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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

 

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

Couple in Leadenhall Market London engagement shoot image

Our latest international award winning London wedding image

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Just a quick note to post our latest award, this time an international one from Wedaward who are one of the main and most recognised awarding bodies for photographers across the globe.

This was an early morning wedding engagement shoot that took place across multiple venues in central London. This image was done with a fish eye lens at one of our favourite places Leadenhall Market. We used this along with other lenses of course to pull in to the frame the truly incredible Victorian structure that exists intact to this day.

When I say early morning I mean VERY early morning. Hope you enjoyed your lie-in Joanna…

This is ‘A’ and ‘A’ featured here, and we are really looking forward to capturing the story of their wedding soon in Faro Portugal.

Thanks ‘A’ and ‘A’ and thanks Wedaward.

By David Green

Bride and groom messing around at Shoreditch wedding by graffiti

Eight Club Wedding in Moorgate and Shoreditch

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There’s something endlessly fascinating about the streets of central London. It’s not just the rich history of our capital, it’s the architecture, it’s the energy and the sheer variety of what is around us. Whenever we work there for a wedding day we remain  equally motivated and fascinated by this environment.

Eight Club Wedding in Moorgate and Shoreditch London Wedding Photographers

When we spoke with V and B we were as ever excited to be working in iconic areas, and this time it was to be Shoreditch and Moorgate, which had a lot of both personal and professional history for them.

Eight Club Wedding in Moorgate and Shoreditch London Wedding Photographers

Eight Club Wedding in Moorgate and Shoreditch London Wedding Photographers

Eight Club Wedding in Moorgate and Shoreditch London Wedding Photographers

The day was to start at B’s local pub with the boys at the Old Blue Last on Great Eastern Street, and a bit of fun in a few places around the block. The Old Blue Last has a very colourful history, including being a formal brothel, site of a theatre Shakespeare hung out at and is now a vibrant music venue too.

Eight Club Wedding in Moorgate and Shoreditch London Wedding Photographers

V and her bridesmaids were getting ready at the Montcalm Hotel in Finsbury Square. Joanna started there and I joined her after a while.

Eight Club Wedding in Moorgate and Shoreditch London Wedding Photographers

Eight Club Wedding in Moorgate and Shoreditch London Wedding Photographers

The venue foe the ceremony, wedding breakfast and reception was the rather fabulous Eight Club Moorgate. A lovely members club with fine dining, private meeting rooms and large airy modern spaces with terraces around making it a special place to host a wedding ceremony and reception.

Eight Club Wedding in Moorgate and Shoreditch London Wedding Photographers

V and B chose a celebrant to host their ceremony and to make it meaningfully personalised for them, and we have to say she did an excellent job.

Eight Club Wedding in Moorgate and Shoreditch London Wedding Photographers

Their recessional was played out to bubbles from the guests and Sucker for You by The Jonas Brothers. I have to admit to being a little bit of a sucker for that track myself.

Eight Club Wedding in Moorgate and Shoreditch London Wedding Photographers

Whilst the guests enjoyed their drinks reception on the sunlit terraces of Eight Club, we took to the surrounding streets of Moorgate and Shoreditch to do some shots once again in places that had memories and meaning for the couple.

Eight Club Wedding in Moorgate and Shoreditch London Wedding Photographers

In my opinion that’s the best kind of wedding day, one that is filled with relevance and meaning to the couple themselves. While a country mansion is great too, unless it was your ancestral l home (!!!!) I don’t think it could resonate quite the same way.

Eight Club Wedding in Moorgate and Shoreditch London Wedding Photographers

The wedding breakfast and speeches were in the stylish Quartier restaurant level of the club, while the upstairs bar and terrace areas were readied for the first dance and evening partying.

Eight Club Wedding in Moorgate and Shoreditch London Wedding Photographers

All in all a great day, and a special mention to the staff of Eight Club Moorgate who were great throughout the ceremony, reception and party.

By David Green