Dartmouth House Wedding Photography
Yesterday we held this years first London pre-wedding meeting* and it was wonderful to have met up with Claire & Roger who will be getting married in a few weeks time at Dartmouth House in Mayfair, London.
The original building was constructed in the mid 18th-century and what today comprises Dartmouth House was two separate residences, numbers 37 and 38. In 1870, the banker Edward Baring bought both properties and on his creation as Baron Revelstoke in 1885, he converted the two houses into one to house his collection of French antique furniture and art. He remodelled and refurbished the house in an French Roccoco style. By 1893 the crisis at Barings Bank had curtailed expenditure and all building and design work ceased.
In 1926 Dartmouth House was purchased by the English-Speaking Union and the new HQ was opened by the then Prime Minister, Sir Stanley Baldwin.
‘It is a lovely feature’ said Claire smiling as we climbed the stairs of the magnificent Grand Staircase, we paused and admired the overhead ceiling painting by Pierre-Victor Galland. Another lovely feature that attracted Claire & Roger when they were looking for a London wedding venue is the open Courtyard where they will be holding their drinks reception. The wedding breakfast will be held in the Long Drawing Room with the dancing to a live band held in the adjacent Churchill Room.
This is the first time we have photographed a wedding at Dartmouth House and we are really looking forward to it, the light is fantastic as are the surroundings which hold many nice features. Claire & Roger are a wonderful couple who in their professional media roles also appreciate these points, this is going to be a fun, colourful, relaxed happy wedding.
* We always meet our London wedding couples at their wedding venue a few weeks before the wedding, for our couples around the UK we have this meeting the day before the wedding.