Abbey at San Galgano Wedding in Italy. The birds flew in and out of the arrow slit windows, the sun broke out from behind the clouds and there was suddenly a hush as Sally-Ann and David made their way to the end of the Aebby, only the sound of the gravel crunching under foot….They were alone and it felt like time had momentarily stopped. Taking in their surroundings – the vast columns stretching up to the open sky, the arches on either side, the smell of fresh grass outside and the sun warm on their faces. They had just got married….but not here, where they were initially planning to, instead under an ancient olive tree….If their wedding story tells us anything, it is that whilst you can make plans, life often has other ideas. Its then how we choose to embrace these unplanned things that will tell us who we are – and make us braver, stronger, more caring and ultimately you may just find… that these unplanned changes enhance your wedding day.

Sally-Ann and David’s Tuscany wedding in Italy was filled with beautiful and heartfelt touches….an olive green colour scheme, an amazingly beautiful dress by Savin and stationary by my previous bride and artist Gemma Milly. I will leave you with a glimpse of their day under the Italian sunshine (phew – it wasnt forecast to be!).

Vendors: Venue: Abbey at San Galgano and Villa Podanovo, Tuscany Italy, Wedding Planners Wiskow and White, Bridesmaid dresses Jenny Yoo, Dress Savin

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The white buildings of Islington Town Hall shone in the Spring sunshine as this couple said their vows surrounded by their closest family in the Chamber Room. After taking a moment for each other in the gardens outside they walked in to their ceremony – very much already a couple. From laughter and tears as the emotion swept them up, the private looks and the feeling that this was a very real team – Poh and Alex were the epitome of style and grace. Elegance and a little bit of magic sprinkled in the warm weather, the popping of champagne and the food that Salut! cooked up for their private reception. This Islington Town Hall Wedding was an absolute joy to capture!

For anyone planning a Registry Office wedding in London where style is still very much a part of your day as well as wanting to plan something which is quintessentially you, the couple have these words of wisdom for you.

What piece of advice would you give to couples planning their wedding and on the day?
Be ruthless about what is important to you for your wedding. There were a number of traditions that we chose to omit from our wedding because they were neither important to us nor were worth the money as our budget was fairly limited. People will make you feel bad about it, but it’s not personal and, ultimately, they don’t care on the day! I felt like we had our perfect wedding and I firmly believe that’s because we just did what we wanted to do. Similarly, Alex and I didn’t always agree about what we wanted but we did decide that we could each choose one thing we wanted for the wedding that the other didn’t want – simple!

And if you want to find out about Registry Office package details for 2019 just drop me an email (contact.natashahurley@gmail.com)

A list of Vendors: Dress (details given on request – it was a secret steal!), Shoes: Manolo Blahnik Sedaraby, Groom’ suit: Reiss suit and tie, Moss bros pocket square, TM Lewin shirt, ASOS cufflinks, Aldo shoes, Happy feet socks, Groom’s ring: Jens Hansen (from Lord of the Rings maker), Bride’s ring: Everett , Earrings: Haati Chai, Hair and Makeup Artist: Chhimmi Dholkar Gurung, Florist: bride’s friend, Georgia, Caterer and reception: Salut! Islington
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Today Im sharing this gorgeous London winter wedding held at the Queens House in London. Shades of emerald green, with deep red and pure white. Sometimes it just works having a beautifully elegant and classic colour palate. Especially if you are getting married in London in winter! Nicola and Richard’s stunning wedding was such a classy mix of style – black tie evening wear, the emerald bridesmaid dresses and Nicola’s amazing wedding dress! Different yet classic all in one….And what a day!

They are simply two of the kindest, loveliest people ever and together with all their friends and family really did know how to put on an amazing celebration. From the candlelit church ceremony, the quiet moments on the balcony at the Queens House, the tears and laughter as they swept in to the Great Hall for their reception, the speeches bringing more laughter, the sparkler exit leading the way to the Undercroft where a DJ and sax and bongo player were belting out tunes which got everyone dancing, and the late evening moments walking hand in hand under the stars taking it all in.

Congratulations to you both Nicola and Richard from the bottom of my heart for such an amazing wedding and inviting me to document it all for you. I wish you both a lifetime of happiness, fun, love (and scuba diving) adventures. Love natasha xxx

A list of Vendors are below for anyone who wants to find out more. Dress: Pronovias – Tatiana, sourced from With Love Bridal Boutique, Suit: Dress to Kill, Cufflinks: Mulbury, Bridesmaid Dresses: Ghost Claudia Dresses in Emerald Green, Groomsmen suits: Black Tuxedos from M&S Luxury Collection, Shoes: Jimmy Choo Romy in Green, Hair: Blink Salon (Eliza Austen), Makeup Blend Make Up London (Kerry Colvin), Venue: The Queens House, Greenwich London, Events Coordinator on the day (Jenny from Queens House), Flowers: Karen Woolven Florist, Caterer: Suzanne James, DJ: The Piano DJ, Sax player: Stationary: SilkBeau

And if you are interested or having a winter wedding in London or at the Queens House (where Im recommended photographer), lets chat! Just email me contact.natashahurley@gmail.com

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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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