Posted on January 10, 2017
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.
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.
Posted on April 2, 2016
Having fallen behind on our blog we decided to start with Rebecca and Scotts wedding which was on the 25th April last year.
Having photographed many weddings at the Great Hallingbury Manor over the past few years the Rebecca and Scott knew they would be in safe hands.
Unlike most of our wedding enquires, Rebecca initially got in touch via Facebook late October 2014 and during their first Pre Wedding Consultation, it was clear that a connection had been formed. A wonderful family whom we would go on to photography a number of times before the big day it self.
Fast forward to the 25th April 2015 and everything was set to go.
Rebecca was her bubbly, smiley self and it was lovely to see her so relatively relaxed during her bridal preparations. This gave us the perfect opportunity to capture some stunning documentary style images.
Scott was a little more nervous on the day, however he was, as always, a pleasure to work with. Little things mean a great deal on a wedding day and it is not just the bride who has important accessories. For Scott these were his West Ham Football Club cufflinks, which he wore with pride.
With the Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel, Oak Room, already transformed, it was time for the ceremony.
It was so evident from the very first day we met, that Rebecca and Scott had something truly special. With two wonderful boys, their family was already formed, so it was always set to be an emotional day. And the ceremony was just that!
As the new Mr & Mrs Staff emerged, their friends and family came together to rejoiced.
With the ceremony over there was now time for our couple to take a break and relax. As we left the guests to enjoy the superb drinks reception, we move to the lake for some beautiful, more intimate images.
The day seemed to go so fast and before we knew it the formalities of the cake cutting, speeches and the first dance were over. All that was now left was to enjoy the evening, and capture some incredibly funny images from our take of the old PhotoBooth, our very own Comedy Corner!
Thank you to Rebecca and Scott for booking us to cover their special day. Thank you to all their family and friends for making it such a brilliant event and to all the staff of the Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel, who yet again went above and beyond to provide an outstanding service.
Posted on March 18, 2015
It never ceases to amaze us how unique each wedding can be and it was that knowledge that really motivated us to create personalised wedding packages for each new couple.
We knew from the beginning that we would love to work with Ross and Larisa and that instant connection and mutual understanding is really important. A wedding is never without some degree of stress and we want our couples know they can rely on us.
Unlike many of our weddings, this was to be a very intimate day with only a handful of guests. With Larisa’s having worked for some years in art galleries, she knew exactly what she wanted. The focus was to capture both natural images to document the day and beautiful, classic images of the couple within the stunning grounds of their venue.
The legacy Great Hallingbury Manor is a familiar venue, in which we have had the pleasure to photograph regularly, so we were only too happy to be returning once again for this wonderful wedding.
Larisa did not want traditional bridal preps as such so we arranged to visit her just before she was ready. By staying on the edge of the activity and working in a photojournalistic style, we were able to document the emotion and atmosphere without influencing it in any way. The ceremony itself was beautiful and we were blessed with the most glorious sunshine. Perfect for our location photoshoot around the luscious grounds.
It was such an honour to play a part in Larisa and Ross’s special day and we thank them for entrusting us with such an important responsibility. We look forward to seeing them again in the future.
If you are looking for a personalised photography service that will cater for your specific needs then get in touch today to book your no obligation, pre wedding consultation, and see what we can create for you.
Posted on March 5, 2014
It was during a charity Coffee Morning event that I remember helping a lady with her buggy. We started talking and she noticed the display of my work and commented on how she loved my images. She mentioned she had a friend who was getting married very soon and thought they would be interested in looking at my work, so I gave her a business card and suggested she ask the couple to visit my website.
However, she had other plans, and picked up her mobile, calling her friend to explain the situation. The next think I knew I was talking to a lady and arranging an appointment for her and her partner to visit the studio.
It was lovely to meet Jane, Stephen and little Lewis on that first visit. Their wedding was due to take place in less than eight weeks time, not far from our studio, at the magnificent Down Hall Country House Hotel, in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire.
As we always do, a personalised package was created especially for Jane & Stephen. However, on this occasion we needed to include a special guest appearance. Jane explained that she had booked someone very special to appear in the evening and the couple would want some images taken together with the start before he made his entrance – but it had to remain a surprise.
On the day, the hotel was decorated ready for Christmas and set such a beautiful scene. Everyones seemed to have a brilliant time and the guest appearance definitely took them all by surprise.
Posted on February 19, 2013
As Detheo Photography enters it’s third year, something quite magical has begun to stir. There are changes on the way, and along with a complete rebranding, we will be launching a new package of services and new products.
So in preparation we decided to spend the day photographing the beautiful Fros at one of the two stunning venues we have managed to create a link with.
Down Hall Country House Hotel, has long been a special place for us personally, as it was the setting for many joyous and memorable functions, long before Detheo Photography even started. Yet throughout the years it’s elegance and striking beauty have never faltered and we are honoured to have it on our list of approved locations for many of our future shoots.
With all the new changes and venues, I hear you ask, “where does the old come in?” Well, in order to compliment the beauty of our environment, it was essential that Fros wore something quite spectacular.
Sixteen years after it was lovingly designed by myself and carefully hand crafted by Maria at Mirror Mirror in Crouch End, London, my own wedding dress made it’s way out of it’s resting place to take centre stage.
And we are sure you will agree, it proved to be the perfect choice.
We hope you enjoy the images we created just as much as we enjoyed creating them.
Please watch carefully over the next few months as we begin to announce exciting new changes, and special offers for you all to take advantage of.