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Colour Storytelling wedding photography of the bride and groom being showered wih confetti, after the wedding ceremony at All Saints Church, Hampreston, in Wimborne, Dorset.

Dorset Wedding Photography – Ellie & James

The Wedding Day in Ferndown, Hampreston and Stapehill

I came to be the wedding photographer for Ellie and James’ wedding down in Dorset simply because James is the son of Steve – who is often my second photographer when I require one at weddings.  So it was one of those rare occasions where I was meeting the bride and groom for the first time on the wedding day itself.

Bridal Preparations in Ferndown, Dorset

Colour non posed wedding photography of the bride looking down at her wedding dress, during the bridal preparations at home in Ferndown, Dorset.

I spent the evening before the wedding at a hotel in Bournemouth.  So I was suitably fresh and ready when I arrived to document Ellie’s bridal preparations in Ferndown, which is about 8 miles outside of Bournemouth.

When I arrived, the bridal party were sat down enjoying an appetizing full English breakfast, prepared by Barry the father-of-the-bride, which looked and smelled delicious – and had my stomach rumbling before I even started.

Colour documentary wedding photography of the father-of-the-bride with the family dog on a sofa, during the bridal preparations at home in Ferndown, Dorset.

Whilst they finished off breakfast I was able to associate myself with the family’s pet dogs, who were taking a very inquisitive interested in this stranger who had turned up with a number of cameras hanging from him.

It would be fair to say that Ellie and her bridesmaids Sophie, Aimee, Robyn and Debbie looked amazing – and that was even before the bridal hair and make-up had even started!  Ellie had decided she was going to be both bride and hairdresser for the day – carefully watched by mother-of-the-bride and actual hairdresser Carole.  This meant everyone was in good hands!

Black and white wedding photojournalism of the bridal party and a pet dog enjoying the bridal preparations at home in Ferndown, Dorset.

Make-up duties fell to bridesmaid Robyn, herself a talented makeup artist and whose work you can see more of at www.facebook.com/RobynFosterMakeupArt/ So it was very much a bridal party bridal preparations kind of wedding morning.

Ellie was helped into her stunning wedding dress, from Anya Bridal Couture at www.anyabridal.co.uk/, by her mother, and she looked every inch the beautiful and glamorous bride.

Colour wedding photojournalism of the bride's wedding dress being done up by her mother, during the bridal preparations at home in Ferndown, Dorset.

Of course, with so much going on it was fantastic for me, as a documentary wedding photographer, as I love to photograph all those natural moments and genuine emotions.  Remaining as unobtrusive as possible I’m able to capture the real wedding morning story.

Arriving at All Saints Church, Hampreston

Black and white storytelling wedding photography of the guests arriving before the wedding ceremony at All Saints Church, Hampreston, in Wimborne, Dorset.

The beautiful All Saints Church in the village of Hampreston is set at the end of a long drive and amongst leafy green trees – most certainly a stunning setting for a traditional English country wedding. Parts of the church date back to the early 15th century – giving an air of history and tradition to a wedding ceremony.

When I arrived, James was waiting nervously for his bride to arrive. In a stylish checkered steel blue suit, he looked every inch the handsome groom.  After a quick run through with the Reverend Everton McLeod about the usual do’s and don’t’s it was back outside for the arrival of the bride.

Colour candid wedding photography of the bridesmaids arriving ahead of the wedding ceremony at All Saints Church, Hampreston, in Wimborne, Dorset.

The bridesmaids and flowers were already outside, awaiting Ellie’s arrival and what a stunning bridal party they made, in beautiful pink dresses.  Ellie soon arrived, driven in style by her brother Ben.

When Ellie laid eyes on the bridal party, the emotion of the day caught up with her and there were a few tears shed, but these were quickly dried up and bridesmaid Robyn ensured the brides makeup was still immaculate for entering the church.

Colour documentary wedding photography of a bridesmaid wiping a tear from the brides face, before the wedding ceremony at All Saints Church, Hampreston, in Wimborne, Dorset.

With everyone composed, it was then time to fall in line and head into the church for the traditional wedding ceremony to begin.

A Fun Wedding Ceremony of Laughter and Smiles

Colour unposed wedding photography of the groom and vicar laughing during the wedding ceremony at All Saints Church, Hampreston, in Wimborne, Dorset.

As wedding ceremonies go this one was definitely a fun and amusing one, which was very much down to Reverend McLeod’s entertaining and interactive approach to marrying a couple. The laughs were also helped by the groom’s eagerness to marry his beautiful bride, who jumped in with his “I Do” way ahead of schedule.

The interior of All Saints Church in Hampreston, is a beautiful wedding setting with its traditional font, communion rails and oak benches. The walls are lined with historic monuments, with one bust set within a classical framework of a Corinthian Order that dates back to 1630. Add to this an impressive stained glass window beyond the alter and you a light and airy church interior that is a joy to shoot wedding photography within.

Black and white storytelling wedding photography of a bridesmaid, with sun tattoo on her back, returning to her pew, during the wedding ceremony at All Saints Church, Hampreston, in Wimborne, Dorset.

After the wedding ceremony, it was a chance for guests to mingle and congratulate the happy couple.  It also gave me a chance to take the couple off to a quieter part of the church grounds to take some portraits of them, before we then headed off for the wedding reception.

 A Backyard Wedding Marquee in Stapehill, Dorset

Colour natural wedding photography of the marquee at the wedding reception in Stapehill, Dorset.

Ellie and James were fortunate enough to have a friend who owned a delightful tree-lined meadow in Stapehill which made for a fantastic backyard styled marquee wedding venue.  With hand crafted and rustic decorations throughout, crafted by the talented wedding planners Loubear and Tops at www.loubearandtops.co.uk/ it was without doubt a beautiful rural setting for the bride and groom’s wedding reception.

Colour wedding photography of the wedding guests looking as the groom gives his speech, durig the wedding reception in Stapehill, Dorset.

The wedding toasts and speeches were the usual mixture of amusing stories, kind tributes and touching moments, followed by a beautiful wedding buffet spread, prepared by family friend Laura.

Fed and watered it was then an opportunity for guests to take advantage of the beautiful rural Dorset setting before the evening celebrations began.

Hog Roasts, Dry Ice and Romantic First Dances

Black and white candid wedding photography of guests looking on as the wedding hog roast is carved, during the evening wedding reception in Stapehill, Dorset.

As late afternoon drew in, the gorgeous smell of a Hog Roast, cooked and deliciously prepared by the family run Hog Roast BBQ at http://www.hogroastbbq.com wafted across the meadow – setting tummies rumbling again.

However, what really captured the attention, particularly of some of the younger wedding guests, was the pig’s head. “Is it still alive?” “I’m sure it just blinked” and “He’s smiling he must be happy” were a number of comments overheard.

Black and white wedding photojournalism of the bride and groom welcoming evening guests, before the evening wedding reception in Stapehill, Dorset.

As the bride and groom welcomed the evening guests, it was time for the party to start to get going, as they say. Behind the decks and MC for the afternoon and evening festivities was the highly personable Iggy Davis of the award-winning Iggy Wedding DJ at www.iggyweddingdj.com who did a fantastic job of keeping everyone entertained with wedding games and great tunes.

When it came to the couple’s first dance, dry ice filled the dancefloor. As the couple swayed romantically within it, there wasn’t a dry eye in the marquee.

Black and white wedding reportage photography of the bride and groom enjoying their first dance, during the evening wedding reception in Stapehill, Dorset.

What a wonderful Dorset wedding it was.  And I’m sure you’ll agree it looked amazing from start to finish, as a small selection of Ellie and James wedding photos show.

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Dorset Wedding Photography

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Hampreston & Stapehill Wedding Photography Credits

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Dorset Wedding Photographer

Are you getting married at All Saints Church in Hampreston, Dorset? Or perhaps you enjoyed my natural and unposed approach to wedding photography and think I’d be a great fit for your wedding plans?

Then I’d love to hear from you have and have a non obligatory chat with you.

You can call or text me on 07920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page.  You can find more details of my wedding photography packages and prices here.

 

 

 

Colour London engagement photography of the couple in the gardens of teh Tate Britain in Pimlico. Taken by London wedding photographer Darren Lehane.

London Engagement Shoot – Anne & Alex

From Vauxhall to Pimlico: A Modern European Love Story

A few months back I had the pleasure and honour of shooting Anne and Alex’s engagement photography around Vauxhall and Pimlico in London.  However, their love story actually started 4 years before this in a ruined bar called Szimpla in Budapest, the capital of Hungary.

With Anne being Finnish and Alex the quintessential Englishman, theirs is truly a modern European love story that crosses borders.

Vauxhall & I

Colour London engagement photography of the couple cuddling on Vauxhall Bridge, with views of the River Thames and the London Eye in the background. Taken one of the best wedding photographers in London, Darren Lehane.

What immediately struck me about Anne and Alex was their down to earth and fun nature.  This was a couple relaxed in one another’s company, who were easy going and didn’t want too much fuss.  In many ways this is exactly the kind of couples I find are drawn to my relaxed and unobtrusive approach to documentary photography.

So the plan was very an engagement shoot that was was fairly low key, fun and relaxed.  With the sun shining we headed up onto the Vauxhall Bridge, which provides a beautiful downstream view of the Thames and London’s South Bank beyond, complete with the iconic London Eye rising up. It always makes for a great London backdrop to photos.

Ducks in Pimlico

Colour London engagement photography of the couple watching some ducks, in a residential square in Pimlico. Taken by London wedding photographer Darren Lehane.

Once we crossed Vauxhall Bridge and down onto the north side of the Thames (being firmly rooted in South London nowadays, this was almost nose bleed country for me!) it was time to wander around Pimlico.

If there’s one thing I love to do with engagement shoots it is to wander and grab spontaneous shots along the way.  Yes, I have loose plan in my head but I try to have as few preconceptions ahead of the shoot.  Perhaps, this comes from my approach to street photography and a love of Flânerie.

And as if to prove how you can never plan or second guess how a shoot will go, will stumbled upon some ducks quietly relaxing in a Pimlico square and who remain completely unmoved by us, until getting so bored by my photographic goings on, decided to wander nonchalantly past the posing couple!  You just couldn’t plan for moments like these!

Transport for London & Abstract Art

Black and white London engagement photography of the couple shot through the window of a passing bus in Pimlico. Taken by one of the best documentary wedding photographers in London, Darren Lehane.

Another great example of spontaneously reacting to what naturally occurs on an engagement shoot, was when we stumbled on a pub in Pimlico decked out out with Union Jack flags and the Cross of St George.

Wanting to get a wider shot, I stepped back to a traffic island in the middle of the busy road. Conscious of the passing London double decker buses, I purposefully shot through the windows of one and was rewarded with a more unusual and abstract portrait, which added something a little more different to the overall engagement shoot.

Again by not having too many preconceptions about what I wanted to photograph, I was able to get something I would never have planned or thought about.

The Art of the Portrait at the Tate Britain

Colour London engagement photography of the couple outside the Tate Britain in Pimlico. Taken by one of the best award winning wedding photographers in London, Darren Lehane.

Speaking of art, we ended up at the glorious Tate Britain gallery,  a location that provided some grandeur and history to the shoot.  There’s also a lovely and quiet little garden at the back of the gallery, which was a lovely spot to end in on what had been a fantastic engagement shoot around central London.

Anne and Alex were a fantastic couple and I’m really looking forward to shooting their wedding in a palace in Finland next Spring!

I’m sure you’ll agree from the small selection of their engagement photography here, they make for a great couple. I’d be delighted if you could share this post across your social media.

London Engagement Photography

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Vauxhall & Pimlico Wedding Photographer

Are you getting married in Pimlico? Are you looking for a Vauxhall wedding photography? Or perhaps you’re looking to have a London engagement shoot?

Why not give me a call or send a text on 07920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page. I’ll be delighted to hear from you.

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Colour wedding photography of the vicar leading the bridal party into St Peter & St Paul church in Nether Heyford, Northampton.

A beautiful rural wedding in Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire

Gemma & Chris’ do-it-yourself backyard wedding in the heart of England

Yes, I’m still catching up on a number of previous weddings here on my blog.  When Gemma married Chris it was a truly beautiful day on what I can only describe as an archetypal rural English wedding in pretty Northamptonshire.

I’ve actually known Chris for almost 30 years now, although we hadn’t really seen much of one another in the last 15 years or so.  So it was an absolute honour and thrill to be asked to document his and Gemma’s wedding in the village of Nether Heyford – where Chris had spent his childhood growing up and still a community he has very strong ties to.

So I knew it was going to be a very special wedding day.

Bridal Preparations at home in Abington, Northampton

Colour wedding photography of the bride checking her phone, during the morning bridal preparations at home in Abington, Northampton,

My day started early, as it usually does, turning up at the couple’s home in Abington, Northampton where Gemma and her bridal party were preparing for the wedding day ahead.  As is always the way with bridal preparations there was so much happening – which is fantastic for me a documentary wedding photography who captures all those natural moments and genuine emotions.

With excited children, emotional family and fun loving bridesmaids there was never a dull moment to be had and so many great decisive moments for me to document.

Wedding at St Peter & St Paul Church, Nether Heyford

Colour wedding photography of St Michael & All Angels church in Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire.

Without doubt the village church of St Peter & St Paul in Nether Heyford is a stunning and very traditional location for an English rural wedding. Lying in the heart of the village, surrounded by old sandstone cottages and in leafy shadows of surrounding trees, part of the church dates back to the 13th century.

To be allowed to marry in this historic parish church, you must either be part of the parish or have some other legally recognized connection with it.  Of course, Chris’ family had a long standing connection with the village, which meant he and Gemma were one of the lucky ones to be able to get married here.

Black and white wedding photojournalism of the groom and best man watching the bride come up the aisle, at St Peter & St Paul church in Nether Heyford, Northants.

With the church packed to the rafters with friends and family there was an excited anticipation as Gemma was escorted up the aisle by her father.  Chris and his best men looked on with a mixture of pride and happiness, which was to set the tone for the rest of the wedding ceremony.

Smiles, Hugs and Kisses

Black and white candid wedding photography kisses a wedding guest, after the wedding ceremony outside St Peter & St Paul church in Nether Heyford, Northampton.

Rings exchanged, first kiss enjoyed and wedding register signed, the newly married couple proceeded out into the afternoon countryside sunshine, where they were quickly surrounded by excited and emotional guests.

As a wedding photojournalist this is a great time for me to document some tender moments and heartfelt emotions. Lost in the moment of post-ceremony bliss, I go unnoticed and capture some truly beautiful and natural wedding photography.

A Rural Backyard Marquee Wedding Reception

Colour wedding photography of a rural back yard marquee wedding in Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire.

Gemma and Chris were in the fortunate position of a family friend who owned a small meadow just down from the church, which made for a great location for a marquee wedding reception. With great views of the surrounding Northants countryside, hay bales and beautiful rustic diy decorations and details, it was a truly stunning backyard type setting for the evening reception.

The speeches were the traditional mix of tears and laughter, particularly as the groom paid a moving tribute to his late mother, Olive, which didn’t leave a dry eye in the house or, rather, marquee, including myself!

Black and white documentary wedding photography of the bride placing a reassuring hand on an emotional groom, during the wedding speeches in Nether Heyford, Northampton.

The remainder of the afternoon was a great time for kids to have fun with the hay bales and explore the meadow, whilst the adult guests do what adult wedding guests usually do, drink and make merry.

First Dance and Country Dancing

Black and white candid wedding photography of the bride and groom enjoying their first dance, during the wedding reception in Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire.

With a hog roast slowly cooking outside and evening guests arriving it was time for the romantic first dance. As Chris serenaded his beautiful bride around the marquee’s dance floor, friends and family, looked on with happiness – after all these years, Chris had finally found the woman of his dreams.

With the cake cutting done, it was then onto some fabulous country dancing that really got both the marquee and evening in full swing.  From the smiles and grins on everyone’s faces, it was clear this was a great way to start the evening celebrations.

As is usual for the evening dancing, I love to get right into the frenzy of the dancefloor and shooting with a slow flash on my camera, in order to swirl those lights and get a real feeling of the mood and movement.

Colour documentary wedding photography of wedding guests dancing, during the wedding reception in Nether Heyford, Northampton.

Nether Heyford Wedding Photographer

As I’m sure you’ll agree from the above photos and small selection of wedding photography that follows, Gemma and Chris had a truly wonderful English rural wedding with a personal touch of a DIY backyard wedding.

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church in Nether Heyford, Northants.Colour documentary wedding photography of the wedding ceremony in St Peter & St Paul church in Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire.Black and white wedding reportage photography of the groom placing a ring on the bride's finger, during the wedding service at St Peter & St Paul church in Nether Heyford, Northampton.Black and white wedding photography of the bride pushing the wedding ring onto her finger, during the wedding ceremony in St Peter & St Paul church in Nether Heyford, Northants.Colour wedding photojournalism of the bride and group enjoying their first kiss, in St Peter & St Paul church in Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire.Black and white documentary wedding photography of the bride smiling at the groom, during the wedding service at St Peter & St Paul church in Nether Heyford, Northampton.Colour wedding photography of guests in great wedding hats, during the wedding service at St Peter & St Paul church in Nether Heyford, Northants.Colour wedding photography of the wedding ceremony at St Peter & St Paul church in Nether Heyford, Northampton.Black and white documentary wedding photography of the best man playing with his young son, during the wedding ceremony in St Peter & St Paul church in Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire.Colour wedding photojournalism of the groom signing the wedding register in St Peter & St Paul church in Nether Heyford, Northampton.Black and white wedding reportage photography of the wedding ceremony at St Peter & St Paul church in Nether Heyford, Northants.Colour candid wedding photography of the vicar with a raised arm, during a wedding reading at St Peter & St Paul church in Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire.Colour wedding photography of the bride kissing a wedding guest after the ceremony, outside St Peter & St Paul church in Nether Heyford, Northants.Colour storytelling wedding photography of a guest giving the bride a hug, after the wedding service at St Peter & St Paul church in Nether Heyford, Northampton.Colour wedding photography of a bridesmaid's bouquet outside St Peter & St Paul church in Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire.Colour wedding photography of the groom kissing the bride outside St Peter & St Paul church in Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire.Black and white documentary wedding photography of the wedding marquee in Nether Heyford, Northants.Black and white wedding portrait of the groom and his best men in Nether Heyford, Northampton.Colour wedding reportage photography of the bride and groom being showered with confetti, during the wedding reception in Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire.Colour wedding photojournalism of a wedding vendor filling up a punch jar, during the wedding reception in Nether Heyford, Northants.Black and white documentary wedding photography of the best man helping to put up the sides of the marquee, during the wedding reception in Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire.Colour wedding photography of the groom delivering his wedding speech, during the wedding reception in Nether Heyford, Northants.Colour wedding photography of a floral detail at this rural backyard wedding in Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire.Colour wedding photography of a beautiful floral detail, during a rural back yard wedding in Nether Heyford, Northants.Black and white candid wedding photography of the bride kissing the groom, during the wedding reception in Nether Heyford, Northampton.Black and white unposed wedding photography of the bride and groom laughing, during the wedding speeches in Nether Heyford, Northampton.Black and white wedding photojournalism of the bride being embarrassed, during the wedding speeches in Nether Heyford, Northants.Black and white candid wedding photography of the groom shaking the best man's hand, after the wedding speeches in Nether Heyford, Northampton.Colour wedding photography of a young guest, during the wedding reception in Nether Heyford, Northants.Colour wedding portrait of three youg boys, during a back yard rural wedding in Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire.Colour wedding photojournalism of children playing, during the reception of a rural back yard wedding in Nether Heyford, Northants.Colour documentary wedding photography of a hogroast being prepared, during the wedding reception in Nether Heyford, Northampton.Colour wedding reportage photography of the bride and groom during the wedding reception in Nether Heyford, Northants.Black and white storytelling wedding photography of the bride and groom's first dance, during the wedding reception in Nether Heyford, Northampton.Colour wedding photography of the bride and groom enjoying a tender and loving moment, during the wedding reception in Nether Heyford, Northants.Black and white wedding photojournalism of a guest enjoying the couple's first dance with them, during the wedding reception in Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire.Colour wedding photography of the groom enjoying a funny moment with a guest, during the wedding reception in Nether Heyford, Northants.Black and white wedding reportage photography of the groom's father enjoying a dance with the mother-of-the-bride, during the wedding reception in Nether Heyford, Northants.Colour wedding photography of the bride and groom cutting the wedding cake, during the wedding reception in Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire.Colour wedding photojournlism of wedding guests line dancing, during the wedding reception in Nether Heyford, Northampton.Colour documentary wedding photography of guests dancing, during the wedding reception in Nether Heyford, Northants.Colour wedding photography of a male guest dancing, during the wedding reception in Nether Heyford, Northants.Colour unposed wedding photography of a young guest looking tired and fed up, during the wedding reception in Nether Heyford, Northants.Colour wedding photography of the bride and groom during the wedding reception in Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire.

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Are you getting married in Northamptonshire? Or maybe you enjoyed my award winning documentary wedding photography approach to capturing natural moments, genuine emotions and authentic wedding stories?

If so, I’d love to chat with you about your wedding plans and how I can help you get the unique storytelling wedding photography you want.  You can call or text me on 07920 422144. Or, alternatively, send me a message via my contact page.  I’ll be delighted to hear from you you.

You can check out my wedding photography packages and prices here.

James cuddles Lizzie during this engagement photography shoot in Battersea Park, London.

Battersea Park Engagement Shoot – A Sneak Peek

What a gorgeous day it was today and there was no better way than spending it shooting an engagement session with the gorgeous Lizzie and James in London’s Battersea Park.

Here’s a quick sneak peek from that engagement shoot.

I hope you enjoy.

If you’re getting married and would love to book me for a fun and beautiful engagement photography session, then please do give me a call on 07920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page.

I’ll be delighted to hear from you.

Colour documentary wedding photography of male wedding guests enjoying cigars, during the evening reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.

Why I Love This Image: Groomsmen, Cigars & a Toy Lens

To be honest, there are lots of things I love about this image from Crystal & Dom’s Highdown Vineyard wedding in West Sussex.

It was early evening, during the wedding reception, and the warm summer sun was setting on the Sussex countryside.  A number of the groomsmen and male wedding guests had sneaked outside to enjoy a celebratory wedding cigar.

At the time I was experimenting with a new lens on one of my cameras, and a plastic toy lens at that! Made by SLRMagic and near on a 50mm field of view, it’s a lens that gives a quirky and imperfect view of the world.  In many ways it’s the closest I’ve come to an old film analogue look on a digital camera – without any post processing that is.

There was definitely a real retro and timeless vibe to the scene, which was perfectly enhanced by the toy lens.  This is really helped by the central standing male, sparking up his cigar, and with a vintage look straight out of the TV historical crime series Peaky Blinders (or rather, as I hear it in my head, “Peaky Bloody Blinders” said in a very strong Brummie accent!)  The rural setting and rather old looking pylon in the background also add to this.

Of course, the photo is also a great depiction of a natural moment being quietly enjoyed by the groomsmen – away from the music and dancing back inside – and great subject matter for my documentary wedding photography approach.  You can really imagine the male conversations and reflection being made on the wedding day!

I was delighted the image itself was granted an award by the Wedding Photojournalist Association in a 2016 Reception category.

You can also see more images I love and read why in my Why I Love This Image series.

Contact Me To Discuss Your Wedding Plans

If you are getting married at Highdown Vineyard or simply enjoy my award-winning documentary wedding photography approach and think I’d be a great fit for your wedding plans, then I’d love to hear from you.

There is absolutely no obligation to book and I also offer a unique 100% money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with your photos. So there’s really no risk whatsoever!  Check here for more details about my services and fees.

You can call me on 07920 422144 or send me a message with details about your wedding via my contact page.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Award winning street photographer DArren Lehane

Award-Winning Street Photographer

Award-Winning Street Photography Wedding Photographer

Yes, it’s now officially announced…I’m one of the winners of the International Street Photography 2016 competition – run by PDN in conjunction with publishers Acuity Press.

Candid public photography of a girl and a penguin at London Zoo. captured by the street photography wedding photographer.

As a result of being one of the winners I will be featured in a book curated and published by renowned photography historian and curator Mr Colin Westerbeck.

To be chosen by Westerbeck, including other judges such as the legend that is Alex Webb, is extremely flattering and humbling.

The Creative Engine That Drives My Documentary Wedding Photography

As I’ve often said, my passion for candid street photography is very much the creative engine that informs and drives my natural documentary approach to wedding photography.  To be awarded by such legends, not just in street and documentary photography, but photography as a whole, demonstrates how seriously I take my work.

Candid public photography of a speaker with inflatable dinosaur at Speakers Corner in Hyde Park, London. captured by the street photography wedding photographer.

Lots of photographers talk about passion – but few actually demonstrate it. For me, passion is an action, not a word. It’s taken my well over a decade of going out on the streets, in all weathers, to capture work that has now been recognised by such prestigious figures in the industry. Photography isn’t just about money – at its very core its an art form that I cannot resist. I’m driven to document moments irrespective – be it family, the street or weddings.

Also such recognition reinforces I am a genuine documentary wedding photographer. Again lots of wedding photographers drop terms like wedding photojournalism, wedding reportage and so on, but few genuinely understand what it actually means, let alone practice it.

So I hope winning such a prestigious international competition shows you that you are in great hands when it comes to me being your wedding photographer.

£10 for you if you can find another wedding photographer like me

Surrey reportage wedding photography of two young guests playing at being brides, on the steps of Gatton Hall in Surrey. Taken by one of London's best wedding reportage photographers.

I believe I’m one of the few genuine documentary wedding photographers who has won international competitions for both their wedding photojournalism and personal street, as well as being confident enough to offer an amazing 100% money back guarantee if you’re not satisfied with the wedding photography I produce for you.  I’ll wager £10 with you that you can’t find another!

Contact Me Now To Discuss Your Wedding Plans

Black and white wedding photojournalism of the first dance, during the wedding at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.

So if you’re getting married and want to hire a genuine award-winning documentary wedding photographer, I’d really love to hear from you.

Please give me a call on 07920 422144. Alternatively, just send me a message via my contact page. I’ll be thrilled to hear from you.

Battersea Park pre-wedding photography shoot with same sex couple, Arad and Brian, sat beside the boating lake.

Battersea Park Pre-Wedding Photography Shoot – Arad and Brian

Battersea Park – the ideal pre-wedding location

As a London wedding photographer I’ve always thought that Battersea Park, in the London Borough of Wandsworth, is one of the most interesting of London parks, so I was thrilled when Arad and Brian asked me to photograph their same sex wedding in the park next month.  I was even more excited when they said they wanted their pre-wedding shoot to also take place in Battersea Park too.  It is such a beautiful park with so many great photographic backdrops, so I knew it was going to be an absolutely fantastic shoot.

It was an absolutely gorgeous spring day for the shoot.  The sun was still warm and shining when the guys arrived late afternoon, fresh from wedding shopping earlier in the day.  We met at the Pear Tree cafe in the park and had a brief catch up before talking through what to expect with the shoot.

Natural and Candid Pre-Wedding Photography

Colour pre-wedding photography of same same couple Arad and Brian walking hand-in-hand through Battersea Park in London.

The reason that Arad and Brian had booked me for their wedding was due to my natural, candid and largely unposed approach to wedding photography. So I was keen that the pre-wedding shoot could be as natural as possible, which I think Brian was very relieved about.

We headed off through the park shortly after, which enabled me the opportunity to get some more natural and candid shots as the couple walked hand-in-hand through the park.  Battersea Park does have a fascinating history, built on marshland claimed from the nearby River Thames. It was also land that was very popular for duels once upon time – but thankfully the day was now all about love and togetherness!

Henry Moore Three Standing Figures Sculpture

Sun rays bear down on the Henry Moore Three Standing Figures sculpture, during a pre-wedding photography shoot in London's Battersea Park, with same sex couple Arad and Brian.

A great feature in the park is the Henry Moore Three Standing Figures sculpture and was something were able to have some photographic fun with.  Nearby is the Pump House – where Arad and Brian’s wedding ceremony will take place in June – which is surrounded by a beautiful wooded area and picturesque rocky outcrops – again another fantastic opportunity to get some beautiful pre-wedding portraits.

Further on from here, by the park’s lovely boating lake, is a grand old tree that is Arad’s favourite tree in the entire park…and it’s not difficult to see why with it’s gnarled and twisted boughs which literally lean forward and almost caress the porraceous waters of the lake.  It was a stunning spot for Arad and Brian to sit and silently reflect – and for me to get some absolutely beautiful pre-wedding photography.

Battersea Park Bandstand

Colour pre-wedding photography of same sex couple, Arad and Brian, in the bandstand in Battersea Park in Wandsworth, London.

After this we moved on to the Bandstand in the park – which itself was featured on the cover of the 2013 album ‘Didn’t It Rain‘ by Hugh Laurie.  We then finished off the shoot beside the River Thames which gives great views of the Albert Bride westwards and the Chelsea Bride eastwards.

Battersea Park Wedding Photographer

Black and white portrait of same sex couple, Arad and Brian, sat beside the Thames - with Albert Bridge in the background, during their pre-wedding shoot in London's Battersea Park.

Battersea Park really does give a wealth of options for a pre-wedding shoot and I really can’t wait to return next month to shoot Arad and Brian’s same sex wedding at the Pump House in the park.

I’m sure you’ll agree, from this small selection of photos from their Battersea Park pre-wedding shoot, it was a fantastic shoot.

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Are you getting married?

Are you getting married in Battersea Park and looking for a wedding photographer?  Or perhaps you are looking for a natural, candid and storytelling approach to your wedding photography?

I’d love to hear from you and talk about your wedding plans. You can give me a call on 07920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page.

Two page article on advice on finding the right wedding photographer published in Amour Magazine

Article Published in Amour Magazine

I’m delighted to say that I have written an article for the 1st edition of Amour magazine – the Bedfordshire Wedding Directory, which has now been published.  The article, featuring my own wedding photography, gives 5 great tips  on how to find the right wedding photographer for your wedding day.

I am also happy to confirm that I have been asked to provide a new article for the 2nd edition which will be published this summer.

So if you are in Bedfordshire or getting married there, do make sure you find a copy of Amour for great tips, advice and news on getting married.

Colour wedding photography of the bride and groom embracing amongst the vines, during the wedding reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.

Highdown Vineyard Wedding Photographer – Crystal and Dom

As a wedding photographer I’m so lucky to visit so many beautiful wedding venues around the country.  Highdown Vineyard, nestled cosily on the slopes of the South Downs, in-between Worthing and Littlehampton in West Sussex, is easily one of the most beautiful.  I also count myself very fortunate to have photographed a number of weddings at Highdown.

So when I met up with Crystal and Dom, 6 months earlier on a cold grey day in south west London, and they told me they were having their wedding reception at Highdown Vineyard, I knew I had to be their wedding photographer.

A Sussex Wedding Photographer

Colour wedding photography of Highdown Vineyard in Ferring - one of the best wedding venues in West Sussex.

In fact, the reason Crystal and Dom had contacted me about being their wedding photographer was because they had seen some of my previous Highdown Vineyard wedding photography whilst visiting this most beautiful West Sussex wedding venue.

So once they had booked me, I couldn’t wait for their wedding day to come around.  And when the day came around I definitely wasn’t disappointed.  The sun was shining beautifully and I found myself down on the Sussex coast, ready to shoot the bridal preparations at Crystal’s parents in the seaside town of Bognor Regis.

I have to confess I’m still a kid at heart and the merest mention of the seaside gets me all excited, so I arrived early in Bognor Regis and enjoyed a light breakfast looking out across the beach and sea beyond.  I just knew this was going to be an idyllic wedding to remember.

Bognor Regis Wedding Preparations

Colour wedding photography of Lotus Styling hairdressers in Bognor Regis, where the bridal preparations took place.

I’d agreed to meet Crystal and the bridal party at a hair salon called Lotus Styling in Bognor Regis town centre.  As you’d expect everyone was really excited for the day ahead and the salon itself was a really cool setting, with Banksy graffiti on the walls and woodland murals.  As a documentary wedding photographer I couldn’t fail to get some great shots of such a fantastic hairdressers.

One hair was styled and veils in place, it was back to Crystal’s parents home for the bridal preparations ahead of the wedding ceremony.  Of course, the excitement continued as more family members and guests arrived, including the flower girls.

Getting Ready at Home

Black and white natural wedding photography of the flower girls and their mother, holding their bouquets, during the bridal preparations in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.

Everyone by now knows I love the preparations part of the day – be it a bride or a groom – it’s always a time of laughter, nerves and, yes, the occasional tear. I see it my job, as a documentary wedding photographer, to capture all these natural moments, genuine emotions and real stories.  And Crystal’s wedding preparations lived up to expectations.

Preparations done, it was then time to get down to the delightful West Sussex coastal village of Pagham for the wedding ceremony itself, at the stunningly beautiful and historic St Thomas à Becket parish church, or often simply referred to a Pagham Church.  I say historic, as there has always been a church on the site going back 1300 years to the 7th Century Saxons.  The current church is much the same as it was 800 years ago and is largely considered to be one of the best of its kind.  I will say it’s definitely one of the most beautiful churches I have shot a wedding at.  It’s the perfect English rural wedding setting.

Pagham St Thomas à Becket Church Wedding Ceremony

Colour documentary wedding photography of the bride arriving before the wedding ceremony, at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.

Inside the spacious and airy church, Dom was waiting nervously for Crystal to arrive.  He’d certainly brushed up well since I’d last seen him a month or so before for the pre-wedding portrait shoot in Richmond Park, in south west London.  He definitely cut a dashing and handsome groom along with his brothers-come-Best Men.

Colour wedding photography of the bride smiling at the groom, during the wedding ceremony at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.

Crystal arrived with a huge and dazzling smile on her face – could there be a more fitting example of the blushing English bride?  The wedding ceremony was the expected mix of smiles, laughs and, at the end, a very entertaining and carefully choreographed dance to a particular hymn, which made it all huge fun.

A Quiet & Touching Wedding Moment

Once the wedding ceremony finished, it was out into the beautiful grounds of the church and some glorious Sussex sunshine.  After mingling with guests for a while, Crystal then took herself away to spend a quiet moment at the resting place of her grandmother, Patricia, who was buried in the churchyard where the wedding had taken place – such a lovely and touching connection.

Black and white wedding reportage photography of the bride placing a rose at the grave of her grandmother, after her wedding at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.

Highdown Vineyard Wedding Reception

The wedding reception took place a few miles away at the beautiful Highdown Vineyard, where I’ve shot weddings before – so I knew it was a fantastic Sussex wedding location.  Such a beautiful setting makes life as a wedding photographer that much easier.  The vines are a wonderful backdrop for portraits, the lawns a great spot for games and mingling and the buildings and marquee fantastic for eating, drinking and dancing – none of which were in short supply on Crystal and Dom’s day!

Colour wedding reportage photography of the groomsmen enjoying a cigar, during the evening wedding reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.

The speeches were full of emotion – both laughs and tears in equal measure.  Then as the sun set and the band entertained dancing guests inside, the groomsmen sneaked outside to enjoy a wedding cigar and reflect on the day.

This was also a perfect opportunity to try out a new “toy lens” I’d gotten hold of.  I’m always looking for a new and unique way to document a wedding day.  The SLR Magic 50mm lens is definitely a quirky and imperfect lens that captures unique images.  I’d much rather capture a perfect moment than worry about technically perfect photos.  The cigar image above, was one of a few images captured with this interesting lenss

I’m sure you’ll agree, from a small selection of the wedding photographs that follow, it really was the idyllic wedding day I promised it would be!

West Sussex Wedding Photography

The bridal party enjoying the wedding morning at the hairdressers in Bognor Regis, West SussexBlack and white wedding photography of the bride having her veil attached at a hairdressers in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.Colour wedding photography of the mother-of-the-bride, wearing her wedding hat, looking on as the bride is finished off, at a hairdressers in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.Black and white white photography of the bride and her parents in the car, on the wedding morning in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photography of the bride enjoying a moment with her brother, during the bridal preparations at home in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.Black and white documentary wedding photography of the bride's brother hanging up the veil, during the bridal preparations at home in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.Colour wedding photography of a bridesmaid during the bridal preparations, at home in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.Colour documentary wedding photography of the mother-of-the-bride's hat, during the bridal preparations at home in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photojournalism of the bride choosing her eye shadow, during the bridal preparations at home in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.Colour wedding photojournalism of wedding guests in the garden in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.Black and white wedding reportage photography of ribbons being tied to the wedding car, at home in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.Colour wedding photography of a close-up of the wedding dress being buttoned up, during the bridal preparations at home in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.Colour wedding photojournalism of bridesmaids buttoning up the bride's wedding dress, during the bridal preparations at home in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.Colour wedding photography of a bridesmaid doing up the bride's show, during the bridal preparations at home in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.Colour wedding portrait of the bride posing in the garden, during the morning bridal preparations in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photojournalism of a bridesmaid taking a selfie of herself and bridal party, leavning home in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.Black and white wedding reportage photography, taken from inside of a car, of the bride leaving home in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photography of the priest preparing ahead of the wedding ceremony, at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.Colour candid wedding photography of the bride coming down the aisle, at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.Colour wedding photojournalism of a female guest delivering a wedding reading, during the wedding ceremony at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photography of the priest blessing the couple, during the wedding ceremony at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.Colour wedding photography of the bride and groom exchanging wedding rings, during the ceremony at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photography of the bride and groom enjoying their first kiss, during the weddug ceremony at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photojournalism of the vicar blessing the couple, during the wedding ceremomy at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.Black and white documentary wedding photography of the groom signing the wedding register, at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.Colour wedding photojournalism of the congregation enjoying a dance, during the wedding at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photography standing in the aisle, during a wedding at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.Black and white documentary wedding photography walking back up the aisle, during the wedding at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.A colour wedding portrait of the bride and groom kissing after their wedding, in the grounds of the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.Colour documentary wedding photography of the bride and groom and guests, in the grounds of the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photojournalism of wedding guests, in the grounds of the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.A natural colour wedding portrait of a pretty female wedding guest, after a wedding at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.Colour wedding photojournalism of confetti being thrown at the bride and groom, after the wedding at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photojournalism of confetti being thrown at the groom, after the wedding at the Parish Church of St Thomas à Becket in Pagham, West Sussex.Colour documentary wedding photography of couple of guests, at the wedding at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Colour documentary wedding photography of a guest in a wheelchair, arriving at the wedding at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Colour wedding photography of baskests with slippers in, at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Colour wedding photography of flowers and wine glasses, during the wedding reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Black and white documentary wedding photography of the groom being kissed by a guest, at the wedding reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photography of guests playing in the grounds of Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Colour wedding photography of wedding guests playing boule, during the wedding reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Black and white wedding reportage photography of male wedding guests enjoying a game of boule, in the grounds at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photography of a guest leaving a wedding present, during the wedding at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Black and white documentary wedding photography of the couple arriving for the wedding breakfast, at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photojournalism of the father of the bride picking up the notes for his speech, during the wedding reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Colour documentary wedding photography of the bride hugging her father, at the end of his speech during the wedding reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Black and white wedding photography of the groom delivering his wedding speech, during the wedding reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Black and white documentary wedding photography of an emotional mother of the groom, during his wedding speech at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.Black and white 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Are you getting in married in West Sussex? Perhaps in Bognor Regis? Or maybe at Pagham Church? Or you’re having your wedding at Highdown Vineyard?

Alternatively, you may just enjoy my natural and unobtrusive documentary wedding photography approach and think it would be a great fit for your wedding day? I’m a London wedding photographer but cover the whole of the UK and destination weddings overseas.

Whatever the reason, I’d definitely love to have an friendly and informal chat with you about your wedding plans. So give me a call or SMS on 07920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page and lets start making plans for your wedding.

 

Littleton House Wedding Photography – Chloe & Dan – Back in the Day

Another year, another 1st wedding anniversary.  Yes, today a year ago I was shooting Chloe and Dan’s wedding at Littleton House at Shepperton Studios in Surrey.

Having been up in Northamptonshire the day before, to shoot Amy and Mark’s wedding, it was down to a Surrey wedding venue much closer to home for Chloe and Dan’s big day.  As a couple they had been really keen on my storytelling documentary approach to their wedding story, so again it was a wedding I was massively looking forward to.

A Unique Surrey Wedding Venue

Littleton House is a unique manor house wedding venue that, rather unusually, sits within the famous Shepperton film studios in Surrey.  This alone makes it one of the most interesting wedding venues in Surrey.  It’s not many brides who can say they got married where parts of films – such as Harry Potter, Love Actually, Bridget Jones’ Diary, The Princess Bride and the Da Vinci Code – were shot!

So Chloe and Dan were definitely in esteemed company as they celebrated their wedding with friends and family in such famous surroundings.  I must confess that I didn’t realise at the time that I took Chloe and Dan down to the small woods and lake it was one of the creepier settings in a Harry Potter film. Thankfully, there were no fantastic beasts to deal with on the day.

Gremlins & The Damage Done

However, it was a wedding where I certainly suffered some damage – a camera viewfinder getting smashed, and a lens getting chipped – so maybe there were some nasty gremlins about…for the wedding photographer at least!

None of which was the couple’s fault and it would be fair to say it was definitely a fantastic and memorable wedding…for all the right reasons.  So I’m delighted to wish Chloe and Dan a very happy first anniversary!

You can see more their Littleton House Wedding Photography on their wedding story portfolio.

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Are you getting married at Littleton House too? Or perhaps you like my unposed storytelling approach to wedding photography?  If yes, then I’d definitely love to chat with you about your wedding plans.

You can call me on 07920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page.  I’ll be delighted to hear from you.

You can find details of all my services and prices on my Services and Fees page.

London engagement shoot of the couple cuddling beneath Waterloo Bride, on the Embankment, London. Taken by one of London's best wedding photographers, Darren Lehane.

London Engagement Shoot – South Bank & the Embankment – Hannah & Tim

It was an absolute pleasure to undertake a London engagement shoot with Hannah and Tim, down by the Thames a few weeks ago.  As a London wedding photographer I absolute love shooting in and around central London, as there are so many fabulous settings and locations that it makes more formal engagement portraits a complete joy to shoot.

As I like to get as many different settings into engagement photography session as possible, we had settled on a number of backdrops to include Bankside, the South Bank, Waterloo Bridge and the Embankment.  This gives the couple a variety in the photos they receive.

London engagement shoot of the couple beside the Thames and the impressive City of London skyline in the background. Taken by Darren Lehane, one of the best wedding photographers in London.

A Cold Breeze Beside the River

Although the spring sun was shining brightly when we met near the Oxo Tower, on Bankside, there was a cold breeze – especially by the exposed River Thames – which meant fly away hair was bit of an issue during the shoot, well more for Hannah than either Tim or myself!

But as I always say, you can never guarantee any kind of weather on your wedding day so you just have to go with it and make it part of a shoot.  That’s why I think engagement shoots are a fantastic way of getting some much need practice in, ahead of the wedding day itself.

Engagement Shoot with School Sweethearts

As I do with all my engagement and pre-wedding shoots, I enjoyed a coffee and chat with Hannah and Tim, before we headed out to start the shoot.  I quickly learnt that they first met when they were at School together in year 7, although they both admit it was very much an on/off type of romance throughout their teenage years.  Hannah did later secretly admit to me that she had been in love with Tim for most of her life, before adding with a smile, “but don’t tell him, he’ll only get a big head!

London engagement shoot of the coupe sitting in Bernie Spring Gardens near the South Bank in London. Taken by one of the leading wedding photographers in London, Darren Lehane.

Cain Manor Wedding

Hannah is a teacher at a boarding school in Surrey and Tim is in the British Army and he proposed to Hannah on New Year’s Day this year.  They are planning to have a Cain Manor wedding in Surrey next year.

As a couple they describe themselves  as laid back, outdoorsy and creative. When not working Hannah loves to decorate cakes and Tim enjoys painting. As a result their wedding will have lots of homemade details to represent this side of their personalities…which sounds really cool!

London engagement shoot of a close-up of the couple and engagement ring. Captured by London wedding photographer Darren Lehane.

I also love to find out unusual little things about my engagement couples, so was intrigued when they both admitted a big love for country music. It turns out this stems from a holiday in the US a few years back, when country music literally became the soundtrack to their trip.

The London Engagement Shoot

So having gotten to know Hannah and Tim better we then headed out onto Bankside to start getting some lovely engagement portrait photography for them.

As a documentary wedding photographer – who normally captures more natural and candid moments on a wedding day – I prefer to approach more traditional portrait shoots in a relaxed and informal way. I certainly don’t want to over-pose the couple too much.

A Photojournalism Approach

After a few shoots on a small pier on Bankside, we then headed to the small but lovely Bernie Spain gardens on the South Bank.  We then headed on through the book market beneath Waterloo Bridge – which is one of my most favourite places on the South Bank itself. I simply told Hannah and Tim to browse naturally and forget about me – this gave me the opportunity to grab some more photojournalistic type photos from the shoot.

London engagement shoot of the couple at the Waterloo Bridge book market, on the South Bank, London. Taken by one of London's top award winning wedding photographers, Darren Lehane.

We then headed up and over Waterloo Bridge, which always affords some lovely views of the river the City of London skyline beyond. However, it would be fair to say that the strong cold breeze blowing upriver made it quite a challenge to get any at all!

London Urban Setting for the Engagement Photography

So we hurried on and went down on to the Embankment and got some shoots by the beautiful and impressive Somerset House before finally ending up once more beneath Waterloo Bridge. However, on the north side of the river the bridge really provides quite a dramatic architectural backdrop for portraits – something I was really keen to take advantage of during the London engagement shoot.

London engagement shoot of the couple and a pigeon beneath Waterloo Bridge, on the Embankment, London. Taken by London wedding photojournalist, Darren Lehane.

All in all we had a great time and got some wonderful photos.  In fact, I know Hannah and Tim really enjoyed the shoot, as Hannah was kind enough to say afterwards:

“Thank you so much for putting us at such ease for our engagement shoot in London! We loved the range of photos and backdrops in such a dynamic setting. We feel incredibly lucky…and you made it a lot of fun. We will treasure the photos forever! A huge heartfelt thank you!”

It’s comments like this that make doing such engagement shoots an absolute pleasure.

Here are some more photos from Hannah and Tim’s London engagement shoot.

London Engagement Photos

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Book Yourself A London Engagement Shoot With Me

If you have recently gotten engaged and would love to have an London engagement shoot with me, then I’d be delighted to hear from you.  Or perhaps you are getting married and would also like to talk with me about my award winning documentary approach to wedding photography?

You can call me on 07920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page. I will be delighted to hear from you.

You can find out all about my services and prices on my Services and Fee page.

Dodmoor House Wedding Photography – Back in the Day

Wow! A year ago today I was photographing my Amy and Mark’s wonderful wedding at the delightful Dodmoor House in Northamptonshire. Where does the time go?  I still remember the day as if it was only yesterday.

Documentary Wedding Photographer

Amy and Mark were a brilliant couple to work with, who bought into the whole concept of a more natural and relaxed storytelling approach to wedding photography.  There was so much emotion and many genuine moments on the day, that it made my job as their documentary wedding photographer easy and straightforward!

Dodmoor House – Northamptonshire Wedding Venue

Dodmoor House is definitely one of Northamptonshire’s best wedding venues. A Grade II listed barn conversion, set beside the Grand Union Canal in the heart of the beautiful Northants countryside, its a perfect backdrop to any couple’s wedding day.

Happy 1st Wedding Anniversary

So, I’d love to take this opportunity to wish Amy and Mark a very happy and loving first wedding anniversary. Here’s to many more years of wonderful memories together.

You can see more of their wedding photography over on their wedding story portfolio page and I’m sure you’ll agree it was a wonderful day full of lots of love, smiles, emotion and laughter.

Find Out About Booking Me For Your Wedding

Are you are getting married at Dodmoor House in Northamptonshire? Or perhaps you just enjoyed my natural, candid and unobtrusive approach to wedding photography? Either way, I’d love to chat with you about your wedding plans.

You can call me on 07920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page. I’ll be delighted to hear from you and we can arrange a friendly and informal time to meet up and discuss your wedding in more detail.

All my services and latest prices are on my Services and Fees page.

Street photography of a couple kissing and a man jumping over them, on the beach in Brighton

Street Photography 2016 Winner

I am absolutely delighted to announce that I am one of the final 20 selected photographers who will be featured in a new book on contemporary street photography.  The book will be published later this year (2017) by Acuity Press and has been curated by the renowned photography historian and curator Colin Westerbeck.

Not only delighted to have been personally chosen by Colin, a huge name in the world of street photography, but one of the judges in the earlier round was esteemed Magnum photographer, Alex Webb, who is a huge favourite of mine.

Anyone who follows me regularly will know I am passionate about candid public photography and it has been highly influential on my unique storytelling approach to documentary wedding photography.  It’s why I am often called the “street photography wedding photography“.

I will of course keep you updated on more details about the books publication as they become known.  The photos below are from my body of street photography work that will be featured in the book.

Street photography of a couple kissing and a man jumping over them, on the beach in Brighton Candid public photography of a boy being helped up on a statue in Trafalgar Square, London, captured by the street photography wedding photographer Candid public photography of shoppers feet and discarded soles, in Covent Garden, London. captured by the street photography wedding photographer. Candid public photography of Harry Potter fans at Kings Cross train station in London. captured by the street photography wedding photographer. Candid public photography of a speaker with inflatable dinosaur at Speakers Corner in Hyde Park, London. captured by the street photography wedding photographer. Candid public photography of a girl and a penguin at London Zoo. captured by the street photography wedding photographer.

Book Me

If you enjoy my candid street photography and think my documentary wedding photography approach would be a good fit for your wedding, then I’d love to hear from you.

You can give me a call on 07920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page. I look forward to hearing from you.

Surrey wedding photography of the bride and groom at St Andrew, Merstham, Surrey. Taken by one of the best wedding photographers in London, Darren Lehane.

Gatton Hall Surrey Wedding Photography – Claire and Nick

I first met Claire and Nick in a coffee shop at Clapham Junction railway station in South West London.  One of the first things they said to me was, “we hate posing for photos, we always end up looking like idiots.” For such a handsome couple this was an amusing thing to hear, but as a natural storytelling wedding photographer who prefers to capture real moments – rather than over pose or set up wedding photos – it was music to my ears.

The couple were getting married at Gatton Hall near Mertsham in Surrey, but the morning started off at Claire’s parents home near Leatherhead in Surrey, for the usual bridal preparations.  As always there was plenty of excitement as the girls got ready and as Claire is a producer with a well known TV property show she was able to call in colleagues to film the day too.

Documentary wedding photography of the bride getting into her wedding dress, by Surrey documentary wedding photographer Darren Lehane

I was also impressed to discover that Claire’s dad was also a former professional football player for Exeter City – and his finest moment coming when he played against Liverpool in the FA Cup and had to mark a certain Kenny Dalglish.  It never fails to amaze me the people I meet through being a wedding photographer!

The wedding ceremony actually took place at St Andrew’s Church near Gatton Hall. This is a somewhat small and unusual church, with the congregation seated side on facing the aisle – but it was definitely extremely pretty and full of character.  Nick was already there and admittedly looking very nervous – as most grooms do ahead of the wedding ceremony.

Wedding reportage photography of the bride coming down the aisle at St Andrew, Merstham in Surrey. Taken by one of London's best documentary wedding photographers, Darren Lehane.

Once the ceremony was over it was off to the nearby Gatton Hall, which is a stunning mansion house situated in the grounds of Gatton Park and the Royal Alexandra and Albert School. The views of the surrounding countryside and Surrey Downs are breathtaking. In fact the gardens themselves were designed by the 18th century landscape architect Capability Brown – often referred to as England’s greatest ever gardener.

The speeches were particularly emotional, as Nick and his brother/best man paid tribute to their mother who had sadly passed away many years before. It was clear that there was a special bond between Nick ad his brother – who had travelled with his family all the way from Australia.

Surrey wedding photography of the groom and best man hugging, after the wedding speeches at Gatton Hall, Surrey. Taken by Darren Lehane, one of the best wedding photographers in London

A beautiful summer’s evening ensured guests could spend time out in the gardens, enjoying the views until the evening before the band struck up for the evening and the dancing could start in earnest.

Claire and Nick’s wedding was most certainly an enjoyable one from start to finish, and I’m sure you’ll agree from the following small selection of photos from the day they looked great too!

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