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Our featured couples have chosen the beautiful Victorian country house Grim's Dyke Hotel for their marriage ceremony and wedding reception. They selected combined photography and video packages with coverage starting shortly before the ceremony and finishing a little while after their first dance.
The Grims Dyke Hotel is in Harrow Weald Middlesex - or if you're not sure where that is - north-west London just twelve miles from the city centre. But this description of its location belies its fantastic features and ambience; forty acres of varied and mature landscaped grounds crowned with a building which is often used as a set for television and film productions!
The registrars from the local Harrow Register Office are easy-going and professional photographers and videographers should not encounter any needless restrictions on their work throughout marriage ceremonies.
The first photo in these highlights shows the imposing main entrance to the Grim's Dyke Hotel:
The Grim's Dyke Hotel is much in demand for film and TV work and its no wonder once you have the opportunity to wander around its enormous mature landscaped gardens and country house interior. Just divine!
The next photo shows the rear gardens at the Grims Dyke Hotel. Conditions on the day for this spring wedding were a little wet underfoot in places but we were just so grateful to be able to enjoy the mild and sunny conditions - the first day of the year for that!
Peter usually starts with some scene-setting photos including the lovely flower displays and arrangements which had been supplied by a local company Petals From Heaven:
This couples little boy was a bit wriggly during the ceremony and it fell to the bride's dad to keep him in check. Here he peeps out for a moment trying to figure out what on earth mum and dad are up to!
The Harrow registrars do not restrict professional photography and video during ceremonies and so Peter is able to shoot a full record both as photos and on video:
The Music Room really is a terrific setting. Here we can see the wedding ceremony in full swing. In the far background you can see the minstrel gallery. It has easy access up a narrow stairway but the view of the room is obscured by the large light fittings and fans:
Its great to be able to record such significant moments as the exchange of the wedding rings:
Guests were armed with plenty of confetti with which to bombard this couple after their ceremony. The staff at the Grims Dyke Hotel run a tight well-ordered day and the duty manager ensures that everyone is in the right place for this important and photogenic moment:
There are lots of photogenic spots around the huge grounds surrounding the Grims Dyke Hotel, though finding some suitable shade in the early spring before the trees are in leaf can be challenging. Professional wedding photographers always recommend shade as it is more flattering for portraiture. Here our bride and groom stroll alongside one of the hotel's lakes:
There are of course some nice "reportage" moments to be shot during the wedding receptions:
The next photo is commonly called a "table shot" and used to be very popular. It does need the timely co-operation of the guests though and that is not so common now-a-days. But it works great when everyone is up for it:
The speeches are also a good opportunity for some character shots of the guests as they enjoy the verbal sparring:
The speeches are always a great photo and video opportunity:
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