Tanner warehouse wedding at the Shard photo

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall

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We knew from day one that Kristine and Oliver’s wedding day would be fabulous from beginning to end. Why? Because they are Norwegian, and Norwegian people know how to enjoy themselves big time!

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

Actually in repeated survey’s of the happiest nationalities in the world, Norway is always close to the top. First hand, we understand why.

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

Truth be told though these guys were open minded to trying different things photography wise, and they also had plenty of their own ideas too.

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

Naturally we are going to document the day with quality reportage, but we relish to the chance to “make” photos as well as “take” photos. That’s a little bit simplistic to say “take” photos because there is so much to consider: light, angle, technical settings, emotion, action etc but we hope you get the essence of what we mean.

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding PhotographersTanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

Ha ha, you are probably just looking at the pictures and not reading this, and who could blame you!

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

This was a day of many locations and it started in the morning at the London Courthouse Hotel. This place is a brilliant conversion of Old Street Magistrates Court and police station. Both K and O stayed here separately the night before, so morning time we were able to juggle between the two.

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

I loved photographing the boys on some of the original police cells they have retained in the bar area, including Ronnie Krays where he has held for “demanding money with menace.”

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

Oliver used to a professional footballer, so it was fitting that we ran into West Ham’s coaching staff and current manager Manuel Pellegrini on the main staircase. I swear every time they lose he gains another wrinkle…

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

Next if was time to take a cab ride to our wedding ceremony venue the lovely Stoke Newington Town Hall. I particularly enjoyed this ride, not just chit chatting with the boys but boring everyone by pointing out where we used to live in Islington and my first studio business on Essex Road.

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

Anyway, what a great wedding ceremony venue at Stoke Newington Town Hall. One of the groomsman performed mid way through a live rendition of  Elvis Presley’s iconic song ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love.’  Always loved this song, and I actually had to fight back the tears myself. As your one of the photographers at a wedding it’s never a great idea to cry into your viewfinder as it makes everything blurry afterwards!

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

After confetti throwing round the front of the town hall we went for a wander with the newly weds around Clissold Park. Boy oh boy I remember pushing our kids prams around there a few times!

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

Now I’m not being stereotypical when I say that Norwegian people enjoy a drink, and why not? That meant before everyone got on to a specially commissioned London Routemaster bus we had an hour or so’s pit stop at the Irish pub across the road from the ceremony venue.

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

All refreshed, the bus toured around central London just in time for the heavens to open and it torrentially rained for a while. It didn’t last long though, and later I (David) left the bus near St Pauls Cathedral and took a walk with the couple to shoot some portraits around there and the Southbank.

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

Thanks to Uber we got back in time for the wedding reception at Tanner Warehouse in Bermondsey, or to be more precise 50 Bermondsey Street. This is a great wedding venue with fantastic staff. I love the fact that it started life as a chocolate factory too, as my first ever job was working in a handmade chocolate shop and then as a student I did part-time shifts making Rolo’s at Rowntrees chocolate factory. Mmmmm…..

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

At Tanner Warehouse its was food, drinks, socialising and of course partying. We enjoyed the speeches, even the ones we didn’t understand in Norwegian. After cake cutting and first dance our talented groomsman from the Stoke Newington Town Hall ceremony took to the microphone and guitar again to get the wedding party boogeying.

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

We thank Kristine and Oliver for their open mindedness with their wedding photography and their fantastic hospitality to us as well.

Tanner Warehouse Wedding Photography, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall London Wedding Photographers

I’ve looked online at Bergen in Norway where they live and I’ve put it on my bucket list to visit soon. Kristine and Oliver, you have been warned…

By David Green.

September google review for Big Day Weddings photographers

Another Big Day Weddings 5 star review for David and Joanna – thank you!!!

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We have just received another wonderful 5 star review on Google from Mark and Yui. These guys were married at the fabulous Hanbury Manor in Hertfordshire and it was a day that will live long in the memory. Thank you so much, it’s really appreciated.

Another Big Day Weddings 5 star review for David and Joanna - thank you!!! London Wedding Photographers

Here’s the actual text:

“Big Day Weddings was hands down one of the best choices we made when it came to suppliers for our wedding. We’d done a lot of research and searched high and low – both online and offline – for photographers whose work we liked and that we knew we would feel comfortable working with. It was quite by accident that we discovered David and Joanna, and oh boy did they fit the bill! We actually came across them via a highly complimentary online review from a couple whose wedding they’d shot, and who had also used the videographers that we ended up using. We decided to contact Big Day Weddings as we thought it would be a nice idea to have a team of photographers and videographers who’d worked together before. They’d also gotten great feedback from previous clients, their prices were reasonable and they offered a range of affordable packages that fit what we were looking for. Our decision was cemented the moment we got on the phone and spoke to David. He’s genuinely friendly and approachable and put us at ease immediately. He listened to our preferences, offered suggestions, and, as the big day approached, was happy to run through the programme to make sure everything would go smoothly. On our wedding day, both David and Joanna were absolutely wonderful, dealing with our guests, the venue staff, bridal party nerves, and everything in between, like complete pros. As for the wedding photos, they turned out BRILLIANTLY, and turnaround time was pretty quick. We were so impressed with the many beautiful images of us, our families, the guests, the venue, and all the key moments. In addition, David and Joanna had managed to capture many other little things that made up the day such as decor features, wedding memorabilia, and other details that so many people miss. As photographers, they are are highly skilled, talented, and experienced, but what sets them apart has to be their personalities and people skills….they are so amiable, funny, and fantastic to work with! Nervous in front of the camera, or not sure what to do? Have a difficult guest or two who hates having their picture taken? Then you NEED someone like David to shoot your wedding! He really knows what to say and do at the right moment, and how to bring out the best in people so that you will get the best shots possible. The shots they captured will serve as wonderful reminders of one of the best days of our lives. Big Day Weddings is the BEST: David and Joanna are absolute gems….a fab team, and truly one of a kind. Really chuffed to have worked with them….they have our highest recommendation!”

Check out Yui and Mark’s wedding here: Hanbury Manor Wedding Photographers

And their engagement shoot on London’s Southbank here: London Engagement shoot at Southbank and Tower Bridge…again

By David Green

Islington wedding couple pose at Hoxley & Porter Upper Street

Islington Town Hall Wedding Photographers, reception at Dead Dolls House

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There’s no denying that we are frequent Islington Town Hall wedding photographers, but there’s also happily no denying that every wedding, even if it is in the same venue, is equally as exhilarating and totally different too! That’s one of the lovely bonuses we get to experience as full time photographers.

Islington Town Hall Wedding Photographers, reception at Dead Dolls House London Wedding Photographers

Islington Town Hall Wedding Photographers, reception at Dead Dolls House London Wedding Photographers

Islington Town Hall Wedding Photographers, reception at Dead Dolls House London Wedding Photographers

I knew from our first meeting with Emily and Dave that it was a good fit, they were both fun loving open minded and relaxed. Not that you need to be to work with us, as we are well know for our ability to put people at ease on their big day. But it’s a nice bonus for us if you are.

Islington Town Hall Wedding Photographers, reception at Dead Dolls House London Wedding Photographers

Islington Town Hall Wedding Photographers, reception at Dead Dolls House London Wedding Photographers

David started the day in Holloway with Emily and her bridesmaids, putting the finishing touches on their prep and getting busy with the Prosecco.

Islington Town Hall Wedding Photographers, reception at Dead Dolls House London Wedding Photographers

Joanna headed to Upper Street and across the road from Islington Town Hall to the Vineyard pub, a popular watering hole for many a groom and his entourage!

Islington Town Hall Wedding Photographers, reception at Dead Dolls House London Wedding Photographers

Islington Town Hall Wedding Photographers, reception at Dead Dolls House London Wedding Photographers

Islington Town Hall Wedding Photographers, reception at Dead Dolls House London Wedding Photographers

Though their are many spaces for a ceremony at Islington Town Hall this particular day it was the splendid main Council Chamber that would see Emily and Dave tie the knot.

Islington Town Hall Wedding Photographers, reception at Dead Dolls House London Wedding Photographers

Emily arrived first at The Dead Dolls House across the road from the town hall which would later become their reception venue.

Islington Town Hall Wedding Photographers, reception at Dead Dolls House London Wedding Photographers

Having lived in Islington for many years I’ve seen different makeovers for this place, but I have to say hand on heart this is by far the best version yet. Staff are great and there’s certainly nothing “dead” about this place!

Islington Town Hall Wedding Photographers, reception at Dead Dolls House London Wedding Photographers

One of our favourite parts of working at Islington’s famous town hall is the registrar’s there. They are always upbeat and enthusiastic and absolutely no wedding day hitch ruffles their feathers.

Islington Town Hall Wedding Photographers, reception at Dead Dolls House London Wedding Photographers

As we expected, a fun and laughter filled wedding ceremony for E and D was followed by a little time around the marble interiors of the town hall and then a good old confetti throw in brilliant bright sunshine outside.

Islington Town Hall Wedding Photographers, reception at Dead Dolls House London Wedding Photographers

Islington Town Hall Wedding Photographers, reception at Dead Dolls House London Wedding Photographers

For ten years we have been photographing at Islington Town Hall, and some of those days of course it has rained, but so far wonderfully it has NEVER rained when the confetti was being thrown. Yes before, and yes just after, but never during. Long may that continue.

Islington Town Hall Wedding Photographers, reception at Dead Dolls House London Wedding Photographers

Islington Town Hall Wedding Photographers, reception at Dead Dolls House London Wedding Photographers

Anyway we had one of those very warm summer days of 2018 so the wedding party crossed the road to quench the thirst at the Dead Doll’s House and nibble on some delicious canapés.

Islington Town Hall Wedding Photographers, reception at Dead Dolls House London Wedding Photographers

Islington Town Hall Wedding Photographers, reception at Dead Dolls House London Wedding Photographers

After a while myself (David) took the stars of the show around Upper Street and the surrounding area for some couple shots. I know every inch of this neighbourhood, but it’s forever fresh and changing and we had a really fun time. It took about twenty-five minutes which I think is about right to keep the energy level up and not eat in to the bride and groom’s socialising during the day.

Islington Town Hall Wedding Photographers, reception at Dead Dolls House London Wedding Photographers

Islington Town Hall Wedding Photographers, reception at Dead Dolls House London Wedding Photographers

Although our Galleries are full of these type of images, a great deal of day is spent doing documentary coverage of people and moments as they unfold in a naturalistic way.

Islington Town Hall Wedding Photographers, reception at Dead Dolls House London Wedding Photographers

So if you would like to see a full days photography which is on average about 1000 images just ask and we will be very happy to send a download link.

Islington Town Hall Wedding Photographers, reception at Dead Dolls House London Wedding Photographers

Hard working staff at the Dead Doll’s House served up a great wedding breakfast followed by speeches and cake cutting and the inevitable but essential boogying the night away.

Islington Town Hall Wedding Photographers, reception at Dead Dolls House London Wedding Photographers

The wedding breakfast itself was served on long tables on the ground floor, with the drinks reception and speeches happening in the second floor Ballroom. Live music was courtesy of “Indie Killers” with dancing and partying downstairs, while the first floor Drawing Room became a chill out space and a good location for a Photo Booth.

Islington Town Hall Wedding Photographers, reception at Dead Dolls House London Wedding Photographers

A brilliant day all round with a great couple and their friends and family. We wish them both all the very best for the future.

By David Green.

Here’s a couple among many Islington Town Hall weddings to check out on the blog:

Another lovely Islington Town Hall Wedding & Reception at The Albion

Another great Islington Town Hall Wedding, then on to Hoxley & Porter and The Albion

Islington Town Hall Wedding & Peasant Pub Clerkenwell Reception

Just to finish up, I like to say hello and sometimes photograph the people behind the scenes of a couple’s wedding day. These guys in the photo below are the hard working and talented chefs behind the great food at the Dead Dolls House. Thanks guys!

Islington Town Hall Wedding Photographers, reception at Dead Dolls House London Wedding Photographers

UPDATE: Two weeks later we have received this lovely review from Emily and Dave posted on Google:

“We booked Big Day Weddings (David and Joanna) for our wedding in August this year. From the moment we met them we knew we had a good match, having met other photographers who didn’t seem interested in us at all just where we were getting married and if the pictures would win them awards!! With David and Joanna, they put us both at ease and we got on like a house on fire. Their packages were also really good and it was no nonsense, they listened to what we were after and shared there ideas; they were really knowledgeable about the area we got married and knew all the places to go to get some really amazing shots. On the day they worked their socks off and it shows as the pictures are out of this world and better than anything we could have wished for or imagined. They had a great rapport with us and our guests so managed to get the best out of us all- even me the camera shy bride but by the end of the day I felt like a professional!! Thank you again David and Joanna and I can promise you, you won’t be disappointed if you book these guys Emily and David Thompson Xxx”

So great to get this kind of feedback 🙂

 

Groom cries at East Finchley wedding

Here is our winning image from the Wedding Emotions Competition.

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We don’t usually enter competitions and never really have. It’s not arrogance, it’s just not been a priority as we are so busy shooting and editing images, and that takes most of our available time. Though we realise it’s pretty good publicity when you win though!

However when the call came from Your Perfect Wedding Photographer for emotional wedding moments for their photo competition entries we thought why not?

Here’s our winner. It’s a single tear rolling down groom Christopher’s cheek as he senses his bride Veronika has started her walk down the aisle with her father. A lovely moment from this London wedding day.

Here is our winning image from the Wedding Emotions Competition. London Wedding Photographers

Our other entry was a moment from a civil ceremony at Islington Town Hall in the intimate Mayor’s Parlour where both bride and groom were overcome with emotion and both reached for the hankies at the same time!

By David Green

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London wedding couple laugh together under umbrella

Google review from Alex and Adriana – thank you!

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Google review from Alex and Adriana - thank you! London Wedding Photographers

Thank you to Alex and Adriana for your lovely review on Google.

Here it is:

“Adriana and I hired David and Joanna for our recent wedding in April. From the moment we had our first meeting with them back in January to discuss what we wanted and what we could expect, they were very welcoming, attentive and reassuring. We had high expectations based on the previous work displayed on their website along with the reviews we had read of them. On our big day they did not let us down at all, they were really enthusiastic and took lots of amazing shots of us and our guests. It was a great day and we now have lots of lovely photographs to remind us of every moment. We would highly recommend Big Day Weddings.”

Original blog post: West Lodge Park, Christ Church Southgate and Trent Park Country Club wedding day

By David Green