Wedding at The Landmark Hotel in London | Faye & Matthew

They are gorgeous, just like we knew they would be. Thank you for doing such an amazing job!

Faye & Matthew

pre wedding shoot

I first met Faye and Matthew for their pre wedding photo shoot. I do many of these shoots in the beautiful forests of Savernake on the outskirts of Marlborough in Wiltshire. The light is always incredible in the forest, with superb colours and tones. It’s also an immensely calming environment too - something that really helps couples to relax and for shoots to flow effortlessly.

The entire wedding day took place at The Landmark Hotel in North London. As expected it was an immensely fun, welcoming, often touching and memorable day. I'm regularly commissioned as a London wedding photographer and have worked at The Landmark Hotel many times now but it never ceases to amaze me. It’s just such a stunning building in terms of architecture and scale - the impressive restaurant and giant palm trees for instance!

These two know how to party, as do their friends and family, the best men speech was nothing short of inspired and the dancing was... well, I’ll let the images do the talking there!

Absolutely loved every minute of photographing this wedding, below are my very favourites from the day.

Finally, I got to work with the ever so talented wedding videographer Minty Slippers. If you’re looking for a documentary style wedding video, I urge you to check him out.

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Lighting, as expected, was low and varied, beautiful but tough. Every room offered a very slightly different level of ambience and the very nature of our work is discretion and accuracy, so we don't ever use flash to either light dark areas or simply balance colours when not entirely necessary.

This was also the first time I got to see the fairly new Canon 5D Mark 3 in action and there are some five figure ISO images that have made it into the final cut.

Very impressive. I feel it's only benefit my documentary approach and black and white wedding photography.

We always aim to document environments as they are, it's what ensures we create an honest reflection of the day - no gimmicks, no tacky post production to iron out the creases. Therefore the camera equipment needs to be capable of working in varied and challenging conditions. This means that our style and approach always remain the same.

Needless to say I sold my ageing Nikon gear and went completely Canon just days after the commission, it's something I'll be blogging about in detail shortly (for the photographers and techy brides that follow this blog) so keep posted!

Every now and then you document a London wedding where something really stands out, this time it was the band, and what a band they were! I'd go so fas as to say that they made the wedding reception.

It was quite an interactive approach and really commanded attention, they're a really talented bunch of performers and together with their lighting and production made the later stages of the day pretty spectacular.

Here is a small selection of my favourite London wedding photographs.

David & Katy's wedding in London

I documented David and Katy's London wedding recently at some incredibly memorable venues.

My reportage wedding photography coverage started at The Landmark Hotel on Marylebone Road for Katy's bridal preparations, the Winter Garden Restauraunt in The Landmark is a truly spectacular sight with its huge glass ceiling many feet above the tables.

The wedding ceremony took place at Old Marylebone Town Hall and Katy and David's civil ceremony ran without a hiccup. This is much thanks to perhaps the most laid back registrars I've ever worked with, it's true to say I've never had an issue documenting a ceremony at the Old Marylebone Town Hall, so why do other registrars in many of the more rural parts of the country get their knickers in such a twist? If you're in the planning stages of your London wedding, please be sure to ask your registrars what their policy is on wedding photography as some won't allow any photographs to be taken other than mockups, which completely defeats the purpose of authentic documentary wedding photography!

We arrived at 11 Cavendish Square mid-afternoon, this place oozes class and elegance, it also has exceptional available light thanks to the large orangery.

I find reportage wedding photography in London at its best when you're forced to be on foot; there was no way I would drive to these three venues, I just wouldn't take the risk. It was tube and cab throughout the day. But because of this type of city travel it's in your favour to only carry the necessary equipment.

This not only frees you up physically but also, because you have fewer options than you would perhaps have if you were driving, your focus turns even more to image creation and quality. This is one of the reasons I'm so fond of city weddings and I'm off to do another in the next few hours, only this time it'll be an Indian-Chinese wedding at Number 4 Hamilton Place in Mayfair.

To be blogged soon...

In the meantime, below are my very favourite London reportage wedding photographs from David and Katy's well planned day.