Super fun London Morden Hall wedding

wedding piñata

Happy couple!

"Marianne is THE BEST!!! She was so funny and nice to hang out with on the day, made sure we got the shots we wanted, (and even made sure I ate a snack before the ceremony) was organised about who needed to be where and when, but also she has a real gift for capturing the unexpected- turning up just at the right time to capture such fleeting moments so perfectly. She caught our 'vibe' on camera utterly brilliantly, we were so delighted when we got our photos back. The *many* photos we received were gorgeously edited and presented, and we LOVED the slide show she put together- it really told the story of our day- no need for a videographer! There were loads of non-stagey emotional realness shots which is exactly what we wanted, but also the more formal and traditional romantic photos were gorgeous too- full of colour and energy. Would definitely recommend working with the lovely Marianne!" - This lovely bride

Morden Hall wedding photographer

I cannot believe this fantastic South London wedding venue Morden Hall is so close to my house and this is the first time I'd been there! Kerazy! And what a way to be introduced to it through these two amazing people Alex and Jasmine. When I first met them yonks ago I immediately really hoped that they'd go ahead and book because they had an infectious sense of enthusiasm, joy and genuine unbridled love. And from our initial meeting to their wedding they did not disappoint, creating a colourful and fun Bowie and space cats themed wedding that struck the right chord between silliness and seriousness (when it came to the heartfelt moments!).

I started the day at their flat to do a quick photoshoot of their very important cat, before driving us all to Morden Hall wedding venue where they were both getting ready in different corridors. Morden Hall is a clean light Manor House style wedding venue nestled right next to copious amounts of green lawn and woodlands of Morden Hall Park, a really great pick for a slightly country style wedding in the heart of tube-accessible London! Having seen a fair few Irregular Choice bridal shoes over the years, it was cool to see my first men's pair 6 years into the biz! Alex combined his metallic silver wedding brogues with pink monkey socks and a blue suit. Jas loves Rock n Roll Bride and wore a blue star Crown and Glory veil. Their wedding squad helped them decorate Morden Hall with lots of personal touches such as polaroids of themselves, their space cat wedding timeline, setting up their eco glitter bar and collage scrap book.

Before the ceremony they did a first look in a beautifully wallpapered room that joins the two corridors.

Morden Hall Wedding Ceremony

Their ceremony was probably one of the wettest I've ever photographed, absolutely everyone was touched by the genuine emotions the personal vows they exchanged, I was having to concentrate behind the camera to not end up all blurry eyed myself, a real hazard of the job!

After the ceremony they had their confetti throw and drinks reception, before going into the dining hall for the speeches.

Being a feminist couple they both gave a speech, before a seriously yummy and hearty dinner provided by Morden Hall. I gotta give props to the staff team there who were both quick and generous with looking after me as a wedding supplier!

In between the dinner courses the guests enjoyed the nice outdoor weather before parents and best people speeches!

After dinner, the guests played with the temporary tattoo station, eco glitter bar, and some of their friends gave Alex and Jas a personalised pirate piñata,

When they opened the dance floor they surprised their guests with a confetti cannon to David Bowie's Let's Dance

For the evening buffet they provided outdoor pizzas and Jas' favourite animal, the fox, turned up!

If you loved this wedding check out other fun London weddings and this wedding in a manor home.

London Balham Bowls Club wedding!

Fulham Library wedding ceremony

Chloe and Gordon held their relaxed wedding ceremony in the Fulham Library, with Gordon wearing a fantastic brown tweed suit and Chloe wearing a modern gold jumpsuit. They didn't want me to come and shoot their prep as they're a relaxed non-traditional kind of couple, so they got ready together in the morning and arrived at the ceremony venue together. It was very funny when they tried to make their ceremony entrance and had accidentally locked the door so they were stuck outside the room and it took us all a while to realise, but aside that their ceremony carried on without any further hitches! They carried in suitcases cans of drinks for their friends and family to enjoy after the ceremony to split their drinks ceremony over both Fulham Library and The Balham Bowls Club. After the civil ceremony where they had two readings, everyone jumped onto classic red London routemaster buses to the Balham Bowls Club, which came complete with vintage uniformed ticket masters.

fulham library wedding

London wedding bus

All the guests enjoyed their drinks on the London Routemaster bus to the wedding reception venue in South London, The Balham Bowls Club.

Balham Bowls Club wedding

Everyone continued the drinks reception at the Balham Bowls Club which is a beautiful casual pub in London with amazing food. I've photographed a wedding reception at The Balham Bowls Club before, they're famous for their sausage rolls! Chloe and Gordon are a modern couple so they gave their speech together before dinner. After dinner they cut the cheese stack on their cheese table table which they'd decorated with beautiful succulent decor they'd placed around all the tables.

For their guestbook they provided an instax camera and asked guests to take selfies and post them up with loving messages.

After dinner they opened the dancefloor for fun party times, playing a playlist they'd worked really hard together to create!

If you're planning a London pub wedding then you'll be pleased to know it's my specialty shooting relaxed pub weddings in a creative and modern wedding photography style. So click the links to check out similar weddings!

A Nepalese Indian wedding at Bhaktivedanta Manor

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Bhaktivedanta Manor wedding ceremony

Hardik and Ria are friends of the couple from a previous fun Indian wedding I photographed who held their wedding in two parts to make sure they had enough time to enjoy themselves fully. Often Asian weddings can end up with a packed schedule for the couple, so they had their Indian-Nepalese wedding ceremony at the Bhaktivedanta Manor earlier on in the week. Whenever I shoot an Asian wedding it can really vary in what traditions people adhere to, but generally there's some religious blessings by the bride and her family, whilst the groom makes his entrance procession and there's usually some fun games of sorts such as his shoes being stolen (or attempted stealing!) by the bride's family, whilst being fiercely defended by his own family. Funnily enough Hardik and Ria were very low key in setting my expectations, and I think they didn't eve anticipate the gusto at which their friends and family would do everything! I really enjoyed witnessing some of the most competitive elements I'd ever photographed in an Asian wedding ceremony, including both the bride and groom being lifted up onto shoulders in order to stop the other from garlanding them.

After the ceremony the couple took part in a Nepalese tradition of gift giving which is usually silver, before another traditional leaving ceremony where the bride's family don't let the couple leave until the best man has paid an adequate dowry. It's similar to the morning games played in Chinese weddings.

Wedding reception at The Hive, London

Later on in the week, they held their wedding reception party in North London at the event space called The Hive. I started the day at the groom's parents' house because I specifically wanted to photograph Hardik's huge dog Simba. So cute! They had welcome drinks, a dinner and a series of speeches and dance performances from family and friends, before opening up the dancefloor for a mahoosive party!

If you're planning your own Indian wedding and would like to see more fun Indian weddings or fusion Indian weddings then click the links!

A London Loft Studios Wedding

Modern London wedding

I started the day with this couple in a beautiful artistic rental property close to their Loft Studios wedding. The bride and groom got ready together with the groom leaving early and the bride getting ready with her sister, father and daughter. The bride wore a cool modern two piece Jesus Peiro dress and the classic blue Manolo Blahnik Hangisi wedding shoes and the groom wore a blue suit with yellow details. The bouquets, buttonholes and venue floristry were done by Jar and Fern.

Loft Studios wedding ceremony

After getting ready, we all headed over to the incredible Loft Studios wedding venue that also holds numerous types of events. It's a fantastic white painted brick industrial space that has several rooms on two levels and a covered courtyard. The couple decorated the ceremony space with a gorgeous copper pipe and greenery arch. During the wedding ceremony, which was conducted by the couple's friend Helen, a Welsh choir sang, as the bride is proudly Welsh. They had several readings from friends, and following the ceremony everyone headed into the courtyard for drinks.

Rainy wedding plans

It was a bit of a stormy day, so periodically we all huddled over the covered section to enjoy the drinks and canapes whilst the Welsh men's choir sang a range of songs including the Welsh National Anthem

  

Before going in for dinner, the bride, best man, father of the bride and groom all gave speeches in the courtyard

Loft Studios wedding reception

After the speeches all the guests went to the upper floor to the beautifully decorated space that was styled by the in-house team who take care of the Loft Studios weddings. The long wooden tables were decorated with elegant white flowers and tulips in vintage glassware, with silver helium numbers for the table markers. The cake was made by one of my top bakers, fashion designer turned baker ARD Bakery.

The dinner consisted of yummy sharing tapas starters and steak provided by the fab Social Pantry...

They stocked the dancefloor with inflatable props and glasses for the kids, although the adults are big kids really at heart!

If you loved this industrial party wedding check out this Village Underground wedding and this wedding at Trinity Buoy Wharf.

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