WEDDINGS AT THE IVY TOWER BRIDGE
All roads did indeed lead to the stunning Ivy Tower bridge in London for Charlotte & Louis. First stop though for morning prep was a London landmark most of you will be familiar with – The Shard.
An imposing and impressive edition to the Capitals skyline at 95 storeys high, and a popular place for loved up couples to marry since its opening in July 2012. Charlotte & Louis chose to get ready at the Shard on separate floors to remain traditional and not see each other until the ceremony. The rooms are impeccable as expected and the views are spectacular, (you don’t need to visit this iconic place to know that I’m sure). You literally couldn’t go wrong. The Shard in the morning and the Ivy Tower Bridge for the reception.
I arrived at the bride’s room first and started with the wedding details. Quite often this consists of shoes, perfume, rings, jewellery & of course the dress. There was one detail that was most definitely unique though, and that was the message to one another on the windows of the Shard. I’m not sure if this is encouraged, but I loved it and it was worth the capture.
The now seemingly customary glass of Prosecco found its way into the hands of the lady’s early doors & I hear this is a great place to start if you’re suffering with nerves. Personalised glasses too. This was a bride that thought about details and it’s never a bad thing from a Photographers point of view. Charlotte even had a custom-made supersized straw for a laugh. All good fun!
The groom was on a different floor & that’s where I headed next to capture the morning prep. These moments never take too long and the guys appreciate this approach. It was Bow tie on, Jacket on, open presents from the future wife and done!
Time was tapping me on the shoulder at this point but it just so happened that Charlotte had slipped into her dress and we were straight into the first look with her brother and her dad simultaneously. It’s always a lovely moment if you have time.
That was it! We were off to the ceremony that took place at the old Marylebone Town Hall which is a stone’s throw from Regent’s Park. The couple had planned to take all the guests (myself included), to the ceremony via the iconic red double decker buses. It was another opportunity to grab some candid’s while on route. I wasn’t complaining!
The grade II listed registry office in Marylebone offers marble floors as you walk in and stunning dark wood walls in their ceremony rooms. We had a 20-minute ceremony and then it was back outside the building near the imposing concrete pillars for group shots, confetti and some couple shots. There was a nice cobbled street close by that I’d scouted out on a previous visit, so I whisked the couple off while the guests jumped back on the bus to end the afternoon session in style.
We weren’t on route to the Ivy Tower Bridge just yet though. Charlotte and Louis planned a pit stop at the newly opened Prosecco bar just round the corner from the Ivy. A classy establishment with on point staff to cater to your every demand. We had around 90 minutes at this highly recommended bar before finally walking to our wedding reception at the Ivy.
The Ivy Tower Bridge
Located opposite the popular tower of London attraction, The Ivy is an exquisite dining experience and the perfect place for a wedding reception. My couple had opted for the Tower Bridge view room that offered panoramic views of the Thames and the Tower bridge. It has a marble topped bar and opulent vintage artwork to impress even the most affluent guests. Yes, weddings at the Ivy Tower Bridge are a big deal and it’s no wonder Charlotte and Louis chose this venue to play such an important role on their big day. As you could probably guess, everything went as planned and on time at the Ivy. We had drinks and Canapés upon arrival, speeches to follow that and then a wee dance into the night to finish what was a gorgeous wedding and very well planned. I thoroughly enjoyed this experience. A lovely couple and a beautiful setting to start their married life together.
So, there we have it, all roads did lead to the Ivy Tower Bridge on a summer’s day in July 2021. If you enjoyed looking at my work and reading this blog, please stop by at my home page and take a look around to see what else inspires you.
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