By Alex Beckett Photography


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The Penthouse & Pavilion Suite at The Dorchester Hotel has to be one of the loveliest places in London to photograph a wedding. It's one of my favourite venues for a smaller wedding because it's tucked away at the top of the hotel. Your wedding feels so special because you are private and secluded, totally cut off from the larger hotel and other hotel guests. If you’d like to know more about packages and starting prices, click here and we’ll get back to you asap! There are no extra overnight stay costs for wedding photography at The Dorchester's Penthouse & Pavilion Suite.

Having photographed in the Penthouse and Pavilion Suite many times, I'm really familiar with how the interconnecting rooms work and how a wedding functions within them. If you're holding the wedding ceremony in the green, baroque room, the staff will turn that around for the wedding breakfast while all the guests are out on the terrace, and it's done with incredible speed and efficiency. Lighting-wise, we go from a darker, mirrored room to the clear light and big sky of the rooftops, and back again - that's something to bear in mind when you're briefing a make-up artist. My other piece of advice is to bear in mind that with a small wedding, the focus is all on the people in the moment so it’s really important that your photographer is comfortable blending in and becoming an unobtrusive but friendly part of your day.

Happy wedding guests in the Dorchester Hotel
Wedding ceremony - couple taking vows
Animated wedding breakfast in the Oliver Messel room, The Dorchester

You might think that green would be a difficult shade and that it would reflect back, causing sickly complexions in colour photographs of the wedding. However, such was the designer, Oliver Messel's brilliance and the way the light works within the room, it is actually amazingly fresh and flattering. This room converts into a dream dining room for a smaller wedding breakfast; thirty guests can be seated at the table, enjoying amazing food, and the atmosphere is like no other I've experienced, like a family dinner in a magical wonderland room. I love to quietly and unobtrusively capture that warm and convivial vibe in my photographs.

Tearful bride making speech in The Dorchester's baroque green room
Detail of exquisite food at The Dorchester Hotel
Candle-lit wedding breakfast

Again, another unique wedding location in the heart of London. It's a great space with a huge, catch-your-breath view to the London Eye and across the rooftops of Mayfair. When you walk out here, there's a real sense of change - from the beauty of a wedding service to 'let's get the party started!' The great thing about all London weddings is that we can sneak off to take a few shots of the two of you at an iconic location. The outside of the Dorchester itself, with its stream-lined, evocative architecture, and its plane tree (named one of the great trees of London) is an amazing urban backdrop in itself, but we are also close to Hyde Park corner with its iconic arch. My team and I are very experienced at lighting these shots quickly, so we can go get the image and sneak you back into the fun before your guests even realise you’ve been gone! And, of course, there are beautiful corners of the hotel, both inside and outside, where I’ve found a well-shaped shot.  

View from above of wedding on the terrace at The Dorchester
Couple exchange rings
Wedding couple with her parents laughing in a bower

GETTING MARRIED AT the dorchester?

Alex is uniquely experienced having photographed many times at the hotel, and particularly relishes photographing weddings in the Penthouse & Pavilion Suite. Do get in touch to talk about your photography ideas and how Alex may help you achieve them.

Postscript from a Dorchester Wedding Photographer

Fairy-tale wedding

 The fairy tale, baroque feel of the Penthouse & Pavilion Suite was expertly created by the theatrical and ballet designer Oliver Messel. He wanted to evoke a kind of Sleeping Beauty enchantment in his designs. It's a photographer's dream background.

Easy wedding day

Because everything is on-site, including the option of your prep space and you and your guests’ overnight accommodation, the logistics of a wedding become much easier. And you can take for granted that the people behind the scenes, from the event designers to the florists, are some of the most on-the-ball in London.

Grand ballroom

Grand scale weddings take place in the spectacular, gloriously art-deco ballroom, one of the most sophisticated spaces for a reception in the city. With the bigger weddings in the ballroom, the lighting throws up new challenges, which, being a lighting fiend (some might say nerd!) I absolutely relish.