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Confetti throw at Zetter Town House wedding in London

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

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

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

Couple by red phone boxes London wedding day Smithfield

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

Big Day Weddings Google review for Lansdowne Club Wedding

Mayfair wedding day Google review just in, for Farm Street Church & Lansdowne Club Mayfair

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Just in another Google review this time from renowned Sunday Times senior journalist Rosamund Urwin.

We had the pleasure of photographing Rosamund and Charlie’s wedding at Farm Street Church and then The Lansdowne Club, both in Mayfair central London.

It’s a popular combination of venues as they are literally just a couple of streets away from each other, so very hard to lose your guests! There’s also a great pub The Punchbowl just yards from the church should anyone feel the need to congregate there beforehand.

Behind Farm Street Church itself is a nice little park for group photos if needed, and the streets around have a good London vibe for couple shots.

The Lansdowne Club is a fantastic members only venue with a very impressive grand hall and dining room. It was also a former home for renowned socialite and businessman Mr Selfridge. No prizes for guessing the name of the department store he founded!

Congratulations to Rosamund and Charlie, and wishing you both the best for the future.

Here’s a link to a recent Farm Street and Lansdowne Club wedding day: Lansdowne Club and Farm Street Church Wedding Photography

Here’s the original text of the review:

“David and Joanna were absolutely fantastic. I love the photographs – they did really well with the light in the church particularly – but I love the photos they took in the venue too. I couldn’t be happier with the result, and they were charming to our guests too. Can’t really recommend enough.”

By David Green

London engagement couple at Lloyds Building London

Best London Engagement Shoot from Covent Garden to Leadenhall Market

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Now when we say best London engagement shoot, what we mean by that is that we think we followed best practice for these particular guys, in the time we had, and the areas of London we were in.

‘A’ and ‘A’ are getting married in Faro Portugal with us as their wedding photographers. This London engagement shoot gave us a good chance to get to know them better, and find out before the fact how they respond to our way of working.

Best London Engagement Shoot from Covent Garden to Leadenhall Market London Wedding Photographers

Now we are course a little like chameleons in our approach, adapting quickly to suit personalities and situations. Reason being that ultimately our job is to bring out the best of what is already there within people. Add to this we put our particular spin on things, but then always remembering to give our couples what they value in terms of imagery and approach. And then go beyond…

Best London Engagement Shoot from Covent Garden to Leadenhall Market London Wedding Photographers

For this lovely couple with their wedding being abroad and with special requirements, we designed a package to suit them, with a built in central London engagement shoot too.

Best London Engagement Shoot from Covent Garden to Leadenhall Market London Wedding Photographers

As is usually the case David did this particular assignment, and what an early start on a Sunday it was too. These two actually had their first date at Dean Street Townhouse in Soho and they were keen to incorporate the venue in some of their images.

Best London Engagement Shoot from Covent Garden to Leadenhall Market London Wedding Photographers

The Townhouse gave us a fifteen minute window of opportunity just after they opened for breakfast at 8 am. I’m particularly grateful for the free expresso’s they gave me!

Best London Engagement Shoot from Covent Garden to Leadenhall Market London Wedding Photographers

As a popular wedding photographer I believe you need excellent people skills, and that boils down to really enjoying the company of others and the fun of meeting new people, and be able to relax and relate fast. To illustrate, the first black and white image of ‘A’ and ‘A’ sat in the Dean Street Townhouse restaurant is taken less than three minutes after first meeting them. They look pretty chilled and happy don’t they?

Best London Engagement Shoot from Covent Garden to Leadenhall Market London Wedding Photographers

When I arrived in my Uber to Soho it was pouring with rain, fortunately when we had finished our 15 minutes in Dean Street it has pretty much stopped. We then walked towards Covent Garden and took shots wherever we felt was relevant, including good old Ronnie Scott’s jazz club.

Best London Engagement Shoot from Covent Garden to Leadenhall Market London Wedding Photographers

I’m always on th look out for an iconic red London phone box to anchor a shot with too.

Best London Engagement Shoot from Covent Garden to Leadenhall Market London Wedding Photographers

I loved the fact that Covent Garden was virtually empty. I’ve been there so many times, but it’s a different place early on a cold Sunday morning in the rain! A chance to play around the pillars near the Royal Opera House with absolutely nobody in the background. Nice.

Best London Engagement Shoot from Covent Garden to Leadenhall Market London Wedding Photographers

Walking down to Westminster Bridge and then on to one of my favourite spots the Victorian splendour of Leadenhall Market, which once again was fairly people free. I put the above image into an international image competition and won, so that was a welcome bonus.

Best London Engagement Shoot from Covent Garden to Leadenhall Market London Wedding Photographers

A quick jaunt to the Lloyds building and then it was time to say goodbye. All in all, in terms of the way we did things it was the best kind of London engagement shoot and we really look forward to working with these guys in Portugal on their wedding day.

Best London Engagement Shoot from Covent Garden to Leadenhall Market London Wedding Photographers

Best London Engagement Shoot from Covent Garden to Leadenhall Market London Wedding Photographers

Best London Engagement Shoot from Covent Garden to Leadenhall Market London Wedding Photographers

Best London Engagement Shoot from Covent Garden to Leadenhall Market London Wedding Photographers

By David Green

You can see some more of our London engagement shoots by following any of the links below:

London Engagement shoot at Southbank and Tower Bridge again

Kenwood House Engagement Shoot Photography in Hampstead

Oxo Tower and London’s Southbank engagement shoot

Engagement Shoot at London’s Alexandra Palace in Muswell Hill

There are many more if you use our search facility on the site too 🙂