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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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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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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

As a London wedding photographer Ive photographed a fair few Chelsea Registry Office wedding ceremonies. So I thought Id give you some of my top tips for getting married here and how to elevate the look and feel of your ceremony in the photographs. In Part One here are some more logistical tips that I hope will help – see below.

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Top Tips for your Chelsea Registry Office Wedding

  1. As someone who nearly got married here myself, I was the one calling up the Chelsea Registry Office and nervously asking whether they would allow us to marry there. They couldnt have been nicer and more welcoming. They have lots of weddings here though, so if you have a specific date and/or time during the day, call them early and pay the deposit (its not much) to secure the room.
  2. Now which room to choose at the Chelsea Registry Office? The Rossetti Room holds 12 guests (plus the two of you), The Brydon Room is the biggest (and where I have photographed most), and holds 40 guests. And the Harrington Room is the smallest and is just for you and your witnesses (up to ten guests).
  3. Logistics – there is no real parking, so guests will find it easiest to come by cab, walk down Kings Road or of course Routemaster bus. Id suggest the groomsmen arrive a bit earlier too so they can help direct guests as they arrive up the main steps and into the room on the right which allows people to mingle as well as not get a glimpse of the bride as you walk in. In terms of the bride’s arrival – this is on the side road next to the little entrance of Chelsea Registry Office.
  4. You will both have a little interview with the Registrar about 10 minutes before your ceremony. If getting married in the Brydon Room this will take place in the office behind. The groom to go first and then wait in the Brydon Room and the bride to follow and then stay in the office and wait there ready to walk down the aisle (as there is a second door in the office which opens at the back of the aisle).
  5. Give music to the Officiants as they will coordinate your music. Best to have a quick chat with them via email beforehand so they know the running order of music and also you know what format they like it on (CD, USB, Spotify etc). You can get more details about Chelsea Registry Office here
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