Weddings at the Oxford & Cambridge Club in Pall Mall – Working as a London wedding photographer, I like to think I have at least heard of every wedding venue in and around the city, if not photographed there. However, in my line of work, there are always a few surprises. When Hyejung contacted me about providing their Pall Mall wedding photography, I assumed the venue would be IOD Club, or the Ritz Hotel – both places I have photographed in the past. However, Hyejung and her groom had chosen the Oxford and Cambridge Club, located just north of St James’ Park, for their event. I have to admit, I had no idea this venue existed, and had even less of an idea of what to expect!
Originating from South Korea, Hyejung had married there earlier in the year, but was keen to throw a party in London for family and friends who couldn’t attend. The Oxford and Cambridge Club was chosen for two reasons. Firstly, for it’s fantastic, almost old-world decor, and secondly for the fabulous location right in the heart of London. Just a short walk from the River Thames, Green Park, and Buckingham Palace, this destination was certainly a lot more accessible to Hyejung’s British friends than South Korea!
If you’re looking for a simple, down-to-earth wedding venue, this isn’t it. Dating from 1972, and being one of the most prestigious and exclusive private clubs in the UK, the Oxford and Cambridge Club at Pall Mall is truly extravagant. With carved ceiling mouldings, crystal chandeliers, and an overall dark yet warming theme, with deep red curtains and royal blue carpets, this venue is very intricately designed, appealing to those wanting the whole nine yards.
However, for some photographers, the dark nature of this venue may prove a bit of a nightmare. For me, however, it simply provided an exciting challenge. Armed with my flashgun and umbrella, I was able to create both natural and dramatic photography at this venue, using the umbrella to disperse light around the room, creating a more relaxed feel, and utilising the flash to produce theatrical-style pictures. With comfy sofas, walls filled top to bottom with historic texts, and ornate fireplaces, it was almost as if the wedding was taking place at home – there was a real warm and welcoming environment here, and I hope to have the chance to shoot here again in the future.