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A London Engagement | Zena & James

Romantic and beautiful portrait of couple in love shot through palm leaves
Last week found me travelling down to Kensington in London to meet up with the lovely Zena and James for their pre-wedding shoot. Travelling and seeing new places is an aspect of the ‘job’ that I really enjoy and I love the hustle and bustle of London just as much as the tranquility of the more remote locations that I’m fortunate enough to visit and photograph. The novelty of whizzing about on the London underground hasn’t worn off yet, even after several trips!!!

Unfortunately being peak wedding season I couldn’t hang around to enjoy London after the shoot – in fact I barely had time to grab a sandwich before catching my train home, but that didn’t make it any less enjoyable. The most rewarding part of being a wedding photographer is definitely the people I get to meet, hang out with (and spend one of the best days of their life with!) and Zena and James were just awesome! Having shot their wedding this weekend at the absolutely incredible Castle Howard in York I can safely say that they know how to throw a good wedding too!! All I can say about it is …wow! …just wow! I’m literally lost for words!

And on that note, it’s time to stop talking and show some photographs! So here are a few frames from the pre-wed shoot…

Holland Park Signage and summery flowers
wedding couple standing by a fountain
beautiful portrait of couple in close embrace under brick archway
A backlit portrait with the sun shining through the trees
engagement portrait taken in holland Park
portraits under the arches
pigeons flying around couple embracing under the old london brick arches
couple holding each other
Beautiful light shining through the trees as a couple in love kiss
couple playing giant chess in Holland Park, Kensington
Creative photograph looking through the pieces of a giant chess set with a couple kissing in the background
natural looking photograph of couple tucked away in a little nook in the park
Standing and looking at the camera in the gardens of Holland Park
Walking hand in hand through the gardens
Man in suit walks past a peacock
Japanese paper lanterns hanging from the trees
couple standing close with a peacock on a roof in the background
A stork sits on a raft in the japenese garden
Wedding couple standing on the bride in the japanese garden in front of a waterfall
Romantic photograph of a couple standing on the bride in the japanese garden in front of a waterfall
A couple go for a romantic stroll in Holland Park, London
Having a cuddle and laugh under the privet archway
Couple posing whilst standing on a pathway surrounded by vibrant colours
Natural engagement photographs
Engaged couple walking towards a gate
fun photo of engaged couple in front of a rustic blue doorway


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Sam Docker - YES! YES! YES!!!!!!

Damian - Great set Alex, what a location.

Ian France - Top work my friend … top work !!! love the pigeons on demand !!

Zena - Thanks Alex, looks good! Looking forward to seeing the wedding pics!


Leigh Render - You have such an amazing style.

Jo Hastings - Awesome work Alex!

Marc ~ Curacao Photographer - The photo by the waterfall is a big WOW!

Yolanda Banfield - Some stunning shots in what looks like a lovely location. I’m sure the couple were thrilled with the pictures.

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