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Anna-Maria and Witek’s wedding at The Little Brompton Oratory Kensington by wedding photographer in Surrey, Egham and London!

Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life….love gives us a fairytale!

 And for smiling bride Anna-Maria, the beginning of her magical happily ever after, was set against the majestic Victorian backdrop of the Ognisko restaurant in Kensington.

 I always feel very privileged to be invited to share in the excitement of a bride preparing for her special day. As her attentive bridesmaids fussed, Anna Maria giggled girlishly. The moment is captured beautifully in this photograph, with her bridesmaid helping her into her shoes…perhaps something of a Cinderella moment…. and then we left for the ball…

 The groom awaited for his bride at Little Brompton Oratory in South Kensington. Sharply dressed in a black dinner jacket, Witek was all smiles as his wife to-be arrived at the elegant ceremony. Escorted up the aisle by her father, the bride wowed in a delicate dress, with lace top and voluminous skirt. And whilst all eyes were appropriately fixated on the bride, she was followed by three devoted bridesmaids, dressed in eye-catching royal blue dresses.

 As a seasoned wedding photographer in Surrey and London, I have been lucky enough to attend some of the most lavish and ostentatious weddings in the area. Yet the wedding of Anna-Maria and Witek was more than just another bride and groom..it was an authentic combination of their heritage and tradition, which I felt truly honoured to be a part of!

 Both Anna-Maria and Witek are born in the UK to Polish parents, the ceremony at Little Brompton was most appropriate. Set up during the Second World War, the venue was once a centre for Polish soldiers who came to the UK to fight against the Nazi’s.

The newly-weds returned to the Ognisko restaurant for their reception. In keeping with Polish wedding traditions, their parents greeted them with an offering of bread and salt. This is a symbolic ritual, representing the parents desire that their children will never go hungry and suggesting that at times life may be difficult, but together they will find a way to cope.

I spend long hours with my camera and repeating a request for smiles is simply a part of the job. Yet this occasion required little intervention and as the band played for the first dance, all the guests were genuinely smiling, sharing in the couples joy and enjoying being in the presence of true love. Even a little drizzly rain did little to dampen spirits!

Anna-Maria and Witek were married on the 10th December and whilst the weather was naturally very cold, the smiling faces and the hearts full of love, ensured this was one of the warmest weddings I have ever attended.

 

Congratulations Anna-Maria and Witek!

 

Wedding venue: Polish Restaurant ‘Ognisko’

Wedding Dress: The Bridal Gallery London

Flowers: Lalage Barran

Wedding Cake: Sugary Crumbs

Music Band: Fantasy Band

Wedding Video: Urban Rec

getting ready to the Kensington wedding

Bridesmaid helping bride with wedding shoes

Picture of engagement ring and wedding invitation

bride and bridesmaid before the wedding ceremony

father walks daughter down the aisle at Brompton Oratory

Picture of Exchange of Wedding Vows

Natural picture of bride and groom by wedding photographer in London Surrey

wedding photo shoot in London Kensington by PhotoAlbert

candid picture of wedding guest

picture of wedding band playing

picture of cake topper

picture of bride and groom making an entry into the reception

little girl by piano

smiley Bride enjoys the performance of wedding band

Wedding band entertain the guests

picture of the guest bookflower girl with day dancing on the dance floor

picture of bride toasts to the guests at wedding reception in London

Funny wedding picture

Speech of Mather of bride

wedding guests enjoys the party

candid picture of laughing bride during the speeches

picture of emotional moment when bridesmaid receives thank you flowers

Bride kisses groom a thank you

Picture of bride heading to the dance floor before tossing bouquet

picture of cutting of the cake by bride and groom during wedding reception in London

picture of bride and groom first dance

first dance in Kensington London by PhotoAlbert

picture of wedding ring and photo shoot at wedding venue

Picture of bride opening wedding day gift

Bridal party have a fun on the dance floor during the wedding reception

picture of dancing bride during the wedding reception in London

flower girls dancing on the dance floor picture

 

 

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