We had got to know Nicky and Dan from our initial meeting of course, but also a little more in depth at a relaxed but fun engagement shoot in the Hertfordshire countryside at Trent Park. We knew how excited they were about their Islington Town Hall wedding and Peasant Pub Clerkenwell reception afterwards.
These two venues are incredibly popular at the moment. We ourselves as a combo have done them many times, but we are happy to report that no two wedding days have ever been the same, and all have been tremendously invigorating and action packed.
This particular special day began with both myself and Joanna visiting Nicky as she got ready at The Hilton hotel by the Business Design Centre off Islington’s Upper Street. After a little while I tootled off to the Kings Head pub/theatre further down Upper Street to catch up with Dan and the boy’s and his family getting ready, in a traditional style that involved the consumption of various alcoholic beverages. It was interesting to recreate some posed shots for Dan and brother/best man Liam mirroring photographic moments from their childhood, hopefully the originals weren’t taken in a public house!
A sort walk later found everyone gathering at Islington Town Hall, with the wedding ceremony scheduled for the main council chamber inside, which is a rather grand and lovely place to marry.
Nicky arrived in a white ribbon decorated London black cab which I captured, while Joanna stayed inside the chamber documenting Dan’s interactions with friends and family. That’s the beauty of two wedding photographers.
After all the formalities, and some close family crying buckets, it was straight outside for the big confetti throw on the steps of the Town Hall. We always give couples the option of having the wedding party organise this themselves, or let myself and Joanna direct the proceedings. If it is the latter it will guarantee that iconic big confetti shot, and it’s also a good chance to entertain the crowd with some pre throwing banter to get them in the mood. Works every time!
We kept one eye on the weather as showers seemed to be the order of the day, but I’m delighted to report these guys managed to squeeze all their significant moments in during the dry periods. A red London route master bus was waiting on hand to make two journeys to the perennially popular nearby reception venue of The Peasant Pub in Clerkenwell. Nick, Joel and the team were on hand and ever ready to make sure everyone was fed, watered and happy.
While the wedding party enjoyed their complimentary drinks and nibbles at The Peasant, myself and Joanna went with the newlyweds around the surrounding streets for some fun and couple shots. We started in the rain and ended in the dry, photogenic umbrellas were on hand just in case, but we didn’t ultimately need them.
After some socialising in the pub, everyone headed upstairs for the wedding breakfast and speeches. All went with a bang, before we rounded off the days coverage with cake cutting and some boogieing on down in the downstairs bar. A splendid day and evening in Islington and Clerkenwell was had by all.
I put two confetti shots in here, because I have a confetti shot addiction….help me someone please.
To read about some other Islington Town Hall weddings and receptions at The Peasant, take a look at these related post from earlier in the year: Islington Town Hall Wedding and Peasant Pub weddings Clerkenwell
Here a review we received a short time later from Nicky and Dan on both Google Plus and Hitched:
“Thank you David and Joanna for our wonderful wedding photographs! We were drawn to the beautiful, quirky images on their website and are so pleased with our pictures, both from our engagement shoot and the wedding day itself. David and Joanna are both incredibly friendly and completely put us and our families at ease during the wedding day. They caught some lovely natural moments of our guests as well as some gorgeous posed portraits of us which is exactly what we were looking for. They delivered our photos to us really quickly after the wedding, the dvds were waiting on the doorstep when we returned from honeymoon, which was great. If you’re looking for a wedding photographer to capture your day, I would thoroughly recommend David and Joanna.”
By David Green