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Luxury Corinthia London Wedding Photography

Steph and Sam’s Corinthia London wedding photography story features a luxury courtroom ceremony, a romantic ballroom reception, and two stunning gowns. 

I was delighted when Steph reached out and asked me to be their Corinthia London wedding photographer. I adore photographing weddings in the city and this venue has been on my list for some time.

Steph and Sam love photography, and I was recommended to this stylish London couple by another photographer because they wanted natural documentary images to capture the true story of their Corinthia Hotel wedding celebration.

Corinthia London is one of the best luxury hotels in central London. This elegant establishment is a stone’s throw from the city’s finest attractions and is a popular spot for celebrity faces and the wealthy.

I travelled from Liverpool and meet with Steph for a quick planning meeting on the eve of the wedding. This gave me an excuse to indulge in the famous afternoon tea at the Corinthia Hotel!

Everyone should be able to recall their wedding day long after the dust has settled. When the wedding is over, all that remains are your memories. For this reason, I photograph weddings in a natural, documentary style.

This luxury Corinthia London wedding promised to deliver some fantastic photo opportunities, and it did not disappoint…

Beautiful photo of bride and groom walking into Corinthia London hotel at night on wedding

Luxury London Wedding Venue

The Corinthia Hotel in central London is one of the city’s finest hotels. The hotel is ideal for a couple looking for an elegant city wedding venue. It has seven penthouses as well as two world-class restaurants.

The Ballroom is a magnificent setting for a wedding breakfast. And for couples looking for iconic photos, it doesn’t get much better than this for a London wedding venue than its location right next to the River Thames, an iconic backdrop to your wedding photography.

The world-class spa and pool provide the ideal pre-and post-wedding relaxation. And with 294 bedrooms, your family and friends can stay and party until the wee hours of the morning!

Courtroom ceremony and Ballroom reception

Steph and Sam’s wedding photography began with bridal preparations in a beautiful Corinthia Hotel suite. Steph was the epitome of a relaxed bride, even using her ‘Calm app.’

The couple was married in The Corinthia Courtroom in a beautiful ceremony, followed by some quick group shots before heading to the Penthouse and then outside for a quick portrait session.

The wedding reception started a little later in the Corinthia Hotel Ballroom with speeches and the meal, followed by a fantastic party that was photographed beautifully against a colourful ballroom backdrop.

Steph and Sam are a cool, classy, and sophisticated London couple who were enthusiastic about their Corinthia London wedding photography and trusted me completely to capture their day as it unfolded.

I’m extremely happy that our paths have crossed. From start to finish, I was made to feel welcome, and I believe we will be friends for life.

Here is their romantic Corinthia London wedding photography story…

Love at Corinthia London

Hi, we are Stephanie and Sam and this is our Corinthia Hotel wedding photography story. 

Sam is originally from Tottenham, but he moved to Bath when he was a child. He works at PMI as the Global Head of Citizen Developer… yep, I have no idea what that is either! I’m from London and work in marketing and events.

We met in 2015 at the ExCel Centre, where I was working the event and Sam was a spectator. I asked for his business card as a ruse to obtain his phone number. We went out for a drink and the rest is history!

A Shard Proposal London

I am always on the lookout for any kind of surprise plan, so I was impressed that Sam pulled this one-off…

Sam’s friend in product marketing emailed me and asked if Sam and I would be interested in participating in Valentine’s Day photoshoot; I was told it would only be close-ups, so I said yes. This happened at The Shard, London in December.

We arrived at the Shard in London, and the guy behind the desk greeted us and showed us to our suite, saying the photographer would be there any minute… As you do, I went to the bathroom to see what freebies the Shangri-la hotel had to offer…

When I came out, there were rose petals all over the floor, and Sam proposed as the sun was setting in the distance over the London skyline.

We then went to the Shangri-la for dinner at Ting restaurant followed by drinks at bar 31, the Sky lounge. We ended a romantic night taking in the views from across London from the 52ndfloor of Gong.

Sam, being Sam, planned an entire weekend of treats and surprises for me, it was incredible! I have no idea how he did it.

Double wedding at Corinthia Hotel London

We had planned to marry on Easter Weekend 2020, but that was cancelled three weeks before due to a lockdown…

However, we were able to get married in a small ceremony in the Corinthia Courtroom with only 12 guests in December 2020, and we moved the big ceremony and party to August 2021.

We ended up with four different dates as a result of covid because we had to postpone due to different lockdowns and tiers!

We chose the Corinthia hotel London because we wanted a London venue with easy access, and we loved the attention to detail and, strangely, the smell of the hotel! It has a wonderful aroma.

Corinthia London Wedding Theme

Our wedding theme was simple, classy and elegant with lots of flowers. It was very romantic.

We had to cut down our numbers even in August as we didn’t want to risk it. 50 in the day and another 30-40 in the evening. We had four bridesmaids and one best man.

Wedding Dress

I had two stunning gowns. A breathtaking LiRi Nicola gown for the day (from Confetti and Lace) and a sophisticated Morilee Rachel dress for the evening from Bromley Brides – they were incredible!

Sam had seen my Morilee Rachel dress at our first ceremony and he had no idea that I’d got a second dress. I’d kept it a secret.

But, the way Wes, our photographer captured Sam’s expression as I entered the Corinthia Courtroom wearing my LiRi Nicola gown, is priceless. I will never forget the look on his face.

My wedding gown was absolutely stunning. The dramatic train, the straight cut along the top, and the way the fabric folded over onto itself were all very appealing to me.

Also, I adored the back and neckline of my Morilee Rachel dress – the evening gown!

Sam – Hugo Boss head to toe basically!

Bridal Party

I ordered six dresses, and my bridesmaids all came over to try them on. Subsequently, I asked them to go into different rooms and to come down in the dress they felt most comfortable in… Because they all appeared in the same dress, it was a simple decision!

I loved their outfits as much as my own. In fact, I found their dresses before mine, so I knew which necklines to avoid because I didn’t want to match.

Corinthia London Wedding Photographer

Would you recommend Wes Simpson Weddings to family and friends?

YES YES YES AND YES!!

Our Corinthia hotel wedding photos belong in a magazine!

Wes, thank you so much for our amazing photos! I didn’t even realise you were in the room all that time taking photos when we were getting ready, you did a great job of keeping me calm too!

The way you captured every moment is incredible. We really do relive the day each and every time we look at your wedding photography.

We 100% would recommend Wes Simpson Weddings! Quick to respond to emails/texts and such a chilled, kind guy.

If you are looking to book a Corinthia London wedding photographer, or even if you’re getting married elsewhere… don’t hesitate to go with Wes!

Standout Moments

Oh, that’s a tough one. Maybe when we walked into the Ballroom at the Corinthia Hotel for the first time and everyone was up with their napkins in the air to welcome us. It’s a joyful moment I won’t forget.

Favourite Picture?

It’s a hard choice. Either the ones in the Corinthia Hamilton Penthouse or on the stairs or the outside photos at night with the iconic Corinthia London Hotel doorway! We love them all.

Tips for couples planning a wedding

Don’t get carried away, the reason you’re getting married is to be married… It’s not about anything else! Enjoy every moment and get a great photographer like Wes to capture it.

Corinthia London wedding suppliers

Wedding Venue: Corinthia Hotel London

Brides dress. Bromley Brides.

Morilee Rachel. LiRi Nicola.

Wedding photographer: Wes Simpson Weddings

Makeup artist: @makeupbybeth__xo

Hairstylist: @jlhairstylist

Wedding flowers: Burgeon Florals

Entertainment: DJ Chris Anthony

Weddings at Corinthia Hotel London

It’s your special day and the wedding the team at the Corinthia London want to be part of the magic. From selecting the perfect ceremony space to adorning your aisle in flowers, there’s no job too big or too small for their dedicated team.

Staff at Corinthia London pride themselves on being “experts in romance.” Dedicated wedding specialists will ensure you have a truly amazing day. From the initial ideas through to the final flourish, you can trust Corinthia London to create something extraordinary.

Visit my Corinthia Hotel London wedding venue page for wedding packages and information. Or contact The Corinthia London Hotel directly.

Address: London Corinthia Hotel. Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2BD, United Kingdom

Email: weddings.london@corinthia.com

Corinthia London phone number – 020 7930 8181

Corinthia London Wedding Photographer

This is the best day of your life. So why settle for anything less than the best Corinthia London wedding photographer?

If you’re getting married in Corinthia London, then let’s create wedding photography you will love. Magical images that will help you relive your wedding with those you care about most for years to come.

I firmly believe in providing quality photography service to all my clients. This means going above and beyond wherever possible. Because of this ethos, my photography packages include all-day coverage as standard.

Award-winning Wedding Photographer

Wes Simpson Weddings was awarded Wedding Photographer of the Year 2022 at the English wedding awards. By choosing to work with Wes Simpson Weddings, you can trust that your Corinthia wedding photography is in safe hands.

After your wedding day, relive the magic of your celebration through a personal online gallery and order a stunning storybook wedding album from our collection. Designed in-house and printed in Italy by the world’s best manufacturer.

Getting married elsewhere? Check out the highlights gallery for inspiration, and the portfolio for examples of work from weddings throughout the UK and destination weddings abroad.

For the latest news and wedding stories head over to the blog. If there’s anything else, just ask!

If you are looking for a Corinthia London wedding photographer to photograph your wedding day, please contact me. I look forward to chatting with you and hopefully giving you one less thing to worry about.

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