Bride and groom holding hands behind word KEEP written on road in London

An Informal Town Hall Wedding in London

Bride and groom holding hands behind word KEEP written on road in London

WOW, just look at the pictures of Rosie and Ben’s amazing London wedding. As the couple say, this wedding is full of food, booze and dancing, and these images show just what a fantastic day they had. The reception took place at their favourite steak restaurant, and we love the modern styling and little touches, such as the Polaroid picture name cards, giant light up letters and the speech betting slips.

We are sure that you are going to love every detail of this wedding, captured perfectly in these amazing pictures by Tom Biddle Design and Photography.

“We were both keen on keeping things as informal as possible and felt that our wedding day should be filled with our favourite things; incredible food, fantastic company, tonnes of booze and a lot of dancing. Whilst I’m originally from the West Country and Ben also spent time living there, London is our home, so it seemed right that we should have a city wedding.

Wedding rings on Glastonbury poster

Groom looking at phone

Groom looking out of window

Reflection of groom in clock

Groom and best man leaving house to go to wedding

Groom and best man down road

Watch on man's wrist

Big Ben clock tower

View of Whitehall Palace in London from car

Groom and best man going into The Wolseley

Clock in The Wolseley

Eggs Benedict

Groomsman doing up tie

Groomsmen walking down road in London

Groomsmen in London with bus going past

Wedding dress hanging

Heart hanging in window

“I found our florist, Rebecca from Ivy Pip and Rose, on a wedding blog and instantly fell in love with her laid back style. From our very first meeting I knew she’d create something beautiful and the bouquets she made for me and my bridesmaids, tied together with long, pretty ribbons in shades of cream, pink and grey were completely perfect.

Bridal bouquet

Bridal shoes

Confetti in cones made of sheet music

Bridesmaids looking round door to see bride

Smiling bride looking in mirror

Father seeing bride

Bride's father having buttonhole put on

Bride and bridesmaids

Vineyard Islington

“Neither of us are religious, but we still wanted a grand setting for our nuptials and Islington Town Hall ticked all the boxes. I walked down the aisle to ‘Sea of Love’ by Cat Power, and whilst I was unbelievably nervous, walking in and seeing the smiling faces of all the people in the world that we love the most was just the most amazing (and completely overwhelming) feeling, and one I’ll never forget. Our lovely friend Alex, a close friend to us both, read a poem that she’d chosen herself and it was so special having that as a surprise on the day.

Wedding guests walking up steps of Islington Town Hall

Bride getting out of black cab

Bride and father walking up steps to Islington Town Hall

Groom waiting for bride in Islington Town Hall

Reserved note and iPod for ushers

Father walking bride down aisle at Islington Town Hall

Bride laughing during wedding ceremony at Islington Town Hall

Reading at Islington Town Hall wedding

Bride smiling during ceremony at Islington Town Hall

Bride putting ring on groom's finger

Bride and groom kiss at end of wedding ceremony

Groom holding up marriage certificate in Islington Town Hall

Bride and groom leaving wedding ceremony at Islington Town Hall

Bride and groom looking at each other in Islington Town Hall

Bride and groom kiss

Bride and groom holding hands on steps in Islington Town Hall

Confetti shot outside Islington Town Hall

Front of Islington Town Hall

Sheet music confetti cone

Wedding guests getting on to red wedding bus

Bride and groom looking at bride's wedding ring

Reflection of bride and groom in mirror on bus

Bride and groom in front of red bus

Wedding guests walking in London

Bridal party in front of glass fronted building in London

Bridal party group shot in London

Bridal party walking down road

City of London plaque

“For the reception we didn’t want anything too ‘wedding-y’ and instead wanted it to feel like we were taking all our friends and family out for dinner somewhere amazing. When we found out Hawksmoor Guildhall did weddings (without doubt our favourite steak restaurant in London) we knew that was the place for us. The staff on the day were incredible, really relaxed, brilliant fun and very accommodating of our drunken guests who didn’t leave until 4am!

Hawksmoor sign

Pouring Champagne

Wedding reception set-up in Hawksmoor Guildhall

“The décor in Hawksmoor is amazing so the only additions we made were small flower arrangements in mason jars on each of the tables and some giant light-up B and R letters from Vowed and Amazed at the end of the dance floor. They created a real focal point to the room and were a great backdrop for all the dancing later on.

“We decided not to do favours and instead printed polaroid pictures of each of our guests and added them to their place setting. It was great seeing everyone’s reaction to the photos we’d picked as they took their places for dinner. We named all our tables after Glastonbury stages as a nod to our love of music, the time we’ve spent there together and the fact it was our mini-moon destination just after the wedding.

Large B & R wedding letters

Pyramid wedding table name

Shangri-La wedding table name

Polaroid wedding place name card

Stonebridge Bar wedding table name

“Hawksmoor really is all about the meat (sorry vegetarian parents!) and we served a sharing menu of three different cuts of steak with a range of sides including triple cooked chips and their famous Mac ‘n’ Cheese. Because it was a pretty hefty main, we skipped dessert and opted for salted caramel Rolos and espresso martinis to get the evening celebrations started. Our evening food came in the form of lobster rolls and a cake of cheese from The Cheese Shed.

Beef and Liberty in book

Wedding table plan

Wedding guests posing for photograph

“Each table had a betting slip for guessing the length of the best man speech and the winner of each got a cocktail at the bar after dinner. The kids all had bags of sweets and disposable cameras to take photos during the reception which was a lovely way of involving them in our day.

Wedding guest filling out betting slip

Wedding betting slip

Espresso Martini wedding drinks

Polaroid wedding place name card

Father of the bride speech

Bride listening to speech

Wedding guest with thumbs up

Groom speech

Bride wiping tear from eye

Best man speech

Bridesmaid surprised at speech

Best man speech

Groom embarrassed by best man speech

Best man playing ukulele

Wedding guest showing speech length time on phone

Bride and groom opening gift

Groom holding up picture

Just Crouched sign on cloth

Wedding toast

Wedding speech

Wedding guest holding up betting coupon

Cheese stack wedding cake

“We had our first dance to Baby I’m Yours by Arctic Monkeys and then, after a lot of deliberating, eventually opted for a classic covers band who got everyone up and dancing. For those that were still standing at midnight we put together a Spotify playlist to take us into the small hours. We both love music and have a mixture of both good and terrible tastes! We wanted the evening to take us on a journey through our favourite genres (however dodgy!), so it started with a Garage hour, moved on to 90’s dance/indie belters and then finished with a complete mash-up of favourite songs from friends that we’d asked to contribute to the playlist. The dance floor was packed all night and the lovely people from the dance floor company sat and patiently waited about 45 minutes for us to vacate it for before finally removing it at the end of the night!

Bride and groom wedding dance

Bride and groom first dance

Bride and groom kiss on dance floor

Bass player of wedding band

Keyboard player of wedding band

Dancing at wedding

Chequered dance floor

Bride dancing at wedding

Wedding guest dancing

“We are very fortunate to have an incredibly talented friend who agreed to do our photography. We didn’t want too many formal or posed shots, but some of those have actually ended up being my favourites because of Tom’s incredible eye for detail and his distinctive style. He captured the day perfectly and it’s been amazing to look back and see that everyone else was having as much fun as we were.”

Bride and groom

Note in wedding guest book

Images © Tom Biddle Design and Photography

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