Barnett Hill Country House Hotel • The Beast from the East • A Gorgeous pair who braved the elements • Documentary Wedding Photographer

It was an absolutely bitter day when I arrived at Barnett Hill Country House Hotel. The sun was shining but the Beast from the East was making itself known.  Thankfully it was lovely and warm inside, and the ceremony room looked beautiful – in fact, the entire internal Hotel was equally as beautiful inside as it was outside, with beautiful soft light shining through the big windows, which is quite a rare thing! So I wasn’t worried at all with the prospect of taking the majority of photos inside knowing that with the temperatures being minus, the guests wouldn’t want to venture outside for too long.

I left Alex in the ceremony room waiting for his Bride, and went upstairs to capture a few images of Olya moments before she walked down the aisle. Wow, she took my breath away, standing perfectly in beautiful soft window light; it was like a picture from a magazine. She radiated beauty throughout the ceremony and even managed to brave the cold to get a few shots outside with her new husband.  We did a short circuit of some of the gardens before warming up inside by those beautiful windows. The stairs at Barnett Hill also gave a gorgeous backdrop to a few images, along with the chandelier and checkerboard floor. There were so many beautiful spots to choose from, it really was a treasure trove of discovery!

My advice to any couples getting married would be to consider the inside of your venue as well as the outside when you are choosing your perfect location. Yes, ideally it will be a beautiful, warm day with beaming sunshine, but, as this wedding showed, even bright sunshine still doesn’t come out on top when that arctic air is blowing in! It’s always good to have a backup location for internal photos in the case of severe weather. You can never be too prepared!

“External beauty is great, but internal beauty is magical.”

Edmund and Anooshe • The Dorchester • Documentary Wedding Photography • London Wedding Photographer

This was the most lavish wedding celebration I have ever shot! Myself and my second shooter/lifesaver Katrina were armed with two cameras each for this event. The Bride and Groom were actually married the day before, but their celebrations had rolled into a 5 day event - we were shooting the Saturday Night. 500 guests rolled up to The Dorchester Hotel, Mayfair in the most beautiful cars and most beautiful outfits. The ballroom was decked out from head to toe, with beautiful flowers, candles and centrepieces. Lavish is a complete understatement.  The ballroom had its own technical crew for lighting, staging and sound. The amazing band were sound checking on stage next to the grand piano and massive tiered wedding cake. It really did blow my mind!

I always remember that in amongst all the decorations and beautiful venue, no matter how stunning or how glamorous, it’s still a wedding celebration and the main event were the Bride and Groom. We managed to get a first glimpse of them up in their room getting the final few details finished. Anooshe looked absolutely stunning, her original dress was beautiful, a dress very hard to forget! Edmond’s custom suit was gorgeous too (let’s not forget about the Groom!)

They were introduced to their guests on the stage as the curtains parted, food was served and speeches made in between courses. This happy couple had the honour of having a few VIP’s at their celebration, including the Prime Minister of Pakistan, and quite a few Bollywood stars! This of course made all their guests really get into the dancing after the meal! One star in particular led the festivities and got the whole room going, it was definitely a great party, and the best band I’ve ever seen (details below). I wish them the best in their married lives together, and hope that their party spirit always runs deep!

Event Planner: SilverFoxEvents

Venue: TheDorchesterHotel

Band: Salut