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
Birthday Party Photography
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 –
Wedding Photographer Two Temple Place
Last weekend’s London wedding was at Temple Church and then onto Two Temple Place for the reception. The reception venue is unusual and spectacular. The full wedding photography website can be seen here – Temple Church and Two Temple Place Wedding and our favourites here – Favourite Wedding Photographs Temple. Temple Church is an example of ‘Royal Peculiar’ which makes it worth visiting all by itself (it means its under the direct jurisdiction of the Monarch), originally built in 1185 as a headquarters for the Knights Templar and in more modern times served as a backdrop to the Dan Brown film ‘The Da Vinci Code’ with Tom Hanks. The reception and wedding breakfast was held at Two Temple Place and again, the venue is spectacular and once was the private residence of William Waldorf Astor, founder of the famous Waldorf Astoria hotel. Both these venues, working as a wedding photographer are an agony of riches and make for a spectacular backdrop to any wedding portraits.
The building is described by Donald Strachan as follows (Wikipedia extract):
Behind the sturdy Portland stone facade, the interior has a slight strange Victoriana-meets-Disney vibe with the otherwise straightforwardly opulent rooms (lots of marble and mahogany) adorned with bizarre details, such as the characters from The Three Musketeers (Astor’s favorite book) on the banisters of the main staircase and the gilded frieze in the Great Hall showing 54 seemingly random characters from history and fiction, including Pocahontas, Machiavelli, Bismark, Anne Boleyn, and Marie Antoinette.
Which in summary makes for a sublime wedding venue!
A Photobook was prepared using a large selection of the photographs and you can see the layouts here –
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The photos are absolutely wonderful. Douglas really managed to capture the feeling of the day without any of us noticing he was there. I’m truly delighted with them. - Bride
Wedding Photographer Bluebird Chelsea
Douglas was asked to be The Bluebird Wedding Photographer a couple of week’s ago. The wedding at the Bluebird on Kings Road in Chelsea went extremely well. The Bluebird is one of Douglas Fry’s favourite London wedding venues.
Douglas is recommended by the Bluebird and you can see more of Douglas’s wedding photography at the Bluebird on this link – Douglas Fry Wedding Photographer Bluebird. Here are a small selection of the photographs taken on the day –
Wedding Video Highlights
Here you can see the wedding video highlights –