London Wedding Photography - Ealing Town Hall with Janel & Bijal

October 14, 2015  •  1 Comment

It's always fun heading up to London to cover a wedding. The destination for Janel & Bijal's celebration was Ealing Town Hall, a really lovely and very versatile old building over on the western side of the city. This was in fact the second half of a two parter for our couple: they had already tied the knot in their official Asian ceremony a couple of weeks previously. Today, in front of a huge number of friends and family, they would be - how charming is this? - making their vows to each other in a ceremony conducted by Janel's grandfather, before marking the occasion with a huge meal and party into the evening.

But before we got to the ceremony we had some bridal prep to cover first and Bijal, bagging himself top old romantic points, had a little trick up his sleeve and had arranged as a surprise for his wife to spend the night in the stunning Cora Pearl Suite at the Grosvenor Hotel. Good work! As a result, this fabulous room was our location for the start of the day, as our bride, bridesmaids and assorted family members got ready. Amidst a whirlwind of activity and flower deliveries Janel was playing it cool and radiating an air of serenity. And looking absolutely beautiful...

black and white photo of bridal preparation at Dorchester Hotel, LondonLondon wedding photography bridal preparation cora pearl suiteBride applying make-up and dress hanging Dress, flowers and wedding shoes displayed in suite at Dorchester Hotel LondonLondon wedding photography bridal preparation cora pearl suiteBridal prep details Bridesmaids finishing hair and make-up at Dorchester Hotel Cora Pearl SuiteLondon wedding photography bridal preparation cora pearl suiteBridesmaids getting ready Wedding photography at Dorchester Hotel LondonLondon wedding photography bridal preparation cora pearl suiteFamily members during bridal prep Bride and bridesmaids apply finishing touches at Dorchester HotelLondon wedding photography bridal preparation cora pearl suiteFinishing touches As the finishing touches were applied at the hotel, it was time for a quick sprint across London to catch up with Bijal and the guys as the guests started to arrive. We had use of much of the Town Hall for most of the day; the main ceremony room (also to be used later for the absolutely epic meal), reception rooms downstairs and various other little suites and hidey-holes, so absolutely loads of variety to make the most of around the venue, inside and out. It also meant that once Janel arrived she could hide herself away up beyond the grand central staircase until everyone was settled, ready for the ceremony to begin.

The grand central staircase beyond the entrance to the Town Hall offers a great view of guests arriving and making their way to the ceremony roomEaling Town Hall London Wedding PhotographyBridesmaids waiting at top of staircase The best man makes sure that the groom looks the part, ready to receive his brideEaling Town Hall London Wedding PhotographyGroom and best man The main ceremony room in the town hallEaling Town Hall London Wedding PhotographyCeremony room, and LOVE letters Groom and guests await the arrival of the brideEaling Town Hall London Wedding PhotographyBefore the ceremony black and white images of family and guests before ceremony in Town Hall ceremony roomEaling Town Hall London Wedding PhotographyGuest candid photography Guests are seated, ready for the start of the ceremonyEaling Town Hall London Wedding PhotographyGuests waiting Ushers welcome guests at the top of the staircase as they enter the main ceremony room ready for the weddingEaling Town Hall London Wedding PhotographyEntrance to ceremony room The main hall is, it has to be said, a fair size and you'd need a lot of family and friends to fill it. Fortunately, Janel and Bijal most definitely have a lot of family and friends! As the final few seats were taken, the bride and her father made their way down the stairs ready to make their entrance, as Bijal stood grinning at the far end of the aisle. Bridesmaids first, and then it was all eyes on Janel as she made her way down on her extremely proud-looking father's arm...

Bride walks down stairs and down the aisle on her father's arm as the groom waits at the frontEaling Town Hall Wedding PhotographyBride arrives Groom and best man stand at the front of the hall as the bride arrives for the start of the ceremonyEaling Town Hall Wedding PhotographyBridal entrance Bride and groom stand together at the front of the ceremony room as the marriage beginsEaling Town Hall Wedding PhotographyWedding ceremony The couple hold hands as they make their vows in front of family and friendsEaling Town Hall Wedding PhotographyMarriage vows Guests watch on as the ceremony continues, led by the bride's grandfatherEaling Town Hall Wedding PhotographyThe ceremony A natural shaft of light illuminates the bride and groom as they sit for part of the wedding ceremonyEaling Town Hall Wedding PhotographyIn the spotlight View of the hall from the back with wooden beams and feature windowsEaling Town Hall Wedding PhotographyWide view of town hall ceremony room Candid photography during ceremonyEaling Town Hall Wedding PhotographyBlack and white ceremony photos The bride's grandfather leads the wedding ceremonyEaling Town Hall Wedding PhotographyMarriage The bride and groom exchange rings to symbolically seal the marriageEaling Town Hall Wedding PhotographyTying the knot Bridesmaids and friends watch the marriage ceremonyEaling Town Hall Wedding PhotographyWedding guests Friends and family watch as the bride and groom confirm their vowsEaling Town Hall Wedding PhotographyGuests The newly married bride and groom walk back down the aisle togetherEaling Town Hall Wedding PhotographyWalking down the aisle Part-way through the ceremony, as the bride and groom were sat together, they were suddenly illuminated by an amazing beam of light which flooded in through the large circular window at the front of the room. I don't think I've ever seen this before - it lit them up like a massive spotlight; absolutely gorgeous lighting - I love it when nature does the hard work for you! Shortly afterwards, ceremony complete, they were walking back down the aisle together as husband and wife, and out onto the Town Hall steps to be greeted by a barrage of confetti.

Bride and groom with confetti at Ealing Town HallEaling Town Hall wedding photographyConfetti on the steps Outside Ealing Town Hall in the summer sunshineEaling Town Hall wedding photographyVenue exterior Guests in the downstairs reception roomEaling Town Hall wedding photographyGuest candid photography Guests in the downstairs reception roomEaling Town Hall wedding photographyBlack and white guest photos Wedding party photos on staircase outside ceremony roomEaling Town Hall wedding photographyGroup photos Groom wish ushersEaling Town Hall wedding photographyGroom and ushers Bride, bridesmaids and flower girl in front of ornate wooden fireplace in town hallEaling Town Hall wedding photographyBride and bridesmaids And as the day ran through into the evening, and with formal photography out of the way, everyone made their way back into the ceremony room which was now set up for the main meal. And wow, what a meal - huge, enormous quantities of the most fantastic Indian cuisine. Endless portions... it's a minor miracle that anyone was able to make it onto the dancefloor later (although party they most certainly did!). Speeches, cutting of the cake, the first dance... and as the light dropped the evening's celebrations kicked off in earnest. What can I say - Bijal and Janel know how to put on a celebration! What an absolutely fantastic day, and a really, really lovely couple!

Details of room set up for mealEaling Town Hall wedding photographyReception room decoration The newly married couple are applauded by their guests as they enter the roomEaling Town Hall wedding photographyBride and groom entrance Guests are seated ready for the mealEaling Town Hall wedding photographyWedding meal Guests during wedding receptionEaling Town Hall wedding photographyGuest candids The chefs prepare naan bread in the town hall's kitchensEaling Town Hall wedding photographyCatering Groom looks on as the bride's father begins his speechEaling Town Hall wedding photographyFather of the bride speech Guests watch on during the speechesEaling Town Hall wedding photographyWedding speeches The groom gets up to give his speech during the wedding receptionEaling Town Hall wedding photographyGroom's speech The best man makes his speech during the wedding mealEaling Town Hall wedding photographyBest man speech Bride and groom cut their wedding cake and lead off the evening's celebrations with their first dance together as husband and wifeEaling Town Hall wedding photographyCutting the cake The bride and groom take the lead before guests join them on the dancefloorEaling Town Hall wedding photographyFirst dance and party Couple portraits of bride and groom at Ealing Town HallEaling Town Hall wedding photographyBride and groom alone The bride and groom in black and white on the steps of London's Ealing Town Hall wedding venueEaling Town Hall wedding photographyCouple together Very many congratulations to you both, Janel & Bijal - what a wonderful way to start your married lives!

The above photos are just a small selection from the day - friends and family can view the full set, plus a little slideshow of selected highlights, in Janel & Bijal's private gallery (but as ever, you'll have to ask them for the password first).

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If you are currently planning your London wedding and would like to know more about my photography services, packages and prices, please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or simply to talk through your plans - I'm only too happy to help however I can.

Hope you enjoyed the photos from this fabulous day, and thanks for reading,

 

Stephen


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Jyoti(non-registered)
Wow ! Pictures are like jewels they are so beautiful and colourful
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