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Brompton Oratory Wedding Photographer

Opulence in the Heart of London

Wedding Photography at Brompton Oratory, South Kensington.


Brompton Oratory Wedding Photography - The Church and Wedding Guests from the Back

The ornate interior of Brompton Oratory. Wedding venues don’t come much grander.

One of London’s Most Ornate 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 Photographers Brompton Oratory - Interiror Shot of Groom Chatting to Guests at Wedding

This shot of the Groom chatting to guests before the ceremony shows off more of the Oratory’s ornate interior.

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 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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Arrival of the Bride at Brompton Oratory

The Bride arrives in style in the forecourt outside the London Oratory.

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 1876Herbert 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.

Bridal Procession Down the Aisle at Brompton Oratory

The procession down the aisle shows off some of Brompton Oratory at the Back.

Bride Looking Thoughtful During Wedding at Brompton Oratory

Brompton Oratory encourages wedding photography which enables the photographer to capture emotive shots such as this one.

Signing the Register at Brompton Oratory Wedding

The couple sign the register out of view of the congregation in a grand room at the back.

Bride and Groom Walk Down the Aisle at the Brompton Oratory

The walk back down the aisle is a long one for the couple but provides the chance of some great environmental shots such as this one.

Bride and Groom Exiting Brompton Oratory in London Whilst Guests Blow Bubbles

Brompton Oratory does not permit confetti, however bubbles are a popular alternative.

The Oratory,
Brompton Road,
SW7 2RP.


The London Oratory is One of London’s Top Religious Wedding Photography Venues.

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Guy Milnes Photography is based between London and Caerphilly covering South Wales, Bristol, London and the home counties.
He has been a professional photographer since 2008 and loves to capture the true atmosphere of the wedding day as it unfolds naturally.


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