Wedding Breakfast Tables – “Let there be Light!”

Wedding Breakfast Table

Table Lighting to keep the Conversation Flowing

Sometimes its the simple things that have a large impact on the social minefield that is a wedding breakfast, which is why I bring up the humble candle and why it can save the day.

Here’s why: – The typical wedding breakfast is served to ten guests sitting at a round table, straight forward enough and there is lots of chatter and discussions of how the service went and the Birdies mothers choice of hat etc. There will come a time however when the conversation naturally flags a little, usually half way through the main course when you might want to talk to someone other than your immediate neighbour and look across the expanse of table cloth to the other side.

I have seen many times how the walls of a marquee or hotel dining room have sconce lights or cool up-lighters for dramatic effect, but there is little to nothing in the centre of the dining table, the result is that you are effectively trying from now on to chat to a silhouette, so try as you might the conversation wilts after a few minutes as some sort of visual feedback is vital. This of course is happening all around the room. I can predict how long the party atmosphere will last with just a quick glance around the room setup for dinner, it is really that dramatic.

Obviously consideration for the size, height and placement of flowers in the centre is important too, low and pretty or tall and thin for elegance, nothing to block views across the table.

The solution? A few simple tealight candles or similar in the centre of the table, this will illuminate the faces from the centre and allow comfortable conversation across the table, this has the welcoming effect of a much more social wedding breakfast, the conversation continues unabated right through to the moment the Best Man dreads, the calling for silence for the start of the speeches.

There is also another rather useful side effect of course, in that the now more animated conversations make for much better photographs that can now capture the atmosphere of the evening without resorting to flash or additional distracting lighting.

Tealights at weddding in London

more animated conversations make for much better photographs that can now capture the atmosphere of the evening without resorting to flash or additional distracting lighting. - Douglas Fry, Wedding Photographer

Band – Jewish Simcha Music

A fantastic traditional Jewish Yiddish Simcha Music band. Superb music for your wedding or BarMitzvah to keep the dance floor packed and a very friendly bunch of guys –


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Hi Sam, Hope you are well. Thank you for sending the video over - its amazing! We love it. Amy Whitehouse - PR & Marketing, Suzanne Neville

Venue Photography for ITA* – In and Out Club, Haberdashers’ Hall and 28 Portland Place

Photography commissioned in 2014 by the venue organisers ITA* at a variety of top London venues for use in their marketing materials and websites. Here are a few images from the photo shoots –

Haberdashers’ Hall
18 West Smithfield, London, EC1A 9HQ

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Wedding Photography at Haberdashers' Hall
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In and Out Club
No 4, St James’s Square, London, SW1Y 4JU

Wedding Photography at In & Out Club
Wedding Photography at In & Out Club
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28 Portland Place
28 Portland Place, London, W1B 1LY

Wedding Photograph at 28 Portland Place
Wedding Photograph at 28 Portland Place
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Brilliant, thank you Sam! Lots of fantastic images! Emma, Sales Manager - ITA*

The Excitement is growing for this year’s Sassi Holford Dress Show

This year’s Sassi Holford bridal new collection will be launched on Thursday 25th September 2014 at the Law Society in Chancery Lane, London and as for the last 3 years Douglas Fry will be photographing the event for the team at ITA* –

Sassi Holford Bridal Show 2014 London

Best of British Weddings – Photographers

Douglas Fry Wedding Photographer recently joined Best of British Weddings London section, this is an excellent website containing information on everything relating to weddings and numerous suppliers.

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