London Wedding Photographer

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….

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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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Pembroke Lodge Wedding by Natasha Hurley

Today Im sharing this creative London wedding dreamt up by this super cool couple who held their wedding ceremony in Chelsea Registry Office (you can read my tips for getting married there here) and then transformed the Royal Oak on Columbia Road for their reception….Yes it wasnt a typical wedding venue, but with a little bit of vision and design they built such a fantastic space that was ‘just them’. And with the bonus of not having to hire tables or chairs and having the design aesthetic that they loved which had already been created by the pub it just meant they were able to focus on the fun elements of decorating the room….Most things coming from the little unique shops along Columbia Road. Flowers by Rebel Rebel, Cake by Lily Vanilli and dress from Luella’s Bridal. It also created such a cosy atmosphere amongst the haze of a good meal, fairy lights and candles, banging tunes and as much cake and champagne as you could eat.

If you are hunting around for a good reception space for your wedding Id totally recommend the Royal Oak (and also most other Gastropubs in London). They offer cool spaces, good pub grub and usually fantastic lighting and backdrops. You can then splurge on making the place your own and also using your budget for the things that really matter to you.

If you are a London couple or getting married in London do say hi. You can email me here at contact.natashahurley@gmail.com Im always here to help any couple.

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Chelsea Registry Office Wedding Photography – Following on from my last post here’s my Top Tips as a photographer on creating the best photographs of your wedding ceremony at Chelsea Registry Office. If you want to read about my Top Tips for logistics at Chelsea Registry Office click hereChelsea Registry Office by Natasha Hurley Photography

Top Tips for great photographs at Chelsea Registry Office

  1. Walk slowly down the aisle. Its not long so if you think you may get just a few photographs of this moment, better not to rush and have the opportunity of having more photographs taken.
  2. Having Readings during the ceremony makes it slightly longer (to about 25 minutes) and also gives your photographer more time to photograph the moments of the two of you, naturally captured whilst listening to your Readings.
  3. Confetti – Chelsea Registry Office allow confetti and with its amazing frontage it cries out for a good amount of confetti throwing. So, absolutely have confetti.
  4. Following on from this, the best confetti in terms of photography is both rice (its easy to throw for guests and looks beautiful), and small confetti (which doesnt get clumped or hide your face as you are walking through a shower of huge rose petals). However also good to add confetti canons – which you can now buy easily and shoot confetti into the sky which add drama.
  5. Give yourself time. If you have transport for guests laid on, make sure the bus etc can park on the sideroad (rather than the front of Chelsea Registry Office). They are usually always early and once they arrive at the front you feel rushed to leave. This way on the side road, they are tucked away and you can get some group photographs on the front steps.Chelsea Registry Office by Natasha Hurley Photography