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Little Brompton Oratory wedding photographer London

A photograph of the beautiful and ornate wooden panelled chapel of the Little Brompton Oratory alovely London wedding venue

Wedding photographers at the Little Brompton Oratory

Little Brompton Oratory, Brompton Road, London W1J 9LN Tel: 020 7589 6664


 The Little Brompton Oratory and the main Brompton Oratory are both fabulous London wedding venues, but it is the latter that is best known with its striking architecture whilst the Little Brompton Oratory is a small relatively unknown chapel that is connected to it.


The Brompton Oratory - A short history

Standing proud on the busy Brompton Road, South Kensington and right next to the Victoria and Albert Museum The Brompton Oratory, actually properly known as the Oratory of St. Philip Neri, is a truly stunning building with its impressive and flamboyant Italian architecture.

The design of the church was by a young 28 year old unproven architect Herbert Gribble who won this fabulous opportunity in a competition in 1876, the rules of which specified it must be designed to the Italian Renaissance style though it is clear today that influences are also Roman Baroque and from Christopher Wren.
The structure was started in 1878 with the main part of the church being built between1880-1884 and the entrance was added several years later and then after the premature death of Gribble in 1894 the wonderful outer cupola was finally finished in 1895 standing some 200 feet high.

The  outer wall faces are Portland stone, the vaults and dome are in concrete and the major order of pilasters and the minor order of columns are in Devon marble whilst the apse and alters are in more exotic marbles. Additions to the interior were in three main phases, the first being through the acquisition of some notable Italian Baroque sculpture in the 1890’s, followed by lavish mosaic, plaster and woodwork decoration by the Italian architect Comandatore Formilli between 1927-32 and finally between 2006 and 2010 to mark the 1984 centenary.

All in all a truly stunning church for a London wedding photographer to work at with wonderful wedding photography opportunities inside during the wedding ceremony and with the steps outside the perfect place for the group wedding photographs.

The Little Brompton Oratory

This beautiful little Renaissance chapel which has its services read entirely in Polish is quite difficult to find as there is no obvious signage signalling its whereabouts. It is connected to the main Oratory and offices and can be accessed via a little courtyard with a circular drive that can be found on the left side of the main Oratory, just to the right of the Victoria and Albert Museum.

In the courtyard there is a modest red door with a little sign in Polish stuck to the glass, the door leading to a plain marble hall with just a mirror and  a couple of sculptures where guests meet prior to entering the large door to the chapel.  As with the main Oratory the chapel is a delight for wedding photographers though the light could be challenging on a dark day.

Wedding photographer opportunities at The Little Brompton Oratory

One concern for a wedding photographer is that movement from the front to the back of the chapel is not allowed so unless there are two wedding photographers present, to move from the front to the back and vice versa you need to go down the office via a corridor out onto the courtyard and in through the entrance hall, which is fine but a bit of a rush if you don’t want to miss any of the important elements.

Dramatic and atmospheric wedding photographs are there for the taking from the balcony at the back which is accessed via a narrow winding spiral staircase.  For group wedding pictures the courtyard outside is a possible spot though there tends to be cars parked there so if the steps of the main Brompton Oratory are free that that is the obvious place to go.

 

Little Brompton Oratory wedding photographer testimonials

A happy smiling portrait wedding photograph taken outside the the Brompton Oratory a stunning Italian Renaissance style London wedding venue

 

Dear Richard, Thank you very much for capturing our special day… and helping us create such beautiful memories of this day…It was an absolute pleasure having you around and the pictures look amazing! You were really fantastic and our families and friends still keep telling us what a Great Guy we had as our photographer!

Maria and Tomasz, Ealing, London – Wedding photographer at the Little Brompton Oratory, Brompton Road and 58 Princes Gate, Kensington, London

 

Atmospheric wedding photograph of the priest walking down to the meet the Groom in the beautiful and ornate chapel of the Little Brompton Oratory, London

A delightful past the gold gilt columns wedding picture of guests waiting in the reception at the Little Brompton Oratory a beautiful London wedding venue

Wonderful wedding photo taken of wedding guests sitting down waiting in the beautiful wood panelled London wedding venue of the Little Brompton Oratory

Atmospheric Bride rushing in wedding photograph taken at the beautiful ornate and wooden panelled Little Brompton Oratory by London Lane wedding photography

A proud Groom walking down the aisle with his beautiful Bride wedding picture taken at the discrete London wedding venue the Little Brompton Oratory

A smiling Bride shares a precious moment with he Groom in this delightful wedding picture captured at the London wedding venue the  Little Brompton Oratory

The priest reads from the Bible before preparing the sacrament at this London wedding at the Little Brompton Oratory by London Lane wedding photographers

A beautiful moment captured of the Bride looking to her husband in this moving wedding picture taken in the London wedding venue the Little Brompton Oratory

Bride and Groom Little having a little head to head in this beautiful wedding photograph taken during the wedding service at the Little Brompton Oratory in London

Two beautiful ceremony wedding pictures holding hands and kissing taken at the Little Brompton Oratory a central but hidden away London wedding venue

A beautiful bird's eye view of the ceremony wedding photo taken from the balcony of the Little Brompton Oratory by the V&A in Knightsbridge, London

Groom repeating his vows in this atmospheric wedding picture taken In the ante-room of the Little Brompton Oratory a delightful London wedding venue

Lovely discrete wedding photograph of the Groom holding his wife's hand and smiling taken in London at the Little Brompton Oratory ante_room

Happy beautiful Bride and Groom laughing and smiling as they sign the register wedding photo taken at the Little Brompton Oratory London wedding venue

An ecstatic Bride punches the air with her bouquet wedding photograph as she leaves with her husband from her London wedding at the Little Brompton Oratory

Couple of happy reportage wedding pictures taken as the newly-weds walk from the Little Brompton Oratory to the London Brompton Oratory

Everyone at the wedding waving wedding picture taken on the steps of the London Brompton Oratory captured by London Lane wedding photographers

A romantic kiss on the steps wedding picture taken at the London Brompton Oratory a stunning Italian Renaissance style London wedding venue next to the V&A

Bride and Groom engaged in conversation wedding photo take as they walk round the corner of the the London Brompton Oratory a wonderful London wedding venue

A gentle loving private moment wedding photo captured by London lane wedding photography at the London Brompton Oratory

Little Brompton Oratory, Brompton Road, London W1J 9LN Tel: 020 7589 6664
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