Islington Town Hall Wedding
Having the opportunity to shoot another wedding at Islington Town Hall is always great. Even more so when I get to photograph a couple like Kate and David. The layout of the Council Chamber is lovely, with everyone around you in a circle.
The ceremony readings were one of the last things Kate and David settled on. They looked at so many but didn’t want anything they heard at other weddings, or something that we felt wasn’t them.
The searching paid off. They went with the lyrics to the Led Zeppelin song Thank You read by David’s mum, and a monologue from Good Will Hunting (one of David’s favourite films) read by Kate’s mum. Not the easiest to read with a straight face. The first line is “my wife used to fart when she was nervous” but Kate’s mum nailed it, and they adore the sentiment of both readings.
In Kate’s words, this is how they met.
“David went to Uni with Tim, who is my good friend Ellen’s brother and we both ended up living with the respective siblings in 2013 when I had not long moved to London. Tim bought David to Ellen’s 27th birthday celebrations and we bonded over amusing failed chat ups by another mutual friend. He accidentally gave me the wrong number that evening but I persevered and managed to track him down thanks to our flatmate connection.
5 years later, we were on holiday in Lake Como. David surprised me in some beautiful gardens on the banks of the Lake, just outside Bellagio. We told no-one until we got home. It was so special having the whole week together with this brilliantly exciting secret. We were engaged for exactly a year and a month before we got married.”
“It was a no brainer that our wedding was going to be in London. We met here and live here, plus we both love the effortlessly romantic backdrop that London provides.
Budget was a big factor for us and so we knew a Town Hall ceremony would probably be our best bet to keep costs down.
We considered a couple of D&M options but The Anthologist was the perfect size for us and ticked literally every box, namely that the dance floor and the bar were next to each other! The fact that we’d had our second date there probably helped seal the deal too! The staff at The Anthologist were just brilliant, and particular stand out was the event planner Rhiannon who’s recently branched out on her own to be a freelance Wedding Planner, she’s that good!”
When I asked Kate how her and David choose their outfits, she said “I saw a picture of a work colleague on her wedding day and just loved her dress. Understated art deco glamour, so gorgeous and so different to your standard big wedding dress. As luck would have it the designer was having a sample sale during a week I had off work so my mum and I made an appointment and left having bought a dress! We didn’t expect to, but when the dress you’ve been eyeing up online is suddenly found in one remaining size out the back, at a decent price, having previously thought to be sold out, you don’t argue!
David wanted a classic 3 piece slim fit suit and to buy rather than rent so he could wear it again. We both liked the look of a slightly brighter than navy suit and found some great options in Moss Bros. Rather than trying to match it to the hire options in Moss, we went for a light grey/blue for the groomsmen. The contrast with David’s blue really worked. Everyone was tied together with matching spotted ties and pocket squares.”
Dress: Eliza Jane Howell
Ceremony: Islington Town Hall
Reception: The Anthologist
Videographer: Halloumi Films
Florist: Bloom and Burn Flowers
MUA: Shannon Belle
DJ: Paul Webster