I’ve got a wonderful London wedding on the blog for you today, in my old neighbourhood of Islington. Jaime and Tommy had an Islington Town Hall wedding, followed by a pub reception at The Depot in Caledonian Road. As a London wedding photographer, I am super happy to be on the Depot’s list of recommended suppliers. So, if you’ve getting married at their venue, fill in my enquiry form to book your big day with me.
I met Jaime at the The Cuckoo N1 where she had spent the previous night with her girl gang. On arriving, the girls were in full bridal mode and Jaime was having her make up done by a friend. The bridal party had matching silk dressing gowns and the prosecco was flowing, which I always love.
In the meantime, my second shooter Alex was with Tommy and the guys at a pub on Upper Street. One of the reasons I love being a documentary wedding photographer in London is that you get to capture the buzz and streets of London at the same time. Alex did a great job here!
The Islington Town Hall wedding
Once ready, the girls headed off and I jumped in a London taxi with Jaime and her Mum. We circled Islington Town Hall a few times waiting for the final guests to go in, before stepping out ourselves. There was a bit of a panic when the flowers got delivered to the wrong place, but the girls handled it by grabbing some from the front of the town hall! Speedy thinking at it’s best.
Honestly, Islington Town Hall weddings are my favourite in London. The main room is a beautiful, light space with plenty of space. It also has a fabulous balcony which means having a second shooter is great for this venue!
As always, I was trying not to bawl during the ceremony and loved Jaime and Tommy’s first kiss moment and giggles. There’s also something about this town hall which makes everyone walk out punching the air.
The good thing about Islington Town Hall is while everyone heads outside you can do portraits in a picturesque corridor. Jaime and Tommy were super relaxed and didn’t take themselves too seriously for their portraits. They made for some really iconic, fun shots.
After confetti on the steps, we all jumped on to an Old Routemaster to have group shots in Caledonian Park. It wouldn’t be a proper London wedding without a vintage bus, would it?
Caledonian Park wedding portraits
The park is a 5 minute walk from the venue so it is perfect for larger group shots! If you’re getting married at the Depot this is something to consider as the space isn’t huge.
I also grabbed Jaime and Tommy for some quick portraits at the Clocktower in the park. It looks newly refurbished and just struck me as somewhere I could do something a bit different because of the angles and lines.
Reception at the Depot wedding venue
By the time we reached The Depot, all the guests were busy drinking in the courtyard and making the most of the beautiful summer afternoon.
Tommy & Jaime had obviously spent a long time on the decoration and I love the number of polaroids around the venue. It just shows how important photography is in telling a story.
Speeches were amazing – Jaime’s Mum did a touching one, followed by the bridesmaids and best men. Both Jaime and Tommy also did speeches which did have me welling up. I think you’ll agree there were some fabulous reactions going on here.
Because it was such a lovely day out, everyone spilled back outside to the courtyard after speeches to soak up the last of the summer sun.
Before we left, myself and Alex shot some final portraits of Jaime and Tommy up on the balcony while everyone else partied downstairs.
If you’re having an Islington Town Hall wedding, fill in my enquiry form now with your details! As a London wedding photographer, I always love going back to this quirky London wedding venue!