Islington Metal Works Wedding with Andy & Becky

June 13, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Whenever I cover a wedding in London there always seems to be something just a little bit different happening, so what would Andy & Becky's big day have in store? Well, how about a Mexican Day Of The Dead-themed celebration, with a humanist ceremony led by a Radio Four presenter in a music venue and nightclub converted from a three-storey horse stable? And a mariachi band and a tank. Yep, that should just about do it.

The Metal Works sits at the end of Torrens Street in central London. A small entrance leads through to a vast, quirky multi-purpose space with bars, seating areas and function roomsIslington Metal Works London wedding photographyVenue exterior with salvaged tank

The Metal Works is a seriously funky venue right next to the Angel, Islington. Most often used as a music venue, it's stuffed with crazy details (bar in a tube carriage, anyone?) and has bags of potential with all sorts of rooms, spaces and corners, all of which had been decked out by Becky & Andy to the Mexican max. Flowers, skulls, pinata... all present and correct. But before we get to all that, a quick re-wind to their flat, where Becky and bridesmaids were getting ready while Andy waited at the venue greeting the arriving guests...

Black and white photograph of bride and bridesmaids before weddingIslington Metal Works wedding photographyBridal preparation at London wedding Bride getting readyIslington Metal Works wedding photographyLondon wedding bridal preparation Photographs of flowers and details during bridal preparationsIslington Metal Works wedding photographyPre-wedding detail shots Colour photos from bridal preparation before London weddingIslington Metal Works wedding photographyBridesmaids getting ready Bride applies finishing touches before gather with her bridesmaids ready to travel to wedding ceremonyIslington Metal Works wedding photographyBride and bridesmaids Order of service for alternative humanist marriageIslington Metal Works wedding photographyOrder of service Candid images of guests arriving for London humanist weddingIslington Metal Works wedding photographyGuests arriving Groom greeting guests as bridesmaids arrive before start of weddingIslington Metal Works wedding photographyGroom with guests The bride steps out of a taxi outside London wedding venueIslington Metal Works wedding photographyArrival of the bride Bride with father and bridesmaids before entering wedding venueIslington Metal Works wedding photographyBride before ceremony The stage was set, the lights were dimmed, the sound system was primed... Our bride and groom had actually performed the legal side of their nuptials the day before, which meant that they then had total freedom to put together a one-off ceremony exactly the way we wanted with a sing-along to Madness ("It must be love...") and a really rather touching and poetic reading of Method Man's "You're All I need" (which I won't be re-printing here), before a beautiful hand-fasting ceremony led us to the exchange of rings. The whole occasion was led by Susan Rae, a humanist celebrant who also happens to be a presenter and announcer for Radio Four and who has such a gorgeously soft Scottish accent that I could quite happily listen to her read the ingredients off a bag of crisps.

Groom with best men stood on stage in ceremony room at London wedding venueIslington Metal Works humanist wedding photographyGroom waiting The bride walks down the aisle on her father's armIslington Metal Works humanist wedding photographyBride arrives The bride and groom meet on stage at the start of the marriage ceremonyIslington Metal Works humanist wedding photographyStart of wedding ceremony The couple sit on stage as the marriage commencesIslington Metal Works humanist wedding photographyBride and groom together Guests watch as the marriage ceremony beginsIslington Metal Works humanist wedding photographyWedding guests The couple stand on stage at London wedding venue as they make their vowsIslington Metal Works humanist wedding photographyBride and groom The bride and groom sit and watch as the celebrant leads the marriageIslington Metal Works humanist wedding photographyHumanist wedding service Images of bride and groom plus best man reading during humanist ceremony in LondonIslington Metal Works humanist wedding photographyDetails during marriage Ribbons are tied around the hands of the couple as they make their commitment to each otherIslington Metal Works humanist wedding photographyHandfasting during humanist wedding Susan Rae leads the humanist weddingIslington Metal Works humanist wedding photographySusan Rae humanist celebrant Bride and groom on stageIslington Metal Works humanist wedding photographyNewly married Freshly married, Becky and Andy headed back down the aisle before stepping outside to walk through a tunnel of bubbles on their way to the main entrance, ready to kick off some serious latino celebrations. Cue the mariachi band and the margaritas - it's fiesta time!

Married couple walk through bubbles after weddingIslington Metalworks wedding photographyOutdoors at London venue with bubbles instead of confetti A Mexican band provide the music during the drinks receptionIslington Metalworks wedding photographyWedding mariachi band in London Skulls and flowers as part of mexican wedding themeIslington Metalworks wedding photographyMexican-themed wedding details Interior of venue with large atrium and skylightIslington Metalworks wedding photographyVenue interior wide angle Photographs of guests at mexican themed wedding in LondonIslington Metalworks wedding photographyCandid images of guests Guests find their places with a seating plan which uses an individual photo of every attendeeIslington Metalworks wedding photographyGuests looking at seating plan Bridal party photos taken in entrance foyer of London wedding venueIslington Metalworks wedding photographyGroup photographs Bride and groom are announced into the roomIslington Metalworks wedding photographyStart of wedding breakfast Wedding guests look on as the speeches beginIslington Metalworks wedding photographyGuest watching wedding speeches The father of the bride traditionally makes the first wedding speechIslington Metalworks wedding photographyFather of the bride speech The groom makes his marriage speechIslington Metalworks wedding photographyGroom speech The bride and guests react as the wedding speeches are madeIslington Metalworks wedding photographyBride during speeches Wedding guests watch as the speeches are madeIslington Metalworks wedding photographyGuests watching speeches Speeches completed and wedding breakfast served, Becky & Andy stepped back out with me into the street for some couple photos as the evening light started to draw in. This venue properly goes to town with its decorations; it's the first one I've photographed at with a tank parked just outside the front door. Up at the other end of the street, a massive mural which was also high on the photo wish list. Back indoors the (excellent) band had warmed up and the evening's party was getting into full swing. Cake was cut (decorated with over 1000 individual pieces of sugar-work, if my memory's correct) and the first dance was danced. And then the party proper was go, and it was one which looked like it had some very long legs...

Wedding couple in London streetIslington Metal Works wedding photosBride and groom London wedding portrait Wedding couple outdoors in London streetIslington Metal Works wedding photosBride and groom Torrens Street mural Black and white portrait of groom with brideIslington Metal Works wedding photosGroom portrait Islington Metal Works wedding photos Islington Metal Works wedding photos Islington Metal Works wedding photos Islington Metal Works wedding photos Islington Metal Works wedding photos Islington Metal Works wedding photos Islington Metal Works wedding photos Islington Metal Works wedding photos Islington Metal Works wedding photos Islington Metal Works wedding photos Islington Metal Works wedding photos Islington Metal Works wedding photos Islington Metal Works wedding photos An absolutely immense day and an incredible wedding I've got no doubt everyone who was there will carry with them for a long time! Many congratulations Becky & Andy. Muchas felicidades. Que Fiesta. Que Boda!

Bride and groom pose next to inspirational messageLondon wedding photo muralIslington Metal Works Torrens Street

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Massive thanks go to John Erskine for his excellent work as second photographer on this very busy day.

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

I hope you enjoyed looking through just some of the photos from this spectacular celebration. Friends and family can view the full set in Becky & Andy's personal gallery, but you'll need to ask them for the password first.

Thanks as ever for reading, and come back again to see many more wedding photos from what's already an absolutely incredible season.

Stephen


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