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All Souls Church Wedding London – with plenty of social distancing joy!

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All Souls Church Wedding London - with plenty of social distancing joy! London Wedding PhotographersAll Souls Church Wedding London - with plenty of social distancing joy! London Wedding Photographers

To say that 2020 to 2021 were challenging years for the world as a whole is of course obvious and a bit of an understatement. The wedding industry like most others was challenged and had to adapt too. We thought it would be a good idea to show what a “socially distanced” wedding looks like for a number of reasons, the main one being to showcase that the the joy, love and uniqueness of a big day, though smaller in scale, is absolutely undiminished!

All Souls Church Wedding London - with plenty of social distancing joy! London Wedding Photographers

David was the busiest last year, sometimes capturing four weddings a week. Although the first three months were well booked with “normal” size and timeline weddings, come March we all had to massively adapt. Many couples understandably moved their dates, but many others decided to press ahead when they could and scale back their plans.

All Souls Church Wedding London - with plenty of social distancing joy! London Wedding Photographers

Featured here are one such couple Rebecca and Matt, who’s original grand plan was a ceremony in the lovely All Souls church next to the BBC in London, followed by a shoot as newly weds around some central city sights, and then on to a large reception at Crypt on the Green in Clerkenwell. A long planned fusion of American and English families coming together in the capital where the couple met. As ultimate reality would have it, it was 15 souls at All Souls, and a restaurant dinner afterwards, with an amount of Zoom, and some recorded video messages too.

I’m just delighted it went ahead and I was able to be part of an intimate heartfelt and memorable event. As you can see from Rebecca’s arrival it was a mask on mask off affair. Thankfully once things were underway  both bride groom  and clergy were exempt. I was lucky enough to do twelve such socially distanced weddings and this was pretty much the norm, but absolutely non were any the less for it. I particularly like the two shots below where you can see Matt going from happy and excited to overwhelmed when he first sees his wife to be walking down the aisle towards him.

All Souls Church Wedding London - with plenty of social distancing joy! London Wedding Photographers

All Souls Church Wedding London - with plenty of social distancing joy! London Wedding Photographers

There was so much emotion and love in the room it was palpable 🙂

All Souls Church Wedding London - with plenty of social distancing joy! London Wedding Photographers

When there was some live guitar and singing interludes I snuck quietly up on the balcony, to get the kind of wider shot you can see below.

All Souls Church Wedding London - with plenty of social distancing joy! London Wedding Photographers

We take a lot of shots by the way, all with a purpose, and all of which we give to our couples after editing. Back to the ceremony, one of my favourite parts was where a family friend performed magic tricks which he’d taught himself especially for the wedding. Very unusual end to the ceremony, and very entertaining too.

All Souls Church Wedding London - with plenty of social distancing joy! London Wedding Photographers

By the time the register was signed and Rebecca and Matt walked back down the aisle it was dark outside. Still I’m very experienced with winter weddings, and I was very happy with our confetti shots, family groups and the five minutes or so I had to grab some couple shots outside. A bit less time than the hour we had had originally planned though!

All Souls Church Wedding London - with plenty of social distancing joy! London Wedding Photographers

All Souls Church Wedding London - with plenty of social distancing joy! London Wedding Photographers

All Souls Church Wedding London - with plenty of social distancing joy! London Wedding Photographers

All Souls Church Wedding London - with plenty of social distancing joy! London Wedding Photographers

All in all a lovely time, and I’m sure the start of a wonderful life for these two guys together.

All Souls Church Wedding London - with plenty of social distancing joy! London Wedding Photographers

All Souls Church Wedding London - with plenty of social distancing joy! London Wedding Photographers

All Souls Church Wedding London - with plenty of social distancing joy! London Wedding Photographers

By David Green

Bride and Groom St Johns Square Clerkenwell

Zetter Town House wedding and St Bart’s Brewery Reception

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While the year 2020 is going to be remembered for many many reasons, photography-wise there were some lovely wedding moments we were still able to capture. Some of them were small and intimate, some at the beginning of the year were large and boisterous, still others were socially distanced, but nonetheless all fabulous affairs in their own right.

Zetter Town House wedding and St Bart's Brewery Reception London Wedding Photographers

Zetter Town House wedding and St Bart's Brewery Reception London Wedding Photographers

Zetter Town House wedding and St Bart's Brewery Reception London Wedding Photographers

Zetter Town House wedding and St Bart's Brewery Reception London Wedding Photographers

Zetter Town House wedding and St Bart's Brewery Reception London Wedding Photographers

Towards the beginning of 2020 we were delighted to photograph Catherine and Joe’s Zetter Town House wedding in Clerkenwell, followed by a a blessing ceremony in Smithfield’s fantastic St Bart’s Brewery, and then a reception there afterwards.

Zetter Town House wedding and St Bart's Brewery Reception London Wedding Photographers

Zetter Town House wedding and St Bart's Brewery Reception London Wedding Photographers

Zetter Town House wedding and St Bart's Brewery Reception London Wedding Photographers

Zetter Town House wedding and St Bart's Brewery Reception London Wedding Photographers

Zetter Town House wedding and St Bart's Brewery Reception London Wedding Photographers

We have worked at the Zetter many times, in fact there are two of these great hotels in Clerkenwell central London. One is an original Georgian Town House built next to historic St John’s Square,  and the other is a modern version known simply as the Zetter Hotel built directly onto Clerkenwell Road Farringdon itself. It too is a brilliant and quirky hotel that we have photographed bride and groom’s wedding morning preparations on countless occasions over the last twelve years. This time it was groom Joe at the newer building and bride Catherine in the intimate Georgian splendour of the Town House.

Zetter Town House wedding and St Bart's Brewery Reception London Wedding Photographers

Zetter Town House wedding and St Bart's Brewery Reception London Wedding Photographers

The legal ceremony was downstairs at the Zetter Town House in what it known as “The Games Room.” It’s an intimate space and was perfect suited to the couple’s plan for a close family only ceremony and subsequent lunch. The more public blessing ceremony and reception for a large crowd of friends and family was well served by the large St Bart’s Brewery at the edge of Smithfield market.

Zetter Town House wedding and St Bart's Brewery Reception London Wedding Photographers

Zetter Town House wedding and St Bart's Brewery Reception London Wedding Photographers

Zetter Town House wedding and St Bart's Brewery Reception London Wedding Photographers

Zetter Town House wedding and St Bart's Brewery Reception London Wedding Photographers

We had a fun time with new bride and groom around the streets of Clerkenwell doing a variety of couple shots before the reception and the short walk to old Smithfield.

Zetter Town House wedding and St Bart's Brewery Reception London Wedding Photographers

Zetter Town House wedding and St Bart's Brewery Reception London Wedding Photographers

Zetter Town House wedding and St Bart's Brewery Reception London Wedding Photographers

Zetter Town House wedding and St Bart's Brewery Reception London Wedding Photographers

Zetter Town House wedding and St Bart's Brewery Reception London Wedding Photographers

Catherine took time back at the hotel to change into a different outfit for the blessing and reception, while Joe busied himself on a meet and greet at the St Bart’s reception venue. St Bart’s is of course a short way of saying Saint Bartholomew’s.

Zetter Town House wedding and St Bart's Brewery Reception London Wedding Photographers

Zetter Town House wedding and St Bart's Brewery Reception London Wedding Photographers

Zetter Town House wedding and St Bart's Brewery Reception London Wedding Photographers

The blessing ceremony itself was hosted by a chaplain from nearby St Bart’s Hospital, and was an emotional yet joyous affair followed by the party of all parties to see out a tremendous wedding day in a very historic part of central London. Definitely a highlight of 2020 for us.

 

Zetter Town House wedding and St Bart's Brewery Reception London Wedding Photographers

Zetter Town House wedding and St Bart's Brewery Reception London Wedding Photographers

By David Green

Islington wedding couple laugh by blue wall Upper Street London

Last ever Islington Town Hall Wedding…before lockdown

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This was a truly lovely and somewhat surreal wedding spent with Alex and Brett, for the very last wedding ceremony at Islington Town Hall before London’s end of March lockdown.

Last ever Islington Town Hall Wedding...before lockdown London Wedding Photographers

It felt a privilege, and quite honestly inwardly a little sad for me, to document a special day which none of us knew from the registrars to general staff of the Town Hall, when any of us would be back.

Last ever Islington Town Hall Wedding...before lockdown London Wedding Photographers

That didn’t dent the energy of myself or this really fantastic couple and their three guests. One photographer only (David) plus five people, that’s all we were legally allowed!

Last ever Islington Town Hall Wedding...before lockdown London Wedding Photographers

No reception either, as the government at that time had already ordered the closing of venues.

Last ever Islington Town Hall Wedding...before lockdown London Wedding Photographers

Anyway, I had a good sense of what Alex and Brett were looking for from our chats on the phone, and as a former resident of the borough and a very frequent wedding photographer at Islington Town Hall, I knew where to go and where the light would be in the surrounding area.

Last ever Islington Town Hall Wedding...before lockdown London Wedding Photographers

Meeting firstly in front of that imposing Islington landmark we hit the ground running, with literally energy and laughter all the way.

Last ever Islington Town Hall Wedding...before lockdown London Wedding Photographers

We really love people and what we do and I think time and again it shows in the photography and the good-natured energy we bring to every wedding. Check out our Google reviews to read what previous couples think of us here: Google wedding reviews

Last ever Islington Town Hall Wedding...before lockdown London Wedding Photographers

We spent just under thirty minutes on our pre-ceremony travels before returning to the Majors Parlour for the big event. Ahh how we love the Mayors Parlour. Why? Because that’s where we were married ourselves, so it’s always very special to return to that particular part of the Town Hall.

Last ever Islington Town Hall Wedding...before lockdown London Wedding Photographers

After a suitably touching and intimate ceremony and some quick shots in the nearby corridors, it was time for the world’s smallest confetti throw on the steps leading to Upper Street!

Last ever Islington Town Hall Wedding...before lockdown London Wedding Photographers

I said my goodbyes as these crazy cats skipped away down the street and I rode off in the sunset.

Last ever Islington Town Hall Wedding...before lockdown London Wedding Photographers

Islington we love you. Until next time…Adios.

Last ever Islington Town Hall Wedding...before lockdown London Wedding Photographers

Going to let our little bridesmaid have the final say 🙂

Last ever Islington Town Hall Wedding...before lockdown London Wedding Photographers

By David Green

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St Paul’s Cathedral Wedding ceremony and Smithfield Reception at The Butchers Hook and Cleaver

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When we started capturing wedding days St Paul’s was on our bucket list of places to photograph, if the opportunity arose. Little did we think we would be there multiple times, let alone become regular St Paul’s Cathedral wedding photographers.

St Paul's Cathedral Wedding ceremony and Smithfield Reception at The Butchers Hook and Cleaver London Wedding Photographers

St Paul's Cathedral Wedding ceremony and Smithfield Reception at The Butchers Hook and Cleaver London Wedding Photographers

When ‘J’ and ‘N’ got in touch to tell us their big day plans for a ceremony at this national treasure, we knew exactly what to expect and also the protocol and rules that St Paul’s asks wedding photographers to abide by.

St Paul's Cathedral Wedding ceremony and Smithfield Reception at The Butchers Hook and Cleaver London Wedding Photographers

Having done an engagement shoot with these guys in Greenwich Park, we had already got to know them a little better and what worked best for them image wise. Here’s one of those images below.

The day started with myself jogging between ‘J’ and her bridal prep at the lovely Leonardo Hotel in the shadow of the cathedral itself, and then with N with his son and best man at a coffee shop a few streets away. Joanna stayed with the bridal party because she doesn’t like jogging, ha ha just a little joke of course.

St Paul's Cathedral Wedding ceremony and Smithfield Reception at The Butchers Hook and Cleaver London Wedding Photographers

When the time came I also took a bunch of candid and messing around shots with the wedding party meeting on the famous steps of the cathedral. These parts of the day are always interesting because it’s such a public space and you know that the photographer and their antics are also becoming an Instagram post for someone visiting the capital.

St Paul's Cathedral Wedding ceremony and Smithfield Reception at The Butchers Hook and Cleaver London Wedding Photographers

For wedding ceremonies at St Paul’s everything takes place in the atmospheric OBE chapel. For photographers the rules are strict. We are only allowed to photograph the wedding party before the ceremony, then the brides entrance, the first hymn and the recessional. All shots have to be from the very back of the chapel, and all without flash of any kind. No problem!

St Paul's Cathedral Wedding ceremony and Smithfield Reception at The Butchers Hook and Cleaver London Wedding Photographers

After the ceremony there is a couple of minutes to be able to take non flash shots under the iconic dome, so there will always be interested members of the public behind you.

St Paul's Cathedral Wedding ceremony and Smithfield Reception at The Butchers Hook and Cleaver London Wedding Photographers

St Paul's Cathedral Wedding ceremony and Smithfield Reception at The Butchers Hook and Cleaver London Wedding Photographers

The place where we usually do any requested family and friends shots on the steps of the north transept entrance, was having some renovation. That is a fairly private area, whereas the south transept we had to use as an alternative exit is not. Nevertheless we got some great shots, and I particularly liked involving the public on their London buses waving at us all. See the pics above 🙂

St Paul's Cathedral Wedding ceremony and Smithfield Reception at The Butchers Hook and Cleaver London Wedding Photographers

After that it was time for the wedding party to head to old Smithfield and the impressive Butcher’s Hook and Cleaver gastro pub.

St Paul's Cathedral Wedding ceremony and Smithfield Reception at The Butchers Hook and Cleaver London Wedding Photographers

St Paul's Cathedral Wedding ceremony and Smithfield Reception at The Butchers Hook and Cleaver London Wedding Photographers

St Paul's Cathedral Wedding ceremony and Smithfield Reception at The Butchers Hook and Cleaver London Wedding Photographers

While this happened we spent half an hour with the newly weds doing some quick couple shots around St Paul’s, and then by Smithfield Market itself. It’s one of our favourite parts of the day, and from what couples tell us, one of theirs too.

St Paul's Cathedral Wedding ceremony and Smithfield Reception at The Butchers Hook and Cleaver London Wedding Photographers

A fantastic drinks reception at the Butchers Hook and Cleaver was followed by speeches, cake cutting, much merriment and an excellent live band to boogie the night away to.

St Paul's Cathedral Wedding ceremony and Smithfield Reception at The Butchers Hook and Cleaver London Wedding Photographers

By David Green

Here’s another St Paul’s Cathedral wedding on the blog: St Paul’s Cathedral Wedding Photographers & Skinners Hall Reception

St Paul's Cathedral Wedding ceremony and Smithfield Reception at The Butchers Hook and Cleaver London Wedding Photographers

St Paul's Cathedral Wedding ceremony and Smithfield Reception at The Butchers Hook and Cleaver London Wedding Photographers

St Paul's Cathedral Wedding ceremony and Smithfield Reception at The Butchers Hook and Cleaver London Wedding Photographers

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More of our favourite wedding images from in and around London in the past year

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Here we go a nice quick overview of recent wedding images from in and around London, as three sets of nine, Instagram friendly, easy to digest, and good for the soul, honest!

More of our favourite wedding images from in and around London in the past year London Wedding Photographers

Venues featured and photographed at are The House of Commons, The Gherkin, St Paul’s Cathedral, The Ivy, Blenheim Palace, The Sheraton, The Brewery, The Ned central London, Trinity Buoy Wharf, Eight Club Moorgate, Brook Farm Cuffley, Leadenhall Market and Smithfield, Chelsea Old Town Hall, Royal Chace, The Waldorf and Gaynes Park.

More of our favourite wedding images from in and around London in the past year London Wedding Photographers

All in all a busy year and it’s a good job we are full-time otherwise we would have struggled! With that in mind we made a conscious decision not to follow the crowd and blog incessantly to appease Google, nor to post a zillion images on Instagram. We put our time and effort into our weddings and home life too.

In 2020 to keep the right balance we are limiting our weddings to thirty five a year. That way we will be fresh and able to put maximum effort into every wedding we capture, and the post production and editing that is needed afterwards. It will also give us time to put quality attention towards our kids and hobbies as well.

Having said that we will still be living in perpetual wedding land, in that we will continue to spend our working hours shooting, editing, speaking to you, and planning the many special days we are entrusted with. Bearing that in mind always feel free to get in touch whether that’s by email, phone, Whatsapp, Instagram, Facebook Messenger or smoke signals. Whatever floats your boats!

Speak soon 🙂

Here are some blog article links to a few of the images featured here:

Eight Club Wedding in Moorgate and Shoreditch

Best London Engagement Shoot from Covent Garden to Leadenhall Market

By David Green