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The Savile Club; an Impressive London Wedding Venue

bride climbs the Savile Club staircase

A Chic London Wedding Venue

The Savile Club in Mayfair is one of London’s more impressive wedding venues. It can host up to 200 guests in it’s ballroom and adjaecent dining room spaces. When I shot there last summer what struck me most was the gorgeous natural light in the ballroom and on the chic, French styled sweeping dual staircase.  It’s no surprise that the club has been used as backdrop for many film and TV productions including Downton Abbey.

The Savile Club is located on Brook Street and sits between Claridge’s and Grosvenor Square. It is licensed for Civil Ceremonies and for the wedding featured here the ceremony was held in the Drawing Room.

the ballroom at the Savile Club London

The beautiful Ballroom at the Savile Club

wedding breakfast menu from Savile Club

A mouth-watering wedding breakfast menu at the Savile Club

Wedding Flowers at the Savile Club

bride on the Savile Club staircase

The fantastic sweep of the french styled staircase at the Savile Club

bride and groom on the Savile Club staircase

The bride and groom head up the staircase to the ballroom at the Savile Club

Johannes and Jane at The Museum of the Order of St John

Johannes made an ironic nod to English tradition with his bowler!

London Wedding Photographer

The thing I like most about being a London wedding photographer is that, apart from working in one of the most photogenic cities in the world, the couples that come to me quite often aren’t themselves from the UK. 

This wedding at The Museum of the Order of St John is a good example. Johannes and Jane are from Germany and Thailand respectively and pretty much all the guests were from one of those two countries. The couple met when both working in the City of London and, as you can see, were expecting their first child not long after their wedding day!

The wedding ceremony was held in the inspiring Chapter Hall “with its grand fireplace, vivid stained glass windows, chandelier from the Farnese Palace in Rome and collection of paintings from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries, is an impressive yet welcoming ceremonial space for up to 100 guests….”

After the ceremony the newlyweds and their guests took a short walk to the adjacent Memorial Garden, an area, belonging to the museum, laid out with scented flowers and medicinal herbs. Here we took a few family photographs and some portraits of the couple themselves.

Whilst the guests made their way to the reception venue, a fabulous Portuguese restaurant called Portal, Johannes and Jane wandered around the local streets of Clerkenwell as I captured some more informal photographs.

Once they arrived at Portal the party began and everybody enjoyed a gorgeous wedding breakfast followed by a little (non-strenuous!) dancing.

wedding ceremony in the chapter hall

wedding ceremony chapter hall clerkenwell

Jane and Johannes arrive at the wedding ceremony

 

bride in the chapter hall clerkenwell

bride and groom holding hands

A discreet touch of hands during the wedding ceremony

bride and groom at the The Museum of the Order of St John

bride and groom stroll down a london street

portal restaurant clerkenwell wedding reception

portal restaurant clerkenwell wedding reception

portal restaurant clerkenwell wedding reception

portal restaurant wedding reception

Chickpea stew with tomato and tofu

 

portal restaurant wedding reception

Baby courgette flower stuffed with soft cheese and thyme

 

portal restaurant clerkenwell wedding reception

portal restaurant clerkenwell wedding reception

Slow cooked pork shoulder with shallots

 

portal restaurant clerkenwell wedding reception

portal restaurant clerkenwell wedding reception

portal restaurant clerkenwell wedding reception

Fulham Palace – A Versatile Wedding Venue

The fabulous frontage of Fulham Palace

 A Variety of Wedding Spaces

A flower girl takes a walk in the grounds of Fulham Palace

 

Fulham Palace is one of the more versatile wedding venues that I work at. It has a variety of rooms and spaces that can be used for one or more aspects of a wedding day and for the wedding photography.

The grounds of Fulham Palace have lawns, woodland and a very picturesque walled garden and there is also a nearby walk along the banks of the Thames.

A bride poses in the beautiful grounds of Fulham Palace

A bride and groom outside the walled garden at Fulham Palace

 

Inside the house there are some very photogenic areas including the main stairway from the bridal room and the beautiful chapel which can be used for wedding blessings.

The bride on the stairway of Fulham Palace

A wedding blessing in the chapel at Fulham Palace

 

These next three images show the Bishop Terrick’s Drawing Room which has gorgeous natural light and can be used for ceremonies or as a break out room. As you can see below, it also makes an excellent location for a bar.

A wedding ceremony in the Bishop Terrick’s Drawing Room

The bar set up in the Bishop Terrick’s drawing Room

 

The Great Hall is the centre of the Palace and is used for ceremonies, as a dining room and also for the evening’s festivities.

The Great Hall at Fulham Palace ready to host a wedding ceremony

A live band play at a wedding reception at Fulham Palace

The Great Hall during the first dance at Fulham Palace

 

The marquee which is located in the Chaplain’s Garden can be used for the wedding breakfast and then adapted later with the addition of a dance floor.

The marquee ready for the wedding breakfast at Fulham Palace

The marquee with a wedding reception in full swing

The courtyard at Fulham Palace

 

The Courtyard at Fulham Palace, which is the first area the wedding guests will see, is a great area to host a drinks reception. And, as you can see, with the addition of some creative lighting, offers a wonderful backdrop for a portrait of the bride and groom.

The Courtyard at Fulham Palace hosting a wedding reception

A bride and groom in the Fulham Palace courtyard at night