When I say that I want to shoot laid back and fun weddings, I really mean it. Anna and Andrzej’s Burgh House and The Star Pub wedding was exactly that! They had their ceremony at the stunning Burgh House in London’s gorgeous Hampstead area, and then followed it up with a pub wedding reception at The Star Pub. It was amazing and I loved it from start to finish.
I started the day with Anna and her bridesmaids. They were getting ready at the flat she shares with Andrzej in North London. It was a very relaxed morning in their lovely flat, which was decorated with an eclectic mix of Harry Potter, Queen (the band, not the person) and their French Bulldog, Reggie (who featured in their engagement shoot photos at Regents Park last year). Anna was excited to tell me about her Harry Potter themed wedding shoe stickers that her friend had bought her (she knows I’m also a fan). I was very impressed with these and plan to have some myself some day.
Burgh House wedding ceremony
After I left the girls I headed over to Burgh House to meet Andrzej and the boys at the pub across the road. They were getting a quick drink in before the ceremony and Andrzej was looking very dapper indeed in his suit and purple bowtie. They all soon made their way over to Burgh House to get ready for the ceremony. What a stunning venue this place is! The ceremony room is gorgeous with plenty of natural light, there is a gallery room for your drinks reception (great for if it’s raining) and also a small courtyard for outside drinks.
The ceremony itself was beautiful and emotional. Anna looked stunning and ethereal in her Grace Loves Lace wedding dress, and as they left the ceremony room the couple were greeted instantly with 2 glasses of champagne which I thought was a lovely touch.
Burgh House is in beautiful Hampstead surroundings, so for the couple portraits we went (along with This Modern Revelry, the videographers I worked with on this rainy wedding last summer) for a little walk around the local London streets. There were plenty of coloured doors, pretty side streets and brick walls to use as beautiful backdrops, and Anna and Andrzej were both so chilled out, we really got some lovely shots!
The Star Pub wedding
We all hopped on a London bus to whisk us over to The Star Pub wedding reception. We had one hairy moment where we thought the bus might have to reverse all the way down a busy Hampstead street, but luckily a nice man came to our rescue and moved his car so the bus could fit through.
When we arrived I was taken aback at how beautiful they had made the pub look for their wedding reception. The tables were decorated in a beautifully rustic style with flowers in glass jars and hessian table runners. The favours were Lindt chocolate bunnies (it was an Easter wedding) and the table numbers were photos of Reggie (their French bulldog). They also had strings of poleroid photos across the windows, and I managed to spot a few I had taken in amongst them!
After the speeches and the meal, Anna and Andrzej had arranged for a brass band to lead all of their guests upstairs for the first set. This was so the pub staff could clear the tables away before the first dance, but I think it made a nice temporary change of scenery. The brass band were amazing, everyone was instantly on their feet and dancing to a mix of contemporary and old school hits.
Back downstairs, the bride and groom had their first dance to Queen’s ‘You’re my best friend’ which I thought was a perfect choice, and then the band kicked back in again for their second set. I was loving the music so much I could have danced all night, this band come highly recommended!
Pub weddings always feel so relaxed and I think it’s because it’s a familiar surroundings for people. Everyone automatically feels more chilled out because they are in a pub, and I think that creates a great atmosphere.
I genuinely love shooting them, so if you are planning a pub wedding and you need a London wedding photographer, please do get in touch to discuss your photography.
Hair and make up artist – Storme Webster
Florist – Achillea Flowers
Cake – made by bridesmaid
Wedding dress – Grace Loves Lace
Bride’s shoes – Kurt Geiger
Groom’s suit – Jennis & Warmann
Groom’s shoes – Samuel Windsor
Bridesmaid dresses – Two Birds
Videography – This Modern Revelry
Band – The London Tube Band
DJ – Choice Entertainment