Hackney Town Hall and London Fields - London, England Elopement Photo Story Award

Civil Town Hall Wedding Photography of Spaced out chairs and minimal guests at ceremony

Civil Town Hall Wedding Photography of Spaced out chairs and minimal guests

Spaced out chairs and minimal guests. I love the perspective, very filmic. The bride and groom are in the middle of their wedding and face each other. The whole scene is kinda cold, not only the lighting but the space between all the players.

I live in Hackney and fairly regularly capture weddings at Hackney Town Hall. Like the rest of our industry, I had a huge number of weddings canceled but this was actually one of my first COVID/socially distanced weddings. I met this lovely couple only once in the lead-up to the wedding. The key message they wanted me to hear was their shyness and need for true natural moments, as little posing as possible - not a problem, that's the way I like to shoot.  There was only one London Fields backdrop that they wanted a more static portrait against, a graffitied wall near their home - otherwise, it was reportage all the way. The Airbnb reception venue was very small, particularly when everyone was seated for dinner. 

My fave image is the bride walking past the coffee shop. As wedding photographers, we all have to think 5 minutes ahead of where best to be. I am always racing ahead of a couple in order to be in place ready to capture moments as they unfold. I love the admiring glances from the coffee drinkers, it's subtle but integral to the image.

Overall this was a lovely pared-down wedding. I am super chuffed the couple decided to get on with the business of getting married rather than postponing. Hope you enjoy the selection.

London Fields Wedding Reportage Street Photography of small bridal party walking by coffee shop

London Fields Weddings - Reportage-Style Street Photography | The small bridal party is walking past a coffee shop

The small bridal party walking past a coffee shop. I love the two coffee drinkers at an outdoor table looking appreciatively at the bride as she breezes by.

UK Town Hall Wedding Reportage Photography at London Fields of bridal party arriving to ceremony location

 London Town Hall Photography in London Fields | The bridal party arrives at the wedding ceremony location

The bridal party arrives at the Town Hall. My primary focus was the maid of honor and mother of the bride. I shot through the bride and her flowers using the bride to frame the older generation bringing up the rear. The knocked-out-of-focus flowers in the foreground tease the eye and draw the viewer into the others behind the bride.

Minimalist London Elopement Image at UK Ceremony of Social spacing at Hackney Town Hall

Hackney Town Hall Photographer of Weddings | The ceremony chairs are ordered to face each other and the guests sit rigidly

Social spacing in the huge Hackney Town Hall main space. The chairs are ordered to face each other and the guests sit rigidly with only the bride standing. This scene would look so odd outside of covid and will stand up as a time capsule when looking back on the odd time.

Elopement Reportage Photography in London of England couple gently resting their foreheads at civil ceremony

BW Photo from a Hackney Town Hall Wedding | The couple was super shy and didn't want to kiss in front of family and friends

One of my faves. This lovely couple was super shy and didn't want to kiss in front of family and friends. Therefore they gently rested their foreheads and whispered to each other. It was far more intimate than a first kiss. Genuinely moving.

East London Elopement Reportage Image of excited UK couple despite the small group of guests

Wedding Photography at the Hackney Town Hall Steps | a newlywed couple emerges from the marriage ceremony

The wonderful moment a newlywed couple emerges from the town hall. There was such excitement despite the small group.

Hackney Wedding Reportage Photography with natural portraits as couple wandered streets

Image from the Back Streets of Hackney Town Hall | The bride and groom walk to their Airbnb reception venue

The bride and groom decided to walk to their Airbnb reception venue through the back streets in Hackney. I captured unposed and natural portraits as they wandered and chatted. The bride had a particular love of black and white which is why they dominate the series.

London Elopement Reportage Photo of couples hands holding but not gripping, subtle and romantic

Airbnb London Fields Photography of Married Couple | intimacy between the newlyweds

A quiet moment of intimacy between the newlyweds. They were not a tactile (in public) couple so this genuine moment really grabbed me. The hands are holding but not gripping, very subtle, and super romantic.

Airbnb London Fields Wedding Venue image of food catering, toasts and a meal

Airbnb London Fields Wedding Venue Private Picture | private food catering and a fab meal

The couple had private catering and a fab meal. The speeches were short, honest and amusing, and touching in equal measure. There was very little space in the room for me to move about and also keep a low-key presence. I shot this toast moment over the shoulder of the best man from the perspective of a guest. I want you to feel like you are actually in the moment celebrating with them. So many guests were unable to attend this wedding due to COVID, these images were extra important to all who couldn't make it.