I was so honoured when Mimi and Jerry chose me to be their Valentine Mansion Wedding Photographer, because this day had been in the making since December 2018 when Jerry popped the question and was so important them. Both of African heritage, their original wedding plans was grand and luxurious, with a large traditional african ceremony as well as this white dress wedding with lots of family and friends to celebrate with. After many months of restrictions and being unsure when this grand wedding could happen, they decided what was important to them was being married and starting a new life together; and that the grand party could wait until a later time with no restrictions.
Mimi and Jerry first met and kindled a great friendship 8 years ago and they started dating 2 years later. After 4 years together, Jerry knew he’d found his soul mate in Mimi and asked her to married him. It is said that friendship is the foundation of a great and long lasting marriage, so when he popped the question to Mimi, she said “my answer was always going to be yes”. As their Valentine Mansion Wedding Photographer, it was very clear to me and everyone present on their wedding day, that they had an unwavering love for each. They are such an amazing couple with a great sense of humor and we got on like a house on fire. In Mimi’s own words “I’m not exaggerating when I say he felt like family“.
“Deji is deservedly a 5 star photographer! He is so professional and yet so friendly and very easy to work with. I’m not exaggerating when I say he felt like family. I especially love how he took time and due care to learn about us as individuals and as a couple over two consultations prior to our wedding day. Our wedding was held during the lockdown so it was a small occasion but his energy, meticulousness and direction made it feel more grand and special. I absolutely love my photos! My husband, Jerry and I made the best choice in hiring Deji to capture our day and we are very thankful! I totally recommend him!”
Mimi & Jerry
After their short and intimate wedding ceremony witnessed by two of the closest friends in the smart and stylish Holcombe Room, I captured some newlyweds portrait of the couple both in the Mansion and in the beautiful gardens surrounding Valentines Mansions. They then traveled back to their hotel for a quick change of clothes ready for the second half of the day, where Jerry had planned a surprise and luxurious boat ride by Thames Limo Ltd. They were greeted on arrival with champagne and chocolates, before going on a tour of the riverbanks of central London. After the boat ride, we header back to the hotel and create some beautiful and creative wedding portraits in the hotel lobby. Below is a highlight of their wedding day. Happy viewing!
WEDDINGS PHOTOGRAPHY AT VALENTINES MANSION & GARDENS
I love photography in general, but I’m very passionate about wedding photography in particular. This is because wedding photography is the capturing of one of the happiest memories of brides and grooms with their friends and family that will be treasured and shown to future generations. Valentine Mansion offer so much in elegance, natural light, space and opportunities to create and capture beautiful wedding photography in and around the venue.
This was my first time photographing at Valentines Mansion & Gardens, a grade II listed country house nestled within the picturesque and historic gardens. The Mansion boost gorgeous period features and has a choice of ceremony rooms, all with stunning views across the gardens and parkland. Valentines is the perfect setting for a romantic and intimate wedding and can host up to 70 guests for ceremonies. With an exclusive hire, the venue can have upto 120 guests across all the rooms. As a bride and groom and wedding photographer for that matter, you’ll love the space and light that you get in popular ceremony rooms of Valentines Mansion. These are:
The Holcombe Room – is a smart and stylish room on the ground floor of the Valentines Mansion and is ideal for smaller ceremonies of up to 12 people. It has big beautiful bay windows and a terrace door, creating a perfectly lite room for capturing great photos of brides and grooms saying I do, as well as the guests.
The Morning Room – also on the ground floor is a filled with charm and character with its dramatic bay windows overlooking the historic gardens. At a slightly larger size, it is ideal for ceremonies of up to 40 people. It is also well lite for capturing great photos of brides and grooms saying I do, as well as the guests.
The Drawing Room – with a grand staircase leading up to it on the first floor, it is by far the largest and most dramatic room within Valentines Mansion and holds up to 70 guests. It is bright and spacious with views overlooking the lawn, and with many distinctive features, including ornate cornices, fine oak floor, elegant fireplaces and a romantic balcony with stained glass, great a fabulous backdrop for photographs of your special day.
ARE YOU GETTING MARRIED AT VALENTINES MANSION?
If you’d like me to photograph your wedding day at Valentine Mansion or anywhere else you’re considering, please get in touch and let’s have a chat. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on 07595 723423 and I will get back to you within 24 hours, so we can arrange a date and time to talk.