn't miss a single moment! You caught everyone's smiles!! All photos are absolutely fantastic!!! We got emotional again looking at them! These are turning out to be a fantastic memory.
Douglas & Sam, if we haven't had you, we wouldn't have had a successful wedding. We were so lucky to have met you. Thank you very much again.
Have a lovely day!!
Dai & Marcus xxx
Wedding Photographer at St John’s Wood Synagogue
I was the wedding photographer at St John’s Wood Synagogue for this happy and relaxed Jewish wedding in London. The ceremony was followed by tea for the guests.
Here are a small sample of the photographs taken on the day to give you a sense of the afternoon –