Wedding Photography at Brompton Oratory, South Kensington.
One of London’s Grandest Religious Wedding Venues
Brompton Oratory is less commonly known as the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary or simply as the London Oratory. Whatever name you call it, this amazing example of Italian baroque architecture is truly a sight to behold.
With a rich history that stretches back to the sixteenth century, it is an inspiring place to visit and is the perfect venue for your Catholic wedding.
Before Westminster Cathedral opened in 1903, the London Oratory was the largest Catholic Church. It still serves as a parish church for Roman Catholics and is a very special place to the Catholic community.
Walking through the doors is almost like stepping back in time…
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Brompton Oratory as a Wedding Venue
Thanks to its wondrous architecture and historic beauty it’s many happy couple’s venue of choice. People come from all around London and further afield to marry at this magnificent church. When you step inside for the first time you’ll soon see why.
It still houses many beautiful Italian sculptures and amazing examples of marble work, woodwork and mosaic art. It’s quite simply stunning and an amazing place to celebrate your vows.
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Wedding Photography at Brompton Oratory
The Oratory offers a stunning backdrop but this actually makes it harder to capture a good photograph. There are so many angles and ways of composition to consider.
But although the glory of the Brompton Oratory is apparent, the focal point of the photographs will be you and your friends and family who have come together to celebrate your religious marriage.
Wedding photography is all about capturing the special and personal moments between two people in love on their big day. So, you’ll want to capture the stunning architecture of the Brompton Oratory. It should serve as an amazing backdrop to your wedding ceremony. With my professional Brompton Oratory Wedding Photography service, you can be sure your photos will have the perfect balance.
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Useful to Know Before Booking Your Wedding
- All initial enquiries must be made to the Priest on Duty and in person at Oratory House, Brompton Road, London, SW7 2RP.
- One of you must be Catholic and a reason for wanting to marry at the London Oratory must be given. If both spouses are Catholic, then a Nuptial Mass may be conducted in either English or Latin.
- Weddings are not conducted on Sundays due to other religious commitments.
- All music is provided by the Oratory’s Director of Music and played by the organist and choir.
- The Head Sacristan is Paul Clark who deals with all practical arrangements such as your photography and videographer requirements and flower arrangements etc.
- There is a huge emphasis on religion including prayer and reflection. The priest will guide you through this during the Marriage Preparation.
Brompton Oratory – A Potted History:
- 1852: The current site of the London Oratory is purchased by Fr. Frederick William Faber for £16,000 in the village of Brompton (now South Kensington).
- In 1874, a fund-raising appeal is launched to raise money to build the present church on the site.
- March 1876: Herbert Gribble submits renaissance style plans as entry for a competition to design the church. He wins £200.
- 1880: Laying of the foundation stone
- The church is consecrated in 1884 as the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (having cost £93,000) and opened a few days later by Cardinal Manning. He preaches to a congregation including 250 priests and 16 bishops.
- £14,000 are spent on improvements including the outer dome over the next ten years.
- Famous marriages at the London Oratory include: Edward Elgar, Alfred Hitchcock and James Hunt.
Brompton Oratory Wedding FAQs
Q. WHY GET MARRIED AT BROMPTON ORATORY?
A. You need to do no more than look through some photos of this amazing venue (see my website) to see what a wonderful backdrop this would be to your wedding ceremony. Providing one of you is Catholic, it is a truly memorable and awe-inspiring venue for your special day.
Q. IS PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY ALLOWED OF OUR WEDDING CEREMONY AND VOWS?
A. Absolutely, yes. You must liaise with the Head Sacristan to discuss this, but they are generally quite relaxed about photographers’. There are places where the photographer cannot go during the ceremony and flash should not be used. Otherwise, as long as your photographer is discrete, there is no problem with them moving around for the best shots.
Q. IS CONFETTI ALLOWED AFTERWARDS FOR A NICE SEQUENCE OF PHOTOS?
A. Unfortunately, not… However bubbles can be blown by your guests outside the doors as you exit – as long as you don’t mind minor soap stains on your wedding best! I’ve never had a couple complain about this though, and it makes for an amazing set of photos.
Q. WHAT IS THE LIGHT LIKE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY INSIDE THE ORATORY?
A. There are high windows throughout the building which let in a certain amount of light. The room where the signing takes place is darker, but your photographer should have no problem in dealing with lighting whatever the conditions.