I had been wanting to shoot at this amazing venue for ages, so I was really looking forward to Helen and Ray’s Islington Metalworks wedding last year. I knew it would be fantastic!
Islington Town Hall ceremony
Helen and Ray had their gorgeous wedding ceremony at Islington Town Hall, one of my favourite buildings in London. It’s so beautiful there, with the corridor that is famous amongst wedding photographers because it looks awesome in photos. Helen looked absolutely beautiful in her short 50’s style wedding dress from Cutting Edge brides and her Irregular Choice shoes. Ray was wearing an amazing suit by Tweed Addict. They made a very stylish couple indeed!
Helen was such a laid back bride, we almost didn’t get taxis flagged down in time to get to the ceremony! She seemed cool as a cucumber while her dad seemed slightly more concerned. It all turned out fine in the end, the bride, her parents, 3 bridesmaids and her photographer all arrived in the nick of time.
As she walked into the room Ray had the biggest smile on his face and I think it lasted throughout the whole ceremony. They were both so happy, it was incredibly sweet to watch them get married.
Islington Metalworks wedding
After the ceremony all of the guests jumped onto a Routemaster bus to the reception venue, while I walked with Helen, Ray and Helen’s dad (who came along to carry her incredible bouquet – it was huge!). We explored the local streets and found some lovely spots for their portraits. Helen even got to sit in a fire engine!
One amazing tip for you (if your venue allows it) – get some confetti canons! When Helen and Ray arrived at their Islington Metalworks wedding reception there were several confetti canons that went off and it looked amazing. SO MUCH SHINY CONFETTI.
Quirky wedding details
Helen and Ray had organised an amazing glitter station at their wedding. The best bit was when Ray emerged with his full beard and eyebrows completely covered. I particularly liked that he had done this before the first dance so that he would have a glitter beard for those photos. After the first dance the ceilidh began and descended into the usual ceilidh-madness.
If you are trying to think of a way to get everyone involved on the dance floor straight away, a ceilidh is the absolute best way to do that. It’s fun and ridiculous, everyone gets the steps wrong that that is what makes it brilliant. Highly recommended.
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Islington Metalworks wedding suppliers
Hair and Make up – Justina Sullivan
Florist – That Wild Bunch
Cake Baker – Cutter and Squidge
Ceremony musicians – Rio Brass
Wedding dress – Capri by Rita Mae, from Cutting Edge Brides
Bride’s shoes – Irregular Choice
Groom’s outfit – Tweed Addict
Groom’s shoes – Loake Shoemakers
Band – The Ceilidh Liberation Front
Glitter Station – Wish Upon a Sparkle