Im a film wedding photographer in London. This means I primarily shoot weddings in and around London (although I also shoot a few destination weddings each year – mainly France and Italy)….But what I wanted to share today was a little about being a London Wedding Photographer and what my style is. Because there are so many London wedding photographers who do you choose to be your wedding photographer and how do you determine what their style is?

My style is beautiful, classic and light (as opposed to a dark filter – which can often make photographs look edgy and cool but also accentuate dark shadows under eyes – not flattering). This leads me on to being a flattering wedding photographer. Perhaps silly to even mention – surely everyone classes the quality of the photograph based on how good they look right? But sometimes in the thrill of seeing an epic nightime shot with a couple, or pictures of the gritty details which appeal, you may forget to check out the portraits. Or maybe there just arent any portraits in the gallery to see. Yes it may feel like you dont want to have a few directed photos taken but I promise afterwards if you are desperately hunting through your wedding photographs to find a picture of you which is beautifully composed, you look amazing and is timeless and dont have one, this can make you have a little twinge of regret.

So here’s a few photographs to highlight what kind of style I photograph in…One which will stand the test of time and make you and your wedding look stunning….and in terms of taste, Im definitely one for natural colours, hand dyed linens, boho looking hair and natural makeup. Where the dress is structured yet not fussy and where there is a great party in the evening with dancing under the stars.

All photographs taken on film using Contax 645, film portra400 and processed by Richard Photo Lab. (I also shoot digital especially the evening when you need super fast shutter speeds and low light capability).

Vendors include: Venue Pembroke Lodge, Dress: Kate Edmondson Bridal, Stationary: Gemma Milly, Hair and Makeup: Jo Loves Hair, Cake: The Custome Cake Boutique Flowers: That Flower Shop, Crockery Hire: Classic Crockery

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So thrilled to have this London Winter Wedding shoot featured in both You and Your Wedding Magazine and also on international blog Magnolia Rouge which you can check out here. If you are thinking of holding a destination wedding in London or who has made their home in London and want to host a wedding in London showcasing your lives all the people involved in this shoot are London based. So easy to find a supplier you are on the lookout for! And also gives you an idea of what a winter wedding in London can look like. Those crisp frosty winter days are so romantic and give a different feel and flavour to the day…Wrapping up warm with glasses of punch and mulled wine, beautiful candlelit dinners, and the excitement of guests – attending a winter wedding is far less usual than a summer one and often the stand-out event to look forward to.

If you are thinking of eloping or holding a destination wedding in London, its always a great idea to ask your photographer to take you to some quintessential London streets that offer the best reflective light, gorgeous backdrops and are perfect for those iconic photographs that will become the showcase of your wedding day.

So this shoot took place at the Bridal Boutique and Kensington and featured a host of talented suppliers. Hair and Makeup – Tori Harris, Hair accessories – Victoria Millesime, Dress – Lucy Martin Bridal, Grooms attire – Alexandra Wood Bespoke, Stationary – Jennifers Papers, Cake – The Custom Cake Boutique Designed and Styled by The Boutique Bridal Coop Flowers – Blue Sky Flowers

All the photographs here were taken on film (Portra400) on Contax 645 with an 85mm f2 zeis lens. I find this film type perfect for the UK as it gives slightly more yellow/brown feel to the photographs (something you dont need in California by is great for London).

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Why have a London Engagement Shoot?

I thought I’d share this beautiful London Engagement shoot on film today. So often your engagement is a whirlwind of organising for your wedding that having a moment to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate being an engaged couple is so special. My own engagement shoot a day before our wedding was a blissful hour as the sun was setting, just relaxing and thinking of nothing but having fun with my husband to be and our wedding photographer. So I know from the ‘other side’ of the camera also how important it is as a bride….Certainly if you are nervous about having your photograph taken on your wedding day or if you want to get an idea of how it will feel like, I ALWAYS think an engagement shoot is perfect for this. Also you get an extra set of photographs which you can frame which are of equal quality to your wedding photographs and add something different…

Top Tips for Brides

If you are having an engagement shoot here are a few of my top tips…Have a hair appointment the day before or morning of your engagement. Bring along a few wardrobe changes – and celebrate the shoot as something special by wearing something special. Things that look great on film particularly are light/pale coloured dresses without much patterning. Bring along hats, sunglasses, beautiful shoes, great jewellery….Allow your photographer to choose the location and time on the date….This means they will be able to select the most beautiful backdrops and know where the best lighting is.

London Engagement Shoot on Film

Heres  a few photographs – pretty much all taken on film using fujifilm400 and on my contax645 developed by Richard Photo Lab in LA…..Now can you spot where in London this is….(my secret gorgeous reflected and bounced light street which has victorian lamps and is always empty even though its in the heart of tourist land in London).

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Being a London film photographer I thought I would share just a few film photographs from this beautifully simple, authentic wedding shot in one of the parks in London. As a Londoner one of the best things about this city is all the green spaces! Such a bonus to have a wedding in the city yet it feel like you are in the country….The best of both worlds. I also love the natural look and feel of the table – clean white crockery, elegant champagne coupes and living flowers in pots as centrepieces. More coming soon (after publication).

Shot on film using Contax 645 medium format camera and Kodak portra 400 rolls of film. I just simply adore how film captures the light in a whole other way to digital and that with some time you can create the most beautiful, elegant and gracious photographs. Dress separates and hair accessories by EdmondsonBridal 

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