London pushes ‘the boat out’ when it comes to luxury wedding venues. Architecturally stunning, they also provide incredible service and attention to detail for wedding celebrations.
A beautiful landscape or architectural feature always adds a ‘certain something’ to wedding photos. Syon Park is a gem located in West London. Home to the Duke of Northumberland, its Great Conservatory dates back to the 1800’s. It’s a magical building. Filled with light overlooking Grade 1 listed gardens, it’s perfect for relaxed wedding photography. No flash, just pure gorgeous light.
A grand staircase always provides drama and classic beauty. The Imperial Staircase at Home House is perfect for beautiful brides to pose languidly. Take a look at the styled shoot that I photographed at Home House and you’ll get the idea……..
One of my recent ‘finds’ is The Lanesborough, located close Knightsbridge. Recently restored the Regency Interiors are dreamily romantic and the service impeccable. My favourite room has to be the Murano mirror-lined Belgravia Room. Overlooking Hyde Park, it is utterly gorgeous.
And finally in my grand and gorgeous section is somewhere that I aspire to photograph a wedding at. It’s a place I love to visit and is iconic with a capital ‘I’, The Savoy. Its Art Deco style is clean, uncluttered and glamorous. Weddings here are planned under the expert direction of wedding planner Bruce Russell. I love the iconic American Bar for a pre-wedding cocktail. And, it’s a fantastic backdrop for wedding photographs. Imagine a couple’s portrait that oozes the glamour and sophistication of a bygone era.
The Savoy accommodates large and small celebrations. Have a guest list that rivals that of a state banquet? The River Room and Lancaster Ballroom are going to be on the ‘must view’ list.
For a more intimate ceremony I love the idea of the Royal Suite. It looks out over the River Thames and your whole day can be held here. Once the ceremony is over celebrate with a cocktail reception. And, round off the day with a sumptuous private dinner. Heaven……..
For a low key, intimate wedding, my favourite has to be French restaurant, Boulestin. Clean design and food that’s ‘to die for’, make for a perfect bijou wedding celebration. From late spring to early autumn you can have your celebration in the secret courtyard garden. A lovely backdrop for gorgeous wedding reception photos…..
Need I say more than Shangri-La at The Shard? The London skyline spreads out in front of you. The décor is luxurious, and the building a new icon on London’s eclectic skyline. With spaces that overlook the Thames and the City of London, this is a venue designed to impress. It’s possibly the closest you get to seeing London from the air. If you’ve ever flown into Heathrow when London is lit up, you’ll know what I mean. It’s an incredible sight. Just imagine the wedding photos with the London skyline as your backdrop!
135 metres above London, a wedding ceremony on the London Eye isn’t for the faint hearted. What an incredible venue to express your love for each other and take your vows.
Ensconced in a private floral filled capsule, you can take your vows with all of London laid out before you. The ceremony is on the first rotation; and a champagne celebration on the second. Amazing wedding photos await!
Don’t forget how incredible the streets of London are for Documentary Wedding Photography. Walk along the embankment as the sun sets or visit Hyde Park for a romantic stroll. If you want cool urban wedding portraits take a black cab to the bustling East End of London. Or, for unique architecture drive into the City.