Patricia and Toby’s wedding took place in July at the Tower of London. It rained solidly, and with some commitment, but I loved every moment of photographing their wedding.
The historic castle is located on the north bank of the River Thames in central London. I joined Patricia and the bridal party to photograph their bridal preparations at the Headquarters of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers at the Tower.
At the same time, my good friend Louise (Louise Jacob Photography) met Toby and the Groomsmen at the historic Hung Drawn and Quartered pub.
I always suggest couples prepare for rain on their wedding day, and its a good job we did, as it rained – a lot.
Luckily, Patricia was the most calm and serene bride that I have ever met. She took every drop of rain in her stride and with every swish of her truly stunning Pronovias wedding gown she styled it out beautifully.
Tower of London Wedding Traditions
There are so many special wedding traditions before a Tower of London ceremony. Patricia was escorted by Honour Guard to the Chapel Royal. Once inside the Chapel, the Honour Guard draw their swords as the priest asks for objections to the marriage.
After the ceremonial interruption, the wedding then proceeded to plan and Patricia and Toby were happily married.
Photographers are not allowed to enter the Chapel Royal. I was allowed to shoot from the door so I did capture the vows and the amusement/alarm of Patricia as the swords were drawn!
Confetti is forbidden at Tower of London Weddings. Instead, Patricia and Toby were instead showered with bubbles. I thought this was such a great confetti alternative for the environmentally-conscious bride!
After the wedding, I stayed behind at the Tower of London with Patricia and Toby to take some wedding portraits at the Traitor’s Gate.
The wedding guests then took a red route master bus to the wedding reception venue, the In and Out Naval and Military Club in St James’ Square.
While the guests enjoyed their canapés and champagne, we made our way through the London traffic in a vintage Rolls Royce wedding car.
In and Out Club Wedding Reception
We arrived at the In and Out club in the early evening to greet the wedding party.
The In & Out club is a beautiful venue for a wedding reception and for your wedding photography, the double height ceilings, large windows and beautiful chandeliers create the perfect and light space and with so many beautiful paintings and historic features there is always a beautiful backdrop to photograph.
The wedding reception went far too quickly and after some excellent wedding speeches and group portraits I captured some truly excellent formal, and not so formal (!) dancing and at nearly midnight I left the new married Patricia and Toby with their party still in full swing.
Florist | Augustus Bloom
Dress | Pronovias
Second Photographer | Louise Jacob Photography