A relaxed Jewish wedding at the Millhouse and Slane Castle in Ireland

Millhouse wedding, Slane

Colm and Rebecca are a couple I met in London who travelled back to Colm's home country of Ireland to get married at the Millhouse in Slane, with an after party in Slane Castle. Slane Castle was special to them as Colm is in a band, music is a huge part of his life. The couple started the day together with their family at Rock Farm, before moving to the various rooms at the Millhouse. Their wedding was rather special, as the first Jewish wedding the Millhouse wedding venue had hosted, as their ceremony needed to be after sundown, they held the wedding events in reverse, with the drinks reception before the ceremony, followed immediately by the sit down dinner. Rebecca prepared a red dress for the pre-ceremony events, and a gorgeous silver Amanda Wakeley dress for the ceremony, dinner and dancing. Rebecca loves all things glittery so she accompanied the silver dress with a gorgeous sequin star veil and sequin Converse, with Colm wearing matching Converse with his blue suit with red and silver ties and pocket squares that he switched to match his bride.


Millhouse wedding reception

At their pre ceremony wedding reception, the couple had a vintage record player available for the guests next to a table tennis table. They also had lovely homemade style still lemonade out amongst the drinks, and lots of board games


Jewish wedding ceremony

They waited for sundown to pass the Sabbath, before holding their ceremony in a beautiful barn under a gold sequin chuppah supported by their siblings. The ceremony was conducted by Rebecca's Aunt with readings from other relatives and live music from their friends and sister-in-law, with a Ketubah signing near the start.


Jewish-Irish wedding dinner

After the ceremony everyone went through for their sit down dinner. To entertain their guests Colm and Rebecca laid out fun boxes of Jewish and Irish phrases to introduce each of their families and friends to the other half! The dinner room was beautifully decorated with gold accents, lots of shiny helium balloons in gold, Rosa Bloom bunting and Christmas crackers so that everyone could wear festive Christmas hats and exchange the classic cracker jokes! Colm's sister and Rebecca herself gave speeches on top of the usual suspects, and immediately after dinner, as the couple met at touch Rugby, a lot of the guests went through to the Millhouse living room to watch the end of Ireland play rugby.

Jewish wedding dancing

After dinner and a little acoustic music time to allow the Millhouse staff to turn the dinner room around, they opened the party with traditional Jewish dancing, including the hora, and then Colm played a full set with his band, must to their guests delight.

After party at Slane Castle

The morning after they decorated the basement room of Slane Castle, where the famous after party of Slane Castle Concerts take place, and had a parting lunch with their loved ones, including a historical talk from one of Slane Castle's tour guides.


A quirky Islington Town Hall and Islington Metalworks Wedding in London

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Wedding prep at the Renaissance Hotel, London

Alex and Janine are a clever couple who planned a brilliantly original Islington Metalworks wedding in London. I've shot here before and it's one of my favourite quirky London wedding venues. They both started the morning getting ready at the iconic Renaissance Hotel, a truly beautiful and unique hotel right next to Kings Cross St Pancras station. Janine wore a sweet vintage A-line lace dress, combined with blue Dolce and Gabbana shoes customised with clip on blue sixpence that matched her bold blue petticoat. They opted for bright colours throughout their wedding floristry, which was done by their friend.

Islington Town Hall wedding ceremony

After getting ready for their wedding at the Renaissance Hotel, they all travelled to Islington Town Hall where they had their civil ceremony which was a very emotional affair all round

Bright colours was the theme of the day, they had the first of their confetti throws, this one outside the town hall by hand...

After which all the guests got onto a red double decker bus which took them to their wedding reception at the Islington Metalworks, a working rock metal club on other days and one of my favourite quirky London wedding venues!

Islington Metalworks wedding reception

The Metalworks in Islington is a really cool wedding reception venue that comes with loads of decor help because it's a working scrap metal yard as well! They have lots of quirky props and they let couples customise the space, and they're fantastic at making sure the room looks great. Alex and Janine had a properly original idea for their table names and centrepieces... their wedding dinner theme was unusual/weird books that they'd sourced from all over the internet! This included books like Downtown Tabby... literally a story of Downtown Abbey in cat form. Erotic Dot to Dot, which provided much entertainment, a book solely on Weatherspoons pub carpets and a guide for how to dance with cats! On top of this they had a pimp your own prosecco bar, a gorgeous and plentiful cake table, a temporary tattoo station, stunning doughnuts, flamingo cake toppers, a fancy dress photo booth complete with animal masks... just loads of cool shit basically!

After their Islington Metalworks wedding drinks reception all the guests sat down for dinner, Alex and Janine were kind enough to seat me with their guests so I got to stay close to the fun! To roll with the Halloween esque theme, their wedding favours created home made shots of baileys but made it look like blood/spicy sauce, so the guests had a bit of a trick or treat moment!

The Islington Metalworks also provides entertainment for your guests in the form of table football, so after dinner before the party started quite a few of the guests took to a little healthy competition

Janine changed into a stunning gold evening gown, complete with Adidas trainers that matched her chief bridesmaid's Adidas shoes! Their guest book asked their guests to draw a self portrait on a postcard

Instead of having a first dance they had a round of first shots for everyone

They also opened up the fancy dress photo booth which is in the end of the tube carriage bar and the guests were treated to pizza for the evening buffet. If you're looking for a cool London wedding venue that really makes sure you'll have a good time definitely consider an Islington Metalworks wedding!

London wedding at The Asylum and Amadeus Centre

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Peckham Asylum Wedding

The Asylum is a unique and quirky wedding venue in Peckham, London that I've shot at many times. Its incredible aesthetic means it can host both chilled fun weddings and also more alternative weddings. Today's post features an elegant Belgian wedding that started in the Warrington Hotel. The Warrington Hotel is a beautiful boutique hotel pub with a small number of gorgeously decorated rooms. After the bride got ready with her family, they all zipped over to The Asylum in Peckham for the ceremony

London wedding at The Asylum

The couple opted to have a ceremony delivered by a friend, along with speeches from a multitude of close friends and family from different parts of their life. They also had a ring warming ceremony where each ring was passed through the hands of all the guests and blessed with their love and well wishes. They had a folk guitarist performing between some of the heartfelt speeches

Bistrotheque wedding reception

After the ceremony they had brief drinks at The Asylum before boarding a bus to their first reception venue the Bistrotheque which is a hidden away restaurant specialising in oysters- a Belgian favourite!

At the Bistrotheque they also had their best people deliver some speeches and had a caricaturist entertain the guests, along with customised mint favours before every collected their table plan name card to take to the Amadeus Centre for the wedding dinner.

Amadeus Centre wedding

The Amadeus Centre is a two room venue that was decorated with an abundance of fairy lights and elegant greenery by florists Hattie Fox. the bride and groom opened the dinner with their speech, before the parents gave speeches between the mains and the croquembouche dessert.

Whilst the catering staff turned the main dinner room around into a dancefloor, the guests all went downstairs to enjoy a live band John Bull & the Bandits.

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After the upstairs room was cleared, the couple had their stunning first dance under the blanket of fairy lights

An Italian-Lebanese Old Marylebone Town Hall wedding at Singer Tavern

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Old Marylebone Town Hall wedding

Pauline and Fabio had a fantastic low key but personalised wedding in London, with the ceremony at the Old Marylebone Town Hall and a reception at an effortlessly stylish restaurant- the Singer Tavern. They started the day debunking tradition by getting ready together at a trendy artistic airbnb they hired in Shoreditch. The wedding prep airbnb was even more stunning then they anticipated with two large rooms for them to get ready separately, and a grass wall private garden where they had their first look. Pauline's dress was lovingly made by her mum and her make up was done by her bridesmaid Ink & Paper London, who also did their stationery and custom neon photobooth sign! Fabio wore gorgeous flamingo socks and a tie with mini skulls on and was helped by his best woman.

Fabio is a huge fan of vintage classic cars, so they hired a beautiful red soft top to drive to take a few couple shots around the Barbican, one of their (and mine!) favourite pieces of architecture in London. I've shot a few Barbican weddings in their famous greenhouse and love the brutalist external!

Old Marylebone Town Hall wedding

After the couple shoot they drove themselves to their wedding ceremony at the Old Marylebone Town Hall. They had an Italian pianist Antimo Magnotta playing some instrumentals to entertain the guests whilst they waited, and their friend Gabriela of Gabsign Jewellery who made the rings was the ring bearer during the ceremony

Singer Tavern Wedding

After the Old Marylebone Town Hall wedding ceremony, the couple drove their classic car to the Singer Tavern, whilst their guests rode a double decker bus. The Singer Tavern is a stunning old Singer sewing factory/shop that has been converted into a restaurant. Fabio and Pauline asked florists Petal & Pot to decorate the restaurant, although it didn't need too much as it has beautiful natural light, retro green tiles and old brickwork in the basement bar.

The couple hired a magician, Brendan Patrick who was amazing at entertaining their guests during the drinks and canapes reception.

London restaurant wedding

Fabio and Pauline have lots of extremely close friends that they love dearly, everyone was so happy at the wedding the festivities started earlier than usual and lots of the guests started dancing to the pianist before dinner!

Pauline and Fabio, breaking the mould of another tradition gave their speech together, along with speeches from their parents, cousin and best woman.

After the speeches and dinner everyone went down to the basement to enjoy the vintage gramophone DJ called Auntie Maureen and to cut the delicious cake that was made by Sucre A La Creme. The basement of the Singer Tavern has a stunning cocktail bar, with rustic brickwork and original Singer branding. There's enough space for everyone to dance like crazy and even impromptu ceilidhs!

Marianne Chua.

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