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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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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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