London Wedding Photography - St Stephens Church in Hampstead

Ellie and Sam celebrate their wedding day with family and friends at the stunning St Stephens Church in Hampstead. 

It was wonderful to return to St Stephens Church in Hampstead to capture the wedding of Ellie and Sam a couple of months ago. I started the day meeting up with Ellie at the York & Albany opposite Regents Park. She had reserved a lovely room which offered enough space for makeup, hair , bridesmaid, parents ... oh, and the photographer ! Working very candidly I was able to capture some lovely moments during the bridal preparations. 

It was a rather grey day weather wise but I had some beautifully soft window light to work with. The discreet fuji x series camera's came into their own here
Ellie's father was particularly relaxed during the prep, taking everything in his stride 
That feeling of dread when you think you've spotted a mark on the dress, in this instance there as nothing to worry about

It was then a quick dash in an uber up to St Stephens Church to meet up with Sam and the wedding party ahead of the emotional ceremony. To say the weather was inclement would have been an understatement, however it did nothing to dampen the spirits of the happy couple and guests. Sam is a toy designer (yes I know, very cool) and his work and that of his best man was on display with a very original cake topper depicting the happy couple.When you get the chance take a look at Sam's website to get a glimpse into his creative world. 

Despite most of my work being candid and unposed, I often suggest to couples that they spend a little time together alone just to take the day in and reflect on the occasion. This 'couple time' is perfect for a few images of the couple together and despite the awful weather (my cameras are weather sealed unlike me) I was able to pop outside, grab some shelter in the cloisters of the church and capture some lovely, relaxed images of the happy couple. 

After the wedding breakfast there were three emotional speeches from Ellie's father, Sam and his best man Nick. It was then full steam ahead into the party, preceded by a re-scheduled confetti arch as by this stage the rain had eased. An extremely well choreographed first dance rounded the coverage off. Congratulations to Ellie and Sam for organising a wonderful wedding day and for being such great sports when it came to embracing the awful weather ! 

SO DID YOU ENJOY LOOKING OVER ELLIE AND SAM'S WEDDING IMAGES FROM ST STEPHENS CHURCH IN HAMPSTEAD ? 

If you are planning a wedding at St Stephens Church and you are searching for a wedding photographer who has a candid style then why not drop me a line, I'd love to hear from you. 

Well this made a change for this summer, a wet wedding !!! We have been blessed some amazing weather this year but the heavens opened for Katie and Josh's lovely Longstowe Hall Wedding. But did the happy couple let the weather dampen their spirits ..... not in the slightest !!!! I always get asked the question by prospective clients, "what happens if it rains " ? My stock answer is always the same, EMBRACE IT ! and this is exactly what Katie and Josh did. Whatever the weather, Longstowe Hall always looks amazing and today was no exception. The lawns looked lush and the borders were spectacular. Here's a little feedback from the newly-weds :

"David did such a wonderful job capturing our wedding day. He was a pleasure to deal with in the lead up to our wedding and on the day, dealing with the rainy weather easily and finding several solutions for us so that we could still have some outdoor pictures. He was inobtrusive and captured some lovely natural shots which have turned out to be our favourites. We are so pleased with our wedding pictures and really will treasure them forever, we are so pleased we chose David as our wedding photographer."

Such lovely feedback from an amazing couple. 

Perhaps you are considering a Longstowe Hall wedding and you're looking for unobtrusive, candid, documentary coverage with a splash of fine art ? Im proud to be a preferred supplier at Longstowe Hall, so why not drop me a line, Id love to hear from you. Here's a selection of images from the day to whet your appetite. 

  

 

Did you enjoy looking over Katie and Josh's lovely Longstowe Hall wedding images ? Feel free to drop me a line to discuss your wedding photography requirements. 

                                                                                                      

 

If you are looking for a wedding venue that gives you the flexibility of having a civil ceremony but the grandeur and ambiance of a church setting, then look no further than St Stephens Church located in Hampstead. The image above was take at Ellie and Sam's wonderful wedding at St Stephens - it's a spectacular location and a 'one stop shop' for your wedding celebrations. 

Situated on a landmark site, at the meeting of Pond Street and Rosslyn Hill in Hampstead, stands St Stephen’s, one of the last surviving works of the Victorian architect Samuel Sanders Teulon. A Grade I listed building and national historic monument, St Stephen’s was built 1869–1873, being made redundant in 1977 and thereafter remaining empty until 2002 when it was deconsecrated and given into the care of St Stephen’s Restoration and Preservation Trust on a 99 year lease from the London Diocesan Fund. With the building having survived years of dereliction, damage and occupation by squatters, the mission of the Trust is to restore and protect the fabric and grounds of St Stephen’s, as befitting a Grade I Listed Building and to open its doors to the public as a local community asset for educational, arts and social purposes.

Perhaps you are considering a St Stephens Church wedding celebration ? If so, why not drop me a line and we can discuss your requirements in more detail. 

If you are looking a wedding photographer with a candid, documentary style for your wedding at St Stephens, then please feel free to contact me. 

Back in the summer I had the pleasure of photographing Kathryn and Luke's wonderfully intimate wedding in the stunning Swiss Gardens in Shuttleworth, Bedfordshire. 

The Swiss Garden at Shuttleworth was created between 1824 and 1832. It was the project of a wealthy young gentleman, the 3rd Baron of Old Warden Lord Ongley, whose family had bought the estate in the 1690s. At the highest point and in the centre of the garden is the Swiss Cottage. Used as a teahouse, it has a cleverly hidden lower ground floor where the food could be prepared. Today the Swiss Cottage is a stunning venue for intimate wedding ceremonies, only a handful of guests can sit inside, those without a seat can watch proceedings through the open windows (this includes the photographer !!).

Kathryn and Luke particularly loved my style of candid, documentary wedding photography. There were no formal shots at all, it was wonderful to just go about my business as if I were part of the small wedding party, capturing those special moments in an unobtrusive fashion. Due to the intimate location I used my fuji mirrorless cameras and fast, prime lenses to capture the wedding. They were perfect for this occasion, exceptionally quiet and very light to carry (it was a hot day !!)

Perhaps you are considering a Swiss Garden Wedding and you're looking for an unobtrusive, candid style for your wedding photography. If so, why not drop me a line  - I'd love to hear your plans. In the meantime, here's a selection of my favourite images from the day.

 

I LOVE photographing Woburn Weddings !

Woburn Sculpture Gallery is a stunning venue for a wedding and it's somewhere I am fortunate enough to return to on a very frequent basis and I can't wait to return there again in 2019 for some lovely couples who have booked me for their weddings. Whatever your wedding plans, Woburn Sculpture Gallery always delivers - amazing gardens and internal space and architecture coupled with superb customer service provided by the team there. 

It was so good to return to Woburn Sculpture Gallery for Sam and Scott's wonderful wedding in May. We have been blessed with some amazing weather this year and it was no different for Sam and Scott as they were married in a lovely intimate ceremony in Maulden. It was then off to Woburn to enjoy a sun-kissed drinks reception. As a documentary wedding photographer based in Bedfordshire, the majority of my wedding photography is unposed and candid but it's always lovely to have some couple time so we can explore the grounds and I can capture the happy couple together. I always make sure that this time doesn't interfere with the natural flow of the wedding day and after a little time together Sam and Scott were able to enjoy the company of their family and friends and the wonderful wedding breakfast in the Sculpture Gallery. After the speeches it was time to party, with guests enjoying the grounds as the sun set on a wonderful day. 

Perhaps you are considering a Woburn Sculpture Gallery wedding ? I'd love to hear from you and chat about your plans.

Here's just a small selection of images from the day, hope you enjoy looking over them. 

                                                                                

What a great day I had shooting Courtney and Jack's wonderful wedding at the stunning Lapstone Barn in September. Lapstone Barn is a brand new, exclusive use venue set in the stunning Cotswold countryside. The 18th Century Cotswold stone barn was the perfect venue for our fun-loving couple to share their special day with family and friends. 

Courtney and Jack booked me because they loved my unobtrusive, documentary style wedding coverage - and this worked so well for them at the Lapstone Barn as I was able to work discreetly capturing Courtney's bridal prep all the way through to the spectacular first dance and partying into the wee small hours. 

This was truly a stylish affair with Jack and the groomsmen arriving in limited edition Bentleys. Courtney looked absolutely spectacular as she walked down the aisle with her father. The barn was dressed to impress also, with stunning floral displays and styling courtesy of the team at Styletopia.

It was tough narrowing down a selection of favourites to include in the blog, but hopefully the images below will give you a great feel for the wonderful day Courtney and Jack enjoyed. 

Perhaps you are considering a Lapstone Barn wedding ? Feel free to contact me to check availability and talk about your plans in more detail. 

 

 

What do you get if you mix a couple who are now officially 'Mr & Mrs Marriage' with the beautiful Essex countryside, stunning summer weather, an ancient church, a wonderful family home, THE BBQ OF ALL BBQ's , archery, a classic E Type Jag and a stunning marquee accommodating over 120 very happy guests ? That's right, you get a sensational wedding day....  and I was lucky enough to be invited along to document Faye and Mikes spectacular countryside, marquee wedding in my candid, unobtrusive, documentary style. 

I think the images speak for themselves, you won't be left wondering if everyone connected to this wedding had a good time or not ! Mike is a filmmaker, director and writer and it was important to both Mike and Faye that I capture the day in a very unobtrusive and candid manner. Other than a small amount of time with the couple later in the day, I was able to fully immerse myself into the occasion. Capturing the emotional ceremony, the wonderful drinks reception, speeches and finally dancing on what was a never to be forgotten experience for the bride and groom.

So what did you think of Faye and Mike's Marquee Wedding ?

Perhaps you are planning a marquee wedding of your own ? 

If you like my candid, unobtrusive style of wedding photography why not contact me to discuss your plans. I'd love to hear from you. 

It was a a scorcher of a day back in the summer when I had the pleasure of revisiting the marvellous Dodmoor House for Victoria and Scott's beautifully intimate wedding. I was commissioned by the couple the year before as they loved my relaxed and unobtrusive approach to photographing a wedding and also because I'm a regular visitor to Dodmoor House. It was a beautiful day at the Northamptonshire venue and a day filled with emotion, fun and lots of laughter. 

I like to arrive early to make sure I capture the bridal preparations and it was great to see how Vic and her bridesmaids were so relaxed and enjoying the occasion. As Dodmoor House is an exclusive wedding venue it's great to be able to spend time with the both the bride and the groom ahead of the wedding. Scott arrived an hour or so before the ceremony which was held in the courtyard barn. Drinks were served in the gardens before guests made their way to the wedding breakfast in the Catesby Barn. Emotional speeches followed with a wonderful sparkler procession ahead of the cutting of the cake and first dance. It was such a glorious day, many of the couples guests were able to stay outside into the wee small hours enjoying a catch up and a refreshing drink. 

So then here are a few of my favourite images from Vic and Scott's wonderful day at Dodmoor House.

 

Maybe you are looking for a Dodmoor House wedding Photographer yourself ? I shoot in a documentary wedding photography style that really captures the essence of your special day. 

If so, please don't hesitate to contact me to discuss your Dodmoor House wedding. 

WOW WOW WOW ...  what a day we had back in July celebrating Diana and Adam's wedding at the always spectacular Longstowe Hall. We were right in the middle of this years amazing summer when the sun shone and didn't stop - total bliss (if a little hot and sweaty for us wedding photographers). At Longstowe Hall you have the best of both worlds, the Rose Ball Room for those who would like an indoor ceremony or the tranquil lakeside setting of the Pavilion Island. Rebecca Waldron of White Rose Ceremonies conducted proceedings with lots of very person touches, readings and hand fasting.

Although the vast majority of my wedding photography is documentary and candid, the grounds at Longstowe just HAVE to be explored and I always suggest to my clients that they have 20 minutes or so 'couple time' to enjoy the grounds and have some photographs of the two of them together. Longstowe didn't disappoint as we explored the Rose Garden and the spectacular double flower borders and lake  - a simply stunning explosion of colour. 

As Diana and Adam are both originally from the USA many family and friends jetted in for the occasion, it was truly an international affair and a day that they will never forget. Here's just a sample of the images taken on the day.

As recommended supplier at Longstowe Hall I'm fortunate enough to work there on a regular basis and I have a really good working relationship with the team there. Why not drop me a line if you're planning a Longstowe wedding in 2019, there are still some weekend dates available. 

Back in the Spring I was lucky enough to visit the amazing Ashridge House for Sam and Jonny's wedding. It was everything a wedding should be, family and friends, love and laughter - a perfect combination. Ashridge House is a stunning venue for a wedding ceremony and reception. Dating back to the 11th Century, Ashridge is one of the most beautiful and historically significant parks and gardens in England and it made a stunning back drop for Sam and Jonny's big day. Here's a selection of images from the day, if you're looking for an Ashridge House wedding photographer I'd love to hear from you.  

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About David

I am a full time professional photographer specialising in wedding photography. Based in Bedfordshire, I photograph weddings all over the UK and overseas. Prior to forming my business I spent 15 years with BP Oil in a variety of senior management roles. As an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Marketing I manage my business with an innovative and creative approach with a strong focus on quality photography and exceptional levels of customer service.

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