An Old Library ceremony and Tanner Warehouse Wedding in London!

tanner warehouse wedding

London wedding photographer

M: Seb and Charlotte are an awesome couple who got married at The Old Library in Dulwich College before moving onto the Tanner Warehouse wedding reception venue. I was especially excited to shoot for them because when Seb enquired I quickly realised that he is in a band I have seen and photographed live at YNot festival back in my music photography heyday, called I AM IN LOVE. And randomly I had been dancing around my kitchen to one of their songs only a few weeks before. When we met, I loved Charlotte as well and I got a really good sense that they were going to have a super fun wedding!

Seb proposed after 10 months of dating! It was the weekend of Charlotte's 30th and Seb had arranged to take Charlotte out for cocktails. However, he had a cunning plan. For the whole time, Seb complained about an upset stomach, and demanded that the night got cut short. On the way home, he was angry because he thought he had lost his keys (this was part of the plan). Importantly, Charlotte was the one that opened the front door first, welcomed by 200 candles that had been kept safe by their friend, Rowan. The ring was sitting on the mantle piece in the living room. It was a very romantic proposal, indeed.

C: We had a superb day, with the ceremony taking place at Dulwich College and the reception being hosted at Tanner Warehouse in Bermondsey, near London Bridge. We really wanted to make sure that there was a real party vibe,so we made sure we had enough alcohol for our guests and that there was great music. It's all a bit of a blur to be honest, but it was just a magical experience. The guests looked lovely, the flowers were beautiful, we had fun on the double decker buses, the party was pumping, the speeches were emotional and funny - it all added up to the perfect day (a song/video performed by Seb's friends).

M: I started the day with Charlotte as she got into her stunning modern two piece wedding dress of an elegant crop top and skirt made by Rime Arodaky from a shop called The Mews Bridal in Notting Hill, whilst her bridesmaids wore matching lavender full length wrap dresses. Seb wore a grey wool suit from Reiss.

Wedding ceremony at The Old Library at Dulwich College

M: I headed over to The Old Library at Dulwich College with Charlotte and her dad, which is a sweet small room licensed for civil marriages.  They had several readings which made Seb pretty emosh!

S: My favourite memory from  for me, it is definitely seeing Charlotte for the first time at the ceremony as she walked down the aisle. Charlotte looked absolutely stunning. I mean, she always does, but on this occasion she blew my mind.

C: My favourite moments included walking down the aisle with my dad to Seb and being able to say our vows in front of a room of family and friends.

After the ceremony we had some group shots outside the venue whilst the double checker red London bus drove the wedding guests from the Old Library at Dulwich College to the Tanner Warehouse wedding reception.

Tanner Warehouse wedding reception

M: The Tanner Warehouse is a cool London wedding venue that I've shot at before, which is a dark wooden bar with vintage gymnasium decor. It looks so great as IS that it doesn't require anything extra.

C: We didn't really have a theme. I guess you could say we just wanted everyone to be drunk and merry. Maybe that was the theme!

S: I have such fond memories of walking into Tanner Warehouse for the first time and having all of your hard work realised seeing everyone's happy faces! We absolutely loved the guys at Tanner Warehouse. They provided a professional, creative package. Great food, great service, and they took away a lot of the stress by understanding our needs very quickly. Miles and Gatis were the main men there, and they really knew how to create a great atmosphere and happy guests.

M: After arriving at the Tanner Warehouse Seb and Charlotte went straight into a few speeches.

S: Marianne, you have been a wonderful photographer and we are so glad you agreed to shoot our wedding. You made everyone feel completely at ease and you acted in such a friendly and professional manner. The photos you took are amazing as well! I'm glad you took those photos of the band at Y Not Festival all those years ago and our paths were able to cross again.

S: I also really remember our first dance. It was a lovely mashup of Jessie Ware and Drake and I loved cutting some shapes with Charlotte to that. Also, getting drunk and dancing to the band.

C: We also loved the guys in the band - The Soul Junkies. They were very professional but chilled and they really kicked it live.

M: What's the number one planning tip you'd give to other couples?

C: Make sure you set the date and venue as soon as possible to avoid disappointment when you can't get the venue and suppliers you want. Also, delegate jobs to your friends and family. Most of the time, they will want to help out and it takes a bit of pressure off of you.

A Stoke Newington Town Hall and Londesborough Pub Wedding in London

stoke newington town hall wedding

Dan and Lynsey, who met at a friends BBQ ten years ago, after they had both come back from backpacking trips to Asia, had a classic affair at two of my favourite ceremony and reception venues- a Stoke Newington Town Hall ceremony and a Londesborough Pub Wedding which is walking distance around the corner. In Dan's own words they They were planning their wedding from abroad so wanted to keep it simple and straight forward, focusing on just creating a relaxed day where they could see all their friends and family. They booked Stoke Newington Town hall because it's one of the larger civil ceremony venues in London, and it's well positioned close to some great East London wedding venues for casual receptions. The Londesborough Pub is a sister venue to The Peasant Pub which I have shot at several times before. Lynsey spent the morning getting ready at The Rose and Crown pub across the road as it has a dedicated bridal room with beautiful light and decor, with the wonderful Laura Anne doing her hair and make up.

Dan also got ready in The Rose and Crown, which is ideal because then I'm able to shoot both groom and bridal prep and tell a fuller story.

The wedding ceremonies at The Stoke Newington Town Hall take place in a lovely wood panelled room, Dan and Lynsey had a humanist celebrant and had a customised ceremony with their own vows. According to Dan it was one of their favourite parts of the day: "We both really enjoyed the wedding ceremony, the celebrant made it very personal and fun. We put a couple of baby photos of us on the toilet doors in the pub. Turns out we were quite androgynous as kids as most people ended up in the wrong toilet. The speeches were great and the mirrored cubby hole in the Londesborough turned into a top dance location."

After the ceremony the guests battled the rain to take the short walk across to their Londesborough Pub wedding. "We didn't really have a theme - The Londesborough didn't need much décor. We were lucky to have our friend Vanessa who did an awesome job with the flowers!" At the Londesborough the guests drank Aperol spritz and took sweepstake bets for the speech lengths.

Like many of the couples I shoot for who are thoroughly modern, Lynsey gave a bride's speech in addition to the usual speeches given by the father of the bride, groom and the THREE best men!

After the dinner and various speeches, Dan and Lynsey cut their edible floral buttercream wedding cake by Bee's Bakery

They then laid out a huge round of Limoncello shots for all their guests to get the party started, with evening bacon butties to cure the munchies!

Dan said "Marianne is really relaxed and easy to get along with. A couple of weeks before the wedding we met up for a coffee which turned into a couple of wines and was great fun. The photos have turned out brilliant and somehow she has managed to capture loads without Dan's awkward 'photo face'. Nice one!". Their number one planning tip is "don't worry too much about the finer details. Find a venue that works for you, invite your favourite people (including Marianne) and have fun. All of our suppliers were awesome. Our celebrant Mark Hayford did a brilliant job - super organised and made very helpful suggestions. Also very funny and relaxed! Paddy from the Wedding Smashers - well... he smashed it! Lynsey's hair and makeup lady Laura-Anne was fab!

An elegant bohemian St Paul’s Cathedral wedding at The Peasant Clerkenwell, London

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A wedding ceremony at St Paul's Cathedral

Alice and Rufus were previous guests at the wonderful Alex and Aiji's wedding so I was chuffed when they got in touch and asked me to shoot their formal ceremony at St Paul's and informal wedding at The Peasant Pub in Clerkenwell! I personally believe the best person to tell a wedding story is the couple themselves and I want to thank Alice and Rufus for sharing the following with us!

"We had our wedding ceremony at the O.B.E Chapel at St Paul’s Cathedral, before taking a vintage, red Routemaster bus to our wedding at The Peasant in Clerkenwell. On arrival guests were welcomed with drinks and canapés whilst a silhouette artist kept everyone entertained. We then headed upstairs for two joint speeches, from the bride and groom and the best man and best woman, followed by the wedding breakfast. Evening guests joined us after the meal for the cake cutting (with Rufus’ grandfather’s sword) and for drinks and dancing downstairs until midnight.

For us both the service was the most special and memorable part of our day. We were so honoured to be able to get married in such a beautiful and historic setting. St Paul’s Cathedral has always meant so much to us as a couple, especially both living in London. Although the venue is grand the chapel itself was incredibly intimate and atmospheric, and the beautiful sound of the St Paul’s choir in the chapel is something that neither of us will ever forget – it was so lovely to experience it all surrounded by our family and friends.

A wedding at The Peasant Clerkenwell

We didn’t really have a theme and as both of our venues were quite stunning in their own unique ways we wanted them to speak for themselves, so they didn’t need much at all in the way of decoration.Our wedding at The Peasant Clerkenwell was in an interesting and edgy pub space with red walls and lots of cool posters and themed art around the drinks and dinner areas. As a spring wedding we wanted the day to feel fresh, bright, and airy, with splashes of colour. We were keen to have lots of spring flowers, with a very natural, just-picked style, as well as some vintage touches.

Finding a brilliant London wedding photographer

We met Marianne a few years ago when she was photographing our friends’ wedding and as soon as we got engaged we knew that we wanted her to capture our day too. We love Marianne’s fun approach to photography and the way she is able to capture the atmosphere perfectly, recording every emotion and the tiniest details of the day. Not only is Marianne a wonderfully talented photographer but she is the loveliest person. She got on so well with the whole wedding party, everyone was raving about how brilliant she was.

Planning a London wedding!

Aside from our photographer our favourite suppliers were The Peasant with the most incredible food and friendly staff, The Flower Appreciation Society with the most beautiful, natural meadow flowers, Love Rosie Cakes with the most delicious gluten-free cakes we have ever tasted, and the lovely Goshka at Lipstick and Curls for being so chilled out and fabulous! Everyone was great! One special mention should go to The Roving Artist, Charles Burns, a silhouette artist we hired to entertain our guests during the drinks reception - he was brilliant! Charles is so talented and it was a real talking point for our guests. Everyone loved the fact they got to take their silhouette home with them as a memento of the day.

Our number one planning tip to other couples would be start planning early, don’t leave too much to the last minute. It will make the last few weeks leading up to your wedding far less stressful so you can take it all in and enjoy it.

A classic Marks Hall Coach House wedding!

Ant and Nitisha's Marks Hall wedding took place in a small marquee in an English country garden with the reception in the attached coach house. I have shot a few weddings at Marks Hall Coach house as I am a recommended supplier there, but this was my first time shooting under the marquee! They had a very relaxed day, Nitisha told me that her favourite moments were those that they shared with their friends and families. Also for her, seeing her (now) husband’s face as she walked down the aisle was incredible as well as the first dance feeling really special. I asked them how they met and they told me: "We actually met online! We were on a website called My Single Friend, where your friends write the bio for you, rather than you doing this yourself (I found this far less cringeworthy than writing my own)! We got engaged after being together for four and a half years; he proposed in our flat and then had planned a whole weekend of fun activities for us including a night’s stay in the Shangri-La hotel at the top of the Shard!".

A timeless wedding at Marks Hall

Ant and Nitisha decided not to have a theme, they say this was mainly because they couldn’t agree on anything! They kept the decor, flowers and bridal/groom parties attire all quite simple as they were keen to ensure that these aspects don’t look dated when they looked back at the photos in years to come. The wedding planning bits that they found the hardest were the seating plans and staying under budget: "Seating plans are always difficult when you need to fill the same number of places at each table. Luckily we were pretty chilled and just filled slots with people we knew would get on with anyone! The other hurdle was of course budgeting. We were keen to not overspend but at times trying to get the best or cheapest deal took so long and was so frustrating that we paid a little more than we hoped." Nitisha's number one planning tip is "Don’t stress about the little things (I did cry when it started to rain just before our ceremony which then had to be moved into the marquee at the last minute, instead of being under the summer house; in hindsight it was so unimportant and the act of marrying my love was all that mattered of course!)"

Favourite Marks Hall wedding suppliers

"Marianne was such a fun photographer! She totally understood what kind of photos we wanted (the classic shots, but lots of candid ones of people caught in the moment too). She was great at getting the right people in the right places, and made the experience of having our photos taken more enjoyable than we thought it could have been! Our caterers, Anuj Caterers, were also fantastic. The manager ensured that everything ran smoothly and we didn’t have to worry about any of the food and drink on the day. It freed us up to just enjoy ourselves (and eat and drink loads!)"

Marianne Chua.

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