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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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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.

Chelsea Registry Office by Natasha Hurley Photography

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
    Chelsea Registry Office by Natasha Hurley Photography
    Chelsea Registry Office by Natasha Hurley PhotographyChelsea Registry Office by Natasha Hurley Photography

Im a film wedding photographer in London. This means I primarily shoot weddings in and around London (although I also shoot a few destination weddings each year – mainly France and Italy)….But what I wanted to share today was a little about being a London Wedding Photographer and what my style is. Because there are so many London wedding photographers who do you choose to be your wedding photographer and how do you determine what their style is?

My style is beautiful, classic and light (as opposed to a dark filter – which can often make photographs look edgy and cool but also accentuate dark shadows under eyes – not flattering). This leads me on to being a flattering wedding photographer. Perhaps silly to even mention – surely everyone classes the quality of the photograph based on how good they look right? But sometimes in the thrill of seeing an epic nightime shot with a couple, or pictures of the gritty details which appeal, you may forget to check out the portraits. Or maybe there just arent any portraits in the gallery to see. Yes it may feel like you dont want to have a few directed photos taken but I promise afterwards if you are desperately hunting through your wedding photographs to find a picture of you which is beautifully composed, you look amazing and is timeless and dont have one, this can make you have a little twinge of regret.

So here’s a few photographs to highlight what kind of style I photograph in…One which will stand the test of time and make you and your wedding look stunning….and in terms of taste, Im definitely one for natural colours, hand dyed linens, boho looking hair and natural makeup. Where the dress is structured yet not fussy and where there is a great party in the evening with dancing under the stars.

All photographs taken on film using Contax 645, film portra400 and processed by Richard Photo Lab. (I also shoot digital especially the evening when you need super fast shutter speeds and low light capability).

Vendors include: Venue Pembroke Lodge, Dress: Kate Edmondson Bridal, Stationary: Gemma Milly, Hair and Makeup: Jo Loves Hair, Cake: The Custome Cake Boutique Flowers: That Flower Shop, Crockery Hire: Classic Crockery

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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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London Engagement shoot on film by Natasha Hurley PhotographyLondon Engagement shoot on film by Natasha Hurley PhotographyLondon Engagement shoot on film by Natasha Hurley Photography

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