Islington Town Hall and Victorian Bath House wedding

Shoreditch bridal prep

Hollyann and Namdi are a fun chilled out couple having a relaxed winter East London wedding that started in airbnb spaces they rented in Shoreditch. Hollyann wore a vintage Lucy Can't Dance dress with velvet maroon cat flats and her bridesmaids wore a mix of dark green dresses. Namdi wore a maroon suit and yellow tie, with all his groomsmen matching in their yellow ties and socks. Hollyann used to work as a florist so her floristry was provided by her old boss, with a personal sentimental nod to her grandma with the inclusion of a cauliflower floret in her bouquet. Her grandma married a greengrocer so she carried a cauliflower as her wedding bouquet! We only had a short spell at the Airbnb before taking a taxi to their Islington Town Hall civil ceremony.

 

 

Islington Town Hall civil ceremony

They had a civil ceremony at one of the most popular registry offices in London,

Victorian Bath House wedding

After the civil ceremony at Islington Town Hall, everyone went to East London near Shoreditch to The Victorian Bath House which is an incredible underground event space. Above ground on street level the entrance resembles an old exotic bathhouse with colourful tiles and stained glass window. Underneath this small door leads to a stunning Moroccan style event space with several rooms, furnished by luxe furniture, gentle lamp lights and gold and primary colour walls. They started their wedding reception with drinks and canapés during standing speeches.

After the speeches they went through for a fantastic dinner which had shared platters of whole salmon and chicken and after dinner they had another round of standing speeches alongside their cake cut and their surprise birthday cakes to two of their wedding guests.

They had wraps for their evening buffet alongside enjoying beers in the vintage bath tub!

Owl and Pussycat pub brunch

There's been a few London weddings I've shot for where the couple have organised a morning after brunch, such as this weekender I shot at The Hoxton Hotel. Hollyann and Namdi treated their close family and friends to a Sunday full English brunch at the Shoreditch pub The Owl and the Pussycat, before saying goodbye and letting everyone travel home!

If you're planning your own East London wedding check out this modern Ace Hotel wedding and Village Underground wedding that's in the same Shoreditch area. If you're having a civil ceremony at the Islington Town Hall check out this blog post for ideas of where to throw your relaxed London wedding

 

London pub wedding at Frederick’s restaurant

islington town hall wedding

Islington Town Hall wedding ceremony

Georgina and Richard had a classic London wedding of an Islington Town Hall civil ceremony, followed by the reception at a nearby London restaurant- Frederick's which is right next to Angel station in the Camden Mews area. We started the day at a rented airbnb where George got ready nearby with her bridesmaids into a gorgeous Jenny Packham beaded dress. The bridesmaids wore turquoise.

Frederick's wedding reception

Frederick's is a restaurant in North London that serves fantastic food and has great wine. They helped George and Richard keep it nice and simple, as they lived abroad during the wedding planning time. The venue has tasteful modern art decorating the walls so not much more is needed. They had speeches from family outdoors in the garden with canapés and drinks, before going inside for a few more speeches followed by dinner.

After the dinner they had the best man's speech and then a first dance before opening the party

I love shooting London restaurant weddings and London pub weddings, they're really relaxed and always have a good vibe. Near the Islington Town Hall there's lots of chilled reception wedding venues

A New Unity Church ceremony and Woodberry Wetlands Wedding

new unity church wedding

Woodberry Wetlands wedding

Aurelie and Daniel are a fantastic intellectual and modern couple who I was delighted to shoot for at their Woodberry Wetlands wedding. They both got ready together in their gorgeous flat which is in a converted church that is decorated beautifully with lots of their collectibles, books and records. Their home is truly unique complete with their crocodile wall mount! I have a giant origami geometric T-Rex on my wall so this speaks to me! Their wedding favours were very personal, with the lavender and handmade soaps being brought in by Aurelie's family from France. Just before they left for their Unity Church wedding ceremony they had a last minute rehearsal of their first dance. Aurelie is a singer and Daniel is a dancer, so their wedding reception was going to feature a bit of what each of them loved. Their day was planned by the brilliant Holly from Revelry Events, who I also worked with at Tom and Eli's Siobhan Davies dance studio wedding.

                  

New Unity Church wedding ceremony

The New Unity Church is located in Islington, I've shot in the area so many times at Islington Town Hall and I never knew this venue existed just down the road! It's a non-religious church founded in building a community that is truly embracing of equality. There are no mandatory set of beliefs needed to celebrate at New Unity the concept is that everyone has the right and responsibility to think for themselves, they celebrate love and justice for all. They had decorated the wedding venue with giant pink balloons, everyone was given a little goodie bag with their names on it, with treats in to keep the kids happy. The day was a merging of Portuguese, German and French families. Their friends of honour entered in pairs dancing down the aisle. They'd brought in Aurelie's favourite award winning female barbershop quartet Fortuity to perform throughout the wedding who were fab and brought many to tears. The ceremony was conducted by their friend Emmeline complete with readings from friends and family. They had a ring warming where their rings were passed around all their guests in a book based ring box.

 

 

 

 

After their New Unity Church wedding ceremony all the guests boarded a London double decker red bus to their Woodberry Wetlands wedding reception.

Woodberry Wetlands Wedding

The Woodberry Wetlands is a rather unique venue of a small building in the middle of a central London Wetland park with a side marquee attached to the side. It makes a lovely outdoor summer London wedding venue, and guests can walk outside around the wetlands taking a tour of the nature, uniquely surrounded by the London skyline. Their reception tables were decorated with books and dried flowers as the centre pieces and the wedding favours consisted of handmade lavender soap. Each of the name cards were hand embroidered by Aurelie as a lovely personal keepsake.

The canapés gave a nod to the Portuguese side of the family, and included pastel de natas and coxinas. During the wedding reception they also had giant games for the kids complete with a carer service to look after the kids provided by Safe and Sound Event Childcare, which is perfect for helping out your guests with kids!

They had several friends of honour give speeches

After the speeches everyone went inside from the outdoor marquee to cut the French croquembouche cake, and Aurelie and her choir friends gave a performance of "This is Me" from the film The Greatest Showman. After partaking in Aurelie's favourite activity they took to Daniel's and did the choreographed first dance. The music was provided by friends using a DJ set up and they partied hard until late!

If you liked this European wedding in London check out this awesome relaxed Italian-Lebanese pub wedding.

Islington Town Hall and The Depot wedding

Islington Town Hall wedding

As a recommended photographer for Islington Town Hall, it really is one of my favourite London venues for civil partnership ceremonies and wedding ceremonies. John and Tina were a couple that I was very honoured and delighted to shoot for. When we first met in a coffee shop near Victoria station, they expressed to me their concerns about not being "cool" or "interesting" enough to have me as their wedding photographer. I feel very strongly that this is a problem our society has created- for anyone to feel that their love story is not as valuable as someone else's is a shame and untrue. I told them I do not care about anything like aesthetics or trends, all I ever ask from my couples who book me is that they like and want my photography style and that they feel I'm a good match to provide what they need. And sure as fuck enough I am proud to showcase John and Tina's London wedding, which includes one of my favourite photos ever of Tina sneaking a ciggie when she was supposed to be getting into the big group photo! Classic Tina as her friend said! We started the day getting ready at the Premier Inn nearby, before we all whizzed across to the Islington Town Hall for the civil ceremony. In the morning, hilariously, John forgot part of his suit and his son had to peg it to a local shop to pick him up some replacement trousers!

During the ceremony they laid a sunflower to represent Tina's dad, and he was similarly represented throughout the day with sunflowers at the wedding meal. At the civil ceremony they had emotional readings from John's son and Tina's nephew.

After the ceremony they all got on a London bus to the wedding dinner at The Canonbury Tavern. John has long worked for a bus company, with many of the guests working in the same field, so it was rather fun taking the bus with a real qualified conductor, with all the guests laughing in delight when he got out to help direct traffic to allow the wedding bus drive to reverse round a corner!

The Canonbury Tavern wedding

John and Tina opted to have a wedding dinner at the London pub The Canonbury Tavern, a beautiful space with natural light where they had their speeches and a fab meal

Wedding at The Depot

After the wedding meal we all got back onto the bus to head to the The Depot where they had their wedding party. Tina gave a speech for the evening guests along with their cake cutting, fab evening buffet and John's mum absolutely tearing up the dance floor like a champion!

They also had a fancy dress props set up, Mr and Mrs balloons, tea lights in paper bags to give a lovely atmosphere to The Depot.

 

 

Check out my other London Depot Wedding or this wedding at Tanner Warehouse that has a similar party vibe!

Kind words directly from Tina and John:

"I am not sure where I should start. When planning for your wedding and having an idea on Budgets, you always realise that you underestimate down the line. This was the case when we researched for our Wedding Photographer as we have various offers in all price lines so you need to follow your instincts. And where we right when we meet up with Marianne the first time - we where already blown by her Website and Images and where a bit reluctant as we didn't believe our wedding would be that glamorous. Marianne very quickly ensured us that no wedding is to small and boring and we both where convinced she fits in with our Guests. From beginning to end we Marianne was extremely professional in her lovely quirky way. On the day itself she was there for us over 12 hours, she had the right vibe if she felt you where uncomfortable and was extremely discreet. After a while she was just one of us. When Marianne send us the link for the preview, we where both stunned at what she has captured on the day - it was everything we had ever hoped for and that was love, fun and laughter. Marianne in the end tool over 1000 pictures of the day and every time we look at them ( at least a million times now) we find a new little detail we have missed. It was as if we are reliving the whole day over and over again and also being part of moments we have missed. The pictures are just unbelievable. We both can't thank her enough for being there - not sure how we shall choose the pictures for the Album and we might actually leave that up to her so that we have another surprise. We can only say "Thank You" for the amazing pictures and the never-ending memories you have managed to capture and share with us and that will be with us forever. So if you are the next lucky couple and Marianne is available, don't search any further. She is worth every Penny and we find ourselves extremely lucky to have had Marianne be our Wedding Photographer for our special day. Thank you so much - also for the lovely pack of Biogradable Cards that came with the USB Stick. Tina and John"

Marianne Chua.

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