Earlier this autumn I was asked to photograph a gorgeous wedding held at Chateau de Labro in the SW French countryside (Midi Pyrenees). Yes yes, every once in a while I leave my beloved London and shoot weddings abroad for my couples! Here’s their story.

The stars were coming out and the crescent moon was rising above the fields and illuminating the ancient trees in the grounds. There was a faint chill to the air after the hot sunshine of the day and the sound of laughter came from the open doors where candlelight and the smells of dinner were escaping. In the stillness of the night, there was a moment to look back at the day that had been C&R’s wedding……

Laughter, champagne, makeup and gifts during the getting ready and all Carly’s girls helping her into her dress. A moment of love between her mum and sister – the squeeze as they pulled each other tight. And then it was out to the boys, getting ready in an epic treehouse in the grounds of the chateau. Romain focused on getting ready too, broken by the comedy of the moment as one of his groomsmen literally helped to dust off his jacket, wearing slippers outside which didnt quite match the blacktie attire and the emotion as he read her letter.

Their first look, amongst the trees and the treasured moments as they saw each other for the first time and were in awe. So so lovely to see and document. The hugs and happiness just radiating from them. Holding each other tight and laughing. And then after a trip to Bescastel for some photographs (and who knew a motorbike tour would photobomb the tranquil setting) to vows said to each other in front of Chateau de Labro, conducted by a good friend and who was hugged at the end of the ceremony. And then amongst whoops, cheers, bubbles and rose petals they ran back down the aisle and were swamped by more hugs, kisses, tears and laughter from all their family and friends.

As evening fell and more champagne drunk, cigars lit and the dancing got crazy we crept out into the night for a few last photographs and to take everything in.

Most of these photographs are taken on film using my Contax 645 and Portra 400 rolls of film. The evening photos are pretty much all digital, shot on Canon with 85mm 1.2m Lens and 50mm 1.2m lens and EX flash. Shooting in both formats means you get the best of both worlds and FULL coverage during your wedding (even at night when its too dark to shoot on film).

Venue: Chateau de Labro  Wedding Planner: Julie at Your Wedding Planner, Dress: Riki Dalal (custom made Mona), Shoes: Anniel, Groom’s suit: Suit Supply, Shoes: Heschung, Bow Tie: Le Colonel Moutarde, Cufflinks: Mont Blanc, Earrings: Marlena Dupelle (Sapphire Crystal Teardrop), Rings: Remy Challier, Hair: Christophe Lagane, Makeup Artist: Mylene Martin, Florist: Sabrina Maurel, Caterer: Cuisine Du Monde, Band: The Candy Stripes (retro ladies singers), Smoke Granades: Enola Gaye DJ: Audio Vision Evenementiel. 

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Perhaps its because Im a London wedding photographer, but the shape, cut, and movement of a wedding dress is so so important that I thought I’d share some Dress Tips. Looking back at photographs after your wedding you will be critical on how you look – which relies heavily on the dress you wear. It has to suit YOU and your body and also LAST the day. Theres nothing worse than a creased silk dress – it looked lovely on the hanger and for five minutes on, and then as soon as you sit down, creases. Likewise with ill fitting strapless dresses or ones that hang too straight and dont give any silhouette. So here’s my top tips for getting the most picture perfect dress for YOU for your wedding day.

Wedding Dress Top Tips

  1. Take someone who has good dress sense and tell them in advance to be honest. If this is tricky for them, make it fun with paddles (Yes/No/Maybe). It will give you some perspective and an HONEST opinion. Much more so than your mum (who may cry at every dress or be too brutally honest) or your best friends who will love everything!
  2. If you are trying on a dress, walk around in it and SIT DOWN. Nothing worse than not being able to walk or sit properly or getting indigestion because your dress is too tight.
  3. Dont go for fashion. Instead something that is more YOU! I think that if you are a more creative type having a designer make your dress rather than a retailer will give you much more creative freedom.
  4. Think about the season. If you are having a summer wedding you are likely to be able to wear a summer dress. But come the evening have a think about what you are going to wear for dancing or if it is cold. Likewise in winter, spring and autumn – it can be really cold still so make sure your dress is either warm and has sleeves or you have something stunning to wear over it. Its such a shame if you are paying a huge amount of money for your dress and then not seeing it for most of the day and instead just the shawl or coat that was a last minute cheaper purchase.
  5. Carve out some time to have some photographs of you in your dress – either with your man or without. It will mean you get beautiful images that will last of you looking your best in likely the most expensive and bespoke dress you will ever have!

In terms of wedding dress designers in London here are my favourites: Kate Edmondson Bridal, Wilden London, Jane Bourvis

For shops my recommendations are Luella’s Bridal, The Mews Notting Hill, Davids Bridal

Here’s a little sneak peek of my beautiful Bride who got married in France a few weeks ago…The films have just come in and I love the emotion and happiness as she puts on her dress! All shot on film (Ilford 3500 with Contax 645, zeiss lens 85 f2). The bride also bought her dress here in London – Dress by Riki Dalal (Mona which was altered to be bespoke).

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Life of a London Wedding Photographer! Earlier this year I was commissioned by You and Your Wedding Magazine to be their one and only photographer to photograph backstage at the White Gallery Show. This is one of the biggest wedding industry events of the year and holds a prestigious catwalk showcasing the big British and International designers and their new collections.

I got to photograph the action backstage (the best bit in my eyes) – a bit like reality TV where what you see is ‘real’ and get an insight into the little stories of the moment – the laughter and chatter between the models (conversations included – who was going to Ibiza, what to wear for a wedding, birthday celebrations, hay fever) and the hair and makeup artists working meticulously to create new looks, the dressers and stylists who hang out and then have 5 minutes of absolute craziness changing their model after each walk down the runway in seconds ready for them to do the next walk. A magical three days.

It was a complete privilege to be a part of the You and Your Wedding Magazine team (thank you Elliott, Peta and Holly). You can see the full spread over 4 pages in this month’s issue of You and Your Wedding in stores now.

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Queens House Wedding

Im thrilled to be a Recommended Wedding Photographer for the Queens House in Greenwich….and photographed some absolutely stunning weddings here over the last few years. So if you are planning to hold your celebrations at the Queens House for 2018 get inspired from these weddings held here and here. You can also see a beautiful feature on Style Me Pretty here….And if you’re wanting something a little different, check out their sister venue The Cutty Sark – and be inspired by what you can do onboard here and as Featured on London Bride here.

I also thought you may want some tips from a photographer to help create and elevate the look and feel of your day.

Top Tips for Brides at Queens House, Greenwich

  • If you are booking somewhere to stay the night before your wedding, there is both the De Vere Devonport House (literally within walking distance of The Queens House). Also DoubleTree by Hilton, Greenwich – you will need transport but its only a mile or two away. Alternatively – AirBnB it! If you have a hunt around there are some beautiful places you can rent (which could look super tasteful and your own design aesthetic).
  • TREES – I photographed a  wedding where the couple hired in two ash trees to decorate the main hall where they got married and it worked so well. As a big space, having tree foliage to add some contrast and be much more visually impactful was great. Both in look and in the photographs!
  • Utilise the balcony upstairs! An often forgotten space but its private, under cover (just in case you have a little rain), and has the most beautiful black and white tiled floor and classical columns….The bounce light is luminous and really enhances skin tones (which makes you look even more model-like on your wedding day!).
  • Position your cake upstairs where there is natural light. This will allow for beautiful photographs of it. You can always have it moved downstairs during the dinner if you want to.
  • Use the undercroft to create a party atmosphere! Its epic, and feels a little like you are stepping into the Prohibition Era where you are in the vaults, the surroundings are intimate and you can really enjoy the live music or DJ.

And if you are getting married at the Queens House and looking for a local wedding photographer or love my style of photography it would be great to hear from you. Bookings for 2018 now taking place. Email me on contact.natashahurley@gmail.com

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As a London Wedding Photographer I thought I’d share a few personal London details in advance of my website update and revamp that will be taking place over the next couple of months….

London Wedding Photographer

My grandfather was Chairman of ZSL London Zoo for a year and has written a book about the ‘Zoo’….Im not really a Zoo person but seeing how it touched him deeply and was such a passion as well as being captivated by stories of cigarette smoking monkeys and escaped chimps who hailed buses, he definitely brought the place alive.

In another life I used to work in Westminster for the government. I was privy to access into the Houses of Parliament and their underground passageway from Portcullis House to the House.

One hot summer I was part of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships and loved every second of living in the city (although born here I grew up in Wales). One late night in Wimbledon Village I decided to move here after university and law school….And been here ever since. Loving every second.

If you are a Londoner or planning a London Wedding it would be great to connect. Just email me at contact.natashahurley@gmail.com with a little hello.

And here’s a few of my favourite London Wedding photographs….

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RSA Wedding

RSA Wedding ceremony at St Patricks Soho

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Queens House Wedding by Natasha Hurley

ICA Wedding

ICA Wedding Photographer - Natasha Hurley Photography

Pembroke Lodge Wedding

Pembroke Lodge Wedding by Natasha Hurley