Here is an awesome wedding, that I photographed at Islington Town Hall, with the reception at St James Crypt. It turns out that photographing a wedding reception in a crypt was not as spooky as it might seem!
Before the Wedding
Islington Town Hall is definitely one of the most beautiful of London Town Hall wedding venues – which must be one of the reasons it’s also one of the most popular! It has beautiful light, and a great exterior for group shots. I met Paul and his ushers across the road, as they were having some *ahem* Dutch courage beforehand.
As guests arrived, Paul strutted across the road to the wedding venue, where Alice met them. It was great to see how much their wedding day meant to them. They got married in the Council Chamber, which gave proceedings an epic feel, and allowed for lots of natural light throughout. Although they both seemed relaxed and happy throughout, Paul was clearly fairly relieved once the ceremony was over! I love capturing moments of real emotion – as a quick glance at my portfolio will hopefully show you!
St James Crypt is a great venue for a reception, as it has these really cool arched walls, and it feels atmospheric – not macabre at all! There is also a nice outdoor area, where drinks were served. As it is a walking distance between venues, Alice and Paul walked with me, and we took some relaxed portraits of them, in an area which is special to them, and close to where they first met, and have worked over the years.
Some of the funniest speeches I’ve ever heard – particularly by Alice’s sister really set the tone, and with the banter flowing as much as the wine; by the time of Alice and Paul’s first dance to You & Me Song by The Wannadies, you could tell that the guests were well and truly ready to hit the dancefloor. I love capturing the dancefloor, and this one did not disappoint – Alice and Paul had a great time, and so did their friends and family. After a wedding like that, it’s clear to see they are going to have an awesome marriage. If you want your wedding story to be told with a natural but still creative style, why not get in touch
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Tom Aizenberg is a London-based professional photographer specializing in alternative wedding photography. With a candid, street photography-inspired documentary style, Tom has shot weddings in a variety of locations, including the city, rural areas, and destinations such as Ibiza. He is at ease shooting creative and relaxed weddings, capturing beautiful moments throughout the course of the day. Tom’s extensive experience and unique style make him a sought-after photographer for couples looking for something different and special for their wedding day.