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Wedding: Penthouse Pavilion Suite at the Dorchester Hotel, Mayfair, London. With pre-wedding at the Ritz Hotel London – Sarah and Eric

Jul 6
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Sarah and Eric’s wedding was a real family affair. For some reason that description usually conjures up images of cosy weddings, but this was pretty glamorous. Sarah got ready at the Ritz then went on to the ceremony and reception at the Penthouse Pavilion in the Dorchester. You may remember this venue from another Sarah’s wedding, and that’s no coincidence – the wedding planner (another Alex!) was asking on the Internet for a small, quality venue in London and I pointed her towards Sarah and Simon’s wedding. Thankfully they liked the photographer as well as the venue and booked both of us!

Sarah and her three lovely children (I’m not sure I can call them that since they’re all grown up!) were just as glamorous as the venues. Her daughter Becky was Sarah’s too-cool-for-school maid of honour, and her sons Will and Alex (yes, a third Alex!) looked incredibly dapper in their suits. It was really heart-warming to see all three of them helping Sarah and Eric to make their big day happen.

Sarah loves 1920′s vintage glamour and asked to get some photos with the kids before the ceremony, so we grabbed an hour or so before heading to the Dorchester and took photos inspired by films like The Great Gatsby at the Ritz. Then it was on to the Dorchester, where Sarah and Eric had a beautifully intimate ceremony and a laid back reception that made the most of the sun. It was one of those weddings where you could always hear laughter – the best kind of wedding.

And on that note, I’ll let you have a peep at the shots. Sarah and Eric – I’m looking forward to seeing you both for lunch soon!

Wedding Prep-LocationThe Ritz
Wedding VenueThe Dorchester
Wedding PlannerThe Bijou Bride
Hair & Make-upGemma Sutton
Bands – ‘Niche Quartet’ and ‘The Super Rollers’
Wedding CakeElizabeth’s Cake Emporium
StationaryBerin Made
FlowersThat Flower Shop
BalloonBon Bon Balloon
Primary Wedding PhotographerAlex Beckett
Assistant Photographer – Robert Pack

Wedding: Faye & Oscar – Linconshire

Jul 2
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It’s going to be a short but sweet post today, folks, as wedding season is starting to heat up as much as the weather! Best get on with the rest of the editing…

Well, what can I say about Faye and Oscar? Army girl meets RAF boy, they fall in love… and you know the rest. I have to admit I was really worried about the wedding on the day itself. My assistant Will and I stayed over in Peterborough the night before and we were woken at 4am by the sound of the heaviest hail I’ve ever heard. It didn’t bode well for a marquee wedding!

Clearly someone was looking out for Faye and Oscar, though, because by some miracle the hail cleared, the clouds blew away and a day that was forecast to include torrential rain and flash flooding turned into one of the sunniest of the year!

Right, I said I’d be brief, so without further ado, here’s the photos…

Dress: Farnham Boutique
Caterers: Willoughby Catering
Hair: Alison King
Marquee: East coast/Cambridge Marquees
Band: The Northern Monkeys
Primary Photographer: Alex Beckett
Secondary Photographer: Will Stedman

Pre-Wedding: St Paul’s Cathedral & Southbank, London – Meng-Hua & Jeremy

Jun 24
Pre-Wedding Portrait taken at St Paul's Cathedral, London. Dramatic photo with rain very British.

Wow that was fun. Just got back from a quick 1/2 day pre-wedding shoot around London with Meng-Hua and Jeremy both over especially from Taiwan. Had a blast wandering around St Paul’s and then across the river to South Bank when it got dark.

Anyway I best get to bed but just wanted to put this one up from St Paul’s where we got stuck in the rain!

Thanks for having me along guys, really hope you enjoy the rest of your trip in the Lake District and your wedding back in Taiwan in May.

Engagement Shoot: City of London – Sara and Simon

Jun 12
The Gherkin London City Wedding engagement photo

With their wedding quickly approaching and after a failed attempt earlier in the month at an engagement shoot just outside Cambridge, Sara and Simon opted to come to London for attempt number 2. We prayed to the weather gods and this time we were not let down.

Queue a sun-and-laughter-filled adventure wandering around the streets of the Capital taking some relaxed photos along the way. I learned about Sara’s thumb war prowess and Simon’s ability to constantly make her laugh!

Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did guys and looking forward to seeing you in a few weeks bright and early for the wedding!

Wedding: Longstowe Hall, Cambridge – Tara & Tom

Jun 3
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So Tara and Tom had been keeping an eye on my work for four years (yes, that was a big ego boost – thanks guys!), ever since I shot their friend Alana’s wedding. When they booked me, they already had a list of my shots that they liked, including my sparkler photos – you can see the result of that inspiration in the photos of their beautiful wedding at Longstowe Hall in Cambridge.

Tara wanted to create an atmosphere of enchantment – a forest feel – and with the gorgeous setting of Longstowe that wasn’t hard to make the wedding feel like A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Longstowe is a beautiful Elizabethan country house set smack in the middle of woodland, with lakes and manicured gardens galore. The venue alone was a bit of a gift for a wedding photographer, but Tara and Tom were even more so as a couple. They were willing to go the extra mile to get the photos they wanted – they even let me steal them away in between dinner courses to get some shots by the lake at sunset. That’s dedication! They are also incredibly romantic, which really showed with the decorations (flowers in bird cages – inspired) and with the day overall. As if sending Tara a lovely letter and present in the morning wasn’t enough, Tom put grooms everywhere to shame by picking her up during the dancing.

In fact, the whole wedding party were pretty great. Despite some of the bridesmaids not being massive fans of having their photographs being taken (I can sympathise – that’s why I make sure I’m always behind the camera!), they were all brilliant sports and had a lot of fun getting ready at Hotel Felix in the morning. Then there were two groomsmen (you know who you are guys!) who made it their mission to create laughter wherever they went.

To be honest, this felt like a bit of a blessed wedding. The weather was on its best behaviour, the ceremony was just saturated with emotion and I even managed to persuade Tom Archer back to be my second photographer – great to work with you again mate.

I’ll let you take a peek at the photos now. Tara and Tom – thank you so much for having me along, and I hope had a brilliant time in Monaco!

Pre-Wedding: Queen’s, King’s and St John’s College Cambridge – Gina and Suay-Wei

May 9
St Johns College Cambridge Wedding Portrait

Wow, I’m on a blogging spree this week! Next up it’s Gina and Suay-Wei who came over from Singapore for Suay-Wei’s graduation ceremony.

When Suay-Wei first contacted me he asked for a pre-wedding shoot around the gorgeous old city of Cambridge. Usually it’s the bride-to-be who wants to arrange everything and I must confess I was a touch surprised that Gina never wanted to talk. Instead, between us Suay-Wei and I came up with a plan and hired the ever talented make-up artist Ashley Gifford of Primp Powder Pout.

On the day, Gina’s silence all became clear. Being the romantic that he is, Suay-Wei had actually only proposed to Gina the previous night! He’d arranged the whole shoot as a great way to remember the occasion in the hope that she’d say yes. Luckily she did and we set about creating some great portraits with the beautiful city of Cambridge as our backdrop.

Despite Suay-Wei being a Cambridge graduate and actually still having a valid student card we weren’t able to get official permission to photograph in any of the colleges. We ket a low profile but the engagement shoot still became a bit of a game of cat-and-mouse with the porters. We managed to visit all the important places with sentimental value for Suay-Wei though,: Queens College (Suay-Wei’s own college), Claire College, Trinity and the beautiful St John’s College. We had a lot of laughs en route and came away with some amazing memories

Suay-Wei and Gina really are an awesome couple and I think I’m nearly as pleased as Suay-Wei that Gina said ‘yes’!

I’ll let you look at the photos now, but before I go: all the best with the future wedding guys!

Wedding: The Old Hall, Stuntney, Ely, Cambridgeshire – Katie and Nathan

May 8
Wedding at the Old Hall Stuntney, Ely, Cambridgeshire

I’m just going to start off by saying that Katie and Nathan are two of the nicest people I’ve ever met. It’s rare to find a couple who are so friendly and easy-going. And while it’s not necessary, I’m always super grateful to couples who make my job easier by being totally up for wandering around a big estate at night-time in the name of getting photos!

So Katie and Nathan found me because I photographed Katie’s brother’s wedding (and he in turn found me through Phil and Holly). James and Gemma married on a brilliantly sunny day, and so did Katie and Nathan, so clearly good weather runs in the family! The good weather was a big contrast with the skiing theme of the dinner. Skiing was just one of the great personal touches Katie and Nathan added to their wedding, alongside a beautiful cheese platter from Katie’s workplace and the bridesmaids’ dresses, which Katie made by hand (I can’t even begin to imagine how much time that must have taken her!).

Added to the lovely little touches was the backdrop of the Old Hall in Ely. The Old Hall is a gorgeous Jacobean Manor House that was recently converted into a luxury B&B and wedding venue. It’s such a gift to a photographer, with beautiful, old, characterful rooms and not one but three huge lakes in the grounds. I’m back there later in the year and can’t wait.

Right, now I’ve rhapsodised about the couple and the venue, I’ll leave you to take a look through the photos. Thanks so much for having me along guys!

Venue: The Old Hall, Ely Suits: Golding, Newmarket Bridesmaid’s Dress: Katie Hair: Muir and Kerr Makeup: Muir and Kerr Flowers: Sarah and Richard Cake: Sue White Second Photographer: Bernard Pretorius

Wedding: Magdalene College, Cambridge – Florence & Jason

May 5
Cambridge Wedding Punts Typical Bride Groom Portrait

I’m going to keep this introduction brief, not because there isn’t tonnes to say about Flo and Jason and their fun-packed wedding in Magdalene College, but because there are so many photos in this blog post and I don’t want to make it too much longer!

Flo and Jason met at Cambridge University, so when they were planning their wedding they knew they had to hold it in one of the colleges. The question was, which one? They ended up going for Magdalen simply because it’s such a beautiful setting. The old stone work and picture perfect quads provide the perfect background for a summer wedding. Even though Flo and Jason technically got married in Spring, they were incredibly lucky to have plenty of sun and warmth. In what has to be the ultimate ‘blessing of the gods’, the sun shone out from behind clouds at the exact moment they shared their first kiss.

This was one of those weddings where the bridal party really ‘brought it’. I was greeted as a long lost friend from the moment I arrived, and the bridesmaids and groomsmen, along with Flo and Jason, encouraged a relaxed, fun vibe throughout the day. We had croquet, typical groomsmen/groom japes and a brilliantly hectic preparation. One bridesmaid had flown in from the USA (this was a truly international affair!) with nothing but the clothes on her back, so there was a mad scramble to find her shoes and jewellery, while the bride sent her lone ‘bridesman’ out into central Cambridge to find her a necklace.

I can see that I’m at risk of making this introduction way longer than I promised, so I’ll wrap up shortly. There’s just so much I could say about this wonderful day, from the cute book rabbit-obsessed Flo got for her husband-to-be, to the dramatic photos we sneaked out to get before the sun went down, to that gorgeous cake (all hail Fitzbillies!) and stunning dress (from Pronovias).

I’ll leave you to take a look through the photos now. Flo and Jason – here’s to all the happiness and fun of your wedding day following you through life.

Venue: Magdalene Colledge, Cambridge Dress: Pronovias Suits: Hugo Boss Bridesmaid’s Dress: Donna Morgan Hair: Heike Martin Makeup: Tori Harris Flowers: The Flower House Cake: Fitzbillies Second Photographer: Bernard Pretorius

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Wedding/Civil Partnership: Andaz Hotel, London Liverpool Street- Jackie and Lindsay

Mar 24
Fun loving artistic Wedding Photographs from a Gay Lesbian Wedding / Civil Partnership.

I met Jackie and Lindsay last year near Paddington Station, and we got on so well I was several hours late for a date night with my wife! That should give you some idea of what a friendly, generous couple these ladies are, and how excited I was to photograph their wedding. I’ve shot at the Andaz a few times now, usually with the hotel’s old wedding planner Carly helping me out. Carly, however, had to move back Australia, and in her place is the lovely Sam. This was Sam’s first wedding at the Andaz, and although it was manic I think it gave her a taste of how awesome the venue can be when you have a star couple getting married there!

I had a bit of a larger team working with me on this one – the brilliant Iain Gomes came along as my second photographer, while I kept my assistant Will Steadman busy helping me. We had a bit of a game of ‘hide the bride’ in the morning, as Jackie and Lindsay were getting ready in separate rooms at the Andaz. This led to some hi-jinx as we tried to keep them from crossing each other’s paths on their way to talk to the registrar. It was also great fun to compare timelines with Iain, as he and I stayed with different brides. You can see from the photos that Jackie and Lindsay were doing exactly the same things (make up, putting on the dress) at the same time, just in different rooms.

Unlike most weddings, Jackie and Lindsay did see each other before the ceremony. I have a soft spot for ‘first looks’ (some of you may remember Simon and Sarah from The Dorchester, who did their first look on Millennium Bridge several years ago). They’re so full of emotion and joy; part of me wants to capture those moments but the other part wants to give the couple time alone to bask in what they’re about to do. In this case, that emotion was only heightened because Lindsay and Jackie have been through a lot to get to this day. I think you can tell from the photos how honoured and touched every single guest was to be present when these beautiful women tied the knot.

The day really was a dream to photograph. Lindsay put an emphasis on getting a lot of photos of the guests having fun, which was a really easy job considering that I don’t think there was a single frown to be seen during the whole day. Even the speeches were totally inclusive: Lindsay and Jackie gave a joint speech where they got everyone to stand up before thanking them each in turn – you were only allowed to sit down once you had been thanked. It was a great way of sharing their love and gratitude with their friends and family. The day was rounded off perfectly by one of the best bands I’ve seen – they got absolutely everyone up on the dance floor for a raucous end to the celebrations.

It just remains for me to congratulate Lindsay and Jackie on a wonderful day. Iain, Will and I were really honoured to have been part of it.

Venue: Andaz Liverpool Street, Dress: Jenny Packham, Flowers: Jam Jar Flowers, Stationary: Roopa Sachidanand, Second Photographer: Iain Gomes, Assistant Photographer: Will Stedman

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Pre-Wedding Shoot: London, Southbank, British Museum and Big Ben – Michael and Joanne

Mar 17
Alex-Beckett-Photography_Merry go round London pre-wedding south bank bride and groom portrait cool fun awesome artistic wedding photography photos

Michael and Joanne are a lovely, fun couple who came over from Hong Kong for a pre-wedding adventure around London. They’re due to get married next year, but wanted to get some shots of them as a couple in somewhere beautiful and grand and, well, London fits that bill perfectly. They only came over for a couple of days before flying on to Paris, so I felt really honoured that they wanted to spend most of their time with me!

Although Michael’s been here before (he’s a travel guide, so he knows the city pretty well), this was Joanne’s first time in our capital city. Luckily, the weather greeted her with what must have been our first properly sunny day of 2014 so we were able to get some great sunlit shots that perfectly matched this sunny couple.

Determined to make the most of the weather and our time together, we started early. I have to give massive kudos to Michael and Joanne here, as they’d only flown in the previous day and must have been shattered, but they still faced the day with so much energy and happiness that it was a total joy to photograph them. We ended up walking everywhere, which was no small distance…

We started out in Holborn, where Joanne and Michael were staying, for a few casual shots against grand Georgian townhouses and inside the British Library. We then worked our way down to Covent Garden for some much needed refreshments and a bit of R&R. Then we crossed the river for a wander along Southbank, where they got changed into their wedding finery. As the sun set we managed to capture them against some of London’s iconic buildings, as well as snapping some more fun images. I may have later regretted getting on the vintage merry-go-round – it turns out those things are really difficult to balance on when you’re trying to take photos!

We rounded off the day with some dim sum at Ping Pong, which I fear was not at all what Joanne and Michael were expecting – sorry about that guys! Before I let you all look at the photos, I’d just like to thank Joanne and Michael for letting me share such a fun day with you. I hope you had a wonderful time in London and have an equally great time in Paris!