I had the pleasure of heading to London for the vibrant wedding of Eli and Arun at the stunning Porchester Hall in Royal Oak, just up the road from Notting Hill.

A real sense of occasion

The Grade II listed Porchester Hall was built in 1929, originally as a Public Hall for the residents of the Borough of Paddington. The art deco building is very grand and imposing from the outside with its stone and granite facade. But once you step inside, the elaborate interior is truly breathtaking. With a sweeping staircase, ornamental wrought iron and bronze balustrade and crystal chandeliers, there is a real sense of occasion…a perfect location for a wedding.

I started the day with Eli at her family home in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey. It was lovely to spend some time with Eli along with her family and bridesmaids as everyone was getting ready for the big day. It was then over to Porchester Hall to get a few snaps of Arun getting ready along with his groomsmen. Arun, with Sikh heritage, was wearing a traditional turban and I managed to get some great shots of Crowning Kings tie their turbans. The colour of Arun’s turban was incredible!

Grandeur on a large scale

It was then on to the wedding ceremony in the Main Hall of Porchester Hall. The hall can accommodate a large number of people which was fortunate as Eli and Arun had in excess of 200 guests. The grand ornate high ceilings and crimson velvet curtains provided the perfect backdrop for the vows.

View of the art deco facade of Porchester Hall in London

A very colourful setting

We were blessed with a gloriously sunny day and headed out to nearby Porchester Square gardens for some group shots. The lush green foliage and vivid orange and purple Acers only added to the vibrancy of the wedding party.

I managed to get a few shots of the couple alone in the surrounding streets and then back in the hall on the beautiful sweeping staircase. The Main Hall had been transformed for the evening reception. There was food in abundance from curries, rice and salads to wedding cake, cupcakes and a table full of sweets. Music and dancing in to the night brought this Porchester Hall wedding to a close.

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There is a band in the background on a wood panelled stage with a large sky light aboveBride and Groom on the dancefloor during their firt dance in the Main Hall at Porchester Hall, London. The wedding party are stood in the background watching the couple with many taking photographs. The bride has her left arm and hand outstretched which the groom is holding with his right handYoung child with her arms in the air with a lady behind her holding the girls hands up. Both are stood opposite the bride who is partially out of shot, also with her arms in the airGroom, wearing a blue turban, talking to a male in a white shirt. The groom is holding both hands upwards with a surprised look on his faceBride with her arms wrapped around the grooms neck, holding a glass of champagne in one hand. Both are looking into each others eyes, smiling at one another.

The header image and a few of these shots were caught by the most awesome second shooter who was helping me on the day, Nicola Arber. Thank you Nicola!

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