ICA Wedding Photography

I thought I’d share more from this ICA wedding I photographed with some daytime photographs. This gorgeous couple were lucky enough to be able to get married in St Paul’s Cathedral before hailing a cab for the ICA! (Slightly magical was the moment travelling with them in the black cab and seeing St Paul’s Cathedral where they had just got married in the rear view – check it out in the photo below)….Another moment was of their family and friends gathered outside the front of St Pauls for a large group photograph and all the tourists chanting for the couple to ‘kiss’ and cheers and shouts when they did!.

London Wedding Venue

During the planning process this bride and groom wanted a London wedding venue, but one which was both light, bright and beautiful without being too ornate or too quirky. One which was easy to get to, didnt need a complete re-fit in terms of ‘dry hire’ and which allowed the party to go on till late! The ICA ticked all those boxes and is such a beautiful wedding venue huh?! From the slightly blush tones of the Nash built building to the fantastic balconies that allow you to climb out of the windows and watch as the sun goes down over St James’ Park and the lights begin to twinkle over Buckingham Palace and London town.

This wedding was a treat to photograph – from the musical entrance of the Bride and Groom to the heartfelt speeches and the crazy dancing in the evening. Two of my favourite people and such an honour to be their wedding photographer for the day.

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I am a London based wedding photographer and so thrilled to share this ICA Wedding with you all. The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) is located right on the Mall by Buckingham Palace. Built by Nash it has the most incredible light, bright soaring ceilings yet a cozy feel – being a town house which has fire places and sweeping stairs. I thought that instead of the whole wedding we would start with the party! I adore being an ICA Wedding Photographer and I hope these photos inspire and help you plan your wedding.

5 top tips how to light the ICA for your wedding?

I thought it may help if I give a little detail on how to light the ICA for your wedding. Because this couple really wanted to create the most beautiful lighting. And with a little pre-planning and some thought as to what you want the room to look like you can create such a magical look and feel for your wedding party in the evening. The ICA themselves can recommend professional lighting experts but for this wedding my couple used

  1. If you can choose a colour for uplighters or any other lighting system, dont go for green! Instead use a purple/pink colour – this is absolutely the best!
  2. Make sure you have yellow light incorporated – candles are great or other types of fairy lights, lamps or some lights yellow’y’
  3. A disco ball is great! As is DJ standard spotlights – here just one white light shining on the disco ball working amazingly and was not expensive at all.
  4. Make sure you go outside and use the London backdrop in the early evening when the streetlights are on and you get some really magical lighting (more pics to come of options on this).
  5. Its worth investing in the fairylight curtain at the back of the atrium between the two rooms! You can use it as a backdrop for photos but will also look visually stunning!

Here are a few photographs which I hope help inspire you when choosing your wedding lighting. It really does elevate your wedding photographs and creates such an atmospheric party environment.

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You and Your Wedding Magazine Autumn Wedding

I am thrilled to be the Contributing Photographer in You and Your Wedding Magazine for their Autumn wedding inspiration. Huge thanks to the You and Your Wedding Team (Hollie in particular) and to the creative talents of all the folk that created this day, especially the talented and ever lovely Sundari aka The Wedding Stylist. Vendor details at the end.

Autumn Wedding Tips for Brides

So if you are planning an autumn wedding this year and want to incorporate the beauty of this time of year here in London here are a few of my top tips…

  1. Make sure you are not eating dinner during ‘golden hour’ or can pop out between courses for a few photographs. Why? Because Autumn – ie September and October have the BEST golden light! The sun is lower in the sky but is still a yellow sun like in Summer. This golden light is about 20minutes just before the sun sets. I always check it out in terms of timings on the wedding day of my couples to make sure I know, for instance, that between 7pm and 7:20pm there will be great light to take my couples out to wander in the fields or streets and capture some of that magical light.
  2. Honour the season with flowers that are autumnal colours – looks great and will mean they are seasonal and can be local (something the florist in this shoot – Sarah at Florabunda Rose is super keen on and which I agree – keep it local and get gorgeous smelling, naturally blooming flowers).
  3. Invest in some great music. The beauty of an autumn wedding means that it does get dark in the evening. This means that instead of being outside your guests will want to pile onto the dancefloor – great! So get live music if you can afford it (theres no substitute) or if not a great DJ!

 

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Stylist and Shoot coordinator: The Wedding Stylist, Dress: Kate Edmondson Bridal, Hair, Makeup and Hair accessories: Victoria Fergusson, Cake: Abi Anna, Flowers: Florabunda Rose, Stationary: Gemma Milly Table Linens: Table to Dine For, Furniture: Stress Free Hire.

London Winter Wedding

As a London Wedding Photographer, getting to photograph local weddings for creative, artistic, lovely couples is such a treat. As its snowing right now in London I thought I’d share a few photographs from some winter weddings.

This time of year allows you to relax without worrying whether it will be a sunny summer day or not – something never guaranteed. It also allows you to be creative and enjoy the winter season….mulled wine, wrapping up warmly, warm fires and lots of candles.

Top Tips for Brides planning a London Winter Wedding

  1. Make sure you invest in your photographer! They need to be good! You know, its rather easy to make an outdoor ceremony in the sunshine look lovely….But to photograph an indoors celebration, in low light is very different and will call upon a photographer’s knowledge of shooting manually, knowing their craft and knowing about ‘light’ (ie flashes, bounced flash, off camera flash etc).
  2. Have a midday ceremony – this allows for time afterwards before it gets dark to have photographs outside (whilst it may be overcast or raining there is still no substitute for the open sky which will make skin-tones fantastic and give you the opportunity to have some pictures of ‘where’ you got married.
  3. Candles and fairy lights! Hell yes! And as many as you can get. Candle light is perhaps the most flattering, and the most magical. So if you are looking for a venue and have a winter wedding planned, be sure to ask whether they allow candles.London winter wedding by Natasha Hurley PhotographyLondon winter wedding by Natasha Hurley PhotographyLondon winter wedding by Natasha Hurley PhotographyLondon winter wedding by Natasha Hurley PhotographyLondon winter wedding by Natasha HurleyLondon winter wedding by Natasha HurleyLondon winter wedding by Natasha HurleyLondon winter wedding by Natasha HurleyLondon winter wedding by Natasha HurleyLondon winter wedding by Natasha Hurley PhotographyLondon winter wedding by Natasha Hurley PhotographyLondon winter wedding by Natasha Hurley PhotographyLondon winter wedding by Natasha Hurley PhotographyLondon winter wedding by Natasha Hurley PhotographyLondon winter wedding by Natasha Hurley PhotographyLondon winter wedding by Natasha Hurley PhotographyLondon winter wedding by Natasha Hurley PhotographyLondon winter wedding by Natasha Hurley Photography

Pembroke Lodge Wedding

Pembroke Lodge and Richmond Park hold such a special place in my heart. As a London wedding photographer and someone who has roots here, I have memories of the ‘Christmas morning walk’ across Richmond Park, getting engaged here, spending far too much time sitting outside Pembroke Lodge with a clotted cream scone and coffee….So, when I got the chance to be a part of this beautiful Pembroke Lodge Wedding inspired shoot I knew it would be sensational.

Elegant with a leaning towards a slight bohemian style and creative, natural palate which suited the late summer, early autumn season in the midst of Richmond park at Pembroke Lodge I hope this inspires you to dare to think outside the traditional wedding dress, go for something fashionably elegant and beautiful (not to mention something you mix and match to wear again) and also floral colours that are bold, earthy and feel part of the season.

Are you a London Bride?

If you are a London Bride-to-be check out the vendors that were part of this shoot below.

Vendor credits: Venue: Pembroke Lodge, Dresses and blouses: Kate Edmondson Bridal, Flowers: That Flower Shop, Hair and Makeup: Love Hair, Cake: The Custom Cake Boutique, Furniture Hire: Classic Crockery, Tableware and all crockery: Classic Crockery, Stationary: Gemma Milly, Ring: The Vintage Ring Co

Also a little note that most if not all of these photographs were taken on film camera (contax 645) with Portra 400 (loving this film stock lately – and as its slightly brown/copper in colour tone rather than blush pink of fujifilm pro400 I thought it would mirror the aesthetic of this shoot perfectly). All processed by Richard Photo Lab in LA.

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