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An intimate Shoreditch Wedding day at St Leonard’s in East London

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St Leonard’s in East London also know as Shoreditch Church is a place we know very well. We have photographed large weddings there, and lovely small intimate ones such as Ana and Matt’s featured here. I shot this one on my own with about twenty guests present (David writing here), and in many ways although I am very confident with crowds, there is a special pleasure for me working with a smaller group of people. With this size of wedding party you really feel the honour and magic of being chosen to document such a special day in a couple’s lives.

Bride in mirror at East London wedding hotel

My coverage started with Ana’s preparation at The Hoxton Hotel right in the heart of Shoreditch, so nice and near to St Leonards. Straight away I could literally feel the love in the room from close friends and family and I knew it would be a super day all round.

Wedding ceremony from balcony at St Leonards Shorditch

After a while I made my way to Shoreditch church to capture Matt and his groomsmen’s preparations.

Shoreditch wedding ceremony exchange of rings image

The church dates from 1740 and has been a major east London landmark ever since. It is much loved but looks to me in some ways like it needs some extra love inside. I’m guessing it must be a financial challenge looking after such an old and large central London building.

London bride on wedding day in front of East End graffiti

As I expected it was a lovely wedding ceremony and when the congregation sang hymns I discreetly went upstairs on to the balcony and captured some images from on high.

wedding couple by grafitti at east London wedding dat

After throwing confetti and taking some family shots in front of the church bride and groom and my good self departed for a quick photographic tour of central East London. Personally I could spend all week there, as everywhere I look I see photo opportunities, but as ever on a wedding day I have to be realistic and know that we are working to tight timelines!

Shoreditch wedding couple by red London phone box photo

Never the less my wedding photography experience has taught we to work fast and efficiently to get the shots no matter how few minutes I may have, and at the same time to be relaxed in myself and with everyone else.

Lets adore and endure each other photo London wedding

We had a lot of fun, and one of the specific requests Ana and Matt had was to be photographed by the Lets Adore and Endure Each Other graffiti. It is a very busy road behind so I was pleased to get a little break in the traffic and then have a red London bus with “Shoreditch” on the front coming into the shot. I know the couple were delighted.

After that it was time to go to the reception venue which was the award winning Empress in Victoria Park. The Empress is a fantastic refurbished Victorian boozer and has an impressive gastro menu. I was so touched to find that Ana and Matt had done me a place name and table setting with their guests and also got me a wedding gift. What a lovely thing to do, and I greatly enjoyed switching off for a little while and talking with the guests. Of course it didn’t take too long before the photography questions started!

To see another wedding day at Shoreditch church from the blog take a look here:

Shoreditch Wedding Photographers. Claire & Jamie’s big day in East London

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Shoreditch Wedding Photographers. Claire & Jamie’s big day in East London.

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Being a Shoreditch wedding photographer, or for any area in London as we are, it allows you to document not just a couples special moment, but the history and cultural backdrop of the places you are in. In London most areas are constantly changing, especially in the east of the city and every time we return to places like Shoreditch, Hoxton, Hackney and the like for a wedding day we see businesses have changed, street art has come and gone, and some brand new funky places are there now to explore.

Wedding at Shoreditch Studios East London

When we met with Claire and Jamie in January to speak about their September wedding in the city, we knew they were people who wanted to put their very individual stamp on their big day. For some brides and grooms planning their wedding they are happy to follow a traditional template  and time frame, for others everything from locations, events to service wordings are personalised. I only have to look at my parents wedding album to see how much things have changed!

Wedding ceremony at Shoreditch church London

Claire decided to get ready for the day at a friends flat near Old Street tube station, and then get a cab to meet her bridesmaids and close friends at a hotel near the church. The ceremony was to be at Shoreditch’s most iconic and landmark church St Leonard’s.

Just married at Shoreditch church image

St Leonard’s Church is a dominant sight right on Shoreditch High Street that has stood since the year 1740. It is famous from the children’s nursery rhyme Oranges and Lemons with the quote: “When I grow rich, say the bells of Shoreditch.” The church was used in 2010 for the BBC comedy series Rev, and a fair few famous people are buried in its churchyard too.

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Claire and Jamie’s lovely service was peppered with some great readings from friends and family, and during the signing of the register the best man and friends sang beautifully and hauntingly for us all to enjoy. I love the fact that these guys strapped a GoPro camera to the service microphone stand for some unusual close up video images of the couple during the service.

wedding couple shot messing around Shoreditch studios

After some quick family photos in the grounds of St Leonards the wedding party walked on mass to nearby Shoreditch Studios for the wedding breakfast and reception. We took some time alone with the couple to take some shots on route to the venue. We had only fifteen minutes but that’s not a problem for David and Joanna, we are used to that!

Wedding couple in Hackney Street

We started with some traditional shots by the church (shown at the end of this post) just to tick the boxes for those that would expect some, and then moved on to a more quirky and reportage style, which is what the couple wished for and valued most.

Wedding reception at Shoreditch Studios

Shoreditch studio is an event space we were already familiar with, and it really is a blank canvas for couples that want to superimpose their characters and wedding vision on to it. It has two large areas and an outside space converted from railway arches.

Wedding couple in grounds os Shoreditch church

Here was the venue for wedding speeches, wining and dining and dancing a plenty. There’s a photo here for my own amusement as much as anything, of some of the wedding party’s reaction as I fell over some hidden furniture. I managed to take this shot just as I hit the floor. I was not injured thankfully!

group shot at Shoreditch studios venue

For some more tastes of a few of London’s East End weddings we have photographed recently, take a look at a couple of related posts here:  Aldgate Wedding Toynbee Hall in London’s East End  and Hackney and Hoxton wedding for Carly and Jim

By David Green