There's many iconic venues in London, the city is just full of household names. I've photographed at many, either in my capacity as a news photographer at The Times, or more recently as a documentary wedding photographer. Claridge's in Mayfair is just about one of the most well known and highly regarded hotels in the world, and though I'd photographed there many times before, this was the first wedding, and it truly lived up to expectations!
I'll be shooting my 200th wedding some time this year, and with that business foundation comes a very pleasant side effect. And that's client referrals. In the wedding industry, clients often book professionals with little or no previous knowledge of planning such a huge celebration. So it's natural to ask around your friends, who may have been through a similar process, and get some recommendations of companies and professionals they've had dealings with. I've been a photographer for more than two decades, and have a solid network of fellow creative people, many of whom are photographers. One of those, Adam Jacobs, has kindly introduced my work to several friends. So it was fantastic when Adam's friends, Emily and Hugh, booked me for their Claridge's wedding photography.
The day started with Emily's preparations at Claridge's. She was joined by her parents and sister's family upstairs in the hotel, while the Ballroom was prepared for the Jewish ceremony downstairs. Before the main ceremony in the Ballroom, the bride and groom met in the French Salon for the Bedeken and Ketubah Blessing, while the rest of the guests were seated ready for the main ceremony.
The Ballroom is a pretty impressive space, and the Chuppah looked fabulous in there. The ceremony was followed by a drinks reception before the main meal and Israeli Dancing commenced, back in the Ballroom. This part of a Jewish celebration is always high energy and lively - an absolute pleasure to photograph! Fortunately I was assisted with the lighting by Joan Jellett, who also second shot the rest of the day with me.
I hope you enjoy some of the highlights from our wedding photography at Claridge's, and please do let me know if you're planning a wedding at this amazing London hotel, or anywhere else, and would like me to provide this kind of documentary wedding photography. Or you may be interested in nearby Middle Temple wedding photography.
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Other Suppliers that made this such a great wedding:
|Band or DJ||Ambassador band|
|Ceremony Music||Giardiano string quartet|
|Chuppah||The Chuppah Company|