Northcote House Wedding venue

Northcote House Wedding venue

Oh my, what a wedding venue! As a wedding photographer, we get to see our fair share of wedding venue’s that we all love film to at and Northcote house wedding venue is definitely one of those more exclusive venues.
Northcote house has the appearance of a grand 18th-century neo-Georgian opulent manor house. In fact, it was built in 1931 by the president of the British American tobacco company. A photographer’s dream. Northcote house has it all, the grand double staircase with its moon dome, The medieval stone carved balcony. High ceilings, grand fireplace. superb gardens and the facade of a classic English country mansion. Lots of off-camera flash and a really good excuse to get the Fisheye lens out to exploit that staircase.

The civil ceremony wedding of Matthew and Wayne in late April 2017 was going to be a wedding to remember. I love weddings and with a love for photography, the two go hand in hand. So when I get the chance to film at a classical wedding venue, great!. Even better is when that wedding is a same-sex couple. Now don’t get me wrong I really enjoy a heterosexual wedding but a gay wedding is something else, quirky and unpredictable, all in a good way. The Bridal prep or in this case Guy’s prep. The struggle to get the Bow ties on (Wayne!). The nervousness of the impending nuptials, not really that much different from a girl and guy wedding. The walk down the grand staircase to the joy of all the family and friends, and a few tears.

The service and then the look of joy that its all over and the tension begins to fade (Matthew!). The walk back down the aisle. Northcote Wedding venue really is what wedding dreams are made of. Confetti shot with the boys which appeared to almost blind them, or that could have been the sun, difficult to say which. But anyway it was good. Speeches with lots of emotion and laughter then it’s party time and boy this lot know how to party and everyone’s up for it. I’m sure Waynes’ brother in law taught Wayne to drink a bottle of wine through a straw, that’s another wedding blog from the brother in laws wedding from last June. Suffice to say Northcote house is one of the best wedding venues I have had the pleasure to film at. I would normally highly recommend Northcote to get married in but sadly Matthew and Wayne’s’ wedding was one of the last as the venue is due to close on the 10th May 2017 and turned into a retirement home.

Northcote wedding venue

Terry & Neil, civil partnership

Terry & Neil, civil partnership

When it comes to a same-sex wedding, there cannot be anything as much fun as a gay wedding. The civil partnership of Terry & Neil was going to be one of those days I shall never forget, not because it was a same-sex partnership, done loads of gay weddings before, it was the guy’s themselves, a great laugh, and really knew how to get the most out of life.

Neil, six-foot-something and built like a brick….., well you can guess the rest, the sort of guy you would cross the road to avoid, but appearances can be deceptive, Terry the more sensitive of the two, and not afraid to show it, charming guys with a great sense of humour, love to laugh and not afraid to show their feelings for one another.

April can be a fun time weather-wise, just out of winter yet, just getting into spring, it’s that limbo time when it can either be freezing wet and cold or like last year, feel like the middle of a summer heatwave. April 11th, 2015 was proving to be wet and cold in the morning, hot in the afternoon.

for the Mr and Mr prep, onto Bromley civic centre for the ceremony. The registry office its self is quite ugly, too modern. What makes the civic centre special is Bromley palace, literally within a minute’s walk from the registry office, built in the Victorian era, with a classical Georgian look, lovely grounds and lake, a wedding photographers dream, amongst the modern sprawl of modern 70’s looking drab architecture.

A lot of jokes to break the ice, group shots done in the heavy direct sunlight, it’s times like these that a photographer discovers the limitations of Speedlights and when dedicated powerful standalone lighting is required. Speedlight maxed out and on with the couple shots around the grounds of the palace. Then back to the Holiday Inn for speeches and 1st dance.

An Excellent partnership of two great guys, Terry and Neil, civil partnership.