FUN GAY WEDDING IN LONDON
Paul and Richard found me on Google when searching for ‘gay friendly wedding photographer in London’. Their engagement shoot was in the Southbank along the river Thames on a remarkable day. It was the Festival of Love, an event where all couples, gay, straight, young and old could get married on the stage of the iconic Royal Festival Hall in London.
Their wedding, a beautiful Christmas affair was celebrated at the Islington Town Hall on 20 December. A glorious grade II listed building that has retained much of its art deco interior. The Council Chamber, where the ceremony took place, is a large room filled with natural light thanks to the glass dome. It is located in front of the impressive Town Hall’s marble staircase.
One thing for sure, I totally loved every minute of this wedding – fun, free, and happy, with so much love in the air. The Christmas spirit was all around, smiling faces everywhere, twinkling lights, and dancing people. There was a “make me feel good” atmosphere that elevated everybody’s spirit – the ceremony in a bright sunny room, the go-around London double-decker tour bus, the colourful gastro pub in Holborn, The Square Pig – everything in this wedding was just perfect. Ah! I nearly forgot the grand finale, the hilariously funny drag queen.
This wedding really put me into a festive mood. The very sweet, Paul and Richard, were so emotional that happy tears were contagious amongst the guests, including myself.
Thank you Paul and Richard for making me part of this special day.
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I asked Richard and Paul a few questions.
Tell me about your wedding.
We were married in Islington Town Hall in the Council Chamber, due to the seats being in the round each of our guests had a full view no matter where there were sitting. It was nerve wracking as all the eyes were on us. We asked three of our closest friends and family to do readings, which was a great way to have them involved in the ceremony. Our three nieces and nephew acted as flower girls and page boy and looked adorable in their matching outfits.
We hired an old London Routemaster bus to take us and our guests on a sight-seeing tour of London (which doubled as our drinks reception) and on to the Square Pig and Pen for a meal, and party. We were lucky enough to hire the whole pub for our reception, pick all the decorations and table settings which made it very personal. A particular highlight was our penguin wedding cake (a private joke) and our evening entertainment – a DJ and Miss Tiffaney Wells – a rather fabulous drag queen. South Africa is the destination for our honeymoon which in itself is part of the ‘bucket list’.
It is great to think that children born today will never know a time where it wasn’t legal to marry a same sex person.
Richard and Paul xx