Woolwich Town Hall Wedding and Soho Shenanigans
35mm and medium format film.
From the couple:
We honestly have no words, these are all absolutely incredible! We’re both so over the moon with them, I keep welling up flicking through them. They couldn’t have turned out any better and are so much more than we anticipated.
THANK YOU truly from the bottom of our hearts for everything you did and have done for us. We’re so thankful we found you and that you and Sam were able to be our witnesses too. It means a lot and you helped make our day so very special that we will never forget it.
We can’t thank you enough. BEST AND COOLEST PHOTOGRAPHER EVER!! Kate, you rock, we love you!
Woolwich Town Hall wedding
When I received the enquiry from Leila and Joe, I didn’t think it was real. Their style inspiration was John and Yoko, the Rolling Stones, and alllll the sixties and seventies. I like to think my photo hero Mick Rock sent me this couple from the great beyond.
They’d chosen Woolwich Town Hall in south east London for its pure beauty. An Edwardian Baroque stunner, with stained glass windows and a colour scheme that would make Wes Anderson weep. I was itching to catch it on film!
I arrived at the Kimpton Fitzroy in the pouring rain, and joined my couple upstairs as they put the finishing touches to their outfits. Bowie was on the stereo, and the champagne flowed. We took a black cab to Woolwich, watching London go by through the steamed up windows. After a short but lovely ceremony, we headed to Wimpy for wedding chips and more champagne.
Before the big day we had lots of chats via email, and I tapped my dads brain for places the Stones et al may have spent their time. Ronnie Scotts, Denmark Street, basically all of Soho. I had a sneaky feeling we were in for a fun time.
I grew up in Soho. 17 years old, hiding in the corner by the jukebox in the Intrepid Fox on Wardour Street, and I was sold. Unfortunately the Fox is no more, but we visited many of my favourites on our rainy afternoon in Soho. We started at the Dog and Duck, a Grade II listed pub on Bateman Street. I was slightly obsessed with the vintage mirrors, and the fact it used to be a regular haunt of George Orwell. It was also nice to dry off! From there we bounced down to The Toucan, recently made famous in the film One Night In Soho. Everyone wanted to buy the newlyweds a drink! I left them surrounded by well wishers, and made my way out into the rainy night.
Congratulations Leila and Joe, newfound friends.