On a sunny day in Central London, Alicia and Harry tied the knot at the famous Chelsea Register Office on the Kings Road.
Alicia and her entourage were getting ready, very sensibly given London traffic, just around the corner on Cheyne Row, in what was an oasis of calm, which isn’t always the case at bridal preparation. The service itself was naturally a very happy occasion and the obligatory family photographs were taken on the famous steps outside Chelsea Town Hall.
While the guest went off for refreshments, Alicia, Harry and yours truly went for a short victory lap around the colourful Chelsea streets to get some photographs of the couple alone. We found an old Mini Cooper, in a quiet pretty street and the breeze briefly gusted the bride’s veil sideways for added drama in the photographs.
The wedding reception was held at the Bulls Head in Barnes, right on the Thames in the elegant Melrose Room with canapés and champagne, followed by the wedding breakfast. The speeches were all excellent but perhaps the most surprising was the best man, who had never made a speech like this before. He made one of the best speeches I have heard in the 25 years of shooting weddings, not too long, funny and yet heart felt.
The cake decorated with two running ducks (couples’ favourite) was cut to much applause.
A fun day for me to witness and photograph a very happy wedding.
Thank You Card
What a lovely card to receive this week –
Dear Douglas & Sam,
Thank you so much for working with us on our special day! From start to finish it was a pleasure… and as a very camera shy couple we are delighted with the results!
We will not hesitate to recommend you to family and friends and will be back in touch for future occasions 🙂
All the best from us both,
Alicia & Harry
Thank you so much for the wonderful photos! They perfectly captured our day and we are thrilled with them. The innovations collection is brilliant! Could we please have the best address to send a thank you card? Thank you once again, working with Douglas was a complete joy to work with on our special day and we will always keep you both in mind for future celebrations. Best wishes Alicia
A chilly morning this week for Martina and Sergei’s wedding at Chelsea Old Town Hall followed by a fun tour of the major London sites. By taxi we passed Buckingham Palace and then on to the Millennium Bridge for photography with St Pauls in the background. You can see the best from the day here –
Above a showreel taken from a selection of the photographs in order to give a brief overview of the day.
To see all the photographs taken on the day please visit the website here – Chelsea Register Office and Cavalry and Guards Club Wedding or we have included a few pictures below –
Thank you soooo much from Tim and I for all you did yesterday - you were amazing and made it even more special for us both. I should think there are some funny photos of the bouquet! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. – Tara
You and Your Wedding Magazine have been discussing various London wedding venues in the current edition and used quite a number of Douglas Fry’s wedding photographs to illustrate the copy describing the various places –
Chelsea Town Hall / Register Office
Carlton House Terrace
Documentary Wedding Photography
I shoot weddings in a documentary style, that is with the subject being totally unaware they are being photographed. So simply put yet is in fact a very difficult thing to do, and takes many years of practice. My images have strong composition, correct exposure and can focus precisely so as to isolate the subject from his or her background.
Guests with Cameras
I see many guests at weddings with often up to the minute cameras and the latest zoom lenses, but when reviewing the images they have but a sequence of miss timed shots, poor composition and a reliance on automatic exposure, which can only lead to disappointing images. A guest with a camera is not a photographer, just a guest with a camera.
Professional and Experienced Wedding Photographer
As a professional wedding photographer who has had years of experience of shooting weddings, I have the ability to know exactly where to stand when and to catch the fleeting expression coupled with an in-depth knowledge of my cameras functions and these skills should not be underestimated. To be always ready with the correct camera and lens with no fumbling, to know what is about to happen and be standing in the perfect position to catch the moment.
Formal Photographs of the Family
Organising formal photographs of family and friends is a dark art, it is vital to be friendly enough to keep the smiles and laughter, but to have the ability to speed through a seemingly endless list in twenty minutes, getting the important shots for the mantelpiece.
Great Photographs All Day
Lastly, a photographer has to be able to take great photographs all day long, not just snatch a lucky one or two, and with that in mind please have a browse through my intentionally totally complete wedding section. This page highlights every wedding I have shot in the last five years.
A photographer has to be able to take great photographs all day long, not just snatch a lucky one or two - Douglas, Photographer
A lovely wedding with the ceremony taking place at Chelsea Register office on Kings Road followed by the reception in Nottinghill at Beach Blanket Babylon. Here are a small selection from the day –
Hi Samantha, Thank you so much! We just got to the Maldives and the wifi here is quite bad, so we can only see the photographs at small size. They look great but we'll be able to see them better once were back! Very best wishes and please tell Douglas that we really appreciated his expertise and guidance and we thought he was a wonderfully discreet and affable presence that perfectly complemented our magical day!
Very best, Deborah & Luis
Dear Douglas, You are a true professional - discreet, calm and great fun to be with!
It was a privilege to have you at our wedding and thank you for making our memories last in time.
Much love from Deborah & Luis