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Why have a London Engagement Shoot?

I thought I’d share this beautiful London Engagement shoot on film today. So often your engagement is a whirlwind of organising for your wedding that having a moment to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate being an engaged couple is so special. My own engagement shoot a day before our wedding was a blissful hour as the sun was setting, just relaxing and thinking of nothing but having fun with my husband to be and our wedding photographer. So I know from the ‘other side’ of the camera also how important it is as a bride….Certainly if you are nervous about having your photograph taken on your wedding day or if you want to get an idea of how it will feel like, I ALWAYS think an engagement shoot is perfect for this. Also you get an extra set of photographs which you can frame which are of equal quality to your wedding photographs and add something different…

Top Tips for Brides

If you are having an engagement shoot here are a few of my top tips…Have a hair appointment the day before or morning of your engagement. Bring along a few wardrobe changes – and celebrate the shoot as something special by wearing something special. Things that look great on film particularly are light/pale coloured dresses without much patterning. Bring along hats, sunglasses, beautiful shoes, great jewellery….Allow your photographer to choose the location and time on the date….This means they will be able to select the most beautiful backdrops and know where the best lighting is.

London Engagement Shoot on Film

Heres  a few photographs – pretty much all taken on film using fujifilm400 and on my contax645 developed by Richard Photo Lab in LA…..Now can you spot where in London this is….(my secret gorgeous reflected and bounced light street which has victorian lamps and is always empty even though its in the heart of tourist land in London).

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RSA Wedding

Champagne glass in hand, twirling in her dress – this is how Gemma started the day of her RSA wedding! A super creative, lovely, funny couple, who chose to have a winter wedding in the heart of London. From their ceremony at the beautiful Catholic Church in Soho followed by a crazy red route-master bus ride back to the RSA (Royal Society of Arts) where drinks, dinner and just a few shots of Vodka were served (a Polish tradition)!

How to plan your wedding at the RSA?

The fun and free spirit of these two was infectious! I loved photographing their wedding (they also had an engagement shoot – which was hilarious) and meant that they were comfortable on the day of their wedding and we could quickly capture some of the photographs of them both as the evening street lights came on at 4pm – yes, having a winter wedding means there are less hours of daylight so we made sure we had a few photographs before it got too dark….if you look carefully you will see the lights are on, yet the photo looks as though its in full daylight….This is the magic of photography and having a professional photographer who can create the most beautiful photographs in whatever situation.

The couple decided to use the RSA by holding their drinks reception in the Great Room, their reception in the Benjamin Franklin room and then the evening drinks were in the Vaults.

Tips for Brides – How to alter your dress?

Also a little tip from this wedding – the bride, Gemma bought an amazing dress from Forget Me Knot in their sample sale, and then designed a bodice (overlay) with a dress designer/maker to add to the dress. This made the dress unique and was a really great way of getting a bespoke dress at a very affordable cost….And she was able to make something she truly loved and represented her….And she was able to mix it up by removing the bodice part for the evening.

London Wedding Film Photographer

I hope you enjoy these photographs – mostly taken on film using a Contax 645 medium format film camera with Fuji Film 400H rolls of film and developed by Richard Photo Lab.

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ICA Wedding photographer

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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You and Your Wedding Magazine Autumn wedding ideas by Natasha Hurley
You and Your Wedding Magazine Autumn wedding ideas by Natasha Hurley
You and Your Wedding Magazine Autumn wedding ideas by Natasha Hurley

 

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