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Croydon wedding

two photos of bride and bride and groom with autumn leaves in the background

Stephanie & James Croydon wedding last autumn is another wedding that has taken me a long time to blog.

As it is clear from the images and the beautiful foliage, this wedding took place last autumn and I am blogging it now in June!

The ceremony took place in St. Gertrude’s catholic church in South Croydon and I have to say that the priest there was the best and more relaxed priest I have ever met as a photographer. He was quite into photography himself, so we had a chat about the lenses I was using on the day and whatnot. He was also very relaxed about me taking pictures during the ceremony, which is quite unusual.Of course I was still very respectful about the ceremony and tried to be as discreet as I could and I found a hiding space from which to take photos most of the time.

two pictures of St. Gertrude's catholic church in South Croydon

details photo of flowers at the entrance of the church prepared for a wedding

two wedding guests waiting outside the church before a wedding

priest waiting at the entrance of church for the arrival of the bride

bride arriving in vintage car at her wedding in Croydon

black and white photo of bride and father inside the car arriving at the church

bride walking up the aisle with father

bride and groom looking at each other in front of priest

bride and groom singing hymns during ceremony at Croydon wedding

wedding guests singing hymns during ceremony at Croydon wedding

wide angle photo from the back of the church of bride and groom and guests

bride and groom during ceremony at Croydon wedding

guest doing reading at catholic wedding ceremony at Croydon wedding

bride and groom photographed with priest in the foreground during wedding ceremony at Croydon wedding

bride and groom sitting down and listening to priest's speech

bride and groom holding hands during ceremony at Croydon wedding

black and white close-up photo of bride and groom exchanging rings

bride and groom walking down the aisle

bride and groom exiting church after their wedding ceremony

bride and groom posing outside church with arch of flowers in the entrance

The reception took place in the lovely and cozy The Bakery restaurant, in Tatsfield.

two photos of a wedding, one of the wedding venue building and the oother of the bride and groom kissing in front of their vintage wedding car

two autumnal images of bride and bride with groom posing underneath a tree with yellow leaves

photo of two wedding guests during drinks reception at the Bakery restaurant in Tatsfield

two photos during wedding speeches, the father of the bride giving the speech and the bride laughing

bride laughing during speeches at Croydon wedding

two photos of wedding guests having fun

bride and groom making a toast after speeches

bride looking at her wedding cake

bride and groom cutting the cake and a reflection of them in the mirror

the bakery restaurant illuminated at night

 

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Wedding group photos

wedding group photo at the Renaissance Hotel Kings Cross

I think it was about time to write a blog post about wedding group photos, also known as “formals”.

I don’t tend to put these photos on my website, not even often on my blog, and I don’t even show them much in private viewings with clients either. I show my formal wedding group photos too little I think. I guess that I think everyone knows how these pictures looks like, or that they can get a bit boring and samey sometimes…I don’t know, I don’t think that many people have been ever wowed by a wedding group photo, or at least it is something that doesn’t happen often.

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These probably won’t be the photos that will put a smile on your face remembering the moment (as opposed to candid photos) but I absolutely agree that some need to be taken. Wedding group photos are the ones that tend to end up in the mantelpieces the most, so they are a must for nearly all of my clients. But I will tell you a secret… I don’t know a photographer yet that loves to takes these pictures.

Being completely honest, it is not my favorite part of the day. I believe that part of the problem is that is the moment when I have to became the “bossy” photographer I am not. Organising big groups of people and get to take these photos in the shortest amount of time is not an easy task.

My priority is to take these photos quickly so the guests and bride and groom can go and enjoy a little bit of the drinks reception too, instead of being posing for endless photos for most of the time.

To get this, I advise my clients to keep the list short (8-10 group photos is a reasonable number and I would say my average) and luckily I normally get the help from the best man or the bridesmaids, who can help to gather people.

So…these are some of my wedding group photos, which have been hidden for quite a while, it was about time to show some of them!

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formal wedding photo taking at Chelsea Town hall

two wedding group photos

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two wedding group photos

two wedding group photos of bride and her bridesmaids

Not all the group photos have to be the same or boring, I actually tend to take some a bit fun or different if I see the group is in the mood.

bride and groom with wedding party showing their colorful socks

bride and groom and wedding party jumping

fun wedding group photos in front of the Big Ben

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Porters Civic House wedding

Clare and Tony got married in Southend-on- Sea, a place I have been in the past photographing another wedding. In this occasion, the civil ceremony also took place in Porters Civic House.

Porters Civic House and Mayor Parlour is a beautiful grade I listed building in Southend-on- Sea, perfect for a civil ceremony, with a beautiful back garden to have some drinks to celebrate after the ceremony and take some photos.

two pictures of bridal dress and perfume during bridal preparations

two close-up photos of original bridal dress

pink roses bouquets photographed on a table

two photos of statues in a garden

two little boys looking out of the window during the bride preparations on a wedding day

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bride on balcony of her house looking down

black and white photo of flower girl walking down the stairs

detail of pageboy wearing blue converse

bride standing outside of her house before the ceremony

limousine parked in front of Porters Civic House and guests

bride getting out of the limousine arriving at Porters civic house wedding

bride walking down the aisle at Porters Civic house wedding

bride and groom looking at each other as the bride arrives at Porters Civic house wedding

bride and groom looking at each other as the bride arrives at Porters Civic house wedding

black and white picture of bride and groom exchanging rings during ceremony at Porters Civic House wedding

bride and groom singing the register at Porters Civic House wedding

bride and groom and two witness at Porters Civic House wedding

 bride and groom walking down the aisle after wedding ceremony at Porters Civic House

wedding drinks reception at Porters

photo of back garden of Porters Civic House

confetti shot of couple just married at Porters

two little girls holding hands in the garden at Porters Civic House during a wedding's drinks reception

two photos of guests at Porters Civic house wedding

wedding guests during drinks reception at Porters

photo of two guests at a wedding at Porrters

two fun group wedding photos at Porters

two little girls playing at a wedding drinks reception

black and white photo of wedding guests at a wedding in Porters

wedding guest talking to a baby at Porters Civic House

bride talking to her guests during drinks reception at Porters

bride talking to her guests during drinks reception at Porters

two wedding guests during drinks reception at Porters

groom with friends during drinks reception

toddler eating cupcake at a wedding

bride being congratulated by a little boy after the ceremony

kid drinking tea during drinks reception

two little girls having tea during drinks reception at a wedding

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detail of bride's hand with rings holding champagne glass

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After leaving Porters, and being in Southend-on- sea, we went to take some photos with the sea in the background, of course! I do love the sea and photographing couples around it every time I get a chance, so romantic!

two photos of newly-weds on the beach at Southend

two black and white photos of newly-weds at the beach in Southend

newly-weds at the beach in Southend

two photos of newly-weds at the beach in Southend

Clare and Tony’s was a very intimate wedding with not too many guests, so they celebrated the reception in their own house (after a few drinks and photos in Porters). I do love these kind of weddings, and I find myself photographing more and more weddings like this, with a small number of guests and receptions celebrated in private houses. I definitely think that these weddings’ atmosphere is more relaxed and if I were a bride, I would definitely go for this option. I’ll need to get myself a big house with a big garden first!  🙂

two photos of newly-weds under flower arch

big group wedding photo

newly-weds under flower arch

two photos of newly-weds under flower arch

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Wedding at Chaucer barn

This wedding at Chaucer barn is another of my 2014 weddings that hadn’t been blogged yet.

Christie and Tom‘s wedding at Chaucer barn was so beautiful, in such an amazing venue that I would like to share some photos from the day…better late than never!

Apart from the beautiful venue, outdoor ceremony and lavender and birch tree wedding decoration details, Christie and Tom are one of the couples most madly in love I have seen in my whole life, they really are. What a pleasure is to get to photograph that!

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photo of Chaucer barn house wedding venue in Norfolk

 

two photos of details at lavender themed wedding at chaucer barn

two photos of details at lavender themed wedding at chaucer barn

two photos of shoes and bride putting on her shoes at wedding at chaucer barn

detail shot of wedding and engagement ring

bride walking up the aisle and kissing groom in outdoor ceremony at wedding at chaucer barn

two black and white photos of bride and groom during outdoor ceremony at Chaucer barn

two photos of bride and groom during outdoor ceremony at Chaucer barn

black and white photo of bride and groom during outdoors ceremony

guests congratulating bride after ceremony

guests congratulating bride after ceremony

two black and white photos of wedding at chaucer barn

two photos of bride and groom in icecream van in outdoors wedding

Chaucer barn has also some really great spots for fun photographs. These things are not just for kids!

two photos of bride and groom in a swing at chaucer barn

bride and groom kissing in a pirate boat at Chaucer barn

two photos of bride and groom natural portraits

speeches outdoors at Chaucer barn

bride and groom laughing during speeches outdoors

guests smiling during speeches outdoors at Norfolk wedding

two emotional black and white photos during speeches at wedding

two photos of toast after speech at wedding

bride and mother of the groom hugging at wedding

bride and groom having fun with sparklers

guests having fun with sparklers at wedding

bride and groom during first dance photographed from above

bride and groom during first dance photographed from above

fun photo on a sofa of bride and groom, best man and maid of honor

 

 

 

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Chelsea Town Hall wedding

I loved Gerry and Jenny’s Chelsea Town Hall wedding!

I’ve got a soft spot for small weddings like this one, as I find my quiet personality suits this kind of intimate weddings very well.

Gerry and Jenny’s wedding was so intimate that it nearly felt like an elopement. They both live in the USA, but they came here to tie the knot in the company of very close family and friends as Gerry is british.

It was a splendid and laid back day with a strong London flavor.

two potos of couple posing in a routemaster bus

bride holding bouquet in routemaster bus

two photos of the groom in a routemaster bus laughing on his way to his wedding

Jenny was looking amazing in a golden sparkling  long dress and a gorgeous bouquet.

two photos of bride wearing a golden sparkling dress holding her bouquet

wedding guests on their way to Chelsea Town Hall in routemaster bus

bride touching face of groom smiling o their way to their wedding at Chelsea Town Hall

wedding guest in routemaster bus on his way to wedding at Chelsea Town Hall

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bride and groom entering the room at Chelsea Town Hall

black and white close-up photo of bride and groom holding hands during the wedding ceremony at Chelsea Town Hall wedding

bride smiling during ceremony at Chelsea Town Hall wedding

black and white photo of bride and groom holding hands during ceremony at Chelsea Old Town Hall wedding

black and white close-up photo of exchange of rings during wedding ceremony

bride and groom kissing each other after they are declared husband and wife at Chelsea Town Hall wedding

group photo of bride and groom and wedding guests inside ceremony room at Chelsea Town Hall

bride hugging female wedding guest after ceremony at Chelsea Town Hall in London

close-up photo of bridal bouquet

 

close-up photo of bride wearing the wedding and engagement ring and holding her bouquet

close-up photo of bride wearing the wedding and engagement ring and holding her bouquet

After the ceremony at Chelsea Town Hall, we all made a move in a Routemaster bus to some of London’s highlights and finally to The Mitre, a pub near Holland Park.

bride and groom with union flag umbrella in front of routemaster bus

bride and groom with union flag umbrella in front of routemaster bus

bride and groom and wedding guests making a toast with champagne in front of a routemaster bus

wedding guest smiling in routemaster bus

two wedding guests taking a selfie in a routemaster bus wedding

close-up photo of bride holding bouquet

bride and groom posing in front a telephone box each

bride and groom in front of Big Ben and Houses of Parliament

bride and groom looking at each other in front of Big Ben and Houses of Parliament

informal group photo of small wedding in front of Big Ben and Houses of Parliament

bride telling secrets to groom in a routemaster bus on their way to reception

close-up photo of bride in a routemaster wedding bus with rings

bride and groom and guests having fun in a routemaster wedding bus on their way to the reception

bride and groom and guests having fun in a routemaster wedding bus on their way to the reception

The Mitre pub lLadbroke Grove seen through a routemaster wedding bus window

The Mitre pub London Ladbroke Grove

wedding guests looking out of the pub window waiting for bride and groom to arrive

two photos of bride and groom posing in front of pub sign

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Pembroke Lodge Wedding

Wow! I cannot believe it has taken me this long to blog this wedding…I am so behind on my blogging! I have not only some weddings from last year to blog, but  from last summer! This wedding was on September, 5 months ago already.

The bride and groom  are Amaia and Auran, and they got married in the gorgeous Pembroke Lodge, in Richmond Park.

From the first moment I met them, I got a connection with them, specially with Amaia, who is from Spain (so do I) and book me as their photographer proved to be a good choice. There were groups of people speaking both english and spanish, so it was quite useful being able to communicate in both languages, specially for organizing the group shots.

violinists playing during arrival of guest at Pembroke Lodge wedding, Richmond

groom and guests before the ceremy at Pembroke Lodge in Richmond

groom welcoming guest with baby at his arrival at Pembroke Lodge, Richmond

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bride arriving with father at Pembroke Lodge for wedding

nervous groom waiting in the ceremony groom for the bride with family in the background looking at him

groom waiting in Pembroke Lodge, Richmond for the bride's arrival in the Bellvedere room with family in the background

grooms family during wedding ceremony at belvedere room in Pembroke Lodge, Richmond

groom seeing bride for the first time whilst she walk up the aisle with her father at Pembroke Lodge, Richmond

black and white photo of bride and groom looking at each other during the ceremony whilst holding hands

detail photo of exchange of rings during the wedding ceremony in Pembroke Lodge, Richmond, bride with henna painting on hands

bride and groom kissing at Pembroke Lodge wedding

guest throwing confetti at bride and groom as they walk down the aisle at Pembroke Lodge in Richmond

bride and groom looking happy after wedding ceremony at Pembroke Lodge and guests throwing colorful conffetti at them

Amaia is from the basque country, a region in northern Spain with its own traditions and her friends prepare a surprise for her.

They learnt how to dance the traditional basque country dance for her. This was a really beautiful thing to see and such a surprise for her, it was very emotional.

basque country traditional dance performing during wedding at Pembroke Lodge

emotional bride during surprise dance at wedding

bride hugging friend at her wedding

bride kissing friend at wedding

Amaia’s hair was absolutely amaaazing!

bride hugging family after wedding ceremony and showing detail of hair

bride and wedding guest laughing during drinks reception

stylisg couple at Pembroke Lodge wedding, looking at each other and laughing

two stylisg girls posing and looking at the camera ta Pembroke's Lodge wedding inRichmond

groom talking with friend during drinks reception

detail of bellvedere room and centerpiece at Pembroke Lodge wedding

bride and groom kissing in front of Pembroke Lodge in Richmond

Amaia introduced an indian element by having her hands decorated with henna.

Her dress was absolutely stunning, from Rosa Clara

detail of bouquet and henna hands of bride photographed by London wedding photographer

bride and groom facing each other with foreheads together and natural vegetation frame at Richmond

bride and groom laughing

black and white photo of groom kissing bride on the cheek with closed ayes at London wedding

bride and groom kissing in black and white

bride and groom looking at each other with lavender in the foreground

bride and groom raising their glasses at the top table in the Bellvedere room in Pembroke Lodge, Richmond

wedding guests raising their glasses to make a toast at Pembroke Lodge

Pembroke Lodge building with lights on inside and signs in the foreground

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Bridal Shoot on black and white film

After a week waiting for my black and white images from the lab, I finally got them and I can share some of them here.

These are from a session I had with Angela.  If you have visited my blog recently, I posted some of the color images taken with an AE-1 Canon film camera and a roll of Fuji Pro 400 last week. If you haven’t seen those images, you can do by clicking here.

The black and white images on this post were taken with a Praktica camera using a Kodak T-Max 400 roll.

black and white portrait of a bride during a bridal shoot in a london park

composition of two black and white images of a bride photographed on black and white film in a London park

composition of two images of a bride posing by a fence at a London park photographed on black and white film

portrait of bride wearing veil photographed from above on black and white film

bride wearing veil covering her face sitting on a bench photographed on black and white film

bride wearing veil covering face and sitting on a bench in a London park photographed from above on black and white film

 

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Fuji Pro 400 Film Bridal Shoot

Last Sunday was an exciting day for me. I organized a bridal shoot with Angela in a London park. Angela is already married but she fancied some beautiful photos on her dress in London.

We had a great time together and she was a pleasure to work with, but the main reason I was so excited, was because that day I was shooting film and not digital. These photos here were taken with a AE-1 Canon film camera with a roll of Fuji Pro 400.

I love how film looks, even if that sometimes means to have a less “clean” image or not so sharp. There is something charming about film.

detail of bride holding her roses bouquet photographed with fuji pro 400 film

bride alone with bouquet in a london park photographed with fuji pro 400 fim

two photos of a bride holding her bouquet looking at the camara and looking at her shoes

detail of bridal shoes on the grass with autumn leaves

bride in the park holding her dress and walking towards the camera smiling

bride photographed with yellow roses out of focus in the foreground

two portraits of a bride between yellow roses

bride with veil standing between yellow roses out of focus photographed with fuji pro 400

bride standing between the branches of a willow tree film photography

bride looking down between branches of willow tree

beautiful bride framed by willow branches in a london park during a film photoshoot photographed with fuji pro 400

I will be posting some of the black and white roll photos next week.

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Good reasons to get married in winter

As a wedding photographer I have most of my work concentrated from April until October, with less inquiries for the rest of the months of the year. However, it is getting more and more common for couples to organise a winter wedding. And there are good reasons to get married in winter, you may want to consider them, just keep reading below this Christmas wedding photos…

newly-weds hugging each other in leadenhall market with christmas tree on the side

 

Weather itself can be one of the reasons. I know, it doesn’t make sense without giving it a little bit of though…when asking a couple of one of my winter weddings last year why they had chosen November, they told me that it was because when people get married in summer they expect the weather to be nice and they rely on it too much.

But let’s face it, sometimes it is not. Last year it was raining all summer. You couldn’t imagine how many umbrella shots I got!

You can still have a great day and beautiful wedding photographs with bad weather and rain, umbrellas are actually  a very nice prop for wedding photos. But somehow couples are a bit disappointed if the weather is not good in summer.  People who get married in winter on the other hand are not relying on weather for their wedding. They are likely to think the weather is going to be bad, so they are normally happy because it is not as bad as they thought it would be rather than disappointed.

Another good reason to get married in winter is that winter is very romantic! Snow, Christmas trees, candles…they all look wonderful and are so pretty… My only recommendation as a photographer is you are considering a winter wedding is to get mariied in the morning so there is still natural light for some time (specially for the group shots) for more natural results.

Wedding vendors have also more availability in winter, since summer is the high season, so you will get more chances to get the wedding vendor services you would like to have and some of them probably would also offer you a small discount.

No matter the month of the year or the weather, your wedding day will be a beautiful day!

 

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Second shooting in Portsmouth

I love second shooting every now and then. Of course I love shooting my own weddings, being in charge of everything photographywise…editing and delivering the final product to my clients. But second shooting is fun and more relaxed than being the main tog, so it is a great opportunity to second shoot for someone else whenever I have a free date and they need an extra pair of hands.

These photos here were taken by me on May whilst second shooting at a wedding in Portsmouth.

portchester castle entrance in portsmouth with tree in the foreground

portchester castle inside the walls on a sunny day with blue skies

view to the sea from portchester castle in portsmouth

view of the sea with boats and blue skies fro inside portchester castle in portsmouth

I started the day at the impressive Portchester Castle in Portsmouth, where the groom and groomsmen were waiting for the arrival of guests at St. Mary’s Church. St. Mary’s Church is a church inside the castle grounds. The whole place was gorgeous, with the south walls leading to the sea, and they day couldn’t be more perfect, what a beautiful sky we had! I truly enjoyed taking photos of the surroundings.

I was there covering this part of the day while Kenny was covering the bride’s preparations.

groom and groomsmen walking around the church grounds in portchester castle in portsmouth, second shooting job by helena amor photography

groom and groomsmen laughing while walking towards the church in black and white photographed by Helena Amor at a second shooting job

a couple arriving at a wedding in portsmouth castle

three wedding guests chatting in a natural way photographed between a tree branches in a documentary style wedding picture

wedding guests entering the church in black and while

detail shot of best man helping groom with his laple flower in black and white

bride walking up the aisle with her father, flowergirls and bridesmaids in black and white in portchester castle in portsmouth

bride and groom exchanging rings during religious wedding ceremony

bride and groom exchanging rings during wedding ceremony at church with stained glass window in the background

two photos of bride and groom right after they are declared husband and wife, bride and groom kissing and bride and groom looking at each other smiling in black and white

father congratulating his daughter right after her wedding ceremony

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flowergirl leading a group of people outside the church grounds after the ceremony in portsmouth castle

bride and groom followed by guests with church in the background

vintage wedding car and guests and church in the background

group photo of bride and bridesmaids with yellow flowers out of focus in the foreground

bride and bridesmaids posing for formal group photographs photographed between yellow flowers out of focus in the foreground

wedding guests in portchester castle in portsmouth in black and white

a group of wedding guests having drinks at a maritime wedding reception in portsmouth

a couple of wedding guests looking at the boats in the marina in Portsmouth

close up of kid drinking orange juice at wedding drinks reception

portrait of young and beautiful wedding guests and food during wedding drinks reception

 

I have been collaborating with Kenny for a while second shooting for him when he needs someone and I am free, and the other way around too.

As a matter of fact, yesterday was one of those days…Yesterday’s wedding was so much fun, including a surprise the bride prepared for the groom and made for some great photos. I will be posting some of those photos here (my second shooting experiences) in the near future, unfortunately a bit too early to share that now.

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