London winter wedding | Juliette & Nick

London winter wedding

London winter wedding photography

A candlelit London winter wedding just before Christmas. The first of three weddings I shot leading up to Christmas this year. A true winter wedding, as the ceremony started at 4 pm after the sun had set. Juliette and Nick swapped the warmth of Australia to come back to the UK recently and went for a stylish winter ceremony in Notting Hill, west London. This is a creative couple. Juliette is an artist and although Nick’s professional background is law and banking, he’s really a surfer and a photographer! When Nick enquired about my wedding photography back in October, he talked about his love for photography. In fact, I wasn’t sure at first if he was really just another photographer fishing for prices! ( This goes on I’m told ) However, after he booked, we did manage to meet up when I was checking out the church – St Peter’s in Notting Hill – and had a long geeky chat about glass (#lensporn) as we walked back towards Bayswater Road.

(Fitting then that this was the first wedding in which I was able to use some very recent (expensive) investment in glass. The Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 2/50, the stunning (and heavy), Zeiss APO Sonnar T* 2/135  and the very new, AF-S Nikkor 58mm f1.4G ) But this isn’t a lens review…

Coverage began at their gorgeous open plan flat in Kensal Green, where Juliette was getting ready with family and friends. Then a short cab ride down to the church on Kensington Park Road. Thankfully there were a couple of spotlights in addition to the candles. Thankfully also they had a relaxed vicar who doesn’t see photography as a threat. It’s a good church to work in, with space for different angles. After the ceremony, it was on to the Belvedere restaurant in Holland Park nearby. It’s been a few years since I’ve covered a wedding reception there – it has to be one of the darkest spaces for a reception. But then shooting with the Nikon D3S and D4 cameras at up to 12800 iso with fast glass, it means you can get selective about using what light there is. Rather than sticking on a flash and bouncing off the low ceiling – the aim is to retain the atmosphere by just using what available light there is. This is why I bought the 58mm – a challenge had been set by Nick.

Hopefully, the resulting images capture the atmosphere of the day. Here are a few images from this London winter wedding…

Bride getting ready in her flat Bridesmaid eye makeup Earrings on Necklace choice Bringing the wedding dress upstairs Bride revealAdjusting the wedding dress Wedding dress on Earrings Bride almost ready in her flat St Peter's church in Notting HillLondon winter wedding - helping the groom with his buttonhole London winter wedding - lighting the candles around the church Wedding guests arrive St Peter's church in Notting Hill wedding Bride arrives at St Peter's church in Notting Hill Bride with her fatherStart of the wedding ceremony London winter wedding London winter wedding in Notting Hill London winter wedding ceremony London winter wedding reportage London winter wedding photographyLondon winter wedding kiss London winter wedding look London winter wedding marriage London winter wedding guests head for the wedding routemaster bus London winter wedding bride and groom leave the church in a black London taxi cab Belvedere restaurant Holland Park wedding Belvedere restaurant wedding reception wedding speechBelvedere restaurant wedding reception speeches Belvedere restaurant wedding reception meal speechesbest man hug Toast for the bride London winter wedding first dance


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Great shots Martin. We are very happy with Martin’s photography which really captured the atmosphere of the day and many many special moments that only a keen eye can discern and capture. Martin was extremely unassuming and didn’t impose himself on events at all which was really refreshing as I know there are wedding photographers who like to really direct traffic (aka divas). Martin is an extremely amicable and relaxed guy which also helps keep things calm and flowing on the day. All in all, I couldnt recommend him more highly. Job well done. x Nick & Juliette

Wow! Beautiful wedding and gorgeous photography! Congratulations to the new Mr and Mrs!

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