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. This fantastic example of Italian baroque architecture is truly a sight to behold whatever name you call it.
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 splendid architecture and historical 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 outstanding examples of marble work, woodwork and mosaic art. It’s quite simply stunning and a fantastic place to celebrate your marriage vows.
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Wedding Photography at Brompton Oratory
The Oratory offers a stunning backdrop, but this 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 unique 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 a fantastic backdrop for your wedding ceremony. With my professional Brompton Oratory Wedding Photography service, you can be sure your photos will have a perfect balance.
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Useful to Know Before Booking Your Wedding
- Make all initial enquiries to the Priest on Duty and in person at Oratory House, Brompton Road, London, SW7 2RP.
- One of you must be Catholic and have a reason for wanting to marry at the London Oratory. If both spouses are Catholic, then a Nuptial Mass may be conducted in either English or Latin.
- They do not conduct weddings 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, flower arrangements, etc.
- There is a significant emphasis on religion, including prayer and reflection. The priest will guide you through this during the Marriage Preparation.
Brompton Oratory – A Potted History:
- 1852: Fr. Frederick William Faber purchased the London Oratory site for £16,000 in the village of Brompton (now South Kensington).
- In 1874, a fund-raising appeal was launched to raise money to build the church’s present church.
- March 1876: Herbert Gribble submits renaissance style plans to enter 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 an incredible backdrop this would be to your wedding ceremony. It is a truly memorable and awe-inspiring venue for your special day. However, one of you does need to be Catholic.
Q. IS PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY ALLOWED OF OUR WEDDING CEREMONY AND VOWS?
A. Absolutely, yes. It would be best to 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 they should not use flash. Otherwise, as long as your photographer is discreet, 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 a fantastic 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.