I’ll never forget my day as Sarah and Mohammad’s wedding photographer at the luxurious Hilton Hotel Paddington. The Hilton Paddington is an ideal wedding venue and a pleasure to shoot at as a wedding photographer.
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Wedding photography at the Hilton Paddington
Sarah and Mohammed had booked me as their wedding photographer in for a combined photo and video package at their wedding venue, the Hilton Hotel in London Paddington. I’m used to starting my day with bridal parties getting ready, so it was nice to arrive with all my video cameras and audio feeds already kindly set up by my assistant!
I started by taking a few quick snaps of the room and the guests arriving before the bride and groom made their entrance. They entered the room to the sound of traditional Arabic drummers, who certainly knew how to get a crowd going – everybody was on their feet, dancing and cheering loudly! And I tried to reflect that in my wedding photography – loud and cheerful images full of joy and energy!
Traditional Arabic wedding photography
It was great to be a part of so many longstanding traditions with Sarah and Mohammed’s families. One of the highlight of the evening had to be the sword dance – I thought I’d seen it all as a wedding photographer, but this was a first for me! All of this contributed to the incredible party atmosphere at the Hilton Paddington and was a joy to photograph.
Later on, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house as siblings and parents gave their wedding speeches, followed by an emotional tribute to all the guests from the newlyweds. The first dance was definitely one of my more memorable shoots too! After the dance, a young niece was asked: “Do you think Mohammed is a good dancer?” She said no and, when asked who Sarah should dance with, answered: “Michael Jackson!” To everybody’s surprise, out came a Michael Jackson impersonator who gave an incredible performance of two of his hits. The King of Pop himself (almost) at the Hilton Hotel in Paddington – every wedding photographer’s dream! 🙂
Dance floor videography
There was more than enough entertainment to go around – there was a sweet cart with crepes, pancakes and ice cream, so every sweet tooth was satisfied! Thankfully the wedding guests were able to burn off all the sugar on the dance floor, where moves range from traditional Arabic dance to circular dances around the newlyweds and even people being thrown in the air – spectacular wedding photography opportunities! Thankfully the ceilings at the wedding venue at the Hilton Hotel Paddington are high enough!
Sarah and Mohammed’s wedding party atmosphere was absolutely unforgettable. One of the things I love about being a wedding photographer is getting to rub shoulders with people from so many different cultures, all of whom celebrate their union in so many personal, unique ways. I can’t wait to photograph many more!
If you are looking for a wedding photographer perhaps at the Hilton Hotel Paddington, please get in touch via my contact page.