Clissold House is a gorgeous wedding venue. It is situated in Clissold Park, in the centre of Stoke Newington. In fact, it is only a few yards away from the Stoke Newington Town Hall. This was the venue chosen by A & P for their wedding day. I arrived early for the getting ready preparation of A. The bride was getting ready at The Town Hall Hotel and Apartments in Bethnal Green, another lovely venue. As I arrived, the bride was getting ready with her sister and the make up artist who was also a friend. It was very nice and relaxed environment. I enjoy the morning preparations as it gives me some time to get to know the bridal party. After some time, I left for the Town Hall were P and his friends would be waiting for the bride to arrive. The bride was driven by her sister in a 1930s car that had been in the family for a while. It was the car used for the wedding of A’s parents and also the car that collected A from the hospital the day that she was born.
The bride arrived with plenty of time. She was escorted to a private room to meet with her groom and have an interview with the registrars. It is uncommon for the bride and groom to meet prior to the ceremony these days. However, it was a beautiful moment and they were able to have 5 minutes to themselves before the beginning of the ceremony. The ceremony was lovely, with a couple of readings. After the said “I do”, guests were ushered outside for a confetti shoot. The bride and groom then walked their guests a few hundred yards to Clissold House for the drinks reception.
On arrival to the venue, we opted to do the family photos and portraits then before heading up for some well deserved canapés and drinks. The mood was great with everyone having fun and enjoying themselves. The venue looked great, with most of the activities taking place on the first floor. After an hour or so, the guests were invited to the wedding breakfast. The room looked great. It had been nicely decorated and there was some beautiful light coming through the windows. After the meal there were some speeches. It was nice to see the bride and groom do their speech together, it was very touching and fitting. After the meal was over, there was some time for the guests to unwind and we took the opportunity to take a few portraits around the venue. The bride and groom had chosen not to have a first dance. There was a DJ and a room allocated for dancing but most guests seemed to be happy to carry on socialising and chatting.
I was a really lovely wedding, full of moments and emotion. Both the bride and groom looked so happy to be together and it was was great for me to witness and document their wedding day! Below are some of my favourite images from their wedding, I really hope that you like them. If you are looking for a Clissold House wedding photographer (or any other venue for that matter), I would love to hear from you.