The Houses of Parliament can actually be a wedding venue and I had the very special honour of being Alessandra and Owen’s wedding photographer last year. I hope you enjoy the gallery below featuring some central London wedding photography at the Houses of Parliament as well as the Royal Inn on the Park.
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I love wedding photography in London, so it was great to start my day at the Park Plaza Hotel – just over Westminster Bridge, right opposite the Houses of Parliament!
Allessandra was getting ready in the hotel accompanied by her young daughter. There were some very cute mother and daughter moments! I got a few close-ups of the wedding shoes and other “props” before heading over the bridge ready to enter the Houses of Parliament.
Wedding photography inside the Houses of Parliament
This was no ordinary wedding – I had to undergo security checks! After these, I made my way down to one of the Members’ Dining Room, where Owen was greeting guests. It was hard to imagine that this was a place of politics – there were Christmas decorations out!
There was plenty of humour during this wedding ceremony at the Houses of Parliament. We had the challenge of circulating around the general public as we tried to take group shots. This is a tourist attraction, after all. We did manage a few shots inside the gallery however, before beating even more crowds with some portrait shots outside on Westminster Bridge.
Reception photography at Royal Inn on the Park
After a brief mingle in the pub, we took a real bite out of London! The happy couple hopped on a Routemaster from the Houses of Parliament to the venue, the Royal Inn on the Park in Hackney. This stunning wedding venue could not have been cosier – the candles were already lit, complete with ambient decorations and wedding favours.
With Owen and Allessandra’s varied backgrounds, there was a lovely mixture of English and Italian – both the conversation and the food. The bride and groom even enjoyed a couple of cheeky Italian shots! There was a fantastic vibe in the room, particularly when the speeches came around. Even Allessandra made a speech, and the whole room was in stitches.
Reportage wedding photography
Owen’s band entertained the crowds for the couple’s first dance, before Owen himself got up and performed a few songs. I took the opportunity to get some stealthy reportage shots, walking around and capturing the action.
Later on I “kidnapped” the newlyweds for a photoshoot outside in the dark. We made use of the on-site Christmas trees for a festive backdrop. We had some lovely silhouettes under the streetlights and you could tell just how at ease the couple were with each other. I’m pleased to say they gave me a 5-star review!
If you’re interested in wedding photography at the Houses of Parliament, contact me today. It’s a fantastic alternative venue and I’d love to help discuss your wedding photography package.