I first met Lauren and Danny at a house party for the The Olympic Opening ceremony. Danny was living in a flat overlooking the Olympic Park so we got a brilliant view of the fireworks as it was all kicking off. I met them both again when I photographed our mutual friends wedding, Shan and Rob. So when Danny got in touch to say he was engaged to Lauren I was thrilled to be asked to photograph their Islington Town Hall wedding; even more so because it was top secret! I love it when couples go right back to basics and really focus their wedding day on what they want – to be together. Here’s their story:
How did you both meet?
One of Danny’s friends Rob, was engaged one of my best friends Shan! We had been mutual acquaintances for a while, but a night out in Dalston Danny pretended to be my husband to stop a sleazy guy hitting on me, later was when we had our first kiss. We moved in together six months later!
What was the proposal like?
We got engaged in Galway, Ireland in March 2018. It was the sweetest engagement – Danny took me for a stroll after dinner around the bay, in the rain and pitch dark. I complained the whole way because I didn’t want to walk further in the rain! From under my hood I saw him start to dip down onto the soaking floor – before he could get down on one knee I had told him to get off the floor and agreed to marry him!
What was planning your wedding like?
We knew we wanted a small wedding, but had planned to do it abroad. Every time we started to plan it was getting more and more complicated. We thought we would just have a quick look at registry offices appointments at the end of summer but when we looked there were two slots available on 29th June so we just thought bugger it, let’s do it! We were only engaged four months.
Why did you chose your venues?
We looked at Islington Town Hall at first, because we knew the venue was gorgeous and the surrounding area would be good for whatever we planned after. After we booked we realised that we had actually had our first official date in Islington so seemed even more fitting.
What was your ceremony like?
Since we booked it last minute and in smaller of the rooms at Islington Town hall, the only option was a simple “quickie” type ceremony without any personal readings or music. Which actually suited us quite well!
What was your plan for the reception?
After the ceremony we headed off to The Albion pub up the road, lucky the weather was absolutely perfect so our gamble booking a garden table paid off. Since we only had seven guests this was the perfect venue to go to, it felt like we had left London. Both the pub exterior and garden are stunning! We actually realised the day before that we hadn’t even visited the pub before the big day; lucky for us it was ideal.
As our ceremony was at 10:30am when we arrived at The Albion we had the place to ourselves but it quickly filled up over lunchtime so we had the best of both worlds when it came to intimacy and atmosphere.
What’s your advice to other couples getting married?
Do exactly what you want to do! It’s easy when you start planning to get a bit carried away and you end up deviating from what you actually had your heart set on. After a number of scrapped plans we went back to original plan of a simple registry office ceremony with only our closest family members there, and it couldn’t have gone better. We do plan on having a bigger party for our friends at some point but doing it this way meant that we removed most of the pressure and stress; we just got to enjoy ourselves!
As our big day was only six weeks after we booked it meant that we had to make quick decisions and things couldn’t spiral. I felt so much calmer and relaxed about my own wedding than I had at other weddings where I was just a guest!
If you do plan small ceremony definitely pay out for extras such as flowers and a photographer really made all difference. We have stunning photographs and it added to the sense of occasion.
What was it like to work with me?
Rowan was absolutely amazing, I would 100% recommend her to anyone having a small wedding (or a large wedding for that matter). Having her there meant that all of our guests are in the photos, it added a sense of occasion. Someone in my team at work had a very similar ceremony at the same venue didn’t have a photographer and was envious when she saw our pictures. Having Rowan take our photos meant that we could share pictures with our friends and family who weren’t there. Rowan made us feel comfortable and less awkward which is really reflected in the photographs.
It also set a more formal environment and felt more wedding-ingy! Plus Rowan’s style of photos really suited our informal intimate ceremony. The photos are really beautiful and away from the standard style of wedding picture. She styled photos in ways that we wouldn’t have considered doing but the results are dreamy.
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You can get in touch with me here to enquire about having me along to photograph your small wedding. My prices can all be found here on my website, I offer packages of 4, 8 and 10 hours of coverage, but for small mid week weddings I’m happy to offer a special 2 hour package. Drop me an email to have an informal chat.
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Lauren’s Dress: Coast
Danny’s suit: Reiss
Ceremony Venue: Islington Town Hall
Reception Venue: The Albion, Islington