Tips For a Festive London Proposal

For some while now I’ve been a guest contributed on the very popular WeddingDates website. I thought it was about time I returned the favour so this week I’ve invited Aileen from WeddingDates to give us some thoughts on wedding proposals.

It’s getting to that time of year again… Engagements! Prepare for the proposal stories come January… You never know, you may be one of them! For us, London has always been a romantic spot. Whether a tourist or a resident Londoner, there is no better city to fall in love. A city full of fashion, art, culture and history… Need we say more?

It may sound cheesy, but a festive London proposal sounds like a dream to us. The lights and Christmas buzz is the perfect atmosphere for a winter proposal. If you’re planning on popping the question soon, here are some inspiring ideas to get your creative juices flowing!

Classic Christmas Ornament

An oldie, but a goodie…. The ornament proposal! Although this is usually a homely idea, take it up a notch and whisk her away on a lovely London weekend trip? Plant your ring in the hotel’s Christmas tree and ask the Receptionist or who ever is nearby to keep an eye out for your ring while you bring your fiancé-to-be over. And if you wanted to get really creative, you could try a ring box disguised as a Christmas bauble like this one we found on eBay

Image via bgoods2u on eBay

Alexandra Palace

This iconic location offers the perfect amount of winter buzz. From markets, to ice-skating or a romantic stroll, this spot has romance in-built in it. Get some Thermos flasks, shawls and blankets out and plan a little crisp air picnic. Be sure to pack some extra waterproof gear and socks… Just incase!

Christmas Markets in Camden

For those who love the rush and energy from Christmas shoppers, Camden is a fab spot to pop the question. Here, you can get as creative as you like… Maybe you could even pretend to haggle with someone over the ring! Plus, think of all the photo opportunities! With so many interesting spots and locations in Camden, having a photographer there could make for some amazing keepsake photos.

Remember, Christmas is a romantic and popular time to get engaged. Stick to the basics and keep the proposal to the romantic. Tailor the event to your loved one’s personality. If they love being the centre of attention, do something public. If they’re a real family person, do something that involves everyone they love. If they’re private, make it an intimate event.


This article was written by Aileen from WeddingDates, a venue search website that helps couples search for their perfect wedding venue.

Nonsuch Mansion Autumn Wedding

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Nonsuch Mansion Surrey wedding venue

October Wedding at Nonsuch for Janis and Vernon

Here are some photographs from an autumn wedding at Nonsuch Mansion. Earlier last month Janis and Vernon chose the Surrey wedding venue to host their wedding ceremony and reception.

As you can see from the shot of the newlyweds in the gardens of the mansion, we had some warm autumnal sun to help us along and the food served by the team at Nonsuch seemed to suit the season as well. To start there was “a duo of roasted butternut squash soup with petit butternut, feta and sage torte served on a bed of rocket” and as a main course the guests enjoyed “pancetta wrapped breast of chicken, crushed baby new potatoes and roasted vegetables finished with salsa verde”!

The bridal flowers were created by my friend Michelle Rust who’s work I feature here quite regularly. The happy couple took a honeymoon in Mexico along the Riviera Maya.

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Our groom gets a hug from a guest

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The flower girl protects herself from the hairspray!

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The bride poses for me outside the Bridal Suite of Nonsuch Mansion

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The groom waits for his bride in the Orchid Room at Nonsuch Mansion

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Cones of rose petal confetti

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The delicious looking starter

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… and a gorgeous looking main course!

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The bride and groom in the gardens of Nonsuch Mansion

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The groom’s speech in the Orchid Room

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The bride and groom take a quiet moment on the lawn at Nonsuch Mansion


A Wedding at Pembroke Lodge

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A Wedding at Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park

It’s been a while since I photographed a wedding at Pembroke Lodge so I was looking forward to returning to this wedding venue in South West London. Pembroke Lodge sits at the top of Richmond Park and has great views of the Thames below Richmond Hill and the park itself.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. I first met Margot and Seb last year when I photographed their friends Eve and Nick’s wedding at the Orangery. Margot was a bridesmaid that day and Eve was here returning the favour. As you will see from the photographs, it was a very rainy day but that didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits.

I started my day at the bride’s parent’s house in Ealing where rooms full of family and flower girls and bridesmaids prepared themselves for the day ahead.

I travelled with Margot and her father to the church, St Mary Magadalene in Richmond town centre, where the bride was greeted by ushers bearing brollies. Despite the weather the newlyweds were determined that we would capture some images in Richmond Park itself and so, armed with a couple of trusty umbrellas we ignored the rain and wind and carried on regardless. Unfortunately the umbrellas didn’t ignore the conditions and, as you can see below, gave up on us forcing us to head back to the wedding reception at Pembroke Lodge.

After enjoying their wedding breakfast Margot and Seb, along with their guests, spent the evening dancing to a DJ who encouraged everybody to take a turn on the decks.

The newlyweds chose the Maldives as their honeymoon destination.

The bride’s beautiful dress was from Chanticleer in Cheltenham and her flowers created by Wrap and Tie in Richmond. The delicious looking cake was made by Margot’s work colleague, Jan.

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Margot’s wedding dress from Chanticleer

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the bride's hair

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Margot’s mother, Annie, helps the bride with her veil

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The beautiful bridal bouquet by Wrap and Tie

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The bride’s mother leaves for the church

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The bride arrives at church for the wedding ceremony under a canopy of umbrellas

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Margot’s sister, Sophie, gives a reading in church

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The blessing during the wedding ceremony

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The bride signs the register and her groom looks on

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Just married!

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The bride and groom in Richmond Park

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Sheltering under an umbrella as the rain came down

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The wind and rain finally get the better of the newlyweds umbrella!

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Wicker hearts hanging on the walls of Pembroke Lodge

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The table plans hand-made from sawn logs

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A starter of fois gras with brioche

the groom at the top table

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The bride and groom cut their wedding cake

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The newlyweds first dance