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London Wedding Photographer. North London Wedding Of Helen & Scott. St Anne’s Church, Highgate and The Grand Palace, N.22

No matter how many years we have been photographing weddings, we still get that special feeling every time we are photographing one. And it was definitely no exception for the Wedding of Helen & Scott.

We first met the couple early 2016. During that first meeting we developed an instant connection. They explained how they had been together for many years and had three lovely children, Lucy, Chloe & Charlie, yet they had only now decided to get married.

Sadly, Scotts father had recently been diagnosed with cancer and was quite unwell so Helen and Scott explained that some plans would have to remain flexible and of course we were more than happy to accommodate this.

This wedding was to be a fusion of Greek Cypriot and English cultures, with a traditional Church of England ceremony at St Anne’s Church in Highgate, N6 and followed by a more traditional Greek style reception at the beautiful Grand Palace Banqueting Suite, N22.

Having now known the couple for over a year it is fair to say that both Helen and Scott are some of the most funniest, kind hearted and genuine people we have worked with.

So on the 24th June, we started the day welcomed with open arms at Helen’s parent’s house, joined by great videographers Tony Vouniotis from Top Class Vision and his assistant Mario. Both were a pleasure to work with and highly recommended.Whilst here we captured the bridal preparations and the traditional Greek Orthodox blessing with incense.

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We then walked across the road to groom Scott’s parent’s home to capture images there with his parents too.

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Once done here we were off again to find Father Andrew at St Anne’s Church. After the ceremony a Traditional Red Bus arrived to take guest on to the reception whilst we remained to capture some images of the new Mr & Mrs Gentle!

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We then off to meet all the guests at the wonderful Grand Palace Banqueting Suite where we were all spoilt with wonderful food and a brilliant service. It was without a doubt a fantastic day and one that everyone seemed to enjoy throughly.

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We have to say a huge thank you to Helen and Scott for entrusting us with photographing their special day. To all their family and friends for welcoming us and making us and being so great to work with. To videographers Tony and Mario for being so brilliant to work with. To all the staff at Grand Palace Banqueting Suite for taking such good care of us. And finally to our assistant, Christine who worked so hard on the day.

We would like to wish Helen & Scott a lifetime of joy and happiness.

If you are interested in our services please get in touch via the website http://www.detheo.co.uk or email us directly at contact@detheo.com.

London Photographer. The Savoy Hotel, London, United Kingdom.

Over the years we have been very fortunate to have either photographed, or have been a guest at many of London’s fantastic hotels and the Savoy has to be one of the finest.

So, having been booked to photograph a function at the Savoy Grill at the end of January this year, we decided to pop over and familiarise ourselves with the hotel and meet the staff.

The stunning entrance draws you in, promising to blow you away with what is to follow. And from the moment you enter the beautifully crafted front hall, the grandeur leaves you breathless. Every little detail carefully attended to, creating a visual masterpiece.

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We decided to find out more about this iconic London landmark and discovered that the Savoy has an interesting history.

In 1246 Count Peter of Savoy built The Savoy Palace, which went on to become the home of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster.  Sadly, in 1381, it was burnt to the ground during the Peasant’s Revolt. The estate then became part of the Duchy of Lancaster, and remains so to the present day. 

In 1881 The Savoy Theatre was opened. This was due to the collaboration between theatrical impresario Richard D’Oyly Carte, lyricist William Schwenk Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan. It was a collaboration to last for over twenty years and see the creation of a total of thirteen classic operas. Every one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s subsequent operas were premiered in the Savoy Theatre, and the entire canon became known as the Savoy Operas.

Richard D’Oyly Carte then went on to build the Savoy, which was opened on 6th August 1889. The new Savoy hotel offered accommodation for the many tourists, especially Americans, who had travelled to London to see the Savoy Operas.

With restaurants, bars, lounges, private dining rooms and banqueting suites, the Savoy offered a variety of choices for Londoners wanting to enjoy themselves. The main restaurant was opened by noted hotelier Cesar Ritz, who later became general manager.

Over the years to follow, the Savoy underwent many changes, and in 2005 it was purchased by HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin AbdulAziz Alsaud, who handed the management contract to Fairmont Hotels and Resorts.

Then, on 15th December 2007, and for the first time in 118years, the Savoy closed its doors to the public. The planned refurbishment was expected to cost around £100 million pounds and take up to 15 months to complete.

However, it was not until some three years later, on 10th October 2010, that the Savoy was formally reopened, with the final restorations costing approximately £220 million pounds.

In 2014 the Savoy celebrated it’s 125th Year anniversary.

Ref:http://www.fairmont.com/savoy-london/hotelhistory/

The Wedding of Chris & Sharon At St Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church & Pembridge Suite, London.

Growing up I attended many Greek Weddings and 16 years ago I even had one of my own. However on the 25th August 2013, it was an honour to be on the other side of the camera for Chris & Sharon’s wedding.

Bursting with the traditional cultural ceremonies that start from the family homes and follow all the way through to the wedding reception, the day was filled with so many special moments.

It was fantastic to be working alongside Tony from Top Class Vision. Tony is one of the best videographers we have seen and his many years experience is evident in the fantastic work he produces. It also helps that Tony videoed our own wedding, so there is no doubting our confidence in his work!

The day was amazing and everybody seemed to be having a great time, especially towards the later part of the evening when the dancing really took off.

I would like to wish Chris & Sharon lots of joy and happiness for their future together.

If you would like to discuss your own forth coming wedding please visit our website

www.detheo.com

Hertfordshire Wedding & Christening Photography. A Special And Very Unique Day For Athos, Victoria & Tillie Larkou.

It is no secret that Detheo Photography is relatively new to the Wedding Photography genre. Weddings and Christenings are very special occasions and the importance of the memories created on those days may not always be immediately apparent yet should be treated with the upmost respect. Years later when time has moved on,  the ability to look back at your images and bring all those memories to life again, is priceless.

At Detheo Photography we understand this, and are passionate about capturing images that will preserve those memories, for a lifetime.

Victoria & Athos came to us early in March this year calmly explaining that they were planning to have their lovely daughter, Tillie, aged nine, christened at St Mary’s Greek Orthodox church in North London. This in it self was quite unusual as, within the Greek Orthodox church , it is the norm to christen children when they are very young.  “Small world” I commented, as I, myself, was married there many years ago and have strong family ties to that church.

However,  it was not quite that simple!

In a manner, we have now come to know as the norm for them, Victoria and Athos went on to explain that after arranging the christening they decided it would make perfect sense to get married on the same day too.

It was definitely going to be a very unique combination of events. Yet, no one could have quite predicted just how unique the day would truly turn out to be.

On the 23rd March 2012,  a year earlier, the front page of The Telegraph ran the following –

“Hottest day of the year as Britain prepares for a BBQ weekend”

Now,  some 12 months later and the front page displayed a very different story –

“Worst March snow for 30 years brings chaos”

So, packed with all the usual camera and lighting equipment, we added snow shovels, hiking boots, sleeping bag and other emergency essentials to the car. Not forgetting the pretty vintage umbrella we had recently purchased. This umbrella, whilst insignificant to start with became the shield that defended our beautiful bride against the driving snow fall and biting wind.

It is testament to the relaxed and adaptable character of both Victoria and Athos, that the day went ahead regardless and whilst the blizzard did its hardest to work against us, we managed to capture some great images.

By the time the church service had finished the snow flakes resembled tennis balls.  As we reached  The Gables, on Newgate Street Village, Hertfordshire where the reception was to be held,  we were greeted with a thick white blanket of snow.

Regardless, the day turned out to be fantastic, with family and friends enjoying the celebrations and the images captured perfectly the depth of love Victoria, Athos and Tillie have for one another.

We thank you for giving us the opportunity to get to know you and share your special day.

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