A Wedding at St Mary’s Church in The Boltons

newlyweds in st marys church the boltons

A Church Ceremony Followed by a Reception at Fulham Palace

A couple of weeks ago I photographed this church wedding at St Mary’s church in the Boltons, Chelsea. The church is like many in London in that the interior seems a lot larger than looking from outside would have you believe. The church also benefits from a lot of natural light which is a bonus when photographing a wedding ceremony.

Katy and Tom had chosen a 3pm ceremony and the bride, along with her bridesmaids and  Mum, were getting ready at the nearby Cranley Hotel

As you can see below, Katy’s gorgeous wedding dress was ready and waiting. It was made for her by Morgan Davies Bridal and looked even more gorgeous once she had put it on.

Meanwhile, at the church, Tom and his best man and ushers weren’t really showing too much in the way of nerves. They seemed more intent on displaying their bold choice of socks!

After the ceremony the newlyweds and their guests headed to Fulham Palace for the wedding reception. The wedding breakfast was served in the Chaplain’s Walled Garden Marquee and below you can see the tables laid out ready for the guests. The fabulous flower arrangements are by my good friend Mary Jane Vaughn.

It’s always a pleasure to be photographing a wedding at Fulham Palace, it’s one of London’s best kept (wedding) secrets!

wedding dress hanging in doorway

Katy’s stunning Morgan Davies wedding dress


groom and ushers display their union flag socks

The groom and ushers display their socks with pride


st marys church the Boltons Chelsea

St Mary’s Church in the Boltons in Chelsea


bride and father arrive in church at St Mary the Boltons

bride and groom exchange rings in church

newlyweds first kiss in church

newlyweds leave st marys church the boltons London

The Newlyweds walk down the aisle as man and wife


tables set for a wedding breakfast at fulham palace

The tables in the Marquee at Fulham Palace ready for the wedding breakfast


Christmas Wedding at Nonsuch Mansion

bride and groom kiss by christmas tree

A kiss in front of the massive Nonsuch Mansion Christmas tree

A Winter Wedding in Surrey

This winter wedding at Nonsuch Mansion actually started for me in Wimbledon. Our bride, Victoria, along with her Mum and her three bridesmaids, was getting ready at Cannizaro House before setting of for Nonsuch Mansion for her 2pm date with the groom, Iyran.

I think that falling on the 12th of December makes this a Christmas wedding; well that’s how it felt at Nonsuch which had, its now traditional, large Christmas tree on display.

The brides Morilee dress was the kind of beautiful frock that would look good any season but the dark Dune shoes were a definite nod towards the winter solstice.

The bouquet deserves a mention, beautifully imagined and created by Jay Archer who’s becoming a regular floral contributor on this blog.

Love the food too which was creatively presented by the brilliant Nonsuch Mansion catering team. The menu comprised of a starter of ravioli followed by chicken and then, for those with a sweet tooth pear tart tatin with ice cream.

Those yummy calories were well and truly burned away however as the newlyweds and their guests danced all night to the fabulous Milestones.

There’s nothing better than a bit of winter sun and the Maldives is the honeymoon destination for Victoria and Iyran.

A Christmas wedding at Nonsuch Mansion is always a great way to kick off the festive season!

bridal preparation at Cannizzaro house

bride at Cannizzaro House Wimbledon

bride at Cannizzaro House Wimbledon

The bride leaves Cannizzaro House


wedding ceremony orchid room nonsuch mansion

The Orchid Room at Nonsuch Mansion ready for the wedding ceremony

bridal suite nonsuch mansion

wedding buttonholes on bark

A quintessentially Jay Archer touch; buttonholes presented on a piece of bark


bridesmaids at nonsuch mansion

The bridesmaids are on their way….

father of the bride and bride

christmas wedding ceremony at nonsuch mansion

wedding flowers

Christmas wedding table layout

jay archer wedding bouquet

The beautiful bridal bouquet


wedding breakfast food

Ricotta and tomato ravioli with salsa verde and Parma ham wafer


wedding breakfast food

Breast of chicken marinated in lemon and thyme, crushed new potato cake, roasted vegetables and finished with a lemon cream sauce


wedding breakfast food

Homemade pear tarte tatin with salted caramel ice cream served on a ginger crumb


dune wedding shoes

Those dark Dune shoes


wedding band

The groovy Milestones!


wedding first dance at nonsuch mansion

wedding first dance at nonsuch mansion

The first dance was the Al Green classic ‘Let’s Stay Together’


A Winter Wedding at Fulham Palace

bride at Fulham Palace in amanda wakeley dress

Emily looking gorgeous in her Amanda Wakely dress


Ceremony in the Fulham Palace Chapel

Here are some photographs from a recent winter wedding at Fulham Palace. Winter weddings are becoming more popular and especially at venues like Fulham Palace where the grounds and interiors lend themselves to holding events whatever the weather.

Emily prepared for the big day in the Garden Suite of the Alma Hotel in Wandsworth, just a short journey across putney Bridge from Fulham Palace. She seemed very calm as a flurry of activity went on around her and her hairdresser and make-up artist went to work.

When the bride arrived at Fulham Palace her groom, Justin, was waiting along with their guests, in the beautiful chapel where their marriage was to be blessed. The couple met in the doorway to the chapel and then walked together to the altar.

During the ceremony there a couple of readings; one by their son George who had everybody laughing as he recited Edward Monkton’s A Lovely Love Story As the couple left the chapel they walked through the corridor to the main building which was decorated with a display of fresh flowers in small jars. All the flowers for the day including the bride’s bouquet and the fabulous displays in the Great Hall came from Flowers by Eve

Oh, and before I forget, Emily’s beautiful dress was by Amanda Wakeley

After the wedding breakfast which was held in the Great Hall the newlyweds and their guests danced the night away whilst sipping on some crazy cocktails! And throughout this winter wedding at Fulham Palace there wasn’t a drop of rain….


amanda wakeley wedding dress hanging in window

Emily’s Amanda Wakely dress awaiting the bride


bride's make-up table

Notes for the make-up artist!

bride having make-up applied


bride with hairdresser at Alma Hotel

Emily prepares at the Alma Hotel

wedding flowers at Fulham Palace


wedding flowers at Fulham Palace

More of the wedding flowers in a corridor of Fulham Palace


blessing in chapel at Fulham Palace

The blessing taking place in the chapel at Fulham Palace


young boy gives reading at wedding in Fulham Palace

George steals the show with his reading in the chapel at Fulham Palace

newlyweds leaving chapel at Fulham Palace


newlyweds leave the chapel at Fulham Palace

The beaming newlyweds after the blessing in the chapel at Fulham Palace


newlyweds in courtyard of Fulham Palace

The fabulous courtyard at Fulham Palace


wedding breakfast in the great hall at Fulham Palace

The Great Hall at Fulham Palace ready for the wedding breakfast


bridal flowers at fulham palace

One of the fabulous floral arrangements at Fulham Palace

portrait of bride at fulham palace

cocktails on bar

The barman prepares another cocktail!


newlyweds in courtyard of Fulham Palace