Back in the Summer Alice photographed Emily and Mike’s wedding at the beautiful Art Nouveau Old Finsbury Town Hall, in Clarkenwell, London. We’ve photographed weddings there a few times between us and I never fail to marvel at how beautiful the building is, especially the main hall where the wedding breakfast takes place.
Emily and Mike had a beautiful day there and Alice really enjoyed working with them. I especially love the ordinaryness of the backdrops in some of their wedding photography portraits. Here’s what they had to say about working with Babb Photo:
“I don’t know how I’d absorbed your work as I was never someone who dreamt about my wedding before I was proposed to, but I had. To us photography was a huge part and we wanted Babb Photo’s style. Laura was booked so we had a Skype with Alice and knew we wanted to work with her. On the day it was great, Alice and Jessica were so nice and most of the time I forgot they were there taking photos”
Scroll down to the end to read more about Emily and Mike’s wedding in their own words, including credits for their awesome suppliers.
We weirdly lived in the same house in Leeds in consecutive years whilst at Uni and went out in the same venues-The Fav, Cockpit, The Basement etc but met properly in London at The Stags Head in Dalston on a Sunday in Summer 2010 when they gave out free BBQ food. I caught his eye with my ability to take the piss out of his friend and would be best man, Ally Lloyd.. We became friends and got closer when Mikes friend passed away then in May 2011 became a couple. Mike proposed in Amsterdam on my 30th birthday on March 6th 2015, it was down a lovely canal before we went for dinner-I loved it. We then got married 18 months later.
The Venue and Location
We loved the space, We also instantly clicked with Ziggy the Manager and really liked that the venue hire fee goes back to students at the Urdang by supporting their bursaries. The fact that Clerkenwell was the home of Gin also seemed a really good omen! Finally lots of practical reasons as I’m from Yorkshire and Mikes from Leicestershire with lots of family in the North East, it’s close to Kings Cross and Euston for those travelling down!
I love Halfpenny London dresses so when they announced a sample sale in July I got myself an appointment and instantly fell in love with my dress. As I already had a dress and it was a month before my wedding I got weirdly nervous about going but to anyone else in the same boat, go, the team there are so nice. For my shoes I knew I didn’t want bridal shoes and had loved this pair for a while as they went into the sale in my size it seemed meant to be! All my jewellery was by Alex Monroe and I love and wear his stuff on a daily basis so it was nice to have an excuse to buy more. Finally my old, borrowed and blue was my Grandmas (who passed away before I was born) diamond and sapphire ring. I’ve loved it since I was little so to have that was really special. Mike’s suit was by the Tweed Addict, it was a real meeting of minds as soon as he walked in there, then they had a beautiful Yorkshire tweed and the rest is history. His tie and the rest of the groomsmen where by Kate Temple who again was lovely to work with. Mikes shoes were by Redwing and he loves them, he just needs to break them in a bit more!
The Decor and Styling
Our catering company recommended Augustus Bloom and he was our favourite florist that we spoke to, and also really nice to work with. As soon as I’d seen his Instagram I was sold. We liked what he did so gave him a flower that we wanted to feature and the quantities needed and let him get on with it.
We didn’t tailor our vows-we selected ones that most suited us which sat slap bang in the middle of mushy and functional. Our readings were The Skunk by Seamus Heaney, Variations on the Word Love by Margaret Attwood and True Love Leaves No Traces by Leonard Cohen. We couldn’t say anything better than those 3 up there.
The First Dance
Please, please, please let me get what I want by the Smiths-great debate but we agreed on this one! Short, lovely, not trying to tell a perfect story.
The Words of Wisdom
We wouldn’t change anything and my only advise would be make it about you, and do exactly what you want. For our wedding we wanted fun and informal and for everyone to dance. As we looked over and saw our Granny’s and Nanna’s dancing to Bruce we knew that had happened.
Hair http://www.amandawhite.co.uk/ Make up – http://www.amandawhite.co.uk/ Flowers – http://www.augustusbloom.com/ Cake – http://www.fondantfox.com/ Caterer – http://www.eightysix.info/ Musicians (ceremony) – http://www.weddingworkers.co.uk/wedding-suppliers-directory/charlie-myers/ Outfits –
Mike http://www.tweedaddict.com/ and tie http://www.katetemple.co.uk/ Emily http://www.halfpennylondon.com/ Shoes – https://www.sophiawebster.com/ Accessories – https://tillythomaslux.com/ and Alex Monroe http://www.alexmonroe.com/ Bridesmaids – https://www.thereformation.com/ and Alex Monroe http://www.alexmonroe.com/ Ushers -Kate Temple http://www.katetemple.co.uk/ and Suits Direct