A London Fitzrovia Chapel and RIBA wedding

Hoxton Hotel Wedding Prep

I started the day at the wonderful Hoxton Hotel in Holborn ahead of this Fitzrovia Chapel and RIBA wedding, which I have shot before for a London bride and groom prep- it’s the perfect modern edgy cool hotel with interesting decor and light. As with many of my modern couples both the bride and groom got ready here in the same location, with Katie doing her own make up with her bridesmaids who wore varying shades of green and Chris wearing a dark blue three piece suit and cream tie.

Fitzrovia Chapel Wedding Ceremony

This is the second wedding ceremony at the unique and hidden Fitzrovia Chapel that I’ve photographed, last time I photographed a winter wedding there and it was as stunning as I remember with its gold and blue tiled detail. The Fitzrovia Chapel is a deconsecrated chapel that they use as an event space and for civil ceremonies. It’s quite unusual that the couples will hold their drinks and canapés time after there as well to really make use of the space

After the drinks and Canapés at the Fitzrovia Chapel event space, I walked over with the couple to the RIBA wedding reception, and along the way we took some London couple photos

RIBA wedding ceremony

Considering that the RIBA is home of British Architects you can imagine a RIBA wedding is a truly beautiful space. You have the option to book a variety of rooms, with some couples opting to use the cool outdoor terrace for their drinks that banks onto the main dining space. The building has a lovely Art Deco look that is understated to epitomise London cool but enough to not require much decoration. This couple chose to hold their drinks reception out on the stunning terrace

After the drinks reception on the RIBA terrace, they all went through to the main large hall for their dinner and a series of speeches. Being a feminist bride Katie also gave a speech and as they’re both doctors of sorts, talked about their shared bond of microbiology!

After dinner the couple gave out Ferraro Roche and played a game or Mr and Mrs using their shoes to answer funny questions in front of their friends

After dinner they wasted no time in cutting their gorgeous cake by Natalie Glock and opening the dance floor to the sounds of Blue Topaz

 

 

They finished off their wedding with an awesome burger bar for evening snacks!

If you liked this wedding and wanted to see more elegant London wedding venues then check out this Kew Gardens wedding.

Clapton Country Club wedding in London

Clapton country club wedding

A Clapton Country Club wedding in London

This international multi-cultural couple had a classic London Clapton Country Club wedding with a ceremony at Islington Town Hall. The dress code for the wedding guests was to wear the traditional dress of their country, which meant the wedding was full of a diverse range of cool and colourful outfits! I started the day with the bride at a big airbnb they rented for her family coming in from abroad. She wore a lovely delicate mid length lace dress that was super easy to move around in. Her colourful and bright bouquet was made by Helena Willcocks who did a great job with their floristry at the Clapton Country Club as well.

 

Islington Town Hall Wedding Ceremony

I'm a recommended supplier at Islington Town Hall, which is one of the best ceremony spaces in London as it's one of the largest and has the loveliest registrars! The couple had a short but sweet civil ceremony where rather uniquely the bride walked in with her grandma. After the wedding they boarded a red bus with all their guests to go to the Clapton Country Club for their wedding reception.

 

Clapton Country Club Wedding Reception

The Clapton Country Club is a great quirky collection of event hire spaces with an industrial vibe. The main room is warm brick and wood with gorgeous warm lighting and golden frames on the wall. The couple had a guestbook set outside the front and the guests spent the first few hours eating canapés and enjoying drinks out in the warm sunshine.

Several family members and best friends then gave speeches

 

After the main dinner, the guests all went back outside to enjoy more chatting time, with a cake cut in between of the most beautifully decorated fruit and

flower cake, followed by Peruvian traditional savoury evening buffet snacks to represent the groom's side!

 

 

 

Unique bohemian Jewish wedding festival

Unique bohemian Jewish wedding festival

I was absolutely delighted to shoot for this couple, having photographed the bride several times before as a celebrant and wedding guest, and even more excited when I heard about their incredibly unique plans. Rachel is a storyteller who works on the festival circuit, so it was fitting that Ben and Rachel chose to really customise their entire bohemian wedding festival. For them, the wedding started from the day before, when a handful of their close friends and family joined them to help set up the DIY elements of their wedding. Their friends and family helped them to make colourful fabric bunting and put up the signposts. Wildstems created their beautiful rustic floristry for the tables. Their caterers Red Moon Roots were an integral part of the wedding, staying on site with us and providing nourishment throughout, including watermelon breaks between learning the songs for the main ceremony day. We were blessed with incredible perfect weather as we set up our tents and worked until it was dinner time served around the campfire. Ben and Rachel also arranged for a surprise ice cream van to treat their friends and family and surprise vegan marshmallows for the evening campfire.

    

 

Weekender Festival wedding

This won't be the first time I've camped for a weekender festival wedding, and I love staying on site to be able to document a full story beyond the usual wedding traditions. In the morning Ben had a private and intimate Tisch at a ruined church in Clophill, whilst Rachel spent the morning at her Kabbalat Panim.

Outdoor Jewish wedding ceremony

Ben wore a brilliant dark teal suit whilst Rachel wore a white jumpsuit by Yashka Moore and epic golden headdress decorated with moons and hamsas, inspired by traditional Jewish headdress and custom made by Isla Campbell. Their ceremony consisted on many unique touches. They used an "entwine mobile" to take family to the ceremonial tree, they were led in a song and dance processional to meet the couple half way up the path to all continue to the outdoor ceremony space. When they met half way along the path, Rachel wore a ceremonial garment which guests has tied prayers to beforehand. The ceremony itself took place under a gorgeous Chuppah created amongst the tree itself, and the couple did several Jewish wedding traditions such as smashing the glass, reading the ketubah and circling each other.

After the ceremony they had a short canapés and drinks reception during which they had an opening speech from friends and hamotzi.

They also had a first round of ceilidh from the Ceilidh Liberation Front.

All of their amazing food was vegan and sourced ethically and their cake was decorated with chocolate hedgehogs by friends, between the courses they had speeches from both sets of parents, followed by two rounds of open mic cabaret from their super talented friends.

The Ceilidh Liberation Front worked together with Rachel and Ben to create a very special version of a traditional Jewish dance the Briogus Tanz was normally danced by the mother-in-laws as a pantomime of "anger and reconciliation", but they had everyone get involved and had a lot of fun with it, including a dance move where they took turns to make scary faces at each other!

After the last ceilidh they had a second round of cabaret performances and the after dinner blessings, followed by the cutting of the beautiful hedgehog cake!

Their final dance party was played by The Turbans, who had come straight overnight from Glastonbury Festival!

If you loved this epic Jewish bohemian wedding festival, feel free to check out this fun festival wedding or this DIY festival wedding. I specialise in weekender weddings both in the UK and in destination wedding locations!

A floral English Garden wedding

wedding beer pong

An English Garden Wedding

A back garden wedding is amongst my favourite wedding types because it combines a personal and meaningful space where everything in the background can be included in the photos, there's often lots of personal DIY touches, and couples have a lot more freedom to plan their wedding exactly as they like it! Andrew and Sarah got married in Sarah's childhood home which has a stunning garden her parents horticultural-savvy parents proudly took care of, that also backs onto rustic woodlands. Whilst Sarah got ready in one of the rooms her family helped the wedding planners Blue Bay Events set up the ceremony and reception spaces, with her mum and aunt taking care of the custom green arch.

 

The weather was really playing up for us, with it being touch and go into the last 15 mins as to whether we could have their dream outdoor ceremony. Luckily we took the risk and got to have the perfect outdoor wedding ceremony! Sarah's singing teacher performed a few songs, and they completed the ceremony by joining soil from their respective families into one new rose bush that they will then plant in their new shared home together.

After the ceremony they had reception drinks next to the pool with a performance from Porcapizza, a musician who performs of instruments made of random junk objects.

 

They held their dinner in a marquee with speeches, beer pong and sunshine and rainstorms interlacing the courses!

   

For their first dance Sarah's singing teacher performed with her band, and in the middle of their set both Andrew and Sarah got up and sang! For some reason I shoot a lot of weddings with bride and groom singing!

If you love this English garden wedding check out this DIY Kentish garden wedding or if you love great floristry check out this wedding at the Royal Horticultural Halls

Marianne Chua.

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