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BAFTA London wedding photography

The iconic BAFTA entrance captured in this wedding photograph taken at 195 Piccadilly a stunning theatrical and unique London wedding venue

Wedding photographers London at BAFTA

BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts), 195 Piccadily, London W1J 9LN Tel: 020 7292 5860
 
 

BAFTA - A brief history

The British Film Academy was founded in 1947 by a number of distinguished Directors and major figures in the British film industry including such luminaries as David Lean, Laurence Olivier and Carol Reed with the first film awards taking place in 1949 under the chairmanship of David Lean.
In 1955 The British Film Academy merged with The Guild of Television Producers to become the Society of Film and Television Arts and then the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

The BAFTA Award

That year the American sculptor Mitzi Cunliffe was commissioned to design an award which was to become the iconic theatrical tragicomic bronze mask we know today. Modelled originally from Plasticine, the casting moulds were then made from this though Cuncliffe's design was more complex than just the front image. In the hollow reverse of the mask there is a screen symbol around one eye and an electronic figure around the other linking television technology and dramatic production. Originally the mask was to sit on a revolving support so that both sides could be seen.
The first BAFTA award, a symbol of excellence in the art forms of the moving image was presented to Sir Charles Chaplin that year and BAFTA's annual film awards ceremony known as the British Academy Film Awards or more simply as "the BAFTA's" are today held at the Royal Opera House having moved there in 2008 from the Odeon cinema in Leicester Square. BAFTA is today an independent charity serving a membership of over 6,500 creatives and professionals in the UK and the US, it's mission to 'support, develop and promote the art forms of the moving image, by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public'. 

London wedding photographer opportunities at BAFTA

With it's plain and unassuming door at 195 Piccadilly, right in the middle of theatre land, BAFTA is housed in a Grade 1 Listed building and is a wonderful venue for an adventurous London wedding photographer, offering that particular touch of glamour to the day's proceedings.

There are three locations at BAFTA that are licensed for Civil Ceremonies:

The Princess Anna Theatre

The Princess Anna Theatre, so named after it's former Academy President, with a capacity of up to 227 wedding guests and complete with it's state-of-the-art auditorium it provides a luxurious setting for the wedding proceedings with unique wedding photography opportunities.

The Run Run Shaw Theatre

The Run Run Shaw Theatre with a capacity of up to 40 guests also has the benefit of the adjacent Mezzanine floor and is great for informal reportage wedding photography as it benefits from plenty of natural light;

The David Lean Room

Finally there is the David Lean Room, named in honour of the legendary film director and with a capacity of up to 200 seated guests, it offers a wonderful space for a wedding breakfast and the day's celebrations with it's projector, high definition digital screens and PA sound system so you can easily put on your own personal show to spice up the speeches and when the sliding door is opened onto the Foyer Bar it gives a wedding photographer plenty of room to capture the wedding guests chatting and relaxing over a glass of champagne.

In addition to these great spaces there are further opportunities for glamorous wedding photographs in The Boardroom which is located at the top of the building and offers seating for up to 25 guests as well as the Mezzanine and the Gallery which together provide a relaxed breakout space and finally there is also the opportunity for reception drinks to be held in St James' Church garden. The church was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and has played a prominent role in the heart of Piccadilly since 1684 and with it's historic and iconic setting and capacity of up to 200 wedding guests it offers the London wedding photographer a host of fine wedding photography opportunities, weather and light permitting.

All in all, BAFTA at 195 Piccadilly provides a wonderfully theatrical setting for a London wedding and or reception and with its oversized BAFTA Bronze masks (the actual masks are only 16cm high) providing plenty of fun wedding photography opportunities along with all the rest of it's associated film history and iconic BAFTA branding this hidden London wedding venue provides a superb backdrop for memorable and lasting wedding pictures.


 London BAFTA wedding photographer testimonials

Bride and Groom smiling portrait wedding photograph taken in the David Lean Room at the glamorous BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly by London wedding photographers

 

Dear Richard and Tina, having now viewed the photos a few times the experience has been very rewarding and delightful. Your pictures capture the spirit of fun and decor beautifully and you did a smashing job with the children’s performances. As to your style, etiquette and professional personalities - we loved your look, the way you worked the rooms with such energy and also gracefulness. You have been a pleasure to work with and we would most definitely recommend you to others.

Arno and Diana, Muswell Hill, London – Wedding photographers at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London

 

A tender loving Bride and Groom kiss wedding picture taken in front of the iconic bronze mask in the David Lean Room at this iconic London wedding venue at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly

The Iconic BAFTA bronze mask branding as demonstrated in this wedding photo taken during a wedding reception at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly in the spacious Foyer Bar

Bride and son standing by the bronze BAFTA mask wedding photograph taken in the Foyer Bar at the iconic and famously theatrical London wedding venue  BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly

Groom singing to his Bride in a g pre-wedding reception dance wedding photograph taken at the London wedding venue BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly in the David Lean Room

A Robert Mitcham black and white film themed table setting wedding photograph captured at London wedding venue BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly London in the David Lean Room

A Steve McQueen wedding breakfast table setting wedding picture captured in a David Lean Room wedding reception at the spectacular BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly London

Wedding reception guests relaxing and chatting in this wedding photograph captured in the Foyer Bar next to the David Lean Room at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London.

Bride and Groom in thes happy pre-wedding reception dance wedding pictures taken in the David Lean Room at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly a stunning and memorable London wedding venue

Bride and Groom singing at full throttle captured in this wedding photo as they run through their dance routine in the David Lean Room at  London wedding venue BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly

A relaxed man posing by the Bronze BAFTA mask wedding photo taken in the Foyer Bar next to the David Lean Room at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly a unique theatrical London wedding venue

Two fun singer and musician wedding pictures taken in the spacious Foyer Bar taken at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, a most unique London wedding venue

Smiling ladies celebrating in this relaxed and informal Foyer Bar wedding picture taken at the iconic BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly a unique wedding venue in London

A fun boy in bright shirt winking in front of the large bronse Bafta mask wedding photo taken next to the David Laen Room at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London in the Foyer Bar

Reception guests in this deep in conversation wedding photograph taken in the Bar Foyer next to the David Lean Room at 195 Piccadilly in the iconic London wedding venue BAFTA

A colourful guests celebrating wedding photograph taken at the unique London wedding venue BAFTA at 195 Piccadilly in the Foyer Bar in front of the iconic bronze BAFTA mask

Bride and Groom performing their musical routine in this lively wedding picture captured in the David Lean Room at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly London

The band in full flow in this wedding photograph captured at a reception in the David Lean Room at iconic London wedding venue BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly

Bride and Groom hugging each other with joy in this wedding photograph taken in London in the David Lean Room at BAFTA

Happy Groom watching the grandchildren dance and act wedding picture taken in the David Lean Room during the wedding breakfast celebrations at at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly London

Children performing a song and dance routine in this wedding picture captured in the David Lean Room at BAFTA in London's West End

Wedding guests watching the night's entertainment wedding picture taken during the wedding breakfast in the David Lean Room at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly London wedding

Children performing a song and dance routine in this wedding picture captured in the David Lean Room at BAFTA in London's West End

Little girl singing her solo wedding picture taken during the childrens' after dinner performance in the David Lean Room in the iconic and famous BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly London

Bride's dramatic pose with the ladies wedding photo taken in front of the iconic bronze BAFTA mask in the Foyer Bar at Bafta 195 Piccadilly London wedding venue

Proud Bride posing with her family wedding photograph taken in front of the bronze mask in the Foyer Bar at London wedding venue BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly

An dark atmospheric bronze mask wedding picture taken in the stairwell at the stunning London wedding venue BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly

BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts), 195 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LN Tel: 020 7292 5860
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