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Mile End Art Pavilion wedding photography – Naomi and Simon’s Jewish wedding and relaxed reception in London

I used to live in Bow and there were a lot of days in Mile End Park hanging out by the canal and around the Art Pavilion. I was pretty excited when Naomi and Simon booked me for their Mile End Art Pavilion wedding photography. The venue is amazing! It’s a huge glass gallery space with beautiful light, overlooking water. As far as wedding venues go, it’s pretty dreamy! There’s a great mix of urban and nature.

It was a very East London wedding.  After getting ready separately with their friends and family, we headed to the beautiful Bevis Marks Synagog. Bevis Marks is the oldest synagog in Great Britain.  It’s the beating heart of the East London Jewish community and was established in 1701, to provide refuge to some of the first Jewish settlers in London.

A traditional Jewish wedding at Bevis Marks Synagog

Simon and Naomi’s Jewish faith is extremely important to them.  The ceremony at Bevis Marks was really beautiful and full of joy. Throughout the day, many of the elements that are traditional to a Jewish wedding were conducted by friends and family members.  I know they really loved introducing their non-Jewish friends to their faith.

An adventure across London on the Tube

After a beautiful ceremony, we leaft Bevis Marks Synagog.  We made our way through the streets of East London, to Liverpool Street Station. We hopped on the tube to Mile End, then walked through Mile End park in the sunshine, to the Art Pavillion. I always love a wedding day walk through London streets. Onlookers always get so excited to see a newly married couple. There are usually a few cheers and lots of well wishers.

Wedding photography against the backdrop of beautiful London light

On arrival at the Art Pavilion guests hung out in the gardens, drinking prosecco and enjoying canapes. It was a beautiful sunny London day and the rest of the park was full of people sunbathing. I loved sneaking off for portraits with Simon and Naomi and shooting around the canal.  We were treated to some beautiful sunset light.

Dinner and dancing

After spending some time in the sunshine, everyone made their way inside for dancing. I always love photographing the traditional Jewish dancing, although getting in the middle of lively dances often feels a little dangerous! Luckily I made it out uninjured and dinner started with the blessing of the Challah.

After dinner, Naomi and Simon had their first dance and then guests partied into the night.

If you’re looking for a quirky London wedding venue with outside space and beautiful light I’d highly recommend Mile End Art Pavilion.  To see more from Naomi and Simon’s Mile End Art Pavilion wedding photography keep scrolling and if you’re looking for a London wedding photographer I’d love to hear from you!

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