London has a wealth of interesting and historic wedding venues, from the magnificent Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College through the home of cricket at Lords to the graceful Georgian architecture of RSA House, there’s something to inspire all tastes and budgets. RSA House is perfectly situated off the Strand in central London, for that quintessential London feel. There’s a variety of rooms and spaces at the venue to suit many different styles of wedding, from The Great Room, where diners sit amongst epic 18th Century art, through to the Vaults, originally riverfront warehouses with beautiful exposed brickwork.
The breadth of room style, design and architecture at the venue means there is a lot of scope for interesting RSA House wedding photography. Having photographed there a number of times, I know how challenging the lighting can be, and experience with low and mixed lighting is essential to get the most out of the photography. The Great Room provides a majestic backdrop for a wedding ceremony, but the high domed ceiling and strong wall lighting can be tricky to deal with. And while The Vaults provide the perfect ambience for a wedding breakfast or reception drinks, the extremely low light level needs experience to handle.
As a documentary wedding photographer, I place a high value on being unobtrusive and subtle. It’s how I manage to get the kind of natural and fun images you can see all through this website. I could deal with the lighting issues by using studio flash or video lighting, but that would, in a fraction of a second, kill the mood and ambience of the photography, as well as instantly change the guests reactions to being photographed. So I call on the 20 years experience as a photojournalist at The Times to use the venues advantages in making interesting, story-telling photography. From the way that the natural light falls in the upstairs rooms to the pockets of highlights and shade and architectural details of the vaults, all of this goes into my RSA House wedding photography.
You may also like some nearby Middle Temple wedding photography, or check out some more weddings I've photographed at RSA House and some of the other great venues in the capital:
I knew this would be a great wedding to photograph - Stephanie and Lee were very much drawn to the more natural and unposed style of wedding photojournalism that I specialise in. And RSA House is a superb London venue to get that kind of photography. But before the ceremony in the Vaults at RSA House, I started with Stephanie’s preparations at home in South London. It was a fairly clear and sunny Autumn day, and the natural light was great. Surrounded by friends and family, there was a relaxed feeling to the last hour or so before Stephanie left for the ceremony.
Over at RSA House, Lee was greeting the guests as they arrived, and I was able to use some of the modern architecture to help with the framing and composition. Soon, everyone headed downstairs to the Vaults for the start of the ceremony. It’s pretty dark in the Vaults, giving the photography quite a different feel to the daylight photography upstairs. You can see just how dark it is (and how well modern cameras and lenses deal with it) as Stephanie and Lee leave the ceremony as man and wife - see how bright the candles are in those pictures!
Upstairs we made the most of the daylight with some group and portrait photographs, before the meal back in the Vaults, and the start of the party. If you’re planning on getting married at RSA House and like the look of this RSA House Wedding Photography, please send me a message to check my prices and availability.
Some of the suppliers that helped make this such a great wedding:
|Dress designer||Ella Rosa|
|Florist||Mary Jane Vaughan Designs|
|Cake||RSA house - Cheese tower|
|Band or DJ||DJ Mark Valentine, Freelove Group|