Wedding Photography at Brompton Oratory, South Kensington.
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 a wondrous 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. With my Brompton Oratory wedding photography service, you can be sure I’ll capture this wondrous church in all its glory.
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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 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 big day but not be the main focus. With my professional Brompton Oratory Wedding Photography service, you can be sure your wedding photos will have the perfect balance.
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.